Ah yes, it is already late October, and the footy fanatics are making their 2019 predictions in hope that this year will be more successful than their unsuccessful 2018. It is never too early to make some presumptions regarding the ever-important Top 8. And for that reason, below is a short description on what is working in your team’s favour to play finals next year. Adelaide Crows With a little bit of luck on the number of injuries next year, I don’t think many people would argue against the Crows not being one of the best teams, let alone make the Top 8. Their list has matured, and will allow them to shoot for ultimate success as a result. Brisbane Lions A mixture of established and establishing players have often worked extremely well in the past, and a finals appearance next year would really prove just how good they could be in years to come. Whilst they may just miss out, it would not be unrealistic to expect a finish in the Top 8. Will the Lions’ new … [Read more...] about Why your club will make the Top 8 in 2019
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Jason Heatley enjoyed a brief, but action-filled AFL career in the late 90s. He played 63 games – almost all of them with St Kilda – and topped the Saints goalkicking twice, including in their grand final year of 1997. I had the opportunity to interview him on his journey to the AFL, his career, and how his life has been since. Lachlan Shaw: Thank you for joining me Jason, it has been muchly appreciated. Jason Heatley: Not a problem. Shaw: You explained to me earlier in the week that you are in the middle of an annual leave break, have you enjoyed your short holiday? Heatley: Yeah it was really good mate. We took the family down to Blairgowrie and just had a bit of ‘R&R’. The kids had a good time and it was a nice break before they go back to school for term four. Shaw: Did you watch this year’s AFL Grand Final? Heatley: Yeah, I certainly did. It was a great game to watch, the pressure was immense. There was disappointment for Collingwood but for the … [Read more...] about An interview with former St Kilda star Jason Heatley
We head to MCG for a Sunday arvo footy clash, as the Melbourne Demons host a disappointing St Kilda Saints. Join The Roar for live commentary and scores from 1:10pm AEST. What a visceral disappointment the St Kilda Football Club has been in 2018. They’ve got two wins, one draw and 10 losses. They’ve certainly blown the “Saints will play finals” prediction well out of the water. Admittedly, their last outing was a win against Gold Coast. Melbourne, though. Despite a few hiccups along the way (last week’s hard-fought loss against Port among them), they’re progressing along swimmingly, sitting in sixth place headed into this game. However, they’ve had two straight losses, though, one being the Port loss, the other being a poor loss to Collingwood. This one is an interesting game for a few reasons. First and foremost, both sides would love a win. St Kilda, to show that their plucky comeback against the Suns wasn’t just a fluke, and the … [Read more...] about Melbourne Demons vs St Kilda Saints: AFL live scores, blog
The home game for any team used to be sacrosanct in the AFL. It was the opportunity to use a parochial home crowd to try and intimidate both the umpire and the opposition and generate a win for the home team. Since the decision was reached by the AFL to play all Melbourne-based games at either Etihad Stadium or the MCG the concept and value of a home game has diminished somewhat between the Victorian clubs. The Victorian clubs do still have an advantage against those pesky interstate teams who regularly travel to the Victorian capital during the course of a season. The one Victorian club that has retained its traditional home ground, and as a consequence its home ground advantage, is Geelong. The Geelong Football Club has an enviable record down at Simonds Stadium and it is currently transforming before our eyes into one of the great boutique stadiums in the AFL. In an era where other clubs are looking to play home games away from their traditional fan-base, Geelong has actually … [Read more...] about Which AFL clubs are building a home away from home?
Too many years ago to remember, I “attended” a party in one of Brisbane’s wealthier inner city suburbs. When I say attended, I really mean “gatecrashed” – but gatecrashing was okay back then, as long as you brought your own beer, smiled a lot, and didn’t cause trouble. The party was being hosted by a well-to-do Brisbane professional man – not that he knew it. He and his wife were away. So in their absence their son generously stepped into the fray. Terrific night. Hilarious. Try as might I still can’t get out of my mind the sight of the host, shirtless, leaping from the roof of the double-storied house, into the pool, all while clutching a bottle of Bundy Rum. The dare-devil deed (dangerous in the extreme) brought wild applause from the poolside gathering, many of whom I suspect had seen the stunt before. Funnily enough, that same rum swilling hooligan is now running one of Australia’s largest accountancy practices. Doing an … [Read more...] about Give the St Kilda Saints kids a break