In the Sheds: PM rewards multi-talented Mifsud

By Paul Daffey JASON Mifsud is a footballer who’s well known at all levels of the game, having achieved success as a playing-coach at Koroit in the Hampden Football League before becoming an assistant coach at St Kilda under Grant Thomas and the Western Bulldogs under Rodney Eade. In recent years Mifsud has worked with [Read more]

General Footy Writing: A life of a Pie

By Danielle Eid I was recently asked by Paul Daffey why I barrack for Collingwood. So I was inspired to write up a piece on why I am one of those Collingwood supporters you love to hate. When my Dad came to Australia he lived with his uncle (my Godfather) and together they started the [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]

Gigs’ Stats: Round-12 Stat. Declaration

By Andrew Gigacz STATITORIAL — DEMETRIOU’S VERSION OF EVEN-HANDEDNESS In his role as AFL CEO, Andrew Demetriou often has to perform delicate balancing acts in order to keep all parties happy. But he has taken that concept to a new level over the past couple of weeks. With the decision not to move the Round-14 [Read more]

Haiku Bob: Community Cup — shifty winds

pre-match the dressing room fills with smoke     Community Cup – decked out in team colours the family dog     in the clinches beer guts hold right of way     burly rover streams forward way up ahead his former self     rain comes the crowd on the hill unmoved     [Read more]

State-level Footy: Clarence player flashes into Tassie footy folklore

By Bill Walker With the current Ute Gate affair taking national headlines away from Tasmania, where a Labor minister recently  fell on her sword simply for employing her mother and two sisters without considering due process, a southern Tasmanian footballer has taken the initiative to steal the headlines back where they belong — and flash [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]

General Footy Writing: The ultimate Cats man has an inexplicable flaw

By Damian O’Donnell I’ve got a mate who barracks for Geelong. I hadn’t seen him for a few months, but bumped into him at a house-warming function on Saturday afternoon. Describing Bunter as a barracker is completely inadequate. Words like “supporter” or “member” or even “Cats man” also fall a long way short. These describe [Read more]

AFL Round 12: The Wrap

By John Mosig What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  A short one, true, but full of drama.  Firstly The Bombers risk a fine for bringing THE GAME into disrepute with a thorough spanking of The Wretched Redlegs.  The Pies run hot for Coach Brewery’s 600th and put a bit off pressure on the [Read more]

VAFA: Round 9 wrap

By Paul Daffey Old Xaverians and De La Salle have stamped themselves as clearly the best two A-section teams at the season’s halfway mark after notching further impressive victories at the weekend. Xavs demolished Collegians by 100 points at Toorak Park in a match that said as much about the losers as the winners. On [Read more]

VAFA: Williamstown CYMS v Old Westbourne

SENIORS WILLIAMSTOWN        8.6    9.6    13.8    14.10-94 OLD WESTBOURNE    0.0    4.1      4.2       7.5-47 WILLIAMSTOWN Goal Kickers: T. Wheeler 4, W. Cooper 2, Z. Read 2, J. Reid 2, S. Barlow, B. Gray, N. Walsh, B. Lethborg Best Players: J. Hynes, S. McGuinness, Z. Read, J. Connors, B. Hynes, T. Wheeler OLD WESTBOURNE Not available Williamstown CYMS [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Sydney v Collingwood: Victory is determined by whether I record the game or not

By Andrew Fithall Given every supporter controls the outcome of every match, it is amazing there are ever outcomes at all. Some people affect the result by attending the game, some by not attending. Listening to the game live on radio when the telecast is delayed has also been known to directly affect the performance [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Shaw, the slipping Swan

by    Danielle Eid Ahh, can it get any better? Exams are over and my family is happy to have the ‘normal’ Danni back. I was able to ace my Literature, History and Media exams (haven’t got my English back yet) However to my dismay I produced a Rhyce Shaw by slipping on my accounting exam.  [Read more]

General Footy Writing: How teenage girls choose a footy team

By Danielle Eid My friends can never understand, and will never understand, my attachment to footy. They don’t see a reason to fuss over a key player getting reported, or to cry over a rivalry thrashing. At school I’m known for two things: 1. My obsession with the Jonas Brothers (my favorite boy band, especially [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Sydney v Collingwood: Pies make Shaw of strong win

By Steve Fahey One of the unfortunate consequences of the draft has been the frequency with which siblings end up at different clubs.  Let’s call it the Selwood phenomenon, if it doesn’t already have a name. While the father-son rule has been great in helping maintain and build family traditions within clubs, siblings ending up [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]

AFL Round 12: Richmond v West Coast: Tiger Kop barely moved to song by humdrum win

By Sam Steele They’ve got a Kop at Richmond these days! Rushing into Docklands just as the ball is bounced, I’m expecting a new dawn of sorts as the Tigers start life under new coach, Jade Rawlings.  He’s dropped all the old-timers in the team apart from Cousins, and is expecting our youngest team in [Read more]

Round 12: Carlton v St Kilda: Even a Tigers fan admits the Blues deserves praise

By Sam Steele I’m home alone – a rare event in the Steele household.  Older son Tom has gone to the game with some university mates.  Younger son Billy is at a party.  My better half, the non-footballing Yang to the football-mad Yin of the three boys in the family, is having a family reunion [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Mega mid-season stat declaration

Forget all the other mid-season reviews. Here are the four most important things so far gleaned from this season: 1.    FOOTY TIPSTERS TIPPING TIP – WHEN TO PICK CARLTON So many factors come into play when deciding which team to pick on a Friday afternoon. Is player X in this week? Is player Y carrying [Read more]

The Wrap: Part 2 of Round 12

By John Mosig What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The big question is out there in The Burbs, at The Family Club.  Is the Football Department about to be Jeffed?  They’re certainly playing as though they already have been.  The news came in the form of an apology from The Prez, to the [Read more]