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Category Archives: Roos

Dead Men Walking

Mental disintegration in an AFL side is a tragedy unfolding in the form of the Richmond Football Club, the classic metaphor for a lack of global action in the face of an impending rise of terrestrial temperatures that threatens to … Continue reading

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Enter the BoomBox II – The Return

Hope is the one constant in the AFL. Each new week brings the promise of redemption if coming off defeat, affirmation if coming off victory. For the past few years Kangaroo supporters have taken affirmation from the important victories that … Continue reading

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Enter the Boom Box

I recall only one game worse than this – a cold wet windy slog between Fitzroy and Hawthorn in 1979 fought in “Arctic blast” conditions.  That day only 6000 diehards braved the elements in the then standing room terraces. A … Continue reading

Roo Cull

  A major cull of expectations began mid way through the second quarter for Roo fans during their opening round clash with Essendon. Jumped by 4 Don goals at the start due to a distinct lack of defensive accountability – … Continue reading

That’s what I’m talking about – 2008

There were some lean years at Hawthorn after the 2001 preliminary final loss to Essendon. My hero Trent Croad was flogged to Fremantle. Alistair Clarkson came to the club in 2005 as senior coach. I had a sticker labelled Clarko’s … Continue reading

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Torpedos of happiness and great joy – 1978

Early 1978 I sensed it was a time for me to play Under 18s with Leongatha. I’d played 4 seasons with Meeniyan Dumbalk United in the AFL (sorry that’s the Alberton Football League) but was now too old for the … Continue reading

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Knights of the happening Church – 1976

Drop kick me Jesus through the goal posts of life is an apt metaphor for the hitherto direction of my life in the early 1970s. The Anglican church had embraced happy clapping, rock gospel, singing nun 6 or 12 string … Continue reading

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Troo Rout

“The ability to lose the unlosable is just absolutely diabolical in the end.” Stalin? Hermann Goering? Gerald Ford? Lance Armstong? No, Brad Scott, North Melbourne coach 2013. The kangaroos are a tease in 2013. Lauded to be deep finals bound … Continue reading

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Shank, Rattle and Goal

As the twilight descended into night we stared agog as the number of missed handballs, shanked kicks, out on the fulls, miskicks, dropped marks, fumbles and inaccuracies mounted. This Hawks V Roos clash felt like a sluggish Sunday morning training … Continue reading

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Hop for your life

The Japanese tourist chose the most poignant moment of the third quarter to stroll, without the need to show his membership card, down our aisle amongst the North Melbourne members to begin taking photos of his “experience” at an AFL … Continue reading

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