The Jehabake Legacy – 53 consecutive years

Ironmike has words of advice for AFL clubs looking for a new coach – ‘research the Jehabake legacy’ – as he traces the origins of premiership success over the past five decades.

Tom Hafey: A chance encounter and conversation

Allan Barden recounts the time he and his wife met Tom Hafey on the No.96 tram and the wonderful conversation they had with him

Rev Up

Jill Fitzsimons has just finished reading Hugh Van Cuylenburg’s, The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude Empathy and Mindfulness which has motivated her to consider words from footy people who have inspired her.

Footy on the Radio!

Peter Clark talks up the radio broadcasters of the footy, past and present. What a cavalcade of callers, all masters of the microphone! Join in the discussion with your nominations for preferred presenters.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Traditions

Joe De Petro relives the 1972 VFL Grand Final and the rivalry established between Richmond and Carlton, while watching the Round 1 match between the Tigers and the Blues at the MCG.

“The steam train in the Geelong guernsey….” by  KB Hill

Ray Card knows exactly how Andrew Gaff felt when the fury of the football world came crashing down upon him recently. Forty years ago – in Round 7 1978 -the well-chiselled Geelong defender, with just 15 games under his belt, pole-axed dual Brownlow Medallist Keith Greig. KB Hill tells the story.

Almanac Teams: A team of coaches

Phil Dimitriadis is at it again – this time with a mighty team of masterminds and motivators. Don’t THINK about checking out this team, DO check it out!

50 Years On – What Else Happened on This Day?

Grand Final week 1966 was not only a glorious time for St Kilda but as Warwick Nolan points out, other interesting football and sporting events were happening at the same time.

The Art of Coaching

What makes a good coach? David Parker tackles this with a touch of Sun Tzu.

Era, era on the wall; 1960-1966

The VFL in the 1960’s saw football still as a tough yet sometimes brutal sport, as players were happy to play the game for the joy of it. This period also saw the introduction of television, football replays and shows such as Football Inquest, World of Sport and League Teams. It was also the period that saw Ron Barassi leave the Dees for the Blues and the sacking of Norm Smith.

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 Round 9 – Richmond v Melbourne: Remembering Tom Hafey

Cheryl Critchley sits with the Richmond Grannies at the Tom Hafey tribute match. Tigerland is in mourning, she writes.

Tom Hafey: the heroes’ hero

Jeff Dowsing celebrates Tommy Hafey at Collingwood and how his passion inspired Hafey’s Heroes to always overachieve, but fall short at the final hurdle.

Tribute to Tommy

Dave Chettle is a Magpie man whose passion for footy was ignited by Tommy Hafey.

AFL Round 9 – Adelaide v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): Tick. Tock. It’s an ambush!

The full moon, time passing, Tommy’s passing, neighbour Bob’s passing, Collingwood’s temporary (?) passing. If life is about acceptance, how can Collingwood’s loss matter?

AFL Round 9 – Preview: I didn’t like last Monday

Greetings to all,   Not much time between games this week to put a preview together, but certainly time to reflect on a great life in footy.  A pall had already descended over Monday night’s game before the players put on that display with the announcement of Tom Hafey’s death.  Special people transcend the game [Read more]

Open sewage: the need for a people person’s plan

Can the 1854 fatal cholera outbreak in London Town inform the AFL in 2014? David Wilson searches for signs of enlightenment and epidemiology.

Tommy Hafey – No Over Finessin’

Matt Watson recalls his encounter with the then Collingwood coach, as a 9-year-old opposition supporter at Arden Street. Along with all of us, Matt is seriously sad, but explains how his respect for Tommy transcends narrow club partisanship.

AFL Round 8: The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

Earl O’Neill’s Round 8 saw two football worlds collide in a pall of orange flames and grey smoke in fast forward. The lightly toasted paps went down a treat. Plus Earl’s warm tribute to Tommy.

So Tommy’s Gone

The life and legacy of Tom Hafey have inspired Stephen Whiteside to this poetic tribute.