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