Grand Final Heartache

BY BOZZA Well its finally upon us, today is AFL Grand Final Day. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. The day when dreams are simultaneously made and crushed. 22 players and a set of supporters will realise the sport’s most wonderful moment while another will feel its cruellest low. With only … More Grand Final Heartache

Mirror Mirror: Who is the (Best &) Fairest of Them All

This week the AFL and NRL both convened to award their respective Player of the Year awards in their codes ‘night of nights’. Both designed to transform simple vote counting into a glitzy and glamourous event. Despite having the same basic ingredients and intention, they produce results as dissimilar as the respective codes. Firstly, and … More Mirror Mirror: Who is the (Best &) Fairest of Them All

The Weekend War

As the minutes tick ever closer to bounce/kickoff we need to address the real battle being waged this weekend: SYDNEY VS MELBOURNE or MELBOURNE VS SYDNEY This battle is as old as federation, if not older. For most of time it simmers away quietly, small skirmishes breaking out as friends from both cities land smug … More The Weekend War

Recognition of Finals Excellence – The Gary Ayres Award

BY BOZZA The Premiership Cup, Premiership Medals, Jock McHale Medal and Norm Smith Medal are awards that most people would know are up for grabs this Saturday. Did you know there is another that will be awarded after the AFL Grand Final? That’s right folks the Premiership decider will also determine the first ever Gary … More Recognition of Finals Excellence – The Gary Ayres Award

Of Myths & Legends

BY ROB PART 1. Here at the Sportress we’ve spent Grand Final week breaking down some of the cliches and narratives that invariably accompany all football codes throughout their respective seasons. One of these is that old chestnut “You have to lose a Grand Final before you can win one”. It’s the kind of filler … More Of Myths & Legends

Farewell Mr Walker

BY BOZZA Today brought the sad news of the passing of former Aussie medium-pacer Max Walker. A talented sportsman, he not only bowled first change behind Lillee and Thompson in 34 Test Matches, he also played 85 games with Melbourne in the VFL. Known by all as Tangles, a nickname drawn from his distinctive bowling … More Farewell Mr Walker

Do You Even Watch Bro?

BY DAN Being a Rugby League media type can be a difficult job. You’ve got to pump out articles on deadline, cover the latest arrest/embarrassment/scandal while refraining from banging your head against the desk, all while trying to catch about 640 minutes of football a week. It can be tough to find the hours. So … More Do You Even Watch Bro?