AFL Round 7: One of these vantage points is not like the others

By Peter Flynn I am standing on the hill overlooking the Warrnambool racecourse. The natural geography makes for a magnificent vista. It is 25 minutes until the start of the Grand Annual Steeplechase and I am accompanied by Ando, Doddo and Jonno. It feels like I am spending a day at the races with the [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Dons’ win a victory for instinct over process

By Damian O’Donnell Zone, schmone. Flood, schmud. Reputation, schmeputation. The Bombers blew all these to the scheisenhaus on Friday night with joyful, fast, youthful, exuberant, unpredictable football. I watched the game like a kid watching Shrek for the fifteenth time. It was good old-fashioned fun. From the very start the Bombers played like young blokes [Read more]

VAFA report: Brothers keep Beders in the hunt

By Paul Daffey The St Bede’s Mentone juggernaut rolls on, with the Beders defeating Collegians by 53 points at the Harry Trott Oval in a rematch of the 2008 A-section grand final. As with most St Bede’s wins, a couple of families played key roles as their team kicked eight goals in the last quarter [Read more]

Local footy: Bendigo league almost gets a college team

By Richard Jones DURING the early 1980s turmoil in Bendigo football, one of the stranger proposals was to introduce a college or university team into senior ranks. A football team from the then College of Advanced Education, now LaTrobe University, Bendigo, was suggested as an additional senior club. The Bendigo and Golden City leagues had [Read more]

General footy writing: My All-Australian team so far

By Josh Barnstable With one-third of the AFL season gone, there have been many surprises. Some players have exceeded expectations while others have been disappointing. If the All-Australian team was to be picked today, this would be my team: Back: Sam Fisher (StK) Zac Dawson (StK) Josh Drummond (B). Half-back: Brendon Goddard (StK) Chad Cornes [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Bombers go on Hawk Hunt

By Pamela Sherpa We’ve beaten enemy No.1 (Collingwood) and  enemy No.2 (Carlton) in thrillers this year. Now we face enemy No.3, Hawthorn. They beat enemy No.2 in a thriller last week and happen to be the premiers. Despite always being a chance against arch rivals there’s an awful feeling that this week will be quite [Read more]

General footy writing: Chelsea’s pain is small fry for a Bulldogs fan

By Andrew Gigacz I’m not a big follower of soccer but I’m aware of the controversy surrounding Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Conspiracy theorists say the referee was “encouraged” to assist in avoiding a second successive all-English final. Chelsea players, officials and fans clearly were in pain after getting [Read more]

Weekend read: The money game

By Paul Daffey Amid all the talk about overcoming injury, flying for the big mark and striving for the premiership, it is sometimes forgotten that football clubs need money to survive. In larger country competitions, they need lots of money. There are player payments, affiliation fees, hot showers and new footballs to provide. In recent [Read more]

General footy writing: How a boy earned his Hawthorn stripes

By Jason Christou Grand Final day 1989. Cross-legged under the television. Before me, a glass of chilled milk. I watched the condensation dribble down the glass, pooling into a moist ring. Expectantly, I tilted my head towards the television fuzz. A week earlier Mum had helped me attach streamers to the balcony barrier. My team’s [Read more]

You have to love the genius of Blighty

By Adrian Vitez Around 30,000 attended this Round 6 match-up at the Gabba. Like most other interested parties, I received it via the channel 10 telecast led by Quarters, and featuring the great Blighty on special comments. Blighty fits the special comments job description perfectly as he never fails to offer comments which are unique [Read more]

Interstate Hell With the AFL

Background: When the TV rights changed from Channel Seven to Nine  during the previous agreement it resulted in Friday night footy going from an 8.30pm time slot to 11.30pm . This caused immense frustration to viewers north of the Murray. I  expressed my frustration in a poem. INTERSTATE HELL WITH THE AFL (2002) A national [Read more]

Ex-Blue gets leather poisoning

In the Sheds By Paul Daffey Readers may remember a bag-of-bones midfielder with blond hair who played for Carlton in the Denis Pagan era. His name was Jon “Hopper” McCormick, and although he impressed during his 26 AFL games he was offloaded after the 2004 season. In recent years McCormick has lived in his home [Read more]

Hats off to Castlemaine’s seven-decade servant

By Richard Jones JACK Jefferies’ service to the Castlemaine Football Club has spanned every decade from the 1940s to the early part of the 21st century. He has been a player – and a premiership player, at that, in 1952 – a club president, vice-president and committeeman and also the vice-president of the Bendigo Golden [Read more]

Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink

  by Avan Stallard There’s a remarkable little documentary called Cunnamulla.  It tells the story of some of the less fortunate soles in the Queensland town of the same name.  If you’re not familiar with the place, Cunnamulla is a settlement 800km west of Brisbane in the middle of nowhere.  It also happens to be [Read more]

Great days at East Freo

by Bruce Houston   As a ‘past player’ of East Freo I receive their regular mag. I was looking at it on the weekend and thought I must send you a list of EF players in the AFL. Surely, no other individual club could match it. I’d be pretty confident that EF would still hold [Read more]

Bulldogs fan in familiar anguish

By Chris Riordan “Dad, they’re not going to win with only twelve players. You’ve sacked most of the side already!” Not yet quarter-time and, according to my footy buddy, I’d gone all “Phillip Lynch” on the Doggies’ list. “Eagleton, must go. Johnno, leave while you still have some dignity. Hit it, Mitch, you’re our only [Read more]

Oh yeah, and Ablett did his groin

By Steve Healy Nine seconds had lapsed in this game between the Dees and the Cats and it was already apparent that Geelong had the game on a string. I watched in disgust as Gary Ablett, the Brownlow favourite, stormed through the middle without a Demon in sight. He sprinted up to the fifty and [Read more]

Diesel: From Golden Square to gold in Sydney

By Richard Jones Greg “Diesel” Williams, Golden Square’s former champion young centreman, was a senior Geelong player when he spent a busy off-season during the summer of 1985-86. When Geelong dumped Tommy Hafey and Sydney snapped Hafey up, the canny coach knew which leading Cats’ players were coming out of contract. So he had a [Read more]

The view from Shepparton: Round 6

By Peter Schumacher Who is the most tragic footballer in the AFL: the Fev or Matthew Richardson?  I reckon after last week’s effort the gong would have to give it to Fev, although Richo has an imposing record. My wife and I stopped in our tracks spellbound as Fevola’s  last mark was called so well [Read more]

When all is lost, I alliterate

By Andrew Starkie North Melbourne versus Collingwood 7.40pm, Friday, 1May Etihad Stadium There are times when emotions are best expressed through alliteration.  When feeling romantic, we’re amorously aroused.  When our car is broken into in a Northcote carpark, we’re bloody bummed. When Barry Hall is angry, he is Big Bad Barry.  And so on. Bewildered [Read more]