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]

Jones Files: The day Moresby fight fans heckled Smokin’ Joe

By Richard Jones SMOKIN’ Joe Frazier, one-time world heavyweight boxing champion, landed in Port Moresby in late March 1975. Joe and his entourage flew in from Melbourne where Joe had beaten a top rated opponent in Jimmy Ellis in a scheduled 12-rounder. In fact Frazier won on a ninth round TKO with Ellis unable to [Read more]

AFL Fans: Curse You Harms, You’re Right (about Crows fans)

I could tell from the opening words of John Harm’s article on Patrick Dangerfield that there was trouble ahead.

AFL fans: A Crows fan is a Crows fan is a Crows fan

by John Harms I am worried about Patrick Dangerfield. He seems like such a nice boy. He’s from the Geelong area. Innocent. He knows the country air, the surf and the sea of Moggs Creek, the smell of freshly mown fairways, and the sound of new-born lambs feebly bleating. He was born under the reign [Read more]

The Wrap: Round 12 and a bit

THE WRAP – ROUND XI THE LADDER ST KILDA        12    0    173.62        48 GEELONG        11    0    153.00        44 FOOTSCRAY    8    4    125.89        32 BRISBANE        7    5    101.40        28 ADELAIDE        7    5    100.19        28 CARLTON        6    6    114.52        24 CARRINGBUSH    6    5    107.79        24 [Read more]

Yarra Man: Make the TAC Cup an under-23 competition

By Tavis Perry I’ve often wondered if the AFL has got it right with the TAC cup. There’s no doubt that most of the players who are drafted come out of this competition, but I wonder if the AFL could utilise the TAC Cup better as a breeding ground for potential players. I think it [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Footy soul train needs a little direction

By David Mapleston It’s Sunday afternoon and I am watching the Cats and the Bombers on telly. My girlfriend Sonja’s favourite player has just became Jimmy Bartel due to a close up before a centre bounce. Cameron Ling was No.1 because, as Sonja said, he is the  “Susan Boyle of the AFL”. It’s the mothering [Read more]