Hawks Kill It – AFL Grand Final 2015

Beers Thursday night with Lachy next door & we decided to throw a last minute Grand Final day party at his bar. 24 hours to get organised. Posters designed & printed by Friday afternoon, up on the bar front windows by sunset. Borrowed a TV from Rick (neighbour across the street). TC rolled up with a long aerial cable & we hooked into one of our TV points over the fence. Facebook notification late night & people started rolling in midday Saturday.

GF Party 2015
Sandy gives thumbs up as Mat serenades post game.

The game was actually an anti-climactic fizzer . Hawthorn just too good and West Coast surprisingly overawed by the occasion right from the start. By quarter time it was pretty much all over, and just got worse from there, the mighty Hawks running away with their 3rd AFL Premiership in a row. And that’s a wrap for 2015’s epic season, Hawthorn cementing their place in history as one of the game’s all-time greats.

Now it’s time to get excited about cricket. I’ve never found that an easy task.

Fires out.

Hawks V Eagles AFL Grand Final 2015

Hawks and Eagles through to this year’s AFL Grand Final. It’ll be a week of footy craziness in Melbourne, with a public holiday Friday in honour of Saturday’s game at The G. Should be a tough, tight encounter. West Coast got up over a gallant North Melbourne Saturday night in Perth. For the first half, I thought the Roos might just pull off a miracle. But the Eagles found enough momentum by the final quarter to seal it. The Hawks were too good for minor-premiers Freo on Friday night for a 27 point win. Both prelim finals were great games, desperate and hard fought. One more game for the year – hard to believe we’re here already. Looking forward to a big Saturday.

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Pointy End of AFL Season Arrives

Another big weekend working on the venue space & building in general. 2 AFL finals played Friday & Saturday evening. Saw the Hawks v Crows game at a mate’s footy club reunion on Friday at the infamous Bakers Arms. Regular locals allowed to join the party & eat classic footy finger-food (cheese & cabana, bight-size sangas & chips). The Hawks destroyed Adelaide in a 74 point belting. Not hard for a Bulldog supporter to watch given our game the week before against the Crows. So it’s off to Perth for Hawthorn this weekend in an epic preliminary final clash against Fremantle. The winner books a place in the grand final the following weekend. North Melbourne, the big surprise this finals series – and the first team ever to make the final 4 from 8th on the ladder, will also travel west after beating Sydney in a thriller, to play an all-conquering West Coast. We’re quietly hoping (as Victorians), one of our local sides makes it to the big one.

Fires out.

Doggies Downed In Thriller

They were gallant in an absolute thriller at The G Saturday night, but the youngest side to make the finals fell to a hardened Adelaide who held on to clinch a 7 point victory. The Bulldogs seemed deeply effected by the sense of occasion – their first finals appearance in 5 years. With an average age of just 23, almost the entire side had never played an AFL final. And it showed – silly mistakes, costly turn-overs and 20 missed shots at goal, before a fever-pitch crowd of over 60,000 screaming maniacs (including us). Despite all their nervous decision-making, they ran and ran, crashed through packs & gave their all – consequently taking the lead by 8 points with just 10 minutes to go. We thought, hoping against hope, they had it. But the Crows had other ideas – bigger-bodied, finals-experienced, and just cool-headed enough to snatch victory. The final score – Bulldogs: 14.18 (102), Adelaide 16:13(109). If you can bare to watch it – here’s the gripping final quarter.

This coming weekend, The Crows play The Hawkes at The G in a Friday night sudden-death battle. And North Melbourne, who upset the Tigers yesterday, travel to play Sydney. The winners go to a Preliminary Final. The losers, season over.

Fires out.

Dog March To G

Caught up in finals fever this week. Bulldogs faithful marching from Fed Square to The G this Saturday at 5pm, in preparation & celebration of the first Doggies finals appearance in years. Got our tickets for the game, sitting inside the Punt Road arc, to the left of the southern point post. Will Minson recalled to the ruck for this epic clash against the Crows. Captain Bob Murphy returns from injury. It’ll be a tough & frenetic sudden-death final, the winner surviving to play the following weekend against Hawthorn or Westcoast (depending on which team loses that qualifying final in Perth tonight).

Dog March

Fire out.

Rare China Video & Fever Builds

Rare video, shot from the audience at Strawberry Festival, Beijing 2012. Must have been loud out there – sound is clipping pretty hard. One of our favourite festival shows ever.


Footy fever gripping Melbourne town. This Saturday night, a Red-White-and-Blue march from Fed Square to The G, lead by Bulldogs club president Peter Gordon. We’ll be there & posting here. It’s the first week of AFL September Finals, just gets bigger from here.

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AFL Finals Fever

Posted last week, the AFL final 8 was set, not sorted. Turns out it was. After 9 games of football across the weekend, the final 8 remained completely unchanged from the week before. In a controversial move, 8th placed North Melbourne rested 9 of it’s star players, knowing it couldn’t lose the spot while not wanting to advance to the prospect of an Adelaide home final. That set the tone for a few other sides in the 8, who also rested players – including the Bulldogs. The Dogs were bloody lucky though. They lost what should have been an ‘unloseable’ game against the bottom side. If Adelaide had done what they were expected to do – beat Geelong – the Doggies would have been off to Adelaide for the first final. (click below for highlights)

Brisbane Lions beat Western Bulldogs in tight contest, Saturday 5th September 2015.

Fortunately the Crows lost, the Cats turning in a blinder to farewell a retiring group of superstars. The season officially done last night – with the Bombers winning a cliffhanger against the Pies, finals kick off this coming weekend. We’ll be at ‘The G’ Saturday night for the first Bulldogs final in years, against a formidable Adelaide side. Whodathunkit.

Fires out.

AFL Final 8 Set – But Not Sorted

A big weekend of AFL gone & the top 8 now decided, this weekend’s final round will determine who lands where, who plays who – and who gets a home final in the first week. At this stage, the Bulldogs look likely to host a very dangerous Adelaide Crows in a cut-throat encounter. That’s if the Dogs win this weekend. If they lose (and Adelaide beat Geelong), Adelaide may well host the Dogs – and that’ll be tough. North Melbourne & the Tigs are also in the mix. Sydney need to win to hang onto 4th spot & the double chance – especially if the Tigs spank North this Friday night, or the Dogs win by some freakish margin. Only Freo, sitting atop the ladder, will hold their position regardless of this weekend’s results.

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AFL Ladder at the close of Round 22, Sunday 30th August 2015.

It’s intriguing stuff for Bulldogs fans, who never imagined they’d be part of September action this year.

Fires out.

Stalk & Kim Storm Paris

Dear friends, and Friday night jam partners Stalk & Kim are currently swanning about France (and rubbing it in). Just took this pic from Stalk’s Facebook. They’re back weekend after next – Friday nights in Abbotsford not the same without em, as local ‘supergroup’ Us takes a well earned break in their absence.

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Paris, France – last night, Pic by Stalk.

Posted earlier this week – Melbourne’s weather is on the improve. I take that back today. Rain & 11 degrees, same tomorrow & Saturday. Hurray.

Fires out.

Dogs Thud To Earth

After a meteoric rise to the top 4 over the past 2 months, the Dogs succumbed to a superior West Coast Eagles yesterday. The home side were too good. The Dogs making simple unforced errors, for several turnover goals by half time – the sort of thing they might get away with against lesser sides. They still looked a slim chance, 16 points down in the 3rd, before West Coast stepped on the gas, kicking an impressive 25 goals for the game. There were 38 goals scored in this fast flowing, ferocious encounter.

Dogs Wipeout
Western Bulldog, Stewart Crameri pulls one down in the goal mouth, yesterday.

The Doggies now sit 6th with a big test this Saturday against North Melbourne (who beat ladder-leaders Fremantle yesterday). Things are hotting up. Just two rounds remain of this AFL home-and-away season before the intrigue of September finals. Melbourne’s weather on the up, there’s a familiar feeling in the air. Go Dogs.

Fires out.

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