Saturday, September 29, 2012
I saw a VFL game once at the Lake Oval. My aunt Margaret was a passionate Bloods supporter and my father followed her late in life when he became disillusioned with Carlton.
Auntie Marg apparently used to heckle and berate opposition supporters and was known to whack them occasionally with her umbrella.
I remember reading in awe about the 1945 grand final, the day the Bloodstained Angels were born.
This article tells the story: "The Carlton-South premiership match was the game's greatest blot and the most repugnant spectacle League football has ever known," bemoaned the Truth, which ran gruesome pictures of the beaten-up faces of several players under the headline "Pictures of Bash from Bashball."
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Comets were formed in 1994 and originally played in the South Australian Amateur Soccer League.
The club now competes in the FFSA and boasts one of the largest junior set-ups in South Australia. The senior side won promotion this year to the Super League.
The club is offering $50 senior memberships, with free admission to all home games at Santos Stadium.
I won't be going, because my wife has the car tonight and it's not feasible to get down there on public transport.
There's always a buzz around the start of a new season and this year is no exception. The Bloods appear to have recruited well and Crows young gun Brad Crouch will line up with the club all year, which is a massive bonus.
I'm not reading too much into practice match form, which was mixed, but the thumping by Port Adelaide doesn't look too bad now after the Magpies crushed Woodville-West Torrens last night at Thebarton.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Dave Warner played admirably to carry his bat through the innings, but ran out of mates.
Australia was coasting at 2/159, needing just 82 runs for victory, before batting collapses on either side of the lunch break resulted in a drawn Trans Tasman Trophy series against New Zealand, the number-eight ranked Test team in the world.
A few weeks ago, New Zealand struggled to defeat Zimbabwe in Harare.
Surely now the Australian selectors have to remove Phil Hughes and Ricky Ponting from the side to play India, starting on Boxing Day in Melbourne.
Hughes lacks confidence and ability, Ponting is well past his prime.
|Phil Hughes was dismissed for 20 by Chris Martin.|
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
It's good news that West Adelaide has signed delisted AFL players Chris Schmidt, Tyson Slattery and Taite Silverlock to multi-year deals.
I thought Schmidt was unlucky to be cut from the Crows, but it will be great to have him full time at Richmond Oval.
Slattery will be handy in defence following the loss of Steven Morris, while Silverlock will strengthen the midfield.
The Bloods really struggled this year to move the ball quickly through the middle. A good ruckman is also desperately needed to give first use of the ball.
- Played football and cricket for Fitzroy and Victoria.
- Played 11 Tests for Australia.
- Fitzroy captain in the VFA from 1886 to 1892.
- Scored an Australian-record 417 not out for Carlton against University in 1896.
- Became the first VFL coach with Carlton; led the Blues to premierships in 1906, 1907 and 1908.
- Was Essendon premiership coach in 1911 and 1912.