Will this be Wynyard’s year?

Round 1 – Wynyard vs Smithton First game day is always exciting. There is a gnawing feeling inside and no matter what has happened in the past you believe that this could be your year. The only problem with that is that all the other club’s connections have the same feeling. I had changed my [Read more]

From the BFL: 60 Years Ago

From the Bendigo Football League Records 1952  A reflection on how much things have, or haven’t  changed in 60 years Season start April 26  1952, Editorial- B.F.L football made an auspicious start for 1952-the total revenue of 534 pounds set a new high for the opening round; the weather was kind after threatening wet conditions [Read more]

50 years on – Square and Rochy resume the rivalry

  by Rod Gillett Last year the Golden Square Football Club went through the Bendigo Football League unbeaten to win the premiership. It matched the feat of the Rochester “Invincibles” who were premiers and champions in the same league in 1962. Rochy beat Golden Square in the grand final that year. Both clubs are understandably [Read more]


    By Andrew Starkie   In September, 1991, favourites Old Collegians Warriors lost the Warrnambool and District Football League Grand Final to the Merrivale Tigers.    Earlier this year, the drink company, Gatorade approached media personality, Dave Hughes, to be the ‘face’ of their marketing campaign,’Gatorade Replay’, which offers amateur sporting teams the opportunity [Read more]

16 Makes Bad Maths

    Last week I ran out for my 500th, under the mountains, which felt right. They wore the rain like a goddamn hat. My home was buried in black clouds, as if there was a ceiling above our match. But, down in the valley, from the east, the weather wasn’t that bad. It’s great [Read more]

Chasing the Bush Premiership VII

A 53 point half time lead would be translated to a win right?  Last Saturday was one of the most bizarre games of football I’ve ever played in. Despite my shaky form, I stayed in the senior side for another week.  After getting over the top side seven days earlier, we were due to battle [Read more]

Chasing that elusive premiership

CHASING THE ELUSIVE BUSH PREMIERSHIP It’s been a while since I’ve written an update and it’s not because things are going badly and I’ve cracked the sads but more to do with the fact I get pretty busy these days. The Imperial Football Club is sitting pretty in both grades at the moment with a [Read more]

Saints March In, Coober Pedy Style

Will the Coober Pedy Saints march in with their first win of 2011? They look smart in their red, black and white strip. At least as smart as St Kilda look half the time. It’s the eighth round of the Far North Football League (FNFL) season so it’s been a piss-poor start.   Hornridge, the [Read more]

Sat’dy, June 18, 2011

Volcanic ash won’t have any bearing on local footy fixtures so you can fill your diary now with options for this Sat’dy arvo. The pick of the VFL matches appears to be North Ballarat, fresh from their toppling of wobbly Willy, who are hosting the Borough juggernaut. If you’d rather stay within a Zone 1 [Read more]

Violet Town v Longwood

  by Shane Goss After witnessing the thriller at the MCG on Saturday night between Hawthorn and Geelong I ventured to Violet Town in north east Victoria for the  round nine clash in the Kyabram District Football League between Violet Town and Longwood. Violet Town is the former home to Aussie rock band Killing Heidi [Read more]


Under Wimmera Skies

by Robert Allen The Wimmera Football League (WFL) is a nine team competition based on a string of towns along and adjacent to the Great Western Highway. For many years, the Minyip Double Blues and the Murtoa Kookaburras were bitter rivals in the League, and in its various antecedents dating back to the early 1900s.

Saturday night footy

  The years click over, but the leathery crack of a good pack mark still makes me horny. It’s only reserves now, but so what? They can hurt you, and try to hurt you, but don’t know how to be a bastard with their bodies when the ball’s in the air. I lead with my [Read more]

Last recruit

It’s that time of the year in bush footy. No matter what the code, presidents and committees, sponsors and hangers-on, club men who have worked hard all summer are trying to put the finishing touches on their team lists. They’re selling hope.

Country Footy & Radio Can Mix

I didn’t know what to feel. Excited? Nervous? Comprehensive? Regret, even? I wouldn’t know for a while, so I blocked it out of my head. I had a game of footy to play, against Katamatite, the Tigers, Sam Wright’s home town. I spotted his dad first as I walked to the changerooms, donning a North [Read more]

Willaston Dreams

Pictures by Almanacker Peter Argent It’s a great time of the year for footballers around the country. Wherever they might be. Some have been hard at it all summer. Running with squinted eyes through the shimmery white heat, loving and hating (at once) the beads of sweat which trickle between their shoulder blades, down the [Read more]

The ball is in dispute…

There is not a single holy grail of football; it is a different thing to each man. Some crave September silverware and the reflected glory of team success. Fathers dream of lacing up the first pair of boots on their offspring and watching them take the field. The purist, however, must one day embark on [Read more]

First hit-out at The Bridge

Chasing the elusive bush premiership- PART 2 Thursday night was my first hit-out with my new club, Imperials as we took to the field for an intra-club practice match.  The only thing I hate more than a practice match is an intra-club practice match.  Playing and competing with your team mates feels very unnatural.  Part [Read more]

Vale Wunghnu Football Club

by Josh Barnstable I can imagine the downfall and the final game ever played for the Fitzroy Football Club was the one of the saddest days in the VFL/AFL history, for players and supporters of any team. It isn’t right to see a proud club like the Lions, who were around for 100 years having [Read more]

The white Mullock heaps

Here is your intrepid sports correspondent reporting in from the white Mullock heaps. by  George Laslett Just got back from the footy in Coober Pedy where Mimili Falcons (their reserve side); main team Mimili Blue beat Coober Pedy 20:14 to 14:12. We’d better keep practicing. Looks like Ali will have the pictures up soon. Mimili [Read more]