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Champion Director

The AFL have poured more money into GWS than a big screen Hollywood Blockbuster and if the Giants do not make the Grand Final this year, it would, in movie terms, be considered a total flop. On the other hand the Western Bulldogs are more like the surfy kid with his Gopro, hoping to crack the big time. This year that surfy with…

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The bigger the injury, the harder the ground..

Players over the pre season work hard on their fitness, particularly their strength and focus on weight training. The push to have readymade AFL players has seen the need for AFL clubs to fast track the physical development of young and old players alike. Clubs want bigger stronger bodies to withstand the rigors of todays game. There is a byproduct to this player engineering… More ACLs…

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Don't argue

One Trick Ponies

Every team has them and the Club members know better than most who their One Trick Ponies are.. My question is; why then don’t opposition teams saddle up and work this out? Case in point: Dustin Martin Without fail, whenever Dusty gets the ball, he tries the big one arm fend off to try and break the tackle. Surely when…

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Juddy to coach West Coast mids?

The fall from being bridesmaids at the Big Dance to barely hanging onto 6th position this year has me wondering, what has changed for this club in less than a year? Technically they have a stronger side on paper this year than last, with the return of key position backs like Brown and McKenzie. Sure, they traded Sinclair for Jetta…

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Runner with Fervor

Be a Runner with Fervor

You’ve been to the games and you’ve seen the parents with the full matching tracksuit, veeboknikesics sneakers and the horrendous fluro fifo vest with the word ‘Runner’ on it. You scoffed, watching the poor victims having to run like halflings across the field to pass on instructions from the coach. Yes and how you chortled ‘sucker, that job blows as much as the…

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Pigskin goal ump

Should you Umpire with Gusto (UWG)? Hell yes!

The role of a footy parent is unforgiving at best and soul destroying at worst. Okay slight exaggeration there but at 7am, pissing rain with a hangover to boot it can sometimes feel like that! The only thing that can ice that little morning sweet cake of joy, is knowing that you are rostered on as goal umpire. As the…

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Row Q

Row Q

I remember the day vividly when I asked my mate Phil if he wanted to become a member of West Coast. This was when you could walk into Subiaco oval for any game on game day and get a seat or a spot on the grass. So I’m just about to call up membership services when Phil hands me a sheet of…

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Game Day Etiquette (GDE)

There are some unwritten rules used by match day fans of aussie rules. For instance, when a player is lining up for a shot on goal is not the time to try and shuffle back to your seat holding 4 cups of beer. Or just because your girlfriend bought you an inflatable supporters finger does not mean its sole purpose is to tap…

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Ten rows back

Billy P. is my name and footy is my game. The views described herein are one mans observations of Australian Rules Football. Many of these views are obscure, bent and somewhat twisted, I hope you enjoy and if not, ‘get down in front!’.

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