Country Footy: Crisis? What crisis?

Peter Leneghan wrote this five years ago. Worth having a look at in the light of the recent northern Victorian country footy survey and report.

Country Rules – Barossa Footy

Swish Schwerdt, sounds like a Barossa name. Here’s a Barossa footy piece he saw last weekend.

Picola League South East Division Premiership 2014

Glen Potter journeyed to Tungamah for the fine local hospitality and to take in the Grand Final of the local footy league. Go Bears!

Built for September

Sam Henty chronicles a thrilling finals win by the North Warrnambool Eagles and their Captain Courageous Barlow.

AFL Round 20 – Geelong v Fremantle: Of camels and fate

Susie Giese journeys across Western Victoria all afternoon in her job as a sports photographer, then its off to Kardinia Park to see her Cats take on their despised rivals the Fremantle Dockers.

Shark attack: a tale

Out-of-form gun recruit Joey Loveless had a problem. A big problem. A big problem that wouldn’t go away. Matt Zurbo tells the tale.

Don Heath’s Ararat wool jumper and ‘Delicate’ Des Dickson

Rob Heath has some ripper pix of his Dad’s Ararat wool jumper from the 60s and stories of clashes with former Hawthorn hard man ‘Delicate’ Des Dickson. It served Rob well through his sporting career in a most unlikely way.

Gambling is illegal at Bushwood sir, and I never slice: five yarns

Memories of a misspent youth from Mickey Randall. You can take the boy out of Kapunda, but you can’t take Kapunda out of the boy.

The old South Purrumbete ground

Almanackers Luke Reynolds and Andrew Fithall take us back to the old South Purrumbete footy ground, in south-west Victoria. Long grass, abandoned changerooms, an impromptu trotting track.

60 Years Ago (1954) – A New Era for the Yallourn Blues

Footy historians gather round. Roger Spaull tells the story of the Yallourn Footy Club’s involvement in the new Latrobe Valley Football League in 1954.

A Hole in my Town

In this piece The Old Dog talks about how much is lost in a town and a club without the next generation breathing life into the place.

They came for Billy Quirk: (When you lose a mate)

Haje Halabi mourns and celebrates a country footy legend.

Quintessential country football

Peter Argent captures the action from South Australia’s North Eastern Football League.

On country football (and listening to the Tiges on the long drive home)

Increasingly vocal Tigers fan Paul Daffey recommends this piece by fellow Tiger Dugald Jellie.

Man in White

The Man In White: Country Connections takes the reader into the world of umpiring beyond ‘the big league’.

David Williams – a coaching legacy

David Williams is a name synonymous with country footy, leading Rochester to two premierships in the powerful Goulburn Valley Football League. He’s now looking to repeat that feat with Kyabram.

Local footy: Tatura wins Goulburn Valley flag

David Armstrong followed happy carloads of Swans supporters up the Hume on Sunday as far as Shepparton to see Seymour take on Tatura.

Flying in to play country footy with Thommo and Simmo

This year I played five games as a fly-in, fly-out player for Kyneton Football Club in the Bendigo Football League.  It definitely got a bit tedious due to spending over 10 hours of my weekend either on a plane or at the airport but generally it was an awesome experience and I got to meet [Read more]

Man on the gate

    By Brendan Ryan   Oilskin keeping out the cold the muscles in his legs wearing down through the under 12s, netball, under 14s, under 18s, reserves and finally seniors around two. A job we all expect somebody to do. A man who complements the scene of cars nosed up to the boundary fence, [Read more]

Off with the wildebeests

By Paul “Porka” Stephens It is essential I write a bit about a man who made me, not the re-producing way but in the a way of initiating me into the world of coaching. I didn’t have a clue when I coached my first game at a new club out the middle of nowhere. I [Read more]