BEEF OF THE WEEK: BRAD HARDIE V ROSS LYON

Lyon

Last weekend, former Brownlow medallist and now 6PR radio disc jockey Brad Hardie revisited a claim from five weeks ago, that Dockers coach Ross Lyon – or, more specifically a “third party” connected to Lyon –  reached out to the Pies for a coaching gig in 2018. As you would imagine it playing out in the media, a fuming Lyon responded by saying it was a “complete fabrication and a falsehood. Continue reading “BEEF OF THE WEEK: BRAD HARDIE V ROSS LYON”

THE AFL HAS A CONCUSSION PROBLEM

 

The Pies had skipped away to a 39-14 lead against the Roos just before half time. Play was on centre-wing of Etihad Stadium and the bulky, curly-haired forward, Ben Brown was on the end of a handball. Moments later the 200-cm frame had his arms pinned with the ball by Pies ruckman Brody Grundy. To stop Brown from wriggling out of the tackle, Grundy slung him to his left and Brown hit his head on the ground, unable to soften the fall with his hands as they were pinned around his waist. Brown lay on his back motionless and moments later was stretchered off the ground and treated for concussion. Continue reading “THE AFL HAS A CONCUSSION PROBLEM”

ENCOUNTERS WITH FOOTBALL CELEBRITIES

 

Bucket list or not, it’s likely you’ll meet a football celebrity once in your lifetime. It’ll be this random occurrence where you’ll feel like an unprepared mess and have nothing to say that sounds remotely great and wonderful. It will be largely weird and meaningless for the footballer, and the meaning will have an expiry date for you, but what else can you expect when you meet an iconic athlete or coach?

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“BUCKETS”

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I watched the Saints take on the Bombers in mid July, which was the first time Jake Carlisle faced off against his former club since he opted for a clean slate. I dialed in because I wanted to see if he had evolved as a player and a human. My final memory of Carlisle was when he shouted “this club is f – ‘ed” in a match against the Giants in 2015.

The outburst was heard by officials and fans.  This on top of telling a Bulldog forward he was counting down the matches before leaving the Bombers at the end of the season and admitting to a Crows forward he didn’t care about the result of that particular game because he’d be gone by the end of the season. If the Essendon drugs saga wasn’t enough to dampen his mood, then the shift from the backline to forward line certainly did.
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EXPLAINING HOW THERE IS ONLY, REALLY, ONE TONY LOCKETT

 

“There’s a pig on the ground. There’s a pig at full forward!”Sandy Roberts, Channel 7 commentator.

The play had stopped and Roberts cried: “He’s on a lead, he’s on a lead!” Laughter filled the commentary box as a small pig that resembled the likes of the famous Babe, rather than the modern-day Peppa variety, ran riot on the paddock of the Sydney Cricket Ground. Continue reading “EXPLAINING HOW THERE IS ONLY, REALLY, ONE TONY LOCKETT”

HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE TIGERS AND FOOTBALL AT NORTH HOBART OVAL

I wasn’t born into a footballing family. But the older I grew, the more I realised how one game was the beginning of my affection for life.

Childhood memories often hold funny and bizarre recollections that are vague in parts. But there are few things that stand out from this cloudy day at North Hobart in early 1998. From the Murray to the Derwent – I was a nine-year-old kid raised on rivers moving from Riverina town of Albury, to Olde Hobart Town a couple of years prior. And there was a lot to learn about the culture of an Aussie Rules match in Tassie. Continue reading “HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE TIGERS AND FOOTBALL AT NORTH HOBART OVAL”

50 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT FOOTBALL

As we begin this bracing undertaking to tell wistful stories about the world of Australian Rules Football and its culture, we at the Fifty decided we’d love to start by breaking it right down to the specific things we treasure about the game.

It very quickly dawned on us that there were a lot of them and that it was likely there were others out there who felt the same. This is not an all-encompassing list, nor are we telling you this is what you should like, because anyone who is a football fan knows that would be impossible. This list resembles things that we, at The Fifty, admire, remember and can’t let go of when it comes to football.
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HOW TO REMEMBER NICK DAVIS

 

You could rattle off a great deal of dire things about how it all played out for Nick Davis – how he fired off a cheap shot publicly to his coach Paul Roos by insinuating the only reason he was dropped was to teach him a lesson for the team losing the week before. It still rubs me the wrong way, that these are the things we vividly recollect when thinking about a free-spirited guy like Nick Davis. Continue reading “HOW TO REMEMBER NICK DAVIS”