Archive for February, 2010

Night Football Jumpers

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

St Kilda Saints and Sydney Swans played Round 2 of their NAB Cup Match on Saturday night 27 February at Etihad Stadium Melbourne .In front of a crowd of 11,000 fans the Saints snatched victory from the Swans by one point .

red not white

red not white

The Saints whose colours are red , white and black wore mainly black with one red panel and one white on the front of their guernsey , jumper , jersey . The Swans whose colours are white and red wore mainly white with a red v on the front of their guernsey , jumper , jersey .Red shorts and traditional red and white striped socks completed the Swans outfit. The Saints also wore their traditional red , white and black striped socks with black shorts.
The contrast in the two dominant colours was marked . White versus Black . No mistakes were made by players , fans and TV and Radio Broadcasters . Saints fans may have felt the umpires were still colour blind as a greater number of free kicks were awarded Sydney’s way. Excitement peaked when Justin Koschitzke’s jumper was ripped from his body and  a replacement had to be quickly found .

same logo

same logo

The distinctive strips added to the evening’ s enjoyment and the Game was easy to watch .Swans exciting new recruit , Lewis Jetta’s fluorescent footy boots were also easily seen .
Is this the way teams will dress for night and day footy games if their is any similarity of their teams colours?Time will tell but in the meantime ardent fans and collectors alike are coveting the new style jerseys guernseys jumpers.

Clash of Colours

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Saints white or not

Saints white or not

The NAB Cup continues with successful teams playing off.
Saturday sees Melbourne based team , the much loved but spectacularly unsuccessful St Kilda Saints play the Sydney based, exciting Sydney Swans.Both teams have red and white in their team colours . The Saints have black too but it still raises the question will one team play in the white strip favoured of previous years when a clash in clubs colours is evident ?

hawks white one

hawks white one

If they do it will avoid confusion between players , fans and TV viewers alike . This white jumper , jersey , guernsey is destined to become a highly collectable item . Those from previous years clashes are widely sought by all  .

Is a new white strip to be worn ? Fans will just have to wait and see.

New Football Jumpers

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The first round of the NAB Cup is over with the winning teams continuing in the competition to decide the premiership team. Some clubs like Port Adelaide Power are sporting a completely new style of strip. Gone is the fist / lightning bolt etc to be replaced with a more traditional 3 colour v neck guernsey .
All the other teams retained their traditional colours but some favoured a re – vamped version on the old theme eg st kilda’s reworking of its traditional strip. Some clubs again used the trend of recent years by playing in white with a distinctive motif eg the fremantle dockers and west coast eagles. The Brisbane Lions have a new Lion mascot . The well known clubs such as Carlton and Collingwood prefer to play in their traditional strip / colours . If you have a very famous distinctive strip such as these two teams perhaps it is wise not to tamper with a tried and tested popular formula.
These slick , sleek football guernseys are the modern day incarnation of the old woollen model . This model is still keenly sought by collectors and fans alike and even by those who just want to play kick to kick with the boys pre and post match .

old style

old style

new style

new style

Night Football

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

A balmy Melbourne night saw 2009 premiership runners up the Saints play the Collingwood Magpies at Etihad Stadium. Footy starved fans out of hibernation following the long summer break were treated to a great display between the two traditional rivals.

Magpies well fancied

Magpies well fancied

The Saints  resplendent in a new team strip , a guernsey with wide horizontal red , black and white stripes reminiscent of the Western Bulldogs strip were able to hold off a fast finishing Collingwood side .They were  wearing their distinctive black and white strip. Purists argue that the pre season competition is not the ” real footy “.

traditional strip

traditional strip

Cheering fans in their thousands would disagree with this sentiment last night as they watched the Mighty Saints hold off the fast finishing Magpies by one point .Fans booing Collingwoods newest recruit Luke Ball , an ex Sainter would be happy with this result . Nothing is sweeter than to beat Collingwood in Melbourne at Friday night footy before a fiercely loyal home town crowd.
The sydney competition is already having an impact on the national Game with the historic first match at western Sydney’s Blacktown Olympic Park being a sell out . If the competing teams can provide a spectacle to compare with lasts nights game at Etihad the future of the Game looks secure in Sydneys west. Sydney Swans play Carlton in a game between two rising teams who hope to cement a place in the history books by playing in this  great contest.Fans , administrators, footy teams  and the AFL are all hoping to be treated to a great nights entertainment. The future of Australias’s own iconic code of football in the Harbour City looks bright .

Swannies 05

Swannies 05

The New Lion

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

The New Lion mascot was unveiled at Manuka Oval, Canberra today as the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs played their first round game for the NAB Cup.
It appears to have the same body as the old Lion mascot but the head is a full frontal depiction outlined in brown / maroon . Star recruit Fevola and the rest of the team were resplendent in their new kit .The Lions despite the new mascot on their jumpers were beaten by the tenacious Western Bulldogs who played in their traditional colours of red , white and blue with old style Bulldogs mascot .
Perhaps it is seen as poetic justice by all the old die hard Fitzroy fans particularly those who remember the Fitzroy Lions glory days that a new Lion a successful team does not make.

Old Lion

Old Lion

Lions colours

Lions colours

Doggies Growl

Doggies Growl

Footscray Bulldogs

Footscray Bulldogs

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