Local Footy: The day that Welcome Advice saved Bushpig coach’s honeymoon

The Rivcoll Bushpigs, the club from the old Riverina College of Advanced Education (now Charles Sturt Uni) in Wagga, enjoy such a reputation as a social club that their opposition in this Saturday’s Farrer League fixture, the Northern Jets, is holding a get-together at the Bushpigs’ annual Old Bores Day.

Local footy: Footy at Lake Cargelligo

by David Ogilvy While travelling from South Australia to the north coast of NSW recently, my wife and I found ourselves in Lake Cargelligo in NSW’s Northern Riverina  on a cool windy Saturday.

Local Footy: Terrible twist colours the tale of Tom and George

By Bill Walker Tom Hill. Now there’s a bloke’s name packaged by his parents a couple of decades ago without the complication of slipping another in between. Tom played his first senior game for Wynyard last Saturday. Although there were other high-profile “must win” contests, important milestones and sad dedication appearances throughout Australia, Tom was [Read more]

General Footy Writing: A lament for great old footy jumpers

By Chris Riordan While the AFL clubs’ marketing departments are developing gross jumpers, originality is losing out to functionality in the bush and burns. Buy in bulk. Cheaper and ready by order. Our fantastic footy culture was clarified to me one afternoon about 20 years ago when I was handed a jumper by the barman [Read more]

Local Footy: Peat Bog Champions emerge from Cora Lynn to put stamp on the game

By Bob Utber Those in the know acknowledge that Cora Lynn has the best football ground in Victoria, nay, Australia. With its peat bog soil it can take six inches of rain and you still do not get muddy. A huge amphitheatre, the ground is famous for staging the Grand Finals of the former West [Read more]

Local Footy: Renmark flog Barmera-Monash

   By Nick Kossatch   Renmark made a mockery of Barmera-Monash being a premiership contender by giving them a 74-point thrashing at Renmark Oval on Saturday.   The win places the Rovers in second position on percentage but equal on points with the Roos and Loxton.   It was the host’s most impressive win of [Read more]

Local footy: Amazing Country comeback on a windy day

By Paul Daffey Wind is a variant that’s going out of AFL games in Victoria. The Docklands Stadium is like a bowling alley with turf. The MCG’s stands are so high that the wind dare not breach its walls. Only Kardinia Park is exposed to the elements.

Local Footy: The Maffra story – it’s all about beating Sale

by Rocket Gillett   In preparing my recent posting on the Rochester/Echuca rivalry I had planned to compare it to a very similar rivalry – and the most comparable is the Sale/Maffra rivalry – the parallels are striking similarly in terms of longevity, small town v big town, changing competitions, etc However, I got carried [Read more]

Local Footy: All rivalries change, even the very strongest ones

By Paul Daffey A few years ago, I was researching a story on rivalries in local footy and I consulted that treasure trove of footy knowledge Rod Gillett for background on Echuca and Rochester. Rocket, who spent part of his childhood in both towns (he likes country and western), passed on some gems of information, [Read more]

First Test – Day 4: Rain helps the English cause

by John Harms The finest meteorologists in Wales promised us precipitation, and while their timing was a little out, and it was a little tardy, down came the rain. Enough of it to prevent any play after Tea on the fourth day. Which was a blessing for the home side: the Englishmen were in all sorts [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]

Special Feature: Bring the farm to the footy

      1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) continue with their plan to recognise the contribution The Farm has made to today’s modern game.   Naming a FoFF Farmyard Team of The Centuries is all well and good and has been done by [Read more]

Putting the farm back into footy – Part 1

In the first of a two-pronged attack, 1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) have a plan to put the farm back into footy, real grassroots style.   Secretly, they’ve always been our favourites, the ones we look out for, and indeed watch over. Because [Read more]

Yarra Man: A half-back’s comparison of the Eastern league and the Ovens and Murray league

By Tavis Perry Last year I played for Blackburn in the Eastern Football League, which is commonly regarded as Victoria’s premier competition outside the VFL. This year I’ve transferred to Yarrawonga, which plays in arguably the strongest — and definitely the most even — country competition, the Ovens & Murray Football League. Often I’m asked, [Read more]