AFL 1997 – Twenty Years On: Introduction and The Coaches

Can 1997 really be two decades ago? Apparently so, as Swish introduces this pictorial series covering the coaches and players from the 1997 AFL season.

Blighty You Legend

Peter Baulderstone offers a personal tribute to Malcolm Blight the man; the footballer and newly inducted AFL (should that be Australian football?) Legend.

Martin Flanagan and a reappraisal of 1992

Adam Fox makes a mighty fine debut in these pages with this piece on Martin Flanagan and perspective. Welcome Adam. And any insight into Frank Zappa would be greatly appreciated.

AFL: The engineer and the artist

Dips O’Donnell sees that AFL football now sadly focusses on risk reduction, rather than on individual and collective enterprise. We should celebrate human imagination, art and wisdom.

In the firing line with the ruck rovers

The role of the ruck-rover is defined by the many wonderful exemplars Carolyn Spooner refers to from teams of the’60’s through to the current day.

Paul Couch: Giving something of value

Brutas Mudcake reflects on footy, value and life upon the death of Paul Couch.

Era, era on the wall; 1977-1986

Jeff Dowsing continues with his fantastic look at bygone football eras. Many think the 70s and 80s where the greatest in footy. Actually they nearly killed but ultimately saved football. A must read for students of the game.

Era, era on the wall; 1967-1976

The late 60s and early 70s are the Golden Years of footy for many VFL fans. In Jeff Dowsing’s latest look at Grand Final eras, the years 1967 to 1976 would see a revolution in how the game was played after Barassi’s Blues and their use handball engineered possibly the greatest comeback in VFL Grand Final history. Carlton, Richmond, Hawthorn and North fans; this is your era.

SANFL Grand Final – Woodville West Torrens v West Adelaide: Rubbers’ Grand Day Out

It’s been a lengthy wait of 32 years since West Adelaide won its last SANFL flag. To Dave Brown and many others, the SANFL still has an undeniable appeal.

Round 21 – Adelaide v Brisbane: Unintended consequences

Dave Brown may not necessarily be a fan of the AFL and what it has come to represent, but he does love the Adelaide Oval and Eddie Betts. A lot! Dave takes the family to see Blighty’s statute, the Crows and manages to nab seven consecutive general admission tickets in one fell swoop. Good times.

Round 21 – Adelaide v Brisbane: “Dunt look anything like him.”

A statue paying tribute to Adelaide’s favourite son Malcolm Blight, was unveiled ahead of Saturday evening’s clash against the Brisbane Lions. Michael Sexton recalls some classic Blighty stories as the Crows belt Brisbane by 87 points.

Remembering Hafey’s Heroes

Collingwood under Tom Hafey produced some of the most memorable footy – and players – in the club’s illustrious history. While the ultimate prize eluded Hafey’s Heroes, Jeff Dowsing revisits his childhood and recalls some fond memories of the late 70s when’T-shirt Tommy’ was at the helm of his beloved Woodsmen.

AFL paper games – Premiers v Team of Champions

Six games and then a premiership.Three hundred and eighty three games and no premiership. Dave Brown conjures two post-1990 teams, one of young premiership players, one of champions who never tasted the sweetest September victory.

Deja Vu all over again?

Paul Roos is not the man to coach Melbourne, writes Budge, and no amount of money will change that.

Fearless – Round 16: Judd on report? Like a school captain doing detention

I don’t know quite how to say this but tonight at the AFL Tribunal, Chris Judd is up on a charge. To be honest, it’s a bit like the school captain doing a detention. The club and supporters may suffer as a result of Juddy’s brainfade…time will tell…but it’d be fair to say that if there’s [Read more]

John Kingsmill’s Footy Diary

ROUND ELEVEN The dilemma of hope Three weeks of byes rips the supercoach teams to shreds. The balance of personal bias against common sense comes to the fore in the month of June. There’s no sense in backing a winning team in these comps if huge portions of them go surfing in Week Eleven, or [Read more]

You have to love the genius of Blighty

By Adrian Vitez Around 30,000 attended this Round 6 match-up at the Gabba. Like most other interested parties, I received it via the channel 10 telecast led by Quarters, and featuring the great Blighty on special comments. Blighty fits the special comments job description perfectly as he never fails to offer comments which are unique [Read more]