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]

Haiku Bob – AFL Round 22 – unmistakable stench

twilight game the city’s groan circles the Dome from wing to wing we try to make the ball go forward Dogs on another fast break paint peeling from the rafters leisurely Leon spears a pass to his opponent getting jumpy Wellingham crumbs and goals his own fumble twilight our hopes slowly fade but fade they [Read more]

AFL Round 22: Pies need to go back to the drawing board

By Tony Scully Evening, Floreat Picans, or should I say, Mourning? I went for a long and arduous pushbike ride on Sunday morning. As I struggled into a headwind (I was thinking of the match later in the day to take my mind off the pain) I was swooped by a zealous Magpie. I thought [Read more]

Ireland Correspondent: Kennelly stars in ill-starred final

By Peter Lenaghan There are five minutes to go in the second All-Ireland football semi final. Emily and I are watching the game in a south Dublin bar, but we are distracted by a bowl of hot chips and the rain tumbling down outside. In truth, the game lost our attention a while ago.

Crio’s Question: What is a pass mark for the top four teams?

All real fans get excited when their team reaches September and has genuine claims of raising that cup. (What is it actually?) I’d guess that, although Carlton, Essendon and Brisbane are given no chance of getting through, each would rate their season as a success. Adelaide, now contenders, also will emerge with ticks. But what [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Season’s highest score, flag omens and much, much more

Andrew Gigacz’s Round 22 Stat. Declaration A PLEASIN’ SEASON FOR MORE THAN ONE REASON Everyone knows who won and we know who’s playing who and where and when next week, so let’s get straight down to the stats that really don’t matter:

Local Footy: CYs fall short in tight, tense affair

SENIORS PENINSULA               1.4    3.8    9.11    15.16-106 WILLIAMSTOWN    1.1    5.3     9.4      11.6-72 PENINSULA Goal Kickers: J. Rombotis 4, J. Coghlan 3, T. Coghlan 2, B. Southam 2, S. Payze, A. Wood, J. Heron, T. Scarpella Best Players: A. Wood, S. Barbour, T. Coghlan, S. Grigg, R. Powney, S. Payze WILLIAMSTOWN Goal Kickers: T. Wheeler 5, J. [Read more]

View From Shepparton: Lions with a home final? Wish I still lived in Queensland

Brisbane get a home final, how good is that? I never dreamed at the beginning of the year that they would achieve that. In my heart rather than my mind I thought that they might finish eighth but I wasn’t really a believer. What better test than to beat an emotionally charged Sydney in Sydney?

AFL Round 22: Dees see out legends with plucky performance

Walking into the MCG is harder than normal today, knowing that a few club champions’ careers are at an end. I sit in my usual reserved seat, with the usual 50-year old man sitting in front of me, who I notice isn’t wearing a hat for the first home game this year.

AFL Round 22: Roos win match that is much better than it looked on paper

This game on paper looks terrible. But there’s more meaning behind it when two Port players, who’ve been there since it all started, are hanging up their boots. Brendon Lade and Peter Burgoyne will finish with 474 games and 374 goals between them. In Round 1, 1997, both of them kicked a goal each in [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]

VAFA: De La replace Tigers in second spot on day of Ammos drama

There was only one change of note on the A- and B-section ladders after Saturday’s final round, but there was a lot of drama before what turned out to be little movement. In A-section, De La Salle earned the double chance after replacing St Bede’s-Mentone Tigers in second place with an 87-point victory at Waverley [Read more]

AFL Round 22: The only thing worse than a humiliating Carlton defeat is the feedback from cocky Crows supporters who’ve ventured across the border

The incomparable element of Round 22 is the excitement surrounding the matches that will shape the finals series. The best example is final round of the 1987 season when Steve Kernahan’s wobbly helicopter punt after the siren against North Melbourne at Waverley gave the Blues top spot and of course the hysteria surrounding the Melbourne [Read more]

General Footy Writing: A word of thanks for Glenn Manton

I will never forget my Year 11 retreat day. Retreats in all-girl schools usually mean one thing: crying. The retreat I remember the most was Year 9 and it was the last ‘Footsteps’ session. The whole year level was lying on the carpet in a dark hall crying our eyes out as girls made up [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Musings from a Swans fan on the Eade factor

Although raised as a diehard South Melbourne supporter, I was euphoric when they moved to Sydney in 1982. Finally, I thought, I am going to be able to experience the feeling of seeing my poor, humble, working-class team win a flag.

General Footy Writing: As curious as it might sound, I’m a Crows supporter and I love my club

By Richard Arrowsmith A little while back I quoted Mark Bickley when he said on his retirement: “I have a club that I love, and it loves me back”. More recently, I wrote of Patrick Dangerfield: “… if I have anything to say about it, Danger Mouse is going to love his club, and his [Read more]

AFL Round 22: Arrrrggghhhh!!! Magpies force me to attack Nutella jar with a spoon

On Friday night I decided not to watch the footy after hearing that my favourite actor Colin Firth’s movie Nanny McPhee was on the TV. By the end of the movie I felt so very annoyed, I said:  “Be damned Colin Firth! Why do you have to be 49 years old AND married?” Colin is [Read more]

Round 22: Tigers find a fitting way to end the season

At the start of the season this game was going to mean a lot. It was going to be Richmond’s victory leading into its first finals campaign since 2001; it was hopefully also going to be the homecoming and celebration of Ben Cousins returning to Subiaco to face his old club. Twenty-one rounds later and [Read more]

AFL Round 22: Bombers charge down home straight towards the finals

So it all comes down to this. We must beat last year’s premiers to make the eight. Them or  us. Desperation is the name of today’s game. The Bombers have made hard work of trying to make the finals. Winning thrillers against top teams but failing to consolidate against lower placed teams has placed us [Read more]

Local Footy: Loxton win through to Riverland Grand Final

By Nick Kossatch The Loxton Tigers are through to the RFL A grade Grand Final after their fighting 14-point win against the Waikerie Magpies in the 2nd Semi-Final at Loxton North oval.