Geelong’s Record Run – Round 12 1952: Geelong v Collingwood – Cats take top spot

A top of the table clash at home against Collingwood was the challenge for Geelong this week. Peter Clark continues his series on the Geelong record-breakers of 1952-53. Featured players this week are Fred Flanagan and Bob Rose.

‘Bidding adieu to an old Hawk…..’ by KB Hill

Tom Tobin may not have been the most talented player to ever lace up a boot, but he was a mighty servant of the Wangaratta Rovers. KB Hill reflects on a great clubman.

“Best Kick I Ever Saw…….” by KB Hill

What would the week be without a KB Hill tale of a local sporting identity from up Wangaratta way? Today his focus is on Ray Thompson, the man with ‘hands the size of meat plates’ who knocked back offers from no less than five Melbourne clubs. Classic KB!

‘The Object Of My Desire………’ by KB Hill

‘I’m propped under the giant gum-tree which has probably hovered here longer than the 160-year existence of this sporting Oval.’ KB Hill always tells a wonderful story. Today, he’s in peak form with this beautiful account of the development of his ‘object of desire’, the Wangaratta Rovers, and their home ground (which has a worthy history of its own!). (Feel the love and the passion in this moving piece – Ed.)

‘A Hard-Man……On And Off The Field’ – KB Hill

KB Hill knows his local characters! This week he recounts the colourful life of Ray Burns, policeman, hotelier and football hard man. And no-one does it like KB!

Almanac Teams: Rangas

Dan has come up a team of redheads, but can they play footy? Have your say!

Almanac Teams: The Unluckiest Magpies

Collingwood is in another Grand Final. This is a prospect which fills any knowing Magpie with equal parts anticipation and dread. Phil Dimitriadis taps into his well of Magpie pain to look at the unlucky many who have come up short on that One Day in September.

Dogs Came Out Snarling For Mighty Mick

Another fine contribution from KB Hill, covering the footy life and times of Wodonga legend (and ex-Collingwood player) Mick Bone

Era, era on the wall: 1949-1959

The VFL in the 1950s are synonymous with the dominance of the Demons under Norm Smith and their epic rivalry with Collingwood. But the 50s are remembered fondly out at Barkly Street and are notable also for the emergence of a kid from the Mornington Peninsula, who would dominate the goal square at Windy Hill…