Practice Match: Healy heartbreak at Hamra Holmes

By Steve Healy

I have never been so excited about a practice match. Maybe it’s the fact that I can listen on FiveAA covering the game over the internet. I’m really hoping for a Demons victory today at an unfamiliar venue, Hamra Homes Oval in Elizabeth (Northern Adelaide). With three other challenge matches on in the afternoon (turned out to be two) I was on the internet for most of the afternoon, eager to find scores. But just before 3, the footy went to the back of my mind as the torrential rain and hail stones hit Ashburton. Finally,

broken windows and a white backyard later, this is over, and I can concentrate on the big game.

I click on “Listen Live” and the commentators explain that the Demons arrived twenty minutes late, so the game will be delayed by that amount of time. They speak to Josh Mahoney, Melbourne assistant coach, in the commentary box, who seems confident with the club’s progress. I hear the Dees arrived on the ground and that heavenly tune play. It’ll be interesting to see if we can win without

Sylvia, Moloney, Bate, Davey, Bruce and others, but to be fair, Adelaide have a few stars out as well.

The rain starts to pour down outside as the game begins, while in Elizabeth it’s drizzling. The Dees start terribly, like a bottom of the ladder side that they have been. Fumbles everywhere, in one instance they have about 20 possessions but can’t clear because of the fumbling. The Crows simply don’t let the Dees get their hands on the ball. Edwards has five possessions in the first six minutes of the game. The Crows start to put their dominance on the board, McLeod kicks a point, before Edwards hits Tippett on the chest who goals from 40. Warnock concedes a free against Tippett from the same spot, and Tippett kicks it back over the goal umpire’s hat. It’s not a good start, for the Demons or Warnock. Walker links with Cook for another Crows goal, and it could be worse but Johncock flunks a kick from 50. Just as I begin to have my doubts, the Dees go inside 50 for the first time (after fifteen minutes) and Jurrah kicks it over his head from the goal square for the Dees first. Some things never change. Scully marks and goals from 50, Petterd kicks one too, and the Dees are only two points down at the first break, 3.2 20 to 3.0 18. However, there are casualties, Jurrah and Bell both off with shoulders. I can’t believe it, not Jurrah!!!! On a bright note, Scully and Trengove have both starred early and McDonald has picked up 10 possessions, Edwards has nine for the Crows.

I rejoice as Miller nails one from 45 to begin the quarter. I laugh at how the South Australian commentators are referring to marks as “catches” regularly, as well as using the term “bounce down”. The rain starts to fall heavily, this time over there instead of here. Both teams have youngsters impressing: Petrenko and Dangerfield for the Crows, while McNamara, Cheney and Strauss are doing well for the Dees, and Trengove has a ball on a string during the second term. Maric makes it five straight for the Dees, Tippett takes a screamer but misses the shot, and the Crows go through a bit of a purple patch, not letting the Dees get the ball out of their 50, but all they can get is three behinds on the scoreboard from it. The Crows defence gets caught behind as Miller runs in to kick his second of the day, and Petterd gets a free and goal from 20 just before the siren. The Dees lead at half time, 7.2 44 to 3.7 25, and I’m over the moon with the result. I just hope we can back it up in the second half.

The Dees pounce forward to begin the second half, and Petterd just misses an easy shot, a case of “Why did he choose to snap it?” Neil Craig must’ve said something to the Crows that worked at half time, because they absolutely dominate the quarter. Petrenko squeezes one through from 30, Ricky Henderson (an impressive youngster for the Crows) dashes and delivers to Tippett, who kicks goal number three. The Crows miss a couple and still aren’t in front, before Tippett kicks another! Mackay puts another one through and it’s getting painful, which I’m used to. Petterd kicks his and the Demons’ second score for the quarter, this time a goal, Petterd’s third. We are only three points down at three quarter time, 7.12 54 to 8.3 51, and probably lucky, looking at the scoring shots. Trengove has 22 possessions for the Dees, McDonald 23, while Mackay has 19 for Adelaide.

Trengove was the better out of Picks one and two for the first three quarters, but it’s Scully who stars in the last, showing his expertise with a handball to Maric for a goal. Dees in front! The Crows level the scores with two behinds, but they are really wasting opportunities. Tippett flies high and takes an incredible mark, the 5,000 crowd sounding more like 40,000. Tippett misses everything from a gettable shot, however. This is nerve racking, I can’t stand it. Jack Gunston kicks one for the Crows, and they’re in the lead.

Apparently the scoreboard is broken, so there is some confusion as to how long’s left. The rain tumbles down more heavily and the Dees attack. Trengove marks, and misses a gettable shot from 25. Scully marks from a similar spot, and misses everything. This is ridiculous! Miller marks 40 out and misses, and Green, 20 out directly in front, misses! This is Brad Green we’re talking about, as good a kick as you’ll find in the league! Petterd marks and kicks goal number four for the second week in a row. YESSSS!!!!! Demons in front! There’s still time for the Crows, but I’m just holding my breath in hope. The Crows go inside 50, Tippett flies, he’s been held on to by Warnock! Oh no! Tippett goes back from 30 and kicks it, and the siren goes shortly after the so called “bounce down”.

We threw it away, we had our chances in the last term. A bit of dinner cheers me up, however.  There are a few lessons to be learnt from this game:

1. Scully and Trengove are incredible.

2. Injuries are just a matter of bad luck, even in practice games.

And finally,

3. Never take a game that means absolutely nothing as seriously as I did.

Adelaide 3.2 3.7 7.12 9.15 (69)

Melbourne 3.0 7.2 8.3 10.7 (67)


Adelaide: Tippett 5, Petrenko, Mackay, Gunston, Cook.

Melbourne: Petterd 4, Miller 2, Maric 2, Scully, Jurrah.


Adelaide: Tippett, Edwards, Mackay, McLeod, Petrenko, Dangerfield.

Melbourne: Trengove, Scully, Petterd, McNamara, Cheney, McDonald, Maric.

My Votes: 3. Kurt Tippett (ADEL), 2. Jack Trengove (MELB), 1. Tom Scully (MELB).

Crowd: Around 5,000 at Hamra Holmes Oval.

About Steve Healy

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  1. Exceptional work as usual Steve. One question, was Taylor Walker playing more of a roaming half forward role like the HS suggested?

  2. Steve Healy says

    Definitely, he was used more as that sort of forward, he definitely needed to in the absence of Knights.

    Thanks Adam

  3. “Never take a game that means absolutely nothing as seriously as I did.”

    What??? Footy is footy, who cares what it counts for! Especially when it’s close, you get so involved… you had every right to react like you did. The swears, however, where perhaps a bit excessive ;-p

  4. Damian Watson says

    Great report Steve,

    It’s unsual to hear that the Crows defenders were caught behind.

    Yeah South Australians have a different vocabulary from a footy perspective. Of course they did invent the term ‘checkside’.

  5. I say checkside kick instead of banana kick.

  6. Steve Healy says

    Thanks Damo, lol thanks for that Damo, you’d be an expert I know.

    Susie, I’m strong for the argument that footy is footy, but im just saying I did go a bit over the top for a challenge match

  7. Steve Healy says

    5- Really??????? Is that a northern victorian thing too?

  8. You should’ve seen me in 2007(?) when Geelong lost the NAB Cup Quarter- or Semi-Final to Carlton. Abusive text messages were sent to all my Carlton friends, LOL.

    But I have grown older and wiser since then :-) It’s more in perspective now… but I still think your reaction wasn’t too out of line.

  9. I say Banana instead of checkside.

  10. At least, I think we lost it. Maybe not… but we WERE losing it a one point. That was when the texts were sent.

  11. Steve Healy says

    Well yeah I was banging on the desk and stuff like that, and it was as nerve racking as any other game

  12. I get in trouble if i get in a crappy mood after a loss.

  13. Lets not say what I do when we are losing . .

  14. Steve Healy says

    12- why????

  15. Damian Watson says

    I remember in the 2006 NAB Cup we were leading the Cats by about four goals in the first term but due to the efforts of Kent Kingsley you went on to post an easy victory- that could have been the game.

  16. Steve Healy says

    I remember in 2004, when the Cats beat the Dees in the semi final by a goal, I hated that game

  17. 14: Well, i don’t usually get in a bad mood, i get frustrated but in Round 1, 2008 between North and Essendon, i stopped watching at three quarter time and wouldn’t talk to anyone and was being a bit hard at things like closing doors hard etc.

  18. Damo, who do you go for again? LOL, ah, Kent Kingsley. That takes me back…

    I am personally responsible for his sharp decline in skill and sharp increase in suckiness (at least, that’s what my brother tells me)

  19. Damian Watson says

    I support the mighty Blues!!!

    How are you responsible Susie? lol

    Of course when you fail in a stint at Richmond, it’s difficult to be recruited anywhere else.

  20. 19: I apparently have a wonderful ability to jinx things. Sometime around 2002/03/04 (can’t remember which year) Kent Kingsley was topping the goal-kicking table. On Coleman medal form. One game at the MCG, me, my brother and Mum were betting on who would kick the first goal. I picked Kingsley. He’d had 4 or 5 goals each of the previous few weeks, and had been a multiple goal-scorer every game that year, I think.

    He didn’t kick a goal that game. Or for the next 2 or 3 weeks. After that, he was never the same.

    My brother blames me.

  21. 20: I won’t let my Mum give her opinion on how the Roos will go on the weekend because she is a jinx.

  22. Damian Watson says

    hahaha I used to have crazy superstitions, whenever I was viewing a Carlton match on TV I always had to sit at a particular spot on the couch on a particular angle. Although throughout the 2002-2003 period it rarely brought satisfying results.

  23. Soooo, Whats everyones fuel prices like ? lol

  24. $1.37 still

  25. 22: Hope you didn’t sit like that when you were at an actual game Damo lol.

  26. 24- 1.37.. . That is horrific, us good blokes at Liberty have kept the price at $1.27.

  27. 26: Way to end the conversation idiot.

  28. Damian Watson says

    No, thankfully I didn’t lol.

    Aren’t the petrol prices always relatively high on Labour Day weekend?

  29. 27- I didnt mean to !
    28- I dunno but us good blokes at liberty keep the prices low all year round lol.

  30. 28: They’re always ridiculously high every public holiday and long weekend.

  31. They are high every weekend.

  32. 29: Are you getting paid for this advertising? LOL

  33. 32- Maybe :) lol

  34. Steve Healy says

    17- Lol, I was at that game

  35. Steve Healy says

    I was so pissed off after the Dees loss to the Tigers in Round 18, I know it was good for us, but I was still really pissed off at how it all ended and the whole game and situation in general.

  36. 35- I thought use had us cause Mcmahon was kicking. He is as bad as Hislop.

  37. Steve Healy says

    Yeah, I would probably have been disappointed whatever way the result went, although if the Tigers thrashed the Dees I would’ve said: Just another bad loss! and shook it off

  38. I thought the mark was after the siren

  39. Your immune to big losses Steve

  40. 39- You can talk Waaia.

  41. Steve Healy says

    38- I think it was definitely, there was no way knowing at the game though

  42. 40: shut the hell up. How much did you lose to Dookie by?

  43. 41- Yeah I still can’t believe he kicked it so good.

  44. 42- Which of the 3 games ? How much did we beat use by the first time ? Yes the one where i went to hospital for a broken finger . .

  45. Your team is a bunch of wankers. You say your a good back pocket player, you went to hospital in the first game against us and got like two touches in the second game. You say Hendy is tough and is always knocking out players and bashing them on the field, i’ve never seen him do it. Apparantly Josh is all tough with opposition players, he wasn’t tough against us.

  46. Hendy dosn’t play for us anymore, and yeah i was made too :| . I dunno about Josh, all that matters is we still beat use :) . . Twice.

  47. Steve Healy says

    This Hendy sounds like Lachie Henderson, big wraps on him but can’t perform

  48. Nah he can play pretty good, Josh taught him how too kick.

  49. Me or Josh Rice?

  50. You didn’t ya?

  51. Oh yeah in Grade 4.

  52. Hmmm, I must say you have a good kick lol.

  53. Ta

  54. What did everyone have for TEA tonight ?

  55. Fish and Chips

  56. 55- SAME !!! anywho im off.

  57. Brad Scott is going skydiving tomorrow to help raise the membership numbers for North Melbourne, that’s gutsy. I hope Michael sees this, he’ll finally know Brad Scott is actually doing things outside of the club to help us stay alive.

  58. Danielle says

    lmao if Laidley joins him ill buy a membership!

    Hey did anyone see an interesting comment on the HS website under the Travis Cloke article?

  59. 58- Hahaha thats a classic name Danni. Hahahahaha.

  60. I’ve gotten the job at the Shepp News, they want me ASAP they said. I might go next week..

  61. 60- Stuff mate havnt sent mine in yet.

  62. 58: Oooh you were one off from getting comment number 9 in that article.

  63. Danielle says

    59- why thankya! :)

    Good work Josh, get back to me on the laidley thing! lol

  64. Danielle says

    omg josh!
    Scott Williams stole my comment!!
    NOT IMPRESSED WILLIAMS..who ever u are! lol

  65. Paradise City

  66. Danielle says

    65- huh?

  67. Song I’m listening to at the moment. By Guns n Roses.

  68. Danielle says

    67- ohh cool, worth a download?

  69. My friend wrote out heaps of songs for me to download today, they are by Taylor Swift and Owl City and the like, she has no taste in music whatsoever.

  70. Danielle says


  71. Definitely.

    Nearing the climax now.

    How was your day today Danni?

  72. 69- Rampfest face ?

  73. Status – eating chocolate

  74. I’d rather listen to Taylor Swift say, Justin Dweeber.

  75. Danielle says

    71- will do, ill see if i like it.

    yeah not bad, tuesday is early finish so as soon as i got home i did my lit and business hw :)
    thats two things out of the way!

    i sent my bro to the milkbar to buy me some about 3 mins ago

  76. Danielle says

    i think Bieber will hav a slight problem if and when his voice breaks….
    hes cute but he looks 12!

  77. 76- I thought he was 12 ?

  78. Lady Gaga has more balls than Bieber

  79. Danielle says

    77- i think hes 16! but seriously he looks 12!!

  80. I don’t think I’ve actually heard one of J-Dweeb’s songs. And before one of you accuses me of condemnation without investigation, I don’t need to listen to it to know it sucks.

    I had a quad spare today coz in 5+6 my teacher didn’t turn up. Got some help from my English teacher in that time, I have a SAC tomorrow.

  81. 77-16!! Jeezuz.

  82. We finally finished watching To Kill A Mockingbird today, we were talking to our teacher about remaking the movie in modern day and Colin Firth would play Atticus lol.

  83. 79*

  84. 82- I got 22 out of 24 :D what did you get ?

  85. Steve Healy says

    65- Thats another one of the songs I like

    Congratulations Josh, what sort of work will you be doing?

    I’m sick of not talking about footy!

  86. Danielle says

    80- id say u were mean for calling
    Him j-dweeb but then I wouldn’t be able to keep calling swift a blond-bimbo-banshee-singin-hillbillie

  87. Danielle says

    82- :)
    i was complainig that he didnt win that award all day at school! lol

  88. 85: I’m not sure Steve, i have to wait for a person to ring up and give the all-clear, but once i get this work experience done, the first week of June our Careers class gets free work experience so i might be doing that one at Channel 9 possibly.

  89. 85- Who would you rather on your team, R.Griffen or B.Deledio ?

  90. Danielle says


  91. 89: Griffen

    Goddard or Embley?

    Ed Lower’s also broken his leg from last weekend’s match, they say he’ll be out for eight weeks to return in Round 2. How does that work?

  92. 91- Goddard

  93. Steve Healy says

    Good question Jeff, I’d say Deledio’s more explosive and a bit quicker, he can kick way further, but I think Griffen is more consistent and uses the ball a bit more wisely. Considering Deledio can kick goals and if he played for Geelong or St.Kilda he would be regarded as a champion, ill go with Deledio by a whisker

  94. Danielle says

    91 EMBLEY!! durrrrrr

  95. Steve Healy says

    lol, I dont think Ed Lower would get in the team anyway, although he did play well against Freo.

    Goddard by a mile.

  96. 94: Who would you choose because of skill, not looks Danni lol. How did today go?

  97. Deledio and Goddard.

    Deledio is much more of a ball magnet than Griffen and Deledio has to deal with tags much more frequently.

  98. Steve Healy says

    Leon Davis or Mark LeCras?

  99. Danielle says

    96- id chose the same players!
    yeah today was alright once i got over a grumpy morning, i didnt get much sleep.

  100. Danielle says

    98- LEON

  101. Mark LeCras.

  102. Danielle says

    Its not a bad song adam.
    although i do like much more guitar solos in my rock

  103. 98- LeCras just

  104. 95: Embley can be more influential on a game though, what about his display against the Bulldogs last year? Embley in his prime was only a whisker behind Goddard nowadays.

  105. Danielle says

    Medders or Milne?

  106. Steve Healy says

    Although LeCras has proven to be a handy goal kicker, I think I’ll just go with Leon because of his match winning ability and LeCras hasn’t really set the world alight- yet

  107. Mitch Clark or Hamish McIntosh?

  108. Steve Healy says

    104- He’s not consistent but yeah, at his best he is brilliant. He tends to just put a good performance in each week, but not great performances

  109. Danielle says

    id say, McIntosh

  110. 105- Medhurst if his fit.
    107- Mitch Clark.

  111. Milne and Davis over Medhurst and LeCras. Hmmm, i’d say Hamish McIntosh, Mitch Clark has only had one good year while Hamish has had a couple.

  112. Steve Healy says


  113. Danielle says

    112- GASP!!!

  114. Jonathan Brown or Nick Riewoldt?
    Brian Lake or Dustin Fletcher?
    Corey Enright or Joel Corey?

  115. Steve Healy says

    I’ll go with McIntosh, Clark is probably quicker and a better marking player, but McIntosh at his best can be really good and he is a much better tap ruckman

  116. Danielle says


  117. Steve Healy says

    113- Danni, im not gonna say Medders just to please you.

    114- Riewoldt, Lake and Enright

  118. 114- Jono Brown, Fletcher and Joel Corey.

  119. 116: Riewoldt. Easy. Sorry Danni

  120. Steve Healy says

    116- Riewoldt, easily

  121. Danielle says

    114- J.Brown BY A MILE AND A HALF
    B. Lake
    C. Enright

  122. What about Jack Riewoldt and Jack Anthony? I’d say Anthony

  123. Danielle says

    120 + 119
    u broke my heart..BOTH OF YOU!!

  124. Steve Healy says

    Danni, you do realise that we’re basing this on player ability, not whether or not you have grudges against player?

  125. J Brown – premiership success and sheer aura of toughness
    D Fletcher – longevity and success
    J Corey – underappreciated star of Cats midfield

    Anthony’s a better kick, Riewoldt’s more mobile and a better mark.

  126. Steve Healy says

    WHAT!!!! Riewoldt is a better leader, is a better mark, is a better ground level player, is quicker and kicks more goals, plus Anthony has only played 36 games and hasnt looked like making an all australian team

  127. Bret Thornton or Dale Morris?

  128. Danielle says

    124- FABFIVE postergirl- shattered

  129. 125: Jack Riewoldt I mean.

  130. Steve Healy says

    126- Talking about Nick by the way.

    I’d just say Anthony over Jack Riewoldt

  131. 127-Morris.

  132. Danielle says

    127- none of them lol

  133. Steve Healy says

    127- Morris, does his job every week without being recognized, plus he made the 2008 all australian team

  134. Robin Nahas or Travis Varcoe.

  135. Danielle says

    134- Varcoe

  136. Danielle says

    Pendlebury or pendleburybear?

  137. Steve Healy says

    Varcoe, gets more possessions around the ground as well as kicking goals, I think he led the Cats in goal assists last season. Maybe in a year or two ill say Nahas

  138. Varcoe, more versatile, can play midfield, gets more of the ball. Nahas is better as a goalsneak though.

    They play different roles.

  139. Pendlebury bear, more cuter.

  140. Danielle says

    139- lmaooooo :)

  141. Danielle says

    omg theres an idea! he can be the poster boy..or should i say BEAR

  142. Steve Healy says

    Joel Selwood or Sam Mitchell?

  143. Poster Bear? Lol

  144. 142- Oooooo, I’d pick Selwood

  145. It’s hard to split them, but Selwood has accomplished so much in so short a time and you feel he is yet to reach his peak.

  146. Danielle says

    142- thats a hard one
    but i value Mitchell more and hes in my supercoah team and my captain so ill say MITCHELL

  147. 142: Right now, Mitchell. In two years, Selwood.

  148. Steve Healy says

    I’m going with Mitchell, by the tip of a needle.

  149. Danielle says


  150. Clinton Jones or Cameron Ling?

  151. 149- Gibbs

  152. Higgins is more influential but Gibbs gets more of the ball, that’s a tough one. And Clint Jones will be better than Ling one day.

  153. Danielle says

    150- rangga for sure

  154. Gibbs over Higgins, Definitely Ling over Clint Jones.

  155. Steve Healy says

    Gibbs, has done more in his career and not as capable of being injured.

    I’ll go with Ling, quite easily, but Jones certainly could be a better player by the end of his career

  156. Danielle says

    154- adam u missed it the other night, i made a whole list of what i expected from dudes i went co-ed lmaoo
    did any one bother to write it down?

  157. Giansiracusa and M. Murphy?

  158. 156: My computer auto-saves MSN conversations

  159. Danielle says

    Judd or Cousins (at his fittest)

  160. Steve Healy says

    Giansiracusa, has been a great player for many years.

    I think people forget that Clint Jones is 26 though

  161. 157- Gia, 159- Judd

  162. M.Murphy, he’s more of an inside player than Gia and has got more years ahead of him. Both of them are good goalkickers.

    If it’s Gia vs T.Murphy, definitely Gia.

  163. 160: What?? You serious? Wow, where’s he been all these years?

    Judd just over Cousins, but their is not much seperating them.

  164. Danielle says

    Gia, i have to say this..hes really pretty

  165. Cousins at his fittest > Judd now.

  166. Bob Murphy or Mitch Morton.

  167. Murphy easily over Morton.

  168. Danielle says


  169. Buckley

  170. Danielle says

    166- Yeah i agree Murphy

  171. 168: Toovey

  172. Bob Murphy, he is more versatile and is a more reliable kick overall, except from snaps. However Morton could well pass Bob eventually as he is younger.

  173. Steve Healy says

    Both Judd and Cousins were better a few years ago, but ill go with Judd just.

    Yeah Jones debuted in 2007 at 23

  174. Sandilands or Jolly?

  175. Danielle says

    171- no comment, im not judging…i will give him a chance..even if it kills me

  176. Steve Healy says

    Murphy, I dont actually think Murphy is the best kick

  177. Danielle says

    174- sandilands

  178. Jolly. More mobile, suits the modern game more, better goalkicker. Underrated.

  179. Steve Healy says

    174- Sandilands by far

  180. 175: He’ll be known as the best footballer to ever come out of Collingwood. Haha

  181. I can’t believe Danni voted for Sandilands.

  182. Sandilands is a better Ruckman but i think Jolly is a better player.

  183. Danielle says


  184. Danielle says

    181- seeeeeeeeeeee :)
    i told ya its not always aboutthe pretty, although it does help

  185. Bazza or Bradshaw.

  186. Whattya mean? Sandilands is pretty…pretty dopey that is.

  187. No Danni, I can’t believe you chose the Freo player over the Collingwood player. Did you forget Jolly’s been traded to the Pies?

  188. Bradshaw’s a better player, Hall is a better forward

  189. Danielle says

    187- no but Sandilands looks like a better ruckman and hes got more height

  190. Danielle says

    Bazza, lol i like my players fiesty

  191. Steve Healy says

    Hall, he’s a champion and has been influential at all 3 clubs

  192. McLeod or Goodwin based on the past five years?

  193. Goodwin.

  194. Goodwin

  195. Danielle says

    191- i cnt believe i saw him at the bank in sydney! lmaoo

  196. Danielle says

    1962- Mcleod, annoys the hell out me, but he great

  197. Danielle says

    192** lol sorry

  198. 1962 – Essendon’s 11th premiership

  199. Steve Healy says

    I could imagine Hall getting mad at an ATM machine, and then just punching it and breaking it lol.

    I’ll go with McLeod

  200. I remember Goodwin kicking seven against West Coast in 2008, i couldn’t believe it.

  201. I’m gonna go guys be back on later

  202. Steve Healy says

    1962- Rhys Healey x 38 + Cameron Bruce + Tom McNamara

  203. Danielle says

    202- ahhhhhhhhhhhhh MATHS!! IT BURNS

  204. Steve Healy says

    Goodwin can play anywhere, although I was pretty surprised he was all australian half back over Goddard last year

  205. Steve Healy says

    202- Anyone who likes footy could work that out Danni

  206. We need to feed that baby magpie, what do you like to be fed Danni?

  207. Danielle says

    I really dont understand how people are good at maths

  208. Steve is helping me learn the Melbourne player numbers. I just learnt that 30 is Tom McNamara.

  209. Danielle says

    26- chocolate!!! :)
    lol but not for mt magpie..did u look up bird care stuff on the net?

  210. Danielle says

    206** see number hate me

  211. 209: I am now..

  212. Steve Healy says

    207- I’m average at maths.

    Well done Adam

  213. 213: (Kel Moore + Adam Thomson) x Brett Deledio

  214. 214: Hamish McIntosh x 214

  215. Steve Healy says

    feed the magpie tobacco and alcohol, im sure it wont mind

  216. Danielle says

    it really bugs me how richmond have all those hot players

  217. Danielle says

    great parent u would make!

  218. Steve Healy says

    Yes, but ill be raising demons not magpies

  219. Hey Steve Healy, are you going to become the new head of Tennis Australia?

  220. 215: We’re trying to wean it off that, the past parents weren’t so good.

  221. 219: Lol i’ve seen that bloke on TV a few times.

  222. Danielle says

    219- hmpp if he is he better hook me up with Roger Federer tickets to make up for that comment!
    id expect that from Mikey but not steve

  223. Steve Healy says

    219- I hate that guy, who would you want that job anyway?

  224. Steve Healy says

    what comment?

  225. Danielle says

    comment 215!

  226. School is really changing, today we did a test on the Mockingbird book/movie, but instead of your normal sheet and pencil test, we were given this little remote thing (anyone seen the show Go Go Stop? If so, like the things the kids get) and we had to push A, B, C, D or whatever to answer the question, it felt like ‘Hot Seat’ really. I was ready to phone a friend at one stage..

  227. Danielle says

    we have interactive whiteboards but the teachers dont know how to use them lol

  228. Steve Healy says

    226- Wow, thats brilliant, last thing you’d expect in a country school

  229. Steve Healy says

    You have interactive whiteboards and no air conditioners? lol, they should’ve just kept the whiteboards normal instead

  230. 227: We got them in every classroom, gee is my school the most high-tech all of a sudden? Lol and all day we had these workers on our roofs doing repairs, we were trying to get their attention while in class.

  231. Pretty good considering Mike said they only discovered electricity a couple of weeks ago.

  232. Danielle says

    229- dont tell it to me
    omg that reminds me if we pay 5bucks we get a VCE badge, how senior student is that! :)

  233. 232 – Sounds like a rip off.

  234. Steve Healy says

    I dont think badges are necessary. I mean why do you need to show your achievements, when deep down you know your achievements?

  235. I have a badge, i just don’t wear it.

  236. Danielle says

    i have a debating badge and a vice-captain badge when i buy the VCE one im gonna wear them all

  237. My school doesn’t have badges, but at least we have air conditioning.

  238. Danielle says

    234- wen we had ball prc with the guy school i always had a look to see what badges they wore, they had ones like CRICKET, FOOTY, SOCCER-CAPTAIN ect

  239. Steve Healy says

    Badges= bragging rights with a pin attached

  240. Danielle says

    239- lol so! when i wear them and i wear my glasses i look like a smart cookie!!

  241. Steve Healy says

    Danni, I think you need to inform your school about how they use their money, lol.

  242. Danielle says

    241- been there, tried that!!!

  243. mmm cookies

  244. Danielle says

    ud be surpirsed this really happ
    aboput 20 mins before the boys arrived

    DITZYCHICK- “danni, u have 2 badges, can i wear ur debating one?
    DANNI ” HAHAHA very funny, piss off!”

  245. Steve Healy says

    242- Really, did you argue with them, Lol?

    biscuits, Josh, not cookies

  246. Danielle says

    245- we naggg and the parents tell them off at info nights but nothings changed..

  247. Steve Healy says

    ditzy chick? whos that?

    hahaha you cleaned her up Danni

  248. Did Slut/Skank/Whatever else get a badge? Lol

  249. Steve Healy says

    you forgot bitch Josh

  250. Nah bitch has lost its meaning.

  251. So do you get a lot of these convos at your school?

    Girl 1: Omg, you only have 1 badge on your blazer, I have 2, you suck.
    Girl 2: My friend has 3, and I have nicer hair anyway

  252. Danielle says

    247- im not naming her steve!
    yeah i know, and i wanst showing off cos i was actully in debating and a vice-captain that year, whereas she just wanted to look ..LOOK smart lol

    248- pftttttttttt no lol

  253. Steve Healy says

    Does that mean I can use the word bitch freely on this site?

  254. Steve Healy says

    sorry, Danni, I know you dont like giving away details.

    74 dent st ashburton

  255. Danielle says

    251- not
    but we do like our badges.

    its more like this

    GIRLONE- OMGG i hooked up with so and so last week

    GIRLTWO- NO, WAYY he called me last night, i hooked up with his cousin!




  256. Danni, when they get enter scores below 40, you can laugh in their faces.

  257. 256: Thursfield ^ Riewoldt

  258. Steve Healy says

    what are your conversations like Danni?

    Danni: OMG I LOVE JACK!

    Others: ohhh not again…

  259. Danni: OMG we beat Carlton on the weekend, Jack played sooooo well, and Nathan Brown was like a God down in the back half.

    Others: Shoot me!

  260. Danielle says

    258- omg did u know that!!

  261. Danielle says

    259- lmaoo no its more like

    OTHER- who? are u talking about footy..AGAIN? ARGHHHHH

  262. Danielle says

    256- yeah true, well i can only hope for the best

  263. Steve Healy says

    Danni: OMG, and I did I report on the game as well, the quarter by quarter scores were 1.5 to 5.4, 2.9 to 7.6, 3.13 to 8.8 and 4.16 40 to 14.10 94!

    Others: How did you know that Danni?

    Danni: Steve told me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  264. Grr in Maths today i had to listen to a debate on who was going to win between Western Bulldogs and Collingwood in Round 1, everyone was being biased towards the Pies and i wanted to say the Dogs were gonna win but i hated all the people who were talking about it so i kept quiet.

  265. Surprisingly Danni, I know how that feels, I’m generally viewed at my school as being over-obsessed with footy. However, I’m not the only one, although I am probably the most severe case.

  266. Danielle says

    263- lmaoo omg steve theres this guy in the film were watching in media and hes such a cute nerd and hes blonde and tall and skinny, he has glasses. lol i just love him! and then i found out his name was steve! lmaoo
    so now in media when we watch it im like

  267. Steve Healy says

    No one else loves footy more than me at my school, actually, perhaps no one on this planet lol im only joking guys im sure you love footy more than me

  268. 265: People think i’m actually in love with football and think i’m a nerd coz i spend most weekends watching games and writing about them instead of going out getting pissed.

  269. Danielle says

    267- do i do love it but nope not like u do healy id be a fibbing if i said otherwise

  270. Steve Healy says

    I hate people who go to parties and get pissed on the weekend, they miss out on the footy

  271. Steve Healy says

    thats me minus the glasses and the nerd bit, ok im a nerd when it comes to footy but nothing else lol

  272. Danielle says

    268- dont worry josh, its nothing to do with u really. pretty much its known that if u dont get pissed all weekend and party hard then ur a nerd, therefore im Millhouse

  273. And people avoid talking about footy with me at school because i’ll start giving my opinion on it.

  274. Danielle says

    271- i almost rofled when the steve guy was like “Does anyone have nay gum , my dad will kill me if he finds out ive been drinking…”

  275. 272: I’m Ralph

  276. Danielle says


  277. Steve Healy says

    273- Don’t worry Josh, your always be loved on here (BUT NOT IN THAT WAY!).

    Tell those people what their missing out on, I find it really annoying when people have no idea about footy facts, but I just have to live with that lol

  278. 275-276: How predictable.

  279. Danielle says

    278- ohh shut up mr, prettyest eyes ever!!

  280. Steve Healy says

    279- Cant wait till Jack Anthony hears that

  281. Danielle says

    280- well i cnt lie! he does have prettyer eyes than jack!

  282. Steve Healy says

    JURRAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  283. Danielle says

    282- wat the…………????

  284. Steve Healy says

    hes gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HES GONE! HES OUT! HE’S OUT DANNI!!!!!! ITS NOT MEANT TO BE LIKE THIS!!!

  285. Danielle says

    284- what do ya mean???
    wats wrong???

  286. Steve Healy says

    SHOULDER RECONSTRUCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( :(

  287. Danielle says

    alright..steve its they know how long….wait a minute….
    that shoulder thing sounds like a RUSLING INJURY……
    Steve..please dnt say that hes out for the SEASON

  288. Steve Healy says


  289. Danielle says

    288- omg……..

    i dont know what to say…
    im soo sorry
    im so so so so soooooooooo
    sorryy!! :(

  290. Steve Healy says

    its not your fault, Danni! I just cant believe it!

  291. Danielle says

    290- i sort of understand how u feel.
    i mean ive always Rated Rusling highly, when he gets out there he plays his heart out, poor guy its almost like he knows he hasnt got long left out there…
    i just hope its not like that for Jurrah.

  292. Bad luck Steve, but at least Wonaeamirri is back and you have Trengove, Scully and Watts to look forward to watching.

  293. I’m really sad too, Steve you sound so distraught, almost like a little kid whose favourite toy has broken.

  294. Jurrah was Steve’s toy pretty much, he could only play with him on Sundays and the occasional Saturday match the Demons played.

  295. Steve Healy says

    Ill have to wait another year for that Watts-Wonaeamirri- Jurrah arrangment!

    this is much more important than a broken toy!

  296. I’m trying really hard not to be mean, but i think its funny how Steve was telling Danni that Jack Anthony should be played in practice games to get his fitness up, while Jurrah does the same and needs a shoulder reco. Maybe not funny, but ironic.

  297. Steve Healy says

    I just cant believe it, im devistated!

  298. Steve Healy says
  299. Hey everyone, take a look at this video. You may want to turn your speakers up, it’s a bit tough to hear.

  300. 299: I’m not falling for that Adam

  301. Steve Healy says

    I got rickrolled! oh no!

  302. Nice work Steve, thought you city kids were supposed to be wise to these sort of pranks.

  303. Steve Healy says

    Well, I chose to get rick rolled, its no big deal, just click through the lyrics quickly

  304. Danielle says

    293- naww adam thats so cute

  305. Steve Healy says

    Jurrah :(

  306. Danielle says

    naww steveyyyyyyyyy!! :(
    pendleburybear sends his hugs

  307. Steve Healy says

    Thanks Pendleburybear, your a good help at tough times

  308. Danielle says

    ofcorse he is, hes my baby! :)
    in all seriousness its always nice to have a cute teddybear to hug at times lke this.

  309. Steve Healy says

    My toy footy helps more

  310. Danielle says

    what ever floats ur boat steve..
    gee ur lucky u arnt a chick, i swear i have a little teary moment everytime Rusling gets hurt on the turf, as soon as i see him clutch his shoulder, its the end of me.

  311. Steve Healy says

    Well, this must’ve been a while ago since Rusling hasnt played since Round 1 2008

  312. Danielle says

    see, it really upsets me and then all u see is that hes put in the vfl team and then a week later hes done his hip, or fractured his cheekbone….
    i dont care which player or which team, i hate seeing someone injured all the upsets me a lot.

  313. Steve Healy says

    well, thats just footy Danni. When a player walks past the white line they are in risk

  314. Were you upset when Simon Taylor broke his leg? I wasn’t

  315. Steve Healy says

    It was upsetting in the way that Wayde Skipper and Jordan Lisle will have to back up Brent Renouf in the ruck

  316. Danielle says

    314- i even remember feeling bad when Riewoldt did his injury, he was crying on the bench and i felt so sad.

    313- i know but still… :(

  317. Danielle says

    Steve i have no idea how i would be able to watch the footy if i was a wag, they must worry so much.

  318. Marry someone like Brett Kirk or Tyson Edwards. Do those guys even know what a doctor/physio is?

  319. Danielle says

    …Danielle Kirk???

  320. Steve Healy says

    Jurrah didn’t before Saturday

  321. Steve Healy says

    I think you should go for the Western Bulldogs’ coach.

    Danielle Eade

  322. Danielle says

    lol no thanks i wana change!
    danielle medhurst?
    danielle cloke?
    danielle thomas?

  323. God, our library at school has changed so much in a week. The head bitch won’t allow anyone in there unless your intentions are reading a book or you’ll get kicked out. So i went in their with friends today, i grabbed the HS and sat with my group of friends and started reading it while contributing to the conversation. The librarian walks up to me and says “Don’t think you can fool me by looking at the pictures in that” Ohhh she makes me so angry.

  324. Danielle Davis or Danielle Didak has a nice ring to it if your a fan of alliteration

  325. Steve Healy says

    As much as I hate librarians, you cant blame her lol

  326. I was reading the Age as well Steve!

  327. Danielle says

    324- nah Dids wasnt interested lmaoo
    Leons married with kids

  328. Steve Healy says

    im still a fan of Danielle Jurrah, I know, Danielle Davey

  329. Danielle says

    Steve isnt Jurrah married!!

  330. Steve Healy says

    I think so, but who cares? heaps of players are married?

  331. Mrs. Jurrah has a lot of work on her hands, or her shoulders for the next 16 weeks.

  332. Danielle says

    speaking of my friend told me jack was married cos app someone that knows him or something said he was..although..ive never seen a ring, its never been mentioned in any interviews and he goes to the award nights alone.

  333. Danielle says

    i think this has a nice ring to it

    Mr and Mrs. Jack and Danielle Anthony

  334. Steve Healy says

    what did you say to your friend Danni? lol

    maybe you should go for Josh Thomas, I mean he’s only a few months older than you, and he’s the shortest player on Collingwood’s list apart from Jarryd Blair

  335. Danielle says

    LMAOO dont ask
    well firstly i said



    lol it went like that for the rest of teh day.

    lmaoo yeah hes cute but i dont do blonds and there was no attraction.

  336. Danielle says

    334- Jack cant be THAT tall….even if he is, i will invest in very high heels

  337. Steve Healy says

    He’s 192cm, not that tall for a player like him

  338. Hey Danni, you should write an article on who you think are the hottest few players from each team in the AFL.

  339. Steve Healy says

    I think Danni’s written too many articles along those lines

  340. Danielle says

    338- ya dont think Gigs will have a heart attack having to read another ‘fruity piece’?

    if not then this guy would be on the list,5001,6457920,00.jpg

  341. I like Edwards’ tattoos. They are the sorta tat’s i want to get, although they probably mean something to his Samoain Heritage.

  342. Danielle says

    im officially taking him from North.

  343. Fine

  344. Danielle says

    343- wow that was easy..YAY

  345. He aint a very good player, and he’s been involved with drugs before.

  346. Danielle says

    345- MEH, he will look pretty in our black and white! :)

  347. Black and white would suit him actually..

  348. Steve Healy says

    I wouldnt mind Aaron Edwards for the Dees

  349. Danielle says

    too bad steve i took him first, but since ur down a player…u can borrow him

  350. Steve Healy says

    Thats taking free agency to a whole new level Danni, lol

  351. Fair trade: Dale Thomas, Alan Didak, Leon Davis, Tom Scully, Jack Grimes and Nathan Jones to North Melbourne for Aaron Edwards to be shared between Collingwood and Melbourne.

  352. Steve Healy says

    You wish Josh.

    This makes a good game, doing fantasy trades using players for our respective clubs.

    I’ll give you Michael Newton for Corey Jones?

  353. Danielle says



  354. 352: No.

    Austin Wonaeamirri for Ben Warren?

  355. Danielle says

    pendlebury 2005- could be adams TWIN

  356. Danielle says

    BTW im watching a vid on utube –
    collingwood draftees 1st day of training

  357. Danielle says

    omgggggggg OMG

  358. What?

  359. Danielle says

    All the other draftees were interviewed with shirts BUT JACK, well u know how he likes to show off!!

  360. Steve Healy says

    354- No.

    Newton for Josh Smith?

  361. 359: I’ve suffered similar problems.

    360: Why are you so keen to get rid of Newton?

  362. Danielle says

    thats it ive made up my mind seriously..JACK is the one

  363. 362: You’ve only JUST made up your mind??

  364. Steve Healy says

    Yes or no?

    Don’t think he’s good for the club, unless he shows something this year

  365. No, Smith was showing good signs. I reckon the other game we played earlier was more fun.

  366. Danielle says

    363- well i have to admit it was more of a confirmation when i saw him without a top lmaoo

  367. Steve Healy says

    Kyle Cheney for Levi Greenwood?

  368. Greenwood is showing better signs.

    Heath Scotland or Ben Johnson?

  369. Oh and a few houses in Waaia lost their roofs in the storms on Sunday, LOL!

  370. Danielle says

    its amazing..he really is that bronzish tanned colour..its beautiful

  371. Danielle says

    i hope our kids inherit his nice skin tone…

  372. 371: Nicer skin tone than me?

  373. Danielle says

    hes a bit darker josh.

  374. Who would be the whitest player in the AFL? Probably Warren..

    Just had a call from my Tennis coach, we’re having a tennis tournament tomorrow at training to decide who plays in the finals. I hope i win. I should, i usually beat everyone else at training.

  375. Danni: Watch all of it, funny stuff

  376. I got a nice tan :)

  377. Danielle says

    lol yeah Warren wins that award.

    go get em joshy!

  378. Danielle says

    lol yeah ive seen that b4

  379. Steve Healy says

    Heath Scotland

  380. Danielle says

    Cameron or Travis

  381. Travis

  382. hey guys and girls, just sent my ‘aussie slang’ article off to JTH, anyone else entering it?

  383. 382: I’ve been meaning to start that but i’ve got no idea how to start it. Any tips for me Dom?

  384. Danielle says

    382- yeah i sent mine a few weeks ago

  385. Steve Healy says

    Yeah, I heard you sent yours Danni. What did you do it on?

    I haven’t started either

  386. 383- i dont know, mine was a made up one but had some factual stuff in it- it was a comedy type article

  387. Danielle says

    mines a bit random, i just had a bit of fun with it.
    sorry all, we are in competition, as pro journos im not syaing anything about what i did, but im fine to help u out.

  388. its due on Friday

  389. Well, i just need something to base my article n.

  390. Danielle says

    389- the australian language josh

  391. Danielle says

    okay heres a starter…
    think about the following questions

    1. what is the australian lang?
    2. how is it important?
    3. why is it importamt?
    4. when do we use it?
    that should trigger something

  392. Yeah but i dunno what to write about exactly. But i’ve started one now

  393. Danielle says

    391- omg i sound like a TEACHER

  394. Don’t worry Ms. Eid, i think i’ve got it.

  395. Danielle says

    thats Mrs.ANTHONY!! thankyou

  396. I’ll just call you Danielle

  397. Steve Healy says

    I’m still stuck for ideas, I havent even opened microsoft word yet

  398. Danielle says

    steve did u read comment 391, it helped me.

    omg i found the best statement ever-

    Someone should sue Disney for making every girl believe that they have a prince charming

  399. I quit, i’ve got bad Writers Block, i’m stuck on 311 words.

  400. Danielle says

    399- guys its cos ur thinking about it TOO MUCH! dont think just type and see where it goes!

  401. Would you mind if i posted what i’ve got here, and you can tell me if its good or not? Or should i not post it on a public website?

  402. Danielle says

    401- up to u but…im gonna be honest and harsh, if u want the truth about what i think, or i can just read it and say thats its all good so u dont get offended, which way josh?

  403. Definitely the truth

  404. Steve Healy says


  405. Aussie slang, it’s something that makes you smile when you hear it. There is nothing more heart-warming to see two Aussie blokes having a good old yarn about their family, life or sport. My Dad is one of those guys that could talk to anyone about anything. Whether he sees someone down the street, remembers a person he went to school with or sees the neighbours out on the farm, he’ll always stop and have a good chat. No doubt there is some Aussie language thrown between the people in the conversation. Aussie slang is all around us, you’ll see it at the supermarket, the servo, the local bakery, the footy oval, even when you’re at work. It’s fair to say that Aussie language is one of the proudest languages, easy to understand but I’m sure a foreigner would have trouble interpreting what we say. Some of the classic Aussie slang was present in the early 20th century, whether it was hard working slaves or the people who were starting to pioneer the great game of Aussie Rules. It was evident when I went to Central Australia for school camp last year. Along with the teachers came a student’s father, Trevor, who is as Aussie as you can get. The first thing he said to me? “How are ya mate?” He was loud, clear, firm, and strong. When he talked, you listened, and you remembered. You remembered him talking so Australian, so unique, that you felt for sure he was loving every moment of hearing himself speak. Even after we returned back home, I still see him down the street. He stopped for a chat with me, saying “How are ya mate?” with the strongest Australian accent I’ve heard in a long time, and cried in disbelief after seeing my friend and I, shouting “I took you two to Central Austraaalia!” It makes me laugh when my friend repeats with as much eagerness what he said.

    And that’s all i got so far.

  406. Danielle says

    okay, ill be honest

  407. Danielle says

    405- its fine! :) i like the start really pulls the reader in.

  408. Are you sure? I feel as if i’m bypassing the actual topic. I haven’t even said ‘Fair dinkum’ or anything yet.

  409. Danielle says

    408- josh its not formal, well in your case, so there should need to be a set structure really, planty of time for the ‘fair dinkum’
    :) LOL

  410. Alright, thanks.

    Ohh gee, i can’t think of a word. What’s the word called when describing all the words you know? Vocabulary?

  411. 405- God I miss his TRALA ! haha

  412. yeah vocab lol

    anywho u keep going on the right track.

    im gonna have an early night, yayyyyy sleep!!!!!!


  413. I’m in to replace Danni.

  414. Fair enough Adam.

    What do you think of comment 405?

  415. Steve Healy says

    I think its pretty good Josh

  416. Thanks Steve, i just don’t know how to continue it.

  417. I like it so far, that Trevor guy sounds like a top bloke.

    I don’t have any obvious suggestions yet except:
    a) Add “pub” to the line where it lists all the places you could hear Australian slang.

  418. Steve Healy says

    I dont know how to start mine, I dont think I will

  419. Steve Healy says

    im off now cya later guys

  420. Goodnight everyone. Mitch Morton x Shane Tuck + Freo premierships

  421. Yeah thanks for that Adam, i’ll add that.

  422. In pretty much bang on 12 hours time I’ll be walking out of my persuasive English SAC.

  423. Good luck with that, all the best.

  424. Cheers Barnstable. You too with the essay, hope you think of some good ideas.

  425. Yeah i’ll get the parents to read it and see what they think.

    Anyway i’m off, have a good one.

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