Croweaters visit Sydney in footy’s early days by Richard Jones

Sydney was a popular destination for interstate Aussie Rules football teams in the latter part of the 19th century. Only two seasons after VFL club Geelong had played a series of four games, South Adelaide arrived in 1884 for a schedule of five matches in two weeks. Continue reading

Was Henry Harrison a ‘Father’ of our game? by Richard Jones

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Henry Harrison has long been regarded as one of the founding lights of Aussie Rules and indeed was christened “Father of the Game” back in the 1860s. But was he? It’s something I wasn’t aware of until reading Roseville Rod Gillett’s and Ian Granland’s 2019 Journal of the NSW Australian Football History Society. Continue reading

Players with multiple flags to their names by Richard Jones

TotemWhen footy historians compile best-of lists, players who have won more than one fairest and best award plus those who were voted top footballer on the ground in a grand final there’s some other amazing statistics tabulated. How about a list of people who have played in six, seven or more country Victorian premiership-winning sides since World War 2. Continue reading

Sydney Uni footy club starts up in 1887 by Richard Jones

UniSydlogoAs a former player with the Sydney University Aussie rules footy club I was fascinated recently to read a look-back through history of my old outfit.

The club was formed in 1887 to play in the local Australian footy competition in a code variously known as Australian Rules, Australasian Rules or more pertinently Victorian Rules back in the day. Continue reading

The 2010 WAFL grand final: salvation song by Les Everett

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“I’m still tingling,” I said in numerous conversations after the event. Maybe it betrayed my meagre vocabulary. But it was accurate. I was tingling and it came from an unexpected source. The 2010 WAFL grand final was played between Claremont and Swan Districts. I barrack for East Perth who had been beaten by Swans in the preliminary final a week earlier. I had no emotional attachment to this game. Continue reading