AFL Round 9: North Melbourne v Fremantle: Resolute Roos hold out Dockers before paltry crowd

By Tim Ivins The AFL has a problem, a really big problem, as we’ve all discovered. The stadium deals negotiated by Wayne Jackson and Co don’t make sense. I settle down on the couch for the clash of those crowd-drawing behemoths, North Melbourne and Fremantle, and my thoughts turn to how Eugene Arocca and James [Read more]

Short Story: Grace

By Richard Holt “Good onya, Davo.” The old backman looked up and smiled. Dave Sendon had been around during the glory days when the Reds had reached three grand finals and snared two premierships in five years. The team had been the most feared in the league back then. Wozza’s Warriors, they’d been called and [Read more]

Cricket: Another Ashes squad announced

by Patrick O’Keeffe   One of my earliest sporting memories was sitting up in bed, listening to the radio coverage of the first test of the 1989 Ashes series. I was 8 years old and Deano was my hero. Although the Australian cricket team had been on the canvas throughout much of the 1980s, they [Read more]

Jones files: The lighter side of broadcasting in PNG

By Richard Jones I’VE been broadcasting either from the studio or from outside locations since the mid-1960s. I lived in Papua New Guinea from 1963-76. PNG was the Territory of Papua New Guinea before self-government in 1973 and independence in 1975. When I started calling amateur boxing tournaments from ringside for the ABC’s 9PA Port [Read more]

Local Footy: UQ notch a win, and seem to take on the local Ippy lingo

  by Avan Stallard       Div2 Reserves Match Report 16 May 2009 (BAFL)   Uni                  1.5       2.6       4.10    6.13 (49) Ipswich           1.0       2.3       3.4       3.9 (27)   We played really good on the weekend.  In the first quarter we wanted to beat the other side, who were Ipswich. [Read more]

Yarra Man: A half-back’s comparison of the Eastern league and the Ovens and Murray league

By Tavis Perry Last year I played for Blackburn in the Eastern Football League, which is commonly regarded as Victoria’s premier competition outside the VFL. This year I’ve transferred to Yarrawonga, which plays in arguably the strongest — and definitely the most even — country competition, the Ovens & Murray Football League. Often I’m asked, [Read more]

General Footy Writing: The Roys are back in town

By Adam Muyt Royboys.  It’s got to be one of the best nicknames in Australian football, conjuring up all sorts of affectionate images of a footy club and the people who followed it, most blessed with a particular (peculiar?) outlook and attitude.  And now it’s the title of a doco having its first airing at [Read more]

In the Sheds: Royboys’ turkey run unites distant clubs

By Paul Daffey The AFL’s Indigenous Round this weekend will promote unity through sport. For an example of such unity, look no further than the link formed by two clubs on opposite sides of the country, from opposite sides of the demographic coin. Warnum is a West Australian Aboriginal community that was once known as [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Melbourne v Bulldogs: Dees go close again

By Steve Healy It was clear from the start that the Dees would put up a fight against the Dogs, but a fight isn’t enough when you come out to win games in front of your home crowd. Matthew Bate kicked the opener for the Demons, which came as a surprise due to his recent [Read more]

General footy writing: It’s time mulligans were introduced to footy

By Darren Smith No one can accuse this forum of not covering the big issues … I recently used the term “mulligan” in a description of the Round 7 game between St Kilda and Essendon, suggesting that, if Essendon could have taken a mulligan for their first quarter, they would have. This claim was met [Read more]

General footy writing: Cats need Moons to cut funny business

By Damian O’Donnell Has the first crack appeared in the Geelong armour? For the last three seasons the Cats have been an organised, well-drilled organism. They have honoured “the process” and broken the game down to a few basic key-performance indicators. The group has overwhelmed the individual, and, to quote Pink Floyd, all the players [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Geelong v North Melbourne: The Cattery’s just fine by this Roos fan

Geelong versus North Melbourne 2.10pm, Saturday, 16 May Skilled Stadium, Geelong By Andrew Starkie I love The Cattery.  I love it for its friendliness, deep standing room, big sky and cold winds. I’m old school.  The Cattery is a reminder of the VFL.  It’s as close to country or suburban footy we have in the [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]

General footy writing: May 17, 1859 and the codification of footy

by John Harms   The date, May 17, is of great significance to the Australian nation. Especially footy-lovers.   Not that too many of us know about it.   On May 17, 1859, at the Parade Hotel, on Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, four men from the committee of the fledgling Melbourne Football Club (and maybe [Read more]

General footy writing: New coach: Grounds for change on tackle rule

By Andrew Fithall Crikey, the grounds are hard. In Round 1 a Williamstown Juniors under-16Ds player hit the turf and broke his arm. The ground hasn’t got any softer since then. It is Tuesday afternoon. I am at home when I should be at work. I am on carer’s leave. Bill is on a nearby [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Geelong v North Melbourne

By Ben Jensen Another chance to watch the Cats on Setanta this weekend — that’s two in a row! Unfortunately we had a prior engagement so had to “tape” the game and watch it the next morning. Due to an idiot neighbour hooking into our sat dish we’d had a few problems of late, so [Read more]

General footy writing: Away strips make me want to look away

By Andrew Gigacz It shouldn’t bother me but it does. On Friday night Hawthorn played away and wore a guernsey that was wrong on just too many levels. It was ugly – not just ugly to look at, but a representation of the ugliness that is modern footy marketing. Of course the AFL will tell [Read more]

Local Footy: Riverland FL special centenary match

by Nick Kossatch   The Riverland FL Centenary game produced a remarkable and controversial draw between North-Of-The-River and South-Of-The-River after North’s Ryan Bennett booted a 55-metre goal after the final siren.    There was confusion when the Renmark Oval scoreboard showed North being five-point victors and they celebrated accordingly.    The goal and field umpires [Read more]

View from Shepparton: Round 8

By Peter Schumacher I reckon the the games in Sydney and Adelaide prove that footy is the best code of all. A few years ago Kevin Sheedy asked why people would be bothered watching a game where one or two goals might be scored when they could watch our game and see many goals being [Read more]

Gigs’ stats: Round 8: Unbeaten pair in line for record

Andrew Gigacz’s Round 8 Stat. Declaration It appears that these are days of Dual Dominance. Last year, for the first time since 1936 and only the second time in history, we had two teams undefeated after eight rounds (Hawthorn and Geelong). It’s happened again in 2009, with St Kilda and Geelong both on eight wins. [Read more]