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]

Little Voices

  by Vin Maskell   We drank tea in the kitchen on the hill Listening to the players wandering Looking for their football in the fog. The kettle boiled, the whistle blew The steam from the cups Caressed our faces. Below in the white still darkness The players kept calling: Nicknames and coaches’ orders. A [Read more]

This Geelong Life

  by Ed Harcourt   “You don’t know what love is until you’ve learned the meaning of the blues.” It was June 16 1991. A typical Melbourne day at the MCG. Round 13 of The Australian Football League’s season was my first as a member of The Geelong Football Club. We sat on the wing [Read more]

Thin white moon

by Haiku Bob     Fraser’s stoop the long curve of the thin white moon             crisp autumn night Pendlebury sticks his little gives             leafless trees Lockyer finds himself loose           rolling zone the crumb gatherer wheels right and bends [Read more]

Superdogs overcome tardy start

By Nick Kossatch RIVERLAND’S over-35s football side, the Superdogs, travelled to Blyth in South Australia’s Mid North and returned home 31-point victors. With a depleted side the Doggies “went to work” after a tardy start. The spring-heeled Nick “Kossy” Kossatch had a reason to jump higher in the ruck as his lady friend Nat was [Read more]

Loxton show they’ve got the goods

By Nick Kossatch Loxton’s Peter Smith kicked five goals to help his side to an upset four-goal win against Waikerie in the Headspace third round of South Australia’s Riverland footy league. The Tigers began in blazing fashion, skipper Leigh Kruger and Braden Smith setting the tone. Centreman Kruger helped set up youngster Jackson Fielke for [Read more]

Little devils fire up while Demons take another step

By Barry Levinson It’s only now, in my early thirties, that I’m beginning to think maybe one day I wouldn’t mind having kids. So far I can think of two good reasons. First, it would be handy having someone able to work out how to program the video recorder.  Second, and most important, it would [Read more]

Warm feeling on a cold day

By Damian O’Donnell It was mid-winter, the mud was cold and deep, and the rain had a sting to it. It came down on that awkward winter angle where no part of the body is shielded. My footy boots were full of water and my long-sleeve jumper hung shapeless, like a clock face in a [Read more]

Essendon fan gets the same old feeling

by Rod Oaten I guess it started some 15 years ago as a Da/Father/Son day but Da gave up about 5 years ago due to age, he is now over 92, and stays in his aged care facility in Northcote and listens on the radio. Family days at the footy have always been important to [Read more]

You’ll be shocked by Richo’s anagram. Or maybe you won’t

  Andrew Gigacz’s Round 6 Stat. Declaration As we bask in the aftermath of the AFL’s (under-publicised) Star Wars Round (May the 4th, be with you) Geelong and St Kilda continue to dominate the data deliberation. Actually, when you think about it, there’s a strong link between Star Wars and the Saints. Luke Skywalker was [Read more]

St Kilda give the Bullies a twittering

by Tim Ivins ? portlygentleman Crunch game, can the St Kilda defence stifle the free-running Dogs? and will the Dogs prove that they can match it with the best? ? portlygentleman Saints unchanged in Dal Santo’s 150th, Everitt in for Williams. Goddard on Higgins looks like a great match up. ? portlygentleman The Saints unbeaten [Read more]

It’s SimCity Time!

by John Kingsmill   In the current SimCity Adelaide Stadium Debate, I hope that the Advertiser’s report of State Treasurer Kevin Foley’s plan to move AFL from AAMI Stadium to Victoria Park and to couple footy with car-racing was flippant. I hope that Kevin Foley was only thinking aloud, exploring the last thing that someone [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Ignoring the Derby

By LES EVERETT I don’t like derbies. It stems from a highly immature dislike for the Eagles that does not need to be explained in detail here. So my game plan for the big day – Fremantle v West Coast – was to set the recorder, ignore the game and watch it if the Dockers [Read more]