First Test – Day 2: Agar the Audacious

It was clear early that Agar knew what he was doing. His early couple of strokes showed a decent technique yet still combined with a cavalier flair expected from a 19-year-old number 11 in his first test.

Uni Blacks v Uni Blues – Blacks Break Through

Whilst much of the pre-game talk had focused on the comeback of the opposition’s gun forward and former coach, Fergus Watts, the Blacks had one of their own returning from a hiatus – water-carrier Phil.

Local footy: A Black day in the Ammos

More Grand Final football stories were etched over the weekend as plenty will continue to develop over the coming weeks. A story just as big as any other is the dual premiership glory of the University Blacks in the Victorian Amateur Football League (VAFA).

Ammos: No walk in park for SKOBs as Blacks post victory

Regular readers of this column would probably be aware that its author is a creature of habit when it comes to his days at the footy. Like the pensioner who pays his bills at the post office or the ticket inspector who goes straight to the students, your narrator is one who likes to stick [Read more]

Kempo pulls the driver out as Blacks stretch lead from Rosehill to Belmont

ROBBO DOES IT ALL AS BLACKS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS For not the first time this season, my trip to the Uni for the curtain raiser was an alluring one. With marquee names like Foster and Lacey having donned the Black and Blue at 11:40 in previous weeks this year, it seemed like the depth [Read more]

Drysa White Hot as Blacks Jump to Top Spot

SKOBS RISE ABOVE THE BLACKS’ MOONLIGHT CLOUD Whenever the Blacks come up against St Kevins, there is a flurry of pre-match correspondence. Players from both teams receive messages from friends and family during the week that convey how deeply important a win would be to their respective club. In the lead-up to this week’s instalment, the [Read more]

Day draped in disappointment as Sharks bite Blacks

MAGOOS REFLECT ON THE SEVENTH The long weekend bye provided all players the opportunity to take a break and reflect on deeds done. The notion of reflection is one that was prominent in the household of your narrator whilst growing up. Every Sunday my Mother would take us to morning mass where we were instructed [Read more]

Blacks hold on as Snake roams the grass

LUKEY O JUBILANT AS TWOS OUTSHINE ‘HOERS There was no finer place to be in Melbourne last Saturday than at the home venue of Old Ivanhoe Grammarians. Whilst Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee celebrations were dampened by inclement weather, it would no doubt comfort the Monarchists to hear that an inner Melbourne park named after a picturesque [Read more]

Uni reigns as Foz and Biz drill them home

BLACKS SEASON FLICKERS AS GUTTERS STAYS STRONG IN THE WET As I hunch over my antique desk, illuminated only by a flickering candle and the fading light of autumn through my velvet curtains, an intriguing contest is unfolding on the television behind me. In the brilliant West Australian sunshine, two teams with finals aspirations have [Read more]

Mitch and Scooter the toast of snappy Uni win

The tools were packed, the plans were in place and like US prospectors of the 19th century or semi-skilled Victorian tradies of the 21st century, the Blacks were headed west to seek their fortune. Whilst the prospect of catching the Bus of Destiny was a juicy one, your columnist prefers the rhythmic sounds of the [Read more]

Uni Blacks Breakfast

Umpiring as a (sort of ) therapy.

  Last Saturday on University Oval, I took to the field and was, for the first time in almost 13 years, was part of a match involving the Adelaide University Football Club.  As an umpire. As an aside, there are three things that the uninitiated must know about the Adelaide Uni Football Club. ·      The [Read more]