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Crio’s Question: Given Victoria’s triumphs in so many codes, does footy have anything to fear in its heartland?

When “other” national codes begun a concerted push in to Melbourne, many “dedicated” AFL fans (and the parent body, I suspect) exhibited ill-will towards them. It was us or them. Even the Socceroos and the Wallabies were not to be supported lest a foothold be conceded in Victoria. According to my son Tom, untainted from [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Well done, Geelong

It’s the night before the Grand final. I need to get to sleep, but I’m still tossing and turning on my bed. I’ve set my alarm for 8am, but since my alarm clock has been knocked many times with the batteries flying everywhere, I could wake up at half-time tomorrow. I wake up to a [Read more]

Footy Weather: Grand Final conditions to resemble Kardinia Park in July

By Brett Dutschke Strong winds are not only transporting soil to other parts of the country they are also making some places feel quite foreign. Just three days after a dust-blown Sydney resembled Coober Pedy, the Melbourne Cricket Ground this Saturday will be cold, wet and windy – more like Kardinia Park in July.

Racing: Sometimes, just sometimes, they change a race name for the better

By Chris Riordan Many of us old-timers lament the name changes that devalue feature races. But none, I suspect, resent the old Freeway Stakes being renamed in honor of Moonee Valley Champion , Manikato. Tonight’s 1200-metre weight-for-age race is a great tribute to Manikato, who won this race twice as well as recording five consecutive [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Full points for my mate the goal umpire

by Darren Dawson The Saints v Bulldogs prelim final was a cracker of a game. It was impossible even for the impartial viewer not to get caught up in the romance of two historically unsuccessful clubs battling it out for a spot in the grand final. The game itself did not disappoint. However, for me [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap: A salute to Lloyd for memorable career

For the Philosophical Marngrook Follower What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie. Now here’s some Breaking News.  Lloydy may have played his last game in the Red & Black of Whingy Hill.  The story going around is that Coach Knighter wants him to play further up the ground (about fourth row in the W.H. [Read more]

Local Footy: Little Lions roar in Tassie Midlands grand final

By Daryl Sharpen About an hour’s drive north of Hobart is the town of Oatlands, in the Tasmanian Midlands. In a long forgotten past it served as a carriage stop for travellers as they made their way north or south in a penal colony known as Van Diemen’s Land. It is generally considered to be [Read more]

Local Footy: Memories of Tungamah

By Jack Sheridan My first recollection of seeing the Tungamah footy team would have been as an ankle-biter in the early 1930s when they played in the green and gold — like  the old Northcote team in the VFA, green with a gold yoke and collar.  My father played for Tunga. I recall that during [Read more]

Local Footy: Benalla and District league’s demise is a sad event in country footy

By Hamish Cameron This September, spare a thought for Victoria’s smallest football league. After years of conjecture and a recent review by the Victorian Country Football League administration, the Benalla and District Football League has been deemed unsustainable. Therefore, following the finals, the league will disband – after more than 60 years of blood, sweat, [Read more]

General Footy Writing: The Sydney footy club has a much longer history than you might think

When did the Sydney Football Club play its first game? a)      1877 b)      1881 c)       1903 d)      1983 If you answered b) you were correct. The first recorded game of Australian football was played in Sydney in 1877 when Carlton visited to play the Waratahs Rugby Club in both rugby and “Victorian Rules”.  The Sydney [Read more]

AFL Finals–Week 1: Carlton capitulation leaves me stunned

We have finally reached the month of September and of course in AFL circles this signifies the finals series. September brings out the best and worst in all involved with the football world as the Top 8 teams strive for that elusive premiership cup. Two of those sides, the Brisbane Lions and Carlton, are to [Read more]

Poetry: From the Bounce by Michael Viljoen

From that first cherry plucked when Adam was small To when suburban clan rivalries divided us all Words mêlée and fight as our poets recite The deeds and the lore of football Though others assume this most sacred name As rugby, and gridiron, even soccer may claim Of feats gazed upon in sport’s pantheon From [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap: Finals — Week 1

THE PRE WRAP – WEEK 1 OF SEPTEMBER For the Philosophical Marngrook Follower What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  Out at Whinging Hill, The Bombers stood up in the tackle.  Taking sound advice from the Senior Associate at Downright Lie & Procrastinate, Sir Frank Downright, they swallowed their medicine and pleaded guilty as [Read more]

In the Sheds: Peckett skates through busy life as father and footballer

WHEN this column yesterday rang former St Kilda defender Justin “Frankie” Peckett, he was skateboarding through the streets of Brighton. Peckett, 36, often gets about on his skateboard, especially if he has to commute from the North Melbourne office of Leading Teams, where he works, for an appointment with a corporate big shot in the [Read more]

AFL Round 22: Bend it like Blighty

Port Adelaide versus North Melbourne 7.10pm, Saturday, August 29 AAMI Stadium I don’t like watching footy on TV.  I feel disengaged, not part of the action.  I can’t smell the air, feel the atmosphere or become emotionally involved with the game.  The screen is too small to capture all the action on our large, oval [Read more]

The Wrap: Round XXII

What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  THE TIGERS exit Season 2009 in pretty much the same way they entered it – with an embarrassing thumping, this time at the hands of next years’ big improver.  The Hoopers got back on the winners’ list with an impressive win in the wet down at The [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap, Round XXII: Buddy appeal a strange one for family club

For the Philosophical Marngrook Follower What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Hawks’ appeal against the one week suspension of Big Buddy (Fast becoming Bad Boy Buddy – Ed) was always doomed.  And one can only surmise why they wrote out the cheque.  Reminiscent of Black Jack’s war of attrition on the Artful [Read more]

Fifth Test: A good night spoiled as Punter’s exit sums up series

by John Harms I’m feeling really ripped off. About the cricket. Even more ripped off than I felt in 1975 when those activists dug up the pitch at Headingley and McCosker and Walters didn’t get the chance to chase the huge total England had set for them. They would have got `em. My 13-year-old mind [Read more]

The Wrap: Come Sunday and the boilovers continued

The Penultimate Home & Away Round What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Doggies chewed up The Pradas which is sure to lift spirits around at The Kennel and have The Handbags thinking about changing their brand name (Maybe to the wet paper bags – Ed).  Carlton win comfortably without looking convincing.  The [Read more]

Fifth Test, Day 3: There you have it — all preconceptions blown out the window

It’s a sad reflection of my life that I offered to write this Saturday night for the cricket report.  The once youthful, bundle of energy that I was has fallen the ways of the domestic silent majority and was happily watching SBS (not the usual late night programs) through the night to see if Australia [Read more]