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Friday night junior footy

Junior football at Koo Wee Rup on a cold and wet Friday night.

Floodlights shine through the darkness at the Koo Wee Rup football ground, it’s wet and only five degrees Celsius, the not so perfect setting for junior Aussie Rules football.  The opening bounce was at 7pm, and it was only going to get colder and wetter.

The Pakenham Under 13 boys were going into this match against Koo Wee Rup undefeated, but this game was different, everyone was fighting the cold and rain, as well as the opposition.

At every quarter break we had buckets of warm water for the boys to thaw out their frozen fingers, as well as towels and blankets.  As for the parent helpers, our team Runner and Goal Umpire volunteers had to endure the freezing conditions the most, but there was no complaints.

When the final siren sounded, Pakenham had suffered their first loss of the season, but the boys beat the cold and had a lot of fun. Running back into the change rooms, there was hot Milo drinks waiting for all the boys, courtesy of the Koo Wee Rup Junior Football Club.

You’ve got to love junior sports!

Pakenham Under 13 boys try to keep warm and dry at the Quarter Time break against Koo Wee Rup on a cold and wet Friday night.

AFL Womens Teams

AFL Womens Teams
AFL Womens Teams (from AFL website / AFL Media)

The AFL announced today the eight teams that will take part in the inaugural Womens League in 2017.  I think this is fantastic!  Back in the day we would have scoffed and said “footy is a man’s game”, but now I reckon it’s great to see the women participating.  No longer will we see teenage girls being told they cant play any more when they get too old to play with the boys.

During the Big Bash Cricket, we went along early to a game to catch a womens match curtain raiser, I’d be more than happy to do the same for the womens football.  The skill level we’ve seen in the AFL demonstration games of womens football has been terrific, hopefully there’s enough talent out there for all eight teams to be competitive.  I wish the womens’ teams every success, hopefully it works out well for the AFL and everyone involved.

Fremantle V Essendon

The Fremantle Dockers haven’t been able to win any of their ten AFL games of footy this season, yet they are favorite to win against the Essendon Bombers tonight.

Why is nobody tipping Essendon to defeat Fremantle, when the Dockers haven’t won a game yet?

Sure, Essendon have lost half their team to drug suspensions (hardly the players fault when the drugs were administered by the club, but that’s a whole other issue), but in every one of their games this season they have shown determination and played hard for two or three quarters. That was enough to get the win against Melbourne in round two, so I don’t see why an Essendon win should be ruled out against a team who hasn’t won any games themselves so far. Surely the Western Australia home ground ins’t that much of an advantage?

We will find out the answer tonight. Go Bombers!

Every week I publish my footy tips on a separate blog I call
I’m not sure if I’ll continue that site past 2016, but my crazy footy tips for this week can be seen here 

Well it looks like everyone tipping Fremantle to win knew what they were talking about.
Essendon suffered an embarresing loss, scoring only 47 points to Freo’s 126.
Full match results here –


Smarty pants Brad

Still from "That's Good for Footy" show, Brad Yeo gets 10 from 10 Essendon trivia questions correct.

I’ve just found this YouTube video of my 12 year old son on a football show, getting all ten trivia questions correct about our favorite AFL team, Essendon.

Brad is on for a couple of minutes from the 30min 33sec mark.  Behind him on the panel, keeping score, is Essendon star Dyson Heppell and Travis Cloke from Collingwood.

The show, That’s Good for Footy, was recorded the week prior to the Collingwood V Essendon ANZAC Day clash, it went to air on community station C31.