THE coppers knew they were in trouble when the animals breached the outer fences of the Ekka. In the 80-odd years that it had been hosting Queensland’s Royal Show, the … Continue reading LONG WEEKEND: The untold story of how the VFL sent the Bombers and Cats to the Ekka in 1952
IT was like watching the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. As the ball smacked off Isaac Smith’s boot, Hawks fans laughed and embraced and marvelled at the beauty of life and … Continue reading The 4 teams that won the flag after losing their first final
IVOR WARNE-SMITH THE Melbourne utility didn’t do things in halves. He did them in doubles. Rocking a double-barrel surname before all the cool kids were doing it, Warne-Smith won two Brownlow Medals, … Continue reading The 4 players who had a master’s degree in badassery
MY other half went to sleep watching the footy. Understandable, I guess, if you’re in your own home with the heater on and the couch is just a little bit … Continue reading Questions from a Queenslander: Why are the grounds different sizes?
TOO slow, too fat, untalented – they’re taunts I’m sure we all hear from siblings at each and every family gathering I attend. But they’ve also been used as fuel to spark … Continue reading The 6 Brownlow Medallists who were told they’d never make it
Geelong Pivotonians THE good people of Geelong had two questions in 1878: What was wrong with Argyle Paddock and what the hell is a Pivotonian? Around the same time that … Continue reading The 5 footy nicknames that just didn’t stick
IF Australian Football had a Sistine Chapel, Phillip Stubbs would be responsible for the fresco.
“OUR banners fly on high, from dawn to dark, down at Argyle Paddock.” It doesn’t have the same ring to it. Probably because the song was penned specifically for Kardinia … Continue reading The 7 footy grounds you’ve probably never heard of