Archive for March, 2009

Footy’s back

Monday, March 30th, 2009

St Kilda ran out winners over the  Sydney Swans  by 15 points in a game that saw the Swans goalless for 78 minutes of play. The Swans dominated the first quarter to lead by 27 points at the first quarter break.The Saints fought back through the superior ball skills of their midfield and beat the Swans at their own game by producing an impenetrable defence. The Saints provided a rousing opening round victory for success starved fans .

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The Crows are flying high after treating their home town fans to a great game of footy at AAMI Stadium on Friday night. The Crows were out to revenge their loss to Collingwood last September on the same ground that starved them of Finals success. It was the Crows who scored the points when they ultimately outplayed the Magpies in a closely contested tussle that saw the victors win by only four points.

Michael Voss the new coach of the Brisbane Lions achieved success on his coaching debut when his team held on to beat the West Coast Eagles at the Gabba. The Lions defeated the Eagles by nine points   despite not kicking a goal in  the last quarter.  The Lions have not lost a season-opening match at the Gabba since 1998. Voss was happy to keep this record intact.

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North Melbourne ably beat last years wooden spooners Melbourne Football Club by 34 points in a sunday afternoon game at the MCG . In a highly entertaining game which saw both sides display well honed football skills North Melbourne prevailed to win the game . Melbourne have improved and gave a good contest to the Kangaroos who are buoyed for their next game against the Western Bulldogs.

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Power played an aggressive  hard tackling brand of football to run out comfortable winners over the young  Essendon Football Club. Playing at home in 31 degree heat the Power treated fans to an enthralling display. Essendon still undergoing major rebuilding of their team played a largely young side whose inexperience and skill level were to let them down on the night .Port ultimately won the game by 41 points providing all associated with the Power a boost in their times of financial difficulty.

The Bulldogs convincingly beat the Dockers in Subiaco at the weekend  by 63 points. The Doggies kicked their seaon off to a great start with a resounding win over the hapless Dockers who look set to endure another year of under achieving and unsatisfactory results.

AFL Season has started

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
Geelong are happy to "get it on "

Geelong are happy to "get it on "

The  AFL season started on Thursday night at the MCG with traditional rivals Carlton and Richmond playing in a much publicised opening game .

Richmond selected newly signed recovering drug addict Ben Cousins on their team along with their other superstars Nathan Brown and Matthew Richardson and up and comer Jack Riewoldt. The Tigers favoured an experienced line up with many experienced players taking on the younger less experienced Blues. The Blues selected four first gamers in keeping with an established team re-building youth policy by Blues Coach Brad Ratten. The Carlton youngsters  all acquitted themselves admirably  helping the Blues to an 83 point win over a lacklustre Richmond side. The Tigers woes were further compounded with a disappointing hamstring injury to Ben Cousins who was forced to leave the ground in the last quarter .It has been confirmed he will miss 3/4 games by embattled Tigers Coach Terry Wallace .

In a closely fought rematch of last  years Grand Final   the Cats were successful victors over  the Hawks by eight points . It proved an action packed contest with fans treated to a great Friday night spectacle at the MCG.  All the big names played hard including Lance Franklin and Luke Hodge for  the Hawks both of whom were reported .The Cats players managed to combine well to beat the Hawks on the night but have also sustained reports for players  Max Rooke reported for rough conduct and teammate Andrew Mackie booked for striking Brent Renouf.

The AFL Season starts 26 march 2009

Friday, March 20th, 2009
Are the Blues finally coming out of the wilderness? find out 26 mar

Are the Blues finally coming out of the wilderness? find out 26 mar

20th march 2009

The AFL season kicks off next Thursday night the 26th of March with an opening block buster between traditional rivals Carlton and Richmond at the MCG at 7.40pm EST .

It promises to be a fantastic contest with two of the League’s up and coming Flag contenders going head to head in what promises to be a fitting curtain raiser to the season .

All the big names will be playing including the new look Brendan Fevola sporting a shaven head playing for the Blues . The spearhead for the Blues has had a quiet summer concentrating on training and getting fit and will run on to the “G” in fine condition with the trademark curls well tamed like his temper hoping to provide the blues with a great start to the season.Have Carlton got what it takes to beat a rejuvenated Richmond in front of a huge home town crowd.?

The big news at Tigerland is the debut of Ben Cousins in his first AFL game since his well publicized battle with drug addiction . Can he give the fans and the Tigers their money’s worth and will he provide a glimmer of hope to fans long starved of premiership success?

It should be a ripper of a curtain raiser to the AFL’s 2009 Home and Away Season .

NAB Cup winners and other AFL football news

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

The winners of the pre season NAB Cup Championship were the Geelong Cats who had a convincing win over the Collingwood Magpies .
GFC or the Geelong Cats , as they are known on footy fixtures so as not to be confused with the acronym Global Financial Crisis provided fans with a pre season taste of real life footy action that the fans hope they will bring to the 09 season.
As winnners of the 07 premiership and runners up to the Hawks in 08’s GrandFinal Cats Fans everywhere are hopeful that this Grand Final win will be repeated in the 09 AFL Season .Can they shake of the pussy cat tag once and for all !

Docklands Football Ground has changed names again and is now known as Etihad Stadium . It has had various name changes in recent times including Colonial Stadium and Telstra Dome and now it is the UAE air carriers turn to weigh in with a piece of the sponsorship pie . Do players fly like a jet ? or are fans in for an armchair ride with new naming rights ?

AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick has shown a distaste for certain aspects of the modern game of football. In a candid interview with Age sport journalist Caroline Wilson he stated a liking for the traditional style of kick ,mark , handball style of playing. When asked what he didn’t like about the modern game he replied handball but wouldn’t comment further .

New AFL Gold Coast Football Club Supporter Gear will be available shortly.

An official Sherrin Football autographed by AFL Adelaide Crows

An official Sherrin Football autographed by AFL Adelaide Crows

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