Demons slip into the five


Desperation: a big spoil by Perth’s Kasey Nicholas. All photos by Les Everett.

WAFL round 15

These are interesting times in the WAFL. The alignment between East Perth and West Coast will finish at the end of the season, West Perth is broke, there’s talk of mergers but best of all the Perth Demons are playing the kind of footy that might just mean they’ll participate in the finals for the first time since 1997. Continue reading

Storm, Gisborne clinch important mid-winter wins by Richard Jones

BFNLLogo1Wrap of Bendigo footy, round 12

Strathfieldsaye and Gisborne posted the vital wins in Bendigo football’s mid-winter round on Saturday. The Storm consolidated top spot on the BFNL ladder with a 23-point win over third-placed Kyneton while the Gardiner Reserve Dogs kept their September hopes flickering by downing second-placed Eaglehawk. Gisborne crept over the line by four points after leading by the same margin at half-time. The other three games were predictably one-sided: Golden Square restricted Castlemaine to a single goal to run out massive 206-point winners, Sandhurst smashed home side Kangaroo Flat by 121 points while in the closest result of that trio South Bendigo accounted for a much improved Maryborough by 43 points. Continue reading

Back to the Gabba in a heartbeat


Looking into the sun at the Gabba. My seat was just above the 60… but I moved.

It was a week off from the WAFL and instead the live game for the week was at the Gabba – the meeting of the bottom two Brisbane and Carlton. I’d seen the Lions smash Freo a week earlier and Freo smash the Blues before the bye so this one looked predictable enough. Continue reading

Heroes the lot of them


Yesterday’s Heroes deserves a place on your bookshelf.

It’s funny how things turn out. Earlier this year I discovered the scoreboard at Nukarni which is, as you know, between Nungarin and Merredin in the Eastern Wheatbelt. A little research led me to John Crook, Nukarni’s finest player, who a had brief but triumphant impact on footy in the city. Crook played 42 games in two seasons with South Fremantle, was a premiership player in 1950 and represented WA five times. Then he went back to the farm. Continue reading