General footy writing: Carn the Arckos!

Tired of going to the Royal Park after games at the MCG? Punters looking for a more cerebral letdown after four quarters of footy might consider walking past the Royal Park and heading onto the Richmond Uniting Church in Church Street, where Tim Phillips’ Arcko Symphonic Project is putting on a Pulling the Strings recital [Read more]

In the Sheds: Not a level playing field

One of the great things about footy is that every ground is different. Unlike soccer and rugby pitches, which are uniform in dimension, footy grounds can be as big as the sky or as small as a pie, with straight wings or bulbous wings or a kink in one pocket. Another factor that sets grounds [Read more]

General footy writing: The top ten stepladders

By Paul Daffey 1. Garry Lyon The former Melbourne captain is to be commended for his habit of getting in front. But such are the pitfalls of this noble practice that it made him the ideal stepladder for some towering marks from spring-heeled teammates. In 1995, Lyon got into the spirit of the construction work [Read more]

Yarra Man: The lowdown on the elite

By Tavis Perry THE talk of whether Lou Richards should be inducted into the AFL hall of fame coincided with Jason Akermanis’ 300th game. Aker is undoubtedly one of my favourite all-time players. The subsequent articles on him and the hall of fame inductees made for some interesting reading on one of my favourite topics: [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Hawks do enough

by Steve Healy This game was never going to be a blockbuster. But how can a game be a blockbuster when it is played in a Sunday twilight timeslot? I hopped on the train at an unfamiliar time in the afternoon for the second time in five weeks. Luckily, it wasn’t a Demons home game [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Dogs may be the real deal after all

by Josh Barnstable I am very nervous. I’m on the phone, waiting to be introduced. As I sit there, Kathy Bedford and Peter ‘Crackers’ Keenan talk footy and are about to introduce me to the Friday Afternoon panel. Finally I’m given an introduction and my radio gig flows nicely. Asked for my tip on tonight’s [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Port blown away

by Nick Kossatch With the Western Bulldogs just failing against unbeaten Geelong – Port’s match against the contested-ball kings, Sydney, was a chance for the club to gain respect from afar as well as outright third on the AFL premiership ladder. It was time for the Power to show their mettle, away from the safe [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Kangas fight back

by Josh Barnstable Saturday’s are about sleeping in and enjoying a nice day at home in the warmth of the lounge room watching the footy. Not for me though. Up at seven today after a late night of watching the footy. I really don’t feel like playing footy as I would rather go back to [Read more]

Haiku Bob: poking holes

    Dreamtime – end to end Leon poking holes in the rolling zone           real-time TV Pendlebury spots targets out of picture           Anthony shoots – the moon post-high           Indian summer we suddenly kick it to the hot spots     [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Under the wing of Gull

by Paul Mitchell There seemed no reason for our bit part ruck/forward to be nicknamed ‘Gull’. I attributed the moniker to the fact that his mullet stuck out ingloriously at the sides, made him look like a windblown seagull. I didn’t know his real name, but that didn’t matter – when I called out ‘Gull!’ he [Read more]

AFL Round 9: The View From Shepparton

by Peter SchumacherSydney and Adelaide. How I fervently wish that Brisbane and Western Bulldogs had been in that list. Can’t blame the umpies for Brisbane‘s loss, though as one correspondent was quoted as texting on Jon Faine’s (ABC Melbourne) program this morning  Brown doesn’t have a back apparently or words to that effect.Tasmania has officially said [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Field of dreams – all types really.

by John Green The MCG is a field of dreams. All types of dreams. For some, the vision of reconciliation between Australia’s original inhabitants and its newcomers. A resurgent Bombers under Matthew Knights are dreaming of creating yet another successful era borne on the wings of fleet-footed youngsters. Richmond, they may as well be dreaming [Read more]

AFL Round 9: What pain is that?

By Andrew Gigacz   When my son Oliver was about three, he took an interest in birds. Living near a park afforded us an opportunity to be exposed to all manner of feathered creatures. Many were easy to identify: magpies, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets.   But Oliver has an eye for detail and he soon became [Read more]

AFL Round 9: (FPS) Pies work together for Tarks in the west

by Andrea Mcnamara Collingwood 12.16.88 West Coast   9.12.66 I like to get my game preparation right, and looking back, I know I wasn’t ready for either that Monday Massacre or the Sunday Blues game. With both, life got in the way of footy – I hadn’t fully absorbed how much the team had changed since [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Nightmare at the G

By Michael Allan I don’t know what to think of Richmond anymore. At the start of the year I penciled the dreamtime match in as one of our 14 wins on the way to September. Seven losses later I’m struggling to keep up with all that is wrong with Richmond. It started off with their [Read more]

AFL Round 9: West Coast lose to the Pies at home?

by David Bruce   I didn’t watch this game.  Didn’t see a single second of it, and if I have my way it will stay that way. In truth, I’ve not watched a game live since the 2005 GF, but living here in Canberra it couldn’t be any other way even if I wanted it [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Round 9

by Andrew Gigacz     Round 9 was officially Indigenous Round but it could have just as aptly been named Paradox Round. With St Kilda in danger of losing their first game of the season until deep in the last quarter against Brisbane, and Geelong relying on a post-final-siren miss by the Bulldogs Brad Johnson [Read more]

Round 9: Richmond v Essendon: Dream land gives way to dreamtime victory

By Rod Oaten When you follow the Essendon footy club for more than 60 years  you have a store of great memories, and in the first half of this match at the ’G the Dons were playing lacklustre, indecisive and error-prone footy, while Richmond were too good at getting the ball out of the centre [Read more]

AFL Round 9: North Melbourne v Fremantle: Resolute Roos hold out Dockers before paltry crowd

By Tim Ivins The AFL has a problem, a really big problem, as we’ve all discovered. The stadium deals negotiated by Wayne Jackson and Co don’t make sense. I settle down on the couch for the clash of those crowd-drawing behemoths, North Melbourne and Fremantle, and my thoughts turn to how Eugene Arocca and James [Read more]

Short Story: Grace

By Richard Holt “Good onya, Davo.” The old backman looked up and smiled. Dave Sendon had been around during the glory days when the Reds had reached three grand finals and snared two premierships in five years. The team had been the most feared in the league back then. Wozza’s Warriors, they’d been called and [Read more]