General Footy Writing: Get some gusto, Cats

By Helen Dunne I grew up in Geelong with parents who moved to Victoria from interstate in the 1960s. Naturally, I supported my home-town team, the Cats. Having parents with no allegiance to a VFL team also meant that football was not eaten and breathed in our house. However, living only 200 metres from Kardinia [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Blues convince Nana

Carlton vs. Richmond I remember the date: March 26. It was the day of my first game for the Waaia Under 17s. It was also the date of the start of the much-anticipated AFL season. Also the date of the game between Richmond and Carlton, a game that had the biggest build-up in recent times. [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Ahh, the dreaded family lunch when all you want to do is watch your Dees play Port Adelaide.

By Steve Healy It would be different today. I wouldn’t be going to the game, to see the Dees play. I had been crook yesterday, but I still managed to be shipped over to Grandma’s house in South Morang for the afternoon, so reporting on this game would be a difficult task. It would be [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Blues invent Fevolutionary goals on a windy day at the MCG

By Damian Watson Don’t you just love Saturday afternoons! It is a day where the weekend dawns and the smell of footy is in the air all around Victoria with the prospect of local footy,VFL and AFL matches to look forward too. As a teenager I will treasure these moments for a long time to come. Not [Read more]

Round 15: Carlton v Richmond – a day to forget

Mum and I have been tested a lot this year. Losing to the reigning wooden spooners, losing in the last minute against Port, travelling to the Gold Coast to witness a poor performance and worst of all, being thrashed by rivals Carlton, Essendon and St Kilda (Can’t wait till we play Collingwood).  Today may be [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Dogs just miss

Western Bulldogs vs. Collingwood The blockbuster games just keep on coming. St Kilda and Geelong, Collingwood and Essendon, Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn, now to Round 15 and we see the Western Bulldogs, white hot after obliterating Hawthorn by 88 points last week, taking on a Collingwood outfit that has won six games in a row. [Read more]

From the couch: A look in all directions – more surnames in sport by Tom Riordan

by Tom Riordan   Tom Riordan: Gee, Marcus North is playing out of his skin. Chris Riordan: Sure is… You know, Marcus North isn’t the only directional surname that there is in sports. TR: What do you mean by directional surnames? CR: Well, say former Aussie ashes one-gamer Ken Eastwood, actually, he was a Footscray [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Fevola Betts on teamwork

by Jill Scanlon Shower, make rolls, grab drinks and jump in the car. Want to make that midday train. It’s been quite a few weeks since we’ve been able to get to a match and today’s is a favourite clash. My teenagers and I arrive at Ringwood station, oooh –  a car space close to [Read more]

First Test – Day 4: Rain helps the English cause

by John Harms The finest meteorologists in Wales promised us precipitation, and while their timing was a little out, and it was a little tardy, down came the rain. Enough of it to prevent any play after Tea on the fourth day. Which was a blessing for the home side: the Englishmen were in all sorts [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: The Bahrain Blues are coming

by Rocket Gillett   The Australian football frontier has just been extended to Bahrain. The Bahrain Blues Australian Football Club has been formed and will enter the Middle East AFL competition next season when it starts in October – after Ramadan. This will bring the number of teams in the Middle East AFL to 7 [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Too much for a girl to deal with

Danielle Eid Well what a crappy week it’s been, well for me anyway. To top it all off Mick has omitted my favourite player, Nathan Brown from the side. I don’t see what it was that Nathan has done wrong. Sure Ben Johnson deserves a shot after recovering from injury, but why take out Nathan [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Big Saints game from the sands of the Gold Coast

by Anne Fedorowytch   Last Sunday I found myself in a rather unusual position. I was searching for a TV that was showing the St. Kilda v Geelong game amongst the high-rises and the sandy shores of the Gold Coast.   You won’t usually find me searching for televisions on the popular sunshine strip; in [Read more]

Cricket: Following the Test on the tele

Last time the Ashes were in England it was notable that the coverage was on SBS- not just for the non Nine Network commentary, but to watch without the ads. Cricket needs its rhythm which is why so many of us prefer the radio. So last night at 8pm I switched on to SBS. End [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Worth the WACA trip to see the Yellows

By Barbara Smith Freo was always going to be a danger game for Carlton. Freo gave the Cats a big fright two matches ago, and are scary at home. Plus, after the last few see-sawing weeks, you never know which Carlton team is going to turn up: the hungry one or the one that seems disinterested. [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Richmond v Adelaide – Same Tigers, different ground

As soon as the 2009 footy fixture was announced one game stood out. Richmond v Adelaide, eight point game, finals contenders,  Gold Coast and in the middle of school holidays, the offer sounded too good to be true. Even dad was willing to sacrifice a Hawthorn game for the holiday. Unfortunately that wasn’t how the season panned out. While one team [Read more]

The Richmond Question: What are you afraid of Caro?

By Andrew Gigacz   Caroline Wilson’s call for Kevin Sheedy to remove himself from the running for the Richmond coaching job (The Age, 8th July, 2009) highlights a number of issues. Firstly, Wilson suggests that Sheedy’s decision to put his hand up for the job is potentially divisive to the club. If that is so, [Read more]

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]