AFL Round 14: A cunning plan spoiled

by Jason Feldman Round 14 was the week of the AFL blockbuster! The clash of the undefeated titans on Sunday, traditional rivals Essendon and Collingwood at the ‘G and the Dogs and Hawks at the Docklands headlined at massive weekend. You could not blame me for being a little underwhelmed at being rostered by Champion [Read more]

Round 14: It’s my lucky night

by Cade Lucas I’m not normally one for indulging in superstitions or omens, but I must admit to feeling rather more optimistic about Collingwood’s chances in Friday night’s blockbuster against Essendon, after receiving a strike of good fortune. Waiting on my lonesome in the que outside Gate 1 of the Ponsford, a voice from behind [Read more]

In the Sheds: Teams left high and dry as umpires strike

By Paul Daffey What a mess in the west! The Western Region Football League Umpires Association was formed around the same time that the Western Region competition (originally the Footscray District league) was formed in 1931. Umpires to have come through the ranks in the western-suburbs competition include Mathew James, who’s officiated in three AFL [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Have a snag at St Vinnies match at Punt Road before heading across to the ‘G

By Zoe Clare St Vincent De Paul soup vans have been feeding homeless and disadvantaged men and women in the Collingwood area for years. And all volunteers who work on the vans quickly learn that, in order to have a chat with the regulars, you must know your footy. If not, you fake it. The [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Overheard on a bus

by Ross Green Of all the pre-match analyses leading up to the Geelong-St Kilda game, it’s a pity the conversation my wife and I witnessed on the 246 bus at 11pm on Friday night was not heard by more footy lovers. Two boys, a pint-sized 10-year-old and a wiry, devilish looking 12-year-old hopped on the [Read more]

Haiku Bob: AFL Round 14 – green shoots

first bounce the calm of dusk disperses   green shoots spear through charred remains Cloke finding form   no breeze to speak of the moon at the scoring end   artificial light Daisy’s goal fanciful   Presti repels another attack moths bash into floodlights   wondering what it is that makes Jack kick so straight [Read more]

AFL Round 14: The big game from The Liars in Broadbeach

By John Dunne THE 6.10 airbus out of Tullamarine bound for the Gold Coast on Saturday morning housed a healthy contingent of the Richmond faithful. Donning beanies and scarves, the Tigers supporters were more than happy to combine the Surfers winter sunshine with an honorable loss to Adelaide later that night at Carrara. There was [Read more]

Round 14: Gigs’ Stats

by Andrew Gigacz   In arguably the most anticipated moment in sport since Steve Harmison bowled the first ball of the 2006/07 Ashes series to Andrew Flintoff at second slip, the Saints and Cats made a slightly better fist of it than Steve. A game of relentless pressure produced highlights galore, culminating in Michael Gardiner’s [Read more]

AFL Round 14: St Kilda v Geelong – the game of choice in Dublin

By Peter Lenaghan The first game of the new AFL season was played while Emily and I waited at Tullamarine for our flight to London. Ben Cousins was the talk of the town and the Tigers were, once again, considered a genuine finals prospect. By the time we landed in the UK, the recovering drug [Read more]

General Footy Writing: The state of Tom Hawkins’ play

By David Hyland        Being an avid football follower I have never in my life of 39 years seen a developing young player subjected to such harsh analysis and vitriol as Tom Hawkins. Firstly I have to declare an interest in Tom Hawkins the young man. I have been his player sponsor at Geelong for [Read more]

Round 14: The View from Shepparton

by Peter Schumacher Well what a match that was. The grab from Gardiner was certainly as has already been pointed out very reminiscent of Leo Barry’s effort a couple of years ago. I don’t agree with those who argue that the result proved nothing, in fact it proved that St Kilda are the premier team [Read more]

Round 14: Jimmy and us

by Steve Healy It had been a big week for the Melbourne football club to say the least, with the shock announcement from Jim Stynes that he was suffering from cancer, and would temporarily stand down as president. This came as shocking news for me, and all other Melbourne supporters, along with Jim’s family and friends. [Read more]

Round 14: Saints win the one we’ve been waiting for

By Josh Barnstable Wow. It’s here. It’s finally here. The moment we’ve all been waiting for since about Round 5. St Kilda, unbeaten after 13 games, takes on Geelong, also unbeaten. Saying there was a big build-up to this match is an understatement, and there were even plans to relocate this match from Etihad Stadium [Read more]

Local Footy: Slick River Murray steam over Superdogs

  By Nick Kossatch   The Riverland Superdogs failed to capitalise on their midfield centre clearance dominance to go down by 32 points against River Murray at Mannum Oval on Sunday.    The under-strength visitors were off to a sluggish start but were encouraged by the efforts of East Murray recruit Dave Francis.   The [Read more]

Sports Science: Clint Youlden reckons he can have you kicking longer in an instant

The Cannonball – “Instantly ad metres to your kick” by Clint Youlden If you are a right-hander (and presumably a right foot kick) and I asked you which leg is your strongest leg, most of you would answer “my right leg `cause I kick with it”, you would however, be incorrect. Most people believe that [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Please keep those Hawks to nought

By Damian Watson For me, it has been a somewhat relaxing first week of the school holidays mainly consisting of junior football, attending movies, watching hours of sport on that heavenly channel One HD and of course writing for the Almanac. However a busy weekend has seen me attend exquisite American parties as they celebrate [Read more]

Round 14: John Mosig’s Footy Wrap

THE PRE WRAP – ROUND XIV THE LADDER ST KILDA                 14        0          170.44             56 GEELONG 13        1          145.04             52 FOOTSCRAY          10        4          130.37             40 CARRINGBUSH     9          5          118.39             36 ADELAIDE 9          5          102.90             36 BRISBANE 8          6          105.10             32 CARTOON               7          7          107.85             26 THE BOMBERS      7          7          101.36             24 ——————————————————————- THE POWER                        [Read more]

Round 14: Floreat Pica Society – Bombers come unstuck

By Timothy O’Leary     Before leaving for the train station I was noticeably toey, and it’s times like this that my superstitions come out. Not that I believe them, and I  know they’re irrational, but that doesn’t stop them. The night before we’d scored a chest of drawers put on the nature strip in [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn: I should have watched Pulp Fiction

By Sasha Lennon I thought about watching a movie but decided to watch the game.  And now the only way I know how to put myself out of the misery of writing this report is to take a leaf out of Quentin Tarantino’s book and start at the end before cutting back to somewhere near [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Melbourne v West Coast: Stynes inspires Demon win

By Josh Barnstable This was always going to be a victory to the Melbourne Football Club after the announcement that their president and saviour, Jim Stynes, the one who pulled Melbourne out of a big dark hole, was suffering from cancer. After surgery to stop the spread of the disease, Stynes was hospital-bed ridden for [Read more]