General footy writing: It’s time mulligans were introduced to footy

By Darren Smith No one can accuse this forum of not covering the big issues … I recently used the term “mulligan” in a description of the Round 7 game between St Kilda and Essendon, suggesting that, if Essendon could have taken a mulligan for their first quarter, they would have. This claim was met [Read more]

General footy writing: Cats need Moons to cut funny business

By Damian O’Donnell Has the first crack appeared in the Geelong armour? For the last three seasons the Cats have been an organised, well-drilled organism. They have honoured “the process” and broken the game down to a few basic key-performance indicators. The group has overwhelmed the individual, and, to quote Pink Floyd, all the players [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Geelong v North Melbourne: The Cattery’s just fine by this Roos fan

Geelong versus North Melbourne 2.10pm, Saturday, 16 May Skilled Stadium, Geelong By Andrew Starkie I love The Cattery.  I love it for its friendliness, deep standing room, big sky and cold winds. I’m old school.  The Cattery is a reminder of the VFL.  It’s as close to country or suburban footy we have in the [Read more]

General footy writing: Middle East correspondent: Make it a grand national final

By Rod Gillett The AFL’s threat to play the Grand Final in Sydney after the contract with the MCG expires in 2032 begs the question: why not play the Grand Final around on a rotational basis so that each city in the competition gets to host the game? If the game is truly to become [Read more]

General footy writing: May 17, 1859 and the codification of footy

by John Harms   The date, May 17, is of great significance to the Australian nation. Especially footy-lovers.   Not that too many of us know about it.   On May 17, 1859, at the Parade Hotel, on Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, four men from the committee of the fledgling Melbourne Football Club (and maybe [Read more]

General footy writing: New coach: Grounds for change on tackle rule

By Andrew Fithall Crikey, the grounds are hard. In Round 1 a Williamstown Juniors under-16Ds player hit the turf and broke his arm. The ground hasn’t got any softer since then. It is Tuesday afternoon. I am at home when I should be at work. I am on carer’s leave. Bill is on a nearby [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Geelong v North Melbourne

By Ben Jensen Another chance to watch the Cats on Setanta this weekend — that’s two in a row! Unfortunately we had a prior engagement so had to “tape” the game and watch it the next morning. Due to an idiot neighbour hooking into our sat dish we’d had a few problems of late, so [Read more]

General footy writing: Away strips make me want to look away

By Andrew Gigacz It shouldn’t bother me but it does. On Friday night Hawthorn played away and wore a guernsey that was wrong on just too many levels. It was ugly – not just ugly to look at, but a representation of the ugliness that is modern footy marketing. Of course the AFL will tell [Read more]

Local Footy: Riverland FL special centenary match

by Nick Kossatch   The Riverland FL Centenary game produced a remarkable and controversial draw between North-Of-The-River and South-Of-The-River after North’s Ryan Bennett booted a 55-metre goal after the final siren.    There was confusion when the Renmark Oval scoreboard showed North being five-point victors and they celebrated accordingly.    The goal and field umpires [Read more]

View from Shepparton: Round 8

By Peter Schumacher I reckon the the games in Sydney and Adelaide prove that footy is the best code of all. A few years ago Kevin Sheedy asked why people would be bothered watching a game where one or two goals might be scored when they could watch our game and see many goals being [Read more]

Gigs’ stats: Round 8: Unbeaten pair in line for record

Andrew Gigacz’s Round 8 Stat. Declaration It appears that these are days of Dual Dominance. Last year, for the first time since 1936 and only the second time in history, we had two teams undefeated after eight rounds (Hawthorn and Geelong). It’s happened again in 2009, with St Kilda and Geelong both on eight wins. [Read more]

AFL Round 8: (FPS) Haiku Bob – gathering gloom

gathering gloom before and after defeat piles of dead leaves colour my thoughts old rivals enter the fray – dark clouds all our perfect passes during the warm up leaves twist and turn we fall under Judd’s spell drifting clouds Anthony pulls another shot for goal dappled light all our short passes too short autumn [Read more]

Local footy: VAFA report: Xavs grind out win

By Paul Daffey In the final round last year, Old Xaverians defeated Old Brighton in what many spectators said was the best game of amateur footy they’d seen for years. Yesterday’s A-section match at Elsternwick Park didn’t quite reach those heights, but it did have a similar intensity to the 2008 classic at the Brighton [Read more]

Local footy: Williamstown CYMS, Round 5: Willy too good at Yarra Valley

SENIORS YARRA VALLEY         2.1      4.3       5.4          8.8-56 WILLIAMSTOWN    6.4    11.9    16.10    18.13-121 Williamstown CYMS returned to the winning list with a resounding 65-point away win against the Yarra Valley Bushrangers at Domeney Reserve on Saturday. Still smarting from their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Eltham the week before, the CYs got away to a [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Freo: a tipster’s nightmare.

by Josh Barnstable I am in three footy tipping competitions at the moment. One at home, one at my dad’s work and one at my mum’s work. I picked Fremantle in each competition, I also used my ‘wild card’ at my mum’s work, where the amount of tips I got correct for this round, I [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Worth a $5 dabble?

by Josh Barnstable I am not very confident about this match. None of the other 14 teams would feel confident either. Geelong at Kardinia Park. Seems impossible. The odds are outstanding for the Cats. Mum put $5 on the Roos last night, even though she knows there is little hope. But things can happen in [Read more]

AFL Round 8: (FPS) I’d rather not be in Philadelphia

By Steve Fahey     I was bruised and battered and I couldn’t tell What I felt I was unrecognizable to myself I saw my reflection in a window I didn’t know My own face Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen   I’m not sure whether this applies more to the team or to we supporters.  [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Hawks too good for Freo

By Sasha Lennon   Fremantle: 9.11 (65) Hawthorn: 13.9 (87)   Round 8 and we’re three wins and four losses.  Hawthorn’s premiership defence was officially looking shaky and I was concerned.  I knew this for certain after I found myself preparing for the game – donning the Hawthorn socks, making sure I had the 2008 [Read more]

Weekend Memoir: Round the grounds

by John Harms   During the past week the scheduling of AFL matches has been a topic of discussion. Monday night’s match between Collingwood and St Kilda, despite being an ordinary game, seems to have been a reasonably successful experiment. However many feel that football has hijacked yet another day of the week.   Spreading [Read more]

Weekend read: John ‘Pa’ O’Keeffe – a true football person

by Patrick O’Keeffe   Pa taught me how to kick a stab pass, torpedo and drop kick. I think that I might have been about 6 or 7 at the time. I remember it being an overcast day, in a park not too far from Glenelg Oval. I was eager to impress my grandfather. Unfortunately [Read more]