Archive for June, 2013

Round 13 and a Community Cup

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Round 13 of the AFL 2013 Season threw up a few surprises.  Elsewhere , AFL Footy was played for a good cause , to the scenery of punters wearing their vintage football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys , against a backdrop of Aussie Rock and Roll .

 

lions win

lions win

In a stellar season , the Tigers keep roaring with a win over the Bulldogs , in front of a saturday night footy crowd . The Lions snatched certain victory away from the marauding Cats , in the upset of the round , when they kicked the winning goal after the siren. They staged a massive comeback  after a 52 point deficit at 3/4 time . The Power shocked Sydney in SA to post a win , Freo thrashed NMFC in WA , and the Hawks retain top spot after clipping the Eagles wings on friday night footy .  To add to their already absymal season , Saints defender Stephen Milne , has again had criminal charges laid against him . The hapless Saints beat bottom of the ladder dwellers Melbourne , who continue to struggle , despite sacking their coach last week .

 

power up

power up

Last Sunday at Elsternwick Park , the annual Community Cup , a fundraiser for Reclink , was played out under blue skies to the backdrop of  rock & roll. This year it was the grizzled Rockdogs , ably captained by Dan Sultan and pragmatically coached by Aussie rockgod Paul Kelly , who drew with the try hard , local  broadcasters,  Megahertz . A crowd of 10,000 punters gloried in the action , wearing their vintage footy jumpers , jerseys , and retro guenrseys , whilst nursing a VB and pie ,  rocking the music , and revelling in the unseasonal June sunshine  .

saints strife

saints strife

. Megahertz players donned the red and white Swans colours , whilst the Rockdogs wore  the indigenous colours of black yellow and red , in their football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys .

Dee ‘ s Dump

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

AFL Club Melbourne Demons have sacked embattled coach Mark Neeld . Caretaker coach will be ex Crow Neil Craig . A half million dollar payout will sweeten Neeld’s departure . Melbourne , like other struggling clubs , the Saints and Bulldogs

Dees footy jumper

Dees footy jumper

, look to a great future building a team by recruiting and giving game practice to young players .

 

young Dees jumper

young Dees jumper

Six teams had a rest last weekend . By round 12 , the Finals are virtually decided .Some teams are resigned to life without Finals for Season 2013 . The Tigers continue to win , debunking critics , and ensuring they avoid the dreaded 9 th spot finish , on the League ladder . Essendon win , with a Joe and a Jobe , both sons of prominent ex Bombers . Hawthorn are sitting pretty , the SA’s Port Power , and WA’s Freo are winning .  Collingwood are quietly achieving , keeping their heads down after Eddie’s , infamous indigenous Faux Paus .
AFL Fans , wearing their football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys , are thrilled , spilled and getting their fill , watching the games , and behind the scenes action . Its only footy , but we like it !

Every Footy Jumper tells a Story

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Every Footy Jumper has a story to tell .

Footy Jumpers are Memories

Footy Jumpers are Memories

 

Stories like , it was Uncle Berts which he wore during the tussle for the 1939 premiers flag . This old woollen jumper , has been in the family since the 20’s , and has been passed down to the oldest boy in the family ever since . My second cousin , twice removed , bought this for me at Ball and Welch Emporium in Swan st , Richmond , in the 60’s . See this dark mark , Royce Hart  bled on it  . A damp patch where Ben Cousins cried . More poignantly , a Fitzroy jumper was used to bind the Kelpie dog’s leg , after he was run over in busy st georges rd , and  had to be rushed to the Lort Smith animal Hospital . We found this Saints jumper in the bottom of my grandfathers wardrobe , its a beaut vintage number , free of moth holes . Bruce Doull played in this , I’m sure John Coleman had one like this and Paul Roos led the last Fitzroy team in this .

Most recently the jumpers stories run along the lines off , see this signature , its Buckley ‘s on the day he retired . This is the Bombers guernsey that Hirdy touched as he ran off the field when we beat Collingwood , ten  Anzac Day Games ago  . This colourful jersey is the one depicting the Dreamtime theme of the AFL indigenous round . A jumper has the special Grand Final Logo , or the commemorative insignia worn to celebrate the Melbourne Football Clubs 150 years of playing footy . Lenny Hayes cried in a jumper just like this when we lost the Grannie to the Pies !

Little kids love their footy jumpers so much they want to sleep in them ! Proudly worn on match day , and any old time , they are cherished , loved and prized . Often passed on from generation to generation , or shared with others . Remarked upon , criticised , joked about  ,but never ignored . Part of Aussie folklore , you bet !

Lions Jumper Change

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
new lion

new lion

 

There’s a rumble in the jungle . Some Lions fans , discontent with the newer “papplepop Lion ” mascot on their teams footy jumpers  , want a return to the older Lion moniker , as worn by the premiership teams of 2001 , 2002 and 2003 .

old lion

old lion

 

 

 

Two Melbourne teams , the Demons and Saints fared poorly in their weekend matches , against the Hawks and Kangaroos respectively . It raises questions on the viability of Demons coach , Mark Neeld , chances of surviving in that role . The Saints miserable season continues . North Melbourne stalwart Brad Harvey , notched up 350 games , whilst fellow Roo Daniel Wells , achieved 200 . Saint , Leigh Montagna , also played 200 games but his milestone was diminished by his teams poor performance .

Monday night footy plays out tonight between the Eagles and Tigers , over in the West .

 

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