Crio’s tip: to win more, put more on Onemorenomore

After the fiasco at Caulfield, my faith in the betting ring as central to a day’s racing was restored at Moonee Valley where a massive crowd bet ferociously on what was the busiest day I’ve had on the bag in memory. Despite the early shorties arriving, the value was good, you could lay plenty of [Read more]

The Rumble in the Jungle

Champion of the World by Andrew Starkie Ali told everyone he was going to dance.  Foreman trained for this.  In sparring, he practised cutting off the ring.  Closing in and cornering his opponents like prey to be devoured. You can’t dance without a dance floor. Everyone was frightened for Ali – his people, Foreman’s people, [Read more]

Makybe joins the Rockferry crew

By Mark Makybe Freeman Clambering to the summit of the racing season, punters, ready to drive our flagpole into the peak… er… to enjoy the best racing has to offer. Our oxygen (cash supply) is running low, but we’re alive and kicking. Always a fascinating program, Derby Day, all group races, including four group 1s. [Read more]

18 might just go into 2

by Tavis Perry There are going to be 18 teams in the AFL competition by 2012. While I’m all for expanding the competition and growing the game nationally, I honestly think the time is right to look at introducing two conferences instead of having the mundane set-up we have now. I understand there will be [Read more]

His Excellency, Terry Daniher, Ambassador for Football in the Middle East

By Sheikh Mohammed bin Rocket Bounding up the steps of the Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai last week to attend the Middle East AFL Sportsman’s Night the bloke in front of me kindly held the door open for me, “Thanks T.D.”, I said. ” Rocket, old son, what you are doing here?” exclaimed Terry Daniher. [Read more]

Not Crio’s Question: What will the Dogs and Dees cop in next year’s fixture?

by Andrew Gigacz When the 2009 fixture was released on this day last year, I for one was not surprised to see the Western Bulldogs heading off for six interstate matches, NONE of which were to be covered on free-to-air TV. In fact it was actually an improvement on 2008, in which the Dogs were [Read more]

AFL Club Awards: A year to forget for the Hawks

Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy Well, well, well. What can I say about this mob? Their season started with a shocking loss to Geelong, although only by eight points it was 23 to 34 scoring shots, and the Hawks trailed by 37 at three quarter time. The Hawks fell the height of Taipei [Read more]

Melbourne Cup tip – take a cardigan

by Brett Dutschke The early tip for the Melbourne Cup is for brisk winds and a high of about 20 degrees, according to, so it will be worth taking a jacket or cardigan.

A new-found respect

by Tavis Perry I’ve only been living in a remote indigenous community for 2 months, but already I have a much greater respect and appreciation for the hurdles that Liam Jurrah, and indeed the Melbourne Football Club had to make, in order to establish him at AFL level. Growing up in an all aboriginal ‘community’ [Read more]

A day at the Cox Plate

by David Hyland Firstly I have to say that Saturday was my virginal live Cox Plate experience. I had always wanted to attend having been to the course many times for different events and thought that packed to the rafters it would provide magnificent atmosphere and excitement. I went with my wife and another two [Read more]

Bulldogs’ season bouyed by Boyd and co.

Charles Sutton Award By Josh Barnstable The Western Bulldogs Football Club is a funny organization. They play a brand of footy that is breathtaking, exciting, can make any Doggies supporter think that the drought is over. But all the time, they fail. They have made certain people go crazy. The local butcher is owned by [Read more]

The cream of the Cats

Geelong’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy The Carji Greeves medal took place earlier this month, and what a surprise the result was. Gary Ablett and Corey Enright were tied winners, even though Ablett was easily the best player in 2009. Footy is a strange game. But let’s speak more about the actual team, who [Read more]

2010 seems a long way off. in the mean time…

We all miss footy dearly in the off-season don’t we? Some of us turn to Cricket, Racing and Tennis to ease the pain, while others just can’t accept any other sport than the best of all. I am a bit of both. I enjoy watching Michael Hussey do what he does best out at the [Read more]

Watson and Fletcher the standouts in Bombers’ strange season

Essendon’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy Essendon’s 2009 season was a strange one. Has a team ever made the finals, without anyone really feeling like they had made the finals? Well that was the case; they came into the Elimination Final against Adelaide without a ruckman, and without Lloyd who was suspended for hitting [Read more]

Sometime Freo really do want to make you heave…

Doig Medal review by Josh Barnstable Freo Heave Ho Freo Heave Ho Give Em All The Old Freo Heave Ho We’re The Rollers We’re The Rockers We’re The Mighty Freo Dockers We’re Gonna Roll Em And We’ll Rock Em We’re Gonna Send Them To The Bottom And If They Get Up We’ll Do It Again [Read more]

Pies on the rise. But can they take that extra step?

Collingwood’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy It was an exciting season for the black-and-white. In Round 8, Collingwood looked banished from the finalists club. They were 3-5, and had come off a 51-point embarrassment against arch-rival Carlton. They went on to win the next 12 out of 13 games, before losing by four goals [Read more]

How it feels to be Barted

by Mark Makybe Freeman Savage bashing. Pilloried on the punt. Barted, Barted, Barted again (thanks P. Flynn for the handy new verb). Got the Plate completely wrong. The 3-year-olds I labelled ‘mediocre’ quinellaed the event.  Whobe, Heart not good enough. Not even big El. Utter wipeout.

Prognosis is good for Stynes and the Demons

Melbourne’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy Twelve days had passed since Fremantle had their best and fairest night. The Melbourne football club had left Australia waiting. On Thursday night, red and blue blood flooded Crown casino, as did a bald, recovering Jim Stynes. Jim received an almighty applause as he strolled on to the [Read more]

AFL Club awards: Judd helps with Carlton’s coming but Fevola’s loss could see them going again.

John Nicholls Medal by Josh Barnstable They Know We’re Coming They Know We’re Coming They Know We’re Coming We did know, we didn’t believe, they came, they went. Carlton finally rose from the dark, navy blue abyss it fell down in 2002, on the back of skipper Chris Judd, youngsters Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Matthew [Read more]

Looking for a change of fortune

by Chris Riordan I keep running in to punters lauding over last week’s riches. No good for me. I’m still backing Bookies’ chances and we got belted. It was an awful day all round at Caulfield. Punters just kept getting it right and the occasion was tarnished by horrible, drunken, unpleasant behaviour. A classic Connex [Read more]