Irish correspondent: Flat-beer season needs a few bubbles

By Peter Lenaghan Thank God for Antrim. The romance the northern county is generating this summer in Ireland seems desperately needed. On Saturday afternoon I hopped in the car and went for a drive into the Midlands. The motorway takes me out of Dublin and through the green countryside of County Kildare and County Laois, [Read more]

The Big Clash: Saints and Cats match should be a beauty if these precedents are a guide

By Damian Watson In the light of the big clash between the two undefeated teams St Kilda and Geelong on Sunday, I’ve had a look at some of the biggest build-ups to home-and-away games. As I am only 14 years old, I wasn’t around to feel the vibe of the big matches in the 1960s, ’70s, [Read more]

General Footy Writing: How a Tiger got his stripes (part 1)

By Sam Steele It was not until 1970 when I was six years old that I even discovered the existence of Australian football. Unlike so many Australian families in which footy allegiance, like religion, is rock solid and and never to be questioned, or those in which rivalries flourish, in my family the game was [Read more]

AFL Round 13: North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: I’m not disappointed because I don’t expect to win

By Josh Barnstable Waking up early, I get that feeling that my fellow country kids may get when you wake up on the morning of going to an AFL match, whether you’re seeing your team play or just two neutral clubs battle it out. Anyway it’s 7.30 and I’m up, which is unusual on a [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Collingwood v Fremantle: Pies prey on Pavlich-less Dockers

By Paul Fahey PREAMBLE: On the morning of the game I stopped to think about whether there had actually been a memorable game in the Collingwood v Fremantle brief history. There was a game a while back on a Monday night where they beat us but it was a very ordinary game. Round 22 last [Read more]

Crio’s Question: What’s the big deal about Friday night?

By Chris Riordan Friday is a time for some week-ending cleansers. But what’s with the supposed pride in one’s team being on “The Big Stage of Friday Night Footy”? I’m baffled. As an attendee it doesn’t suit. Worn out at week’s end, it is too long to wait after work and too hard to come [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Collingwood v Fremantle: Rufus nickname goes out the back Dawes

By Andrew Fithall “Rufus” is the nickname I have been trying to apply to Collingwood’s Chris Dawes for some time. Mind you, I haven’t been trying very hard. My biggest effort was a couple of seasons ago when Collingwood was still aligned with Williamstown and Rufus was running around at Burbank Oval. A friend Jason [Read more]

The Wrap: Round 13: Hawks’ defence over and Bailey looks gone

By John Mosig What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The body bags draped in Navy Blue were lined up along La Via Lygon on Saturday morning.  You knew it was a big funeral when you noticed Mick Gatto amongst the mourners.  Carringbush monstered another 7 stone weakling on Saturday Arvo in Melbourne while [Read more]

Round 13: St Kilda v Richmond: At least Milne didn’t kick a goal

By Michael Allan It’s that time of year again. That day when I question whether I should turn up to watch. The day when bad memories come back to haunt me. Today Richmond play St Kilda. Many Richmond supporters would say they hate Carlton, Essendon or Collingwood the most. Not me, if there’s one team [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Brisbane v Melbourne: We just need Watts to do a Naitanui

By Steve Healy Another Saturday had come, and it was back off to the Bentleigh Club in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. The school holidays had finally arrived and I could now spend a whole weekend not worrying about completing homework and concentrating only on footy. I didn’t rate the Demons much of a chance in the [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Collingwood v Fremantle: Five in a row — thanks Freo!

By Danielle Eid As Round 13 came along so did the school holidays. As I left the school gates I was bursting out in song, singing: “Ceeeeelebrate good times — come on!!” The holidays couldn’t have come fast enough. But unlike most students, even though I’m on holidays I’m still constantly thinking about school work. [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Essendon v Carlton: Bombers score best win in Knights era

By Damian Watson Another very eventful Friday indeed! It is the end of the school term, two very notable American entertainers have passed away (Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett), and we are witnessing another huge build-up to a season-defining clash between Essendon and Carlton at a packed MCG. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of the 83,407 [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Essendon v Carlton: Lloydy kicks goals at both ends of the house

By Pamela Sherpa It almost feels like the start of a new season. Does the split round harm or help teams? Is momentum broken or are players refreshed? Essendon played last week but Carlton didn’t. When the ball bounces it will count for little. A finals berth is an incentive for these arch rivals. Carlton, [Read more]

Local Footy: Superdogs return to winning list

By Nick Kossatch The Riverland Superdogs Master’s over 35s football side returned to the winner’s list in barnstorming fashion against Pooraka with an 87-point victory at Berri Oval on Sunday. After an inaccurate first half, highlighted by Johnny ‘The Whiz’ Barrett’s ‘goal hungriness’ – the Dogs’ debutant Scott Muller (four goals) proved a fine a [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Chris Riordan looks askance at the Blues

Were Carlton over-rated? This was supposed to be a season-defining game. Clearly, Carlton’s season is gone. “We are coming!”… they might need some nasal spray to reload if they’re going to finish in the finals. Waite’s loss is significant and maybe it is time to get rid of Fev. Big Jack, as usual, made it [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I love tipping on radio but I want to beat Crackers

By Josh Barnstable Friday is one of the most enjoyable days of the week, perhaps the best day to many people. This may be because work or school has finished and they get a whole two days off to do whatever they want. The reason I like Fridays are because it’s the end of the [Read more]

The Wrap: Looking at Round 13

By John Mosig What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  That Coaches Carousel is a 24/7 ride and the fairy floss is free.  The latest to climb aboard is Shinboner of The Century.  He’s invited The Greatest Player to Ever Pull on The Black&White Verticals to change the colour of his stripes.  Actually nothing [Read more]

Jones Files: More players to add to my list of the best in the Bendigo league

By Richard Jones AS my original list of the Top Ten best Bendigo Football League players was so well received, here’s another list of country footy stars to consider. This second list contains more players from recent times than the original squad. A number of players in this group were teammates in Bendigo’s stunning 1989 [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Why do we have the split round?

I can’t remember. But I do know that it disturbs the momentum of my season. I’ll probably forget to put in my footy tips! I acknowledge that going to the game is no longer the rotating Saturdays of black and white shorts and that the main audience, TV, is not troubled with their fixture unaffected. [Read more]

Short Story: Harder to Whisper

By Richard Holt I wasn’t the only one. Chook hit the bottle … bad. He hadn’t worked for five years and he only saw his kids at Christmas. Johnno had lost everything on some property deal in Queensland. He was living in a caravan up on the river. At least he’d stayed out of prison. [Read more]