2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 4 of 8

GROUP D Germany: One of the powerhouses of international football. They boast experience, speed and class in a well balanced team that is picked out mostly from the German Bundes Liga. However, the omission of Captain Michael Ballack through injury is a big loss. A man that is the heart of soul of German football [Read more]

Demons give the Blues too much of a start (again)

What gives a football club its identity? This is a question that could easily occupy a book. It is certainly beyond the proper scope of a match report. But it’s a question that comes to me when I ponder Melbourne’s current predicament. In the range of footy stereotypes, both Carlton and Melbourne are establishment clubs. [Read more]

SOMETIMES WE WIN

I make my way up the escalator at Southern Cross Station in a sanguine mood. The Tigers are no longer winless. All parallels with Fitzroy in ’64, the last league team to endure an entire season without a victory, are banished. Richmond may be on the bottom of the ladder, but hey, we win sometimes. [Read more]

Saints see off the Tigers in Simmonds’ final hurrah

By Steve Healy Troy Simmonds played his first match back in Round 4, 1999 against Carlton at Princes Park, wearing the red and blue and in number 46. He had four kicks in his first outing of what would be a career of highs and lows and many a criticism. Fast forward 4,031 days and [Read more]

West Coast go down fighting

West Coast v Geelong Almost two years ago, Geelong absolutely obliterated West Coast at Subiaco Oval on a Saturday night by 135 points. Sadly, I missed the game. But I was hoping that I would get a repeat of it in this match-up. All the signs pointed to an even bigger win, James Podsiadly in [Read more]

Demons not the only ones feeling the pain

After a week of work experience at the Shepparton News, I was readily looking forward to the weekend of footy, as is the case most weeks. All the time in fact. I stayed at my sister Hayley’s place for the whole week so I could easily get to the Shepp News instead of driving from [Read more]

Saints continue their streak

Last week Richmond won their first game of the year by 47 points over the hapless Port Power but that was last week, this week my boys Richmond come up against the Saints who we haven’t been able to defeat since round 4 2003, to think I’ve lost 11 bets since that game to my [Read more]

CENTRAL VICTORIAN SPORTS WRITERS AND COMMENTATORS

OVER a period of three decades I have worked with some interesting media people. All of the ones listed here have reported on, or broadcast, Bendigo and district footy fixtures. They have then gone on to to ply their craft in Melbourne at AFL level. In my early days at the Bendigo Advertiser it seemed [Read more]

GWS and NRL Converts- The Bigger Picture

I am by no means surprised by the negative reaction to Folau’s signing.  Not too long ago I completed a Master’s thesis about the commercialisation of sport and the impact this has had on the sporting community.  I wrote about how games were once an expression of the people, where citizens gathered for a common [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Flemington, Brisbane and Sydney Swimmers

Anyone working on the racecourse now is besieged by “responsible gambling” pamphleteers and a  determination to embrace a politically correct tide alerting any of the few wayward punters likely to visit our wind tunnel that they might lose. A lifetime in the betting ring has revealed many sad tales and it is a disease to [Read more]

Round 10: Port Adelaide v Richmond – Tigers wanted win more than Power

As a casual worker at K-Mart I’mm only given one shift aweek. One shift. I’m available any time outside school hours except for one time. When Richmond plays. When I took up my port time job I was sure these two commitments would never clash. I was wrong. 3:00-6:30, I won’t even get to see [Read more]

Traversing the great divide

When I was about ten, we moved back to Queensland. I had been born there but then spent a few years in the footy heaven that is Victoria. I was footy nuts. We knew a little bit about rugby league: that they threw the ball and that there was mad tackling. Once or twice we [Read more]

An Alternative Mid-Season Draft

By Jason Feldman Continuing the AFL’s bold recruitment of Issy Falou and Karmichael Hunt the existing 16 clubs staged a cross-code draft at Etihad Stadium today. The results are suprising.. Richmond – Sharelle McMahon, will provide assistance up forward to Jack Reiwoldt. Besides she’s harder at the ball than Jordan McMahon who will be traded [Read more]

Link: Cricket in the USA

What would be more fun than playing a game of cricket in Central Park? With a growing Indian expatriate community in the USA, there are attempts to revive the great colonial game. A cricket ground has even been built in Florida. The Guardian’s Spin blog casts an eye over developments. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jun/02/thespin

THE PRE WRAP – ROUND XI

FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  Akka is doing his best to rip apart the fabric of Whitten Oval.  Teddy certainly would have stuck it up him by now – in the nicest possible way of course. Boss Voss has had a few words to say about Big [Read more]

2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 3 of 8

By Domenic Favata GROUP C England: Warmly backed to have a real crack at this year’s title. Coach Fabio Capello expects big things from his side that boasts the names Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard and so on. There attacking style will see them progress onto the round of 16 and could do some damage there. They [Read more]

Can he make the step?

It’s been a contrasting week for Israel. One has had a shocker while the other has landed a nice earner with GWS. I leave debate about the former as one should never talk about politics and sport in the same thread, FINA and IOC corruption withstanding. Instead, I invite discussion on the latter as the [Read more]

Crows needed Cuba for extra bite

Cuba runs the gamut of emotions at Trevor Barker Oval. How’s that old showbiz chestnut go? …“never work with children or animals?” Trevor Barker Beach Road Oval on Saturday proved an unlikely venue for such a cliche’. Yes indeed, standby for another patented VFL introduction “tangent” …the first leg of another footballing daily double – two matches in [Read more]

Tennis: The more things change…

by Andrew Gigacz It’s just over four months since Sam Stosur bowed out of the Australian Open. You might remember Stosur’s brave but ultimately unsuccessful effort against Serena Williams. But you could hardly be blamed for not being able to recall it. Why? Because as that exciting match was unfolding, the Seven Network, in their [Read more]

Fickle Fev Fires Up in Fourth Quarter Surge

By Steve Healy The Lions are in danger. After five losses in a row following a 4-0 start, Brown and Fevola have supposedly playing injured and they have arguably lost their three best defenders in Merrett, Drummond and Adcock in the blink of an eye to bad injuries. This puts enormous pressure on blokes like [Read more]