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Ken Piesse: Favourites sons of the GOULBURN VALLEY

KEN PIESSE: FAVOURITE SONS FROM THE GOULBURN VALLEY Years ago I was interviewing an old Australian cricketer, one-Test wonder George Thoms, when he stopped in mid-sentence and said: ‘Ken… you’re a good listener.’ ‘George,’ I said, ‘I just love hearing all your stories.’ Footy or cricket, I have been a sucker for a good yarn [Read more]

Eulogy: University don inspired footy history study

By Rod Gillett The ability to inspire performance is a quality that is most often attributed to sports coaches. It is also attributed to teachers of art, music and literature, even mathematics.  Many of us have had a teacher profoundly influence our scholastic life and engender in us an enduring enthusiasm for a particular subject. [Read more]

Schauble likely to miss grand final re-match

by Rod Gillett Former Sydney Swans best & fairest Andrew Schauble is likely to miss the Middle East AFL grand final re-match when the Dubai Heat travel to the Sultanate of Oman to play the Muscat Magpies in their round 3 at the Muscat Rugby Club on Friday. Schauble is suffering from a flu virus [Read more]

Local Footy: Sydney footy makes up for unfortunate events of a century ago to claim new home at Blacktown

By Rod Gillett The recent Sydney AFL Grand Final was played at the new stadium at the Blacktown Olympic Park, which has become the new “home” for local footy in Sydney. It is significant location given that the GWS AFL team is to be based at this facility. GWS is of course, the acronym being [Read more]

Local Footy: Australian footy looking very healthy on NSW north coast

Australian football is now firmly established on the north coast of NSW. The game, which had humble beginnings but grand ambitions when it was started just over 30 years ago, continues to make headway and has now cemented its place on the sporting landscape.

Local Footy: All rivalries change, even the very strongest ones

By Paul Daffey A few years ago, I was researching a story on rivalries in local footy and I consulted that treasure trove of footy knowledge Rod Gillett for background on Echuca and Rochester. Rocket, who spent part of his childhood in both towns (he likes country and western), passed on some gems of information, [Read more]

Local Footy: Rochester should be the Demons for a day

By Rod Gillett The local derby is in my view the essence of Australian football. This is much more pronounced at the grassroots level than at the AFL level, whether it be in the country, the amateurs, the suburbs, and even between schools. It’s particularly poignant in the bush. Training intensifies, supporters start talking about [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: Huey’s cherry-ripe for the Swans job

By Rod Gillett The news that Sydney Swans chief executive officer Myles Baron-Hay is stepping down at the end of the season will spark speculation in the Melbourne media about a replacement from the football managerial stocks, with all the usual suspects being given a run. The best man to run the club in my [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: What’s in a name for footy clubs? Plenty

By Rod Gillett When the Ardlethan and Ariah Park-Mirrool football clubs in southern NSW agreed to amalgamate for the 2004 season they could have combined their names in the fashion of another (quite famous) Riverina club, Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. Instead they came up with the moniker Northern Power, as they had decided to adopt a Port [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: Koroit pair almost steal premiership cup from Dubai Heat’s grasp

By Rod Gillett It was more than a truly international clash on football’s latest frontier; it was a classic Bush Boys versus City Slickers encounter. The inaugural Middle East AFL grand final pitted the unbeaten Dubai Heat, who are based in the United Arab Emirates, against the Muscat Magpies from neighbouring Oman. Dubai is an [Read more]

Local Footy: University of New England footballers spread the word

By Rod Gillett Most uni footy clubs are renowned for getting up to some hi-jinx. The Bushpigs based at Charles Sturt University’s Wagga campus claim to be “Australia’s most socially innovative football club” while the University of Queensland’s Red Lions took the their nickname from the Glencoe pub – an historic hotel on the New [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: Riverina review puts Farrer clubs in danger

By Rod Gillett There will be no forced mergers of club, according to the Review of Australian Football & Netball in Southern NSW released in Wagga  on Friday. It’s a review that proposes a blending of the current Riverina and Farrer football leagues into a new competition to be known as AFL Riverina. In a [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: Rick Quade deserves place among Swans’ greats

By Rod Gillett Rick Quade stepped down from the Swans’ board of directors only last year, after almost 40 years of service for the South Melbourne/Sydney Swans Football Club. Since beginning as a player in 1970, he’s been captain, coach, chairman of selectors and a board member. Recently he heeded another call to serve the [Read more]


2011 Round 7 Port Adelaide vs. Hawthorn Merryn Sherwood Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney Swans Manuka Oval  David Butler Geelong Cats vs. North Melbourne Skilled Stadium Craig Down Richmond vs. Fremantle MCG Michael Allan Gold Coast Suns vs. Brisbane Lions Tim Pekin Essendon vs. West Coast Eagles  Andrew Else Melbourne vs. Adelaide Crows MCG Steve Healy St. Kilda [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]

Old East Fremantle Would Have Been A Contender

  by Rod Gillett and Dave Warner   When Paddy Ryder was awarded the Anzac Medal for his game for Essendon in this year’s match against Collingwood it occurred to me that here was yet another top-class player produced by the East Fremantle Football Club. I thought there was a story in it. I contacted [Read more]

Sydney Uni align with Collingwood — and stick with blue and gold colours

By Rod Gillett When the Collingwood Football Club first sat down with the Sydney University Australian National Football Club to talk about the proposal to field an under-eighteen team in the Sydney AFL competition the uni officials made it quite clear that the team’s colours would be blue and gold. This was not an issue [Read more]

Almanac (Footy) History: Before Tomahawk there was Jumping Jack

Jack Hawkins has been nominated to the inaugural AFL NSW Hall of Fame. Rod ‘Rocket’ Gillett caught up with him recently.

Almanac Rugby League – You’ve just got to love footy

Matt O’Hanlon takes us on a rollicking ride through his family’s love affair with rugby league. Put on your seatbelt!

Almanac History – January 30 over the years

The Almanac investigates January 30 – major events, births, cricket and the arts. There are too many to choose from, but Ian Hauser remembers some that left an impression on him.