AFL Archives - David Werdiger
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AFL Archives - David Werdiger

What the Jewish Community can learn from the AFL

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The end of the chagim usually means one thing – a slide into that inexorable gap between the football season and the cricket season, known affectionately as the spring racing carnival. For those who are counting the sleeps until round 1, 2013, there is the trade period, punctuated this year by the introduction of free agency, and the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation (MHC) AFL post grand-final corporate lunch, featuring guest speaker Andrew Demetriou, CEO of the AFL. Demetriou’s job ranks quite…

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Footy Crunch Time, Shul Crunch Time

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook: “The sounds of the Shofar can only mean one thing – the countdown is on to the impending footy finals. Go [nickname of AFL team that I can’t bear to put in writing]!” The relationship between AFL finals and the holiest days of the Jewish calendar – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – is paradoxical, incongruous, and uniquely Melbourne. Maybe people have mixed feelings about…

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Much a-tank about nothing

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The annual news cycle for the The Age AFL news probably looks something like this: Period Story Pre-season big player moves, who will and won’t do well this year Round 2-4 who might actually do well this year Round 5-9 coach sacking speculation Round 10-14 coach replacement & re-signing speculation Round 15-16 Caroline Wilson concocts a story about nothing Round 17-18 annual tanking controversy Round 19-22 focus on finals And so, again, we find ourselves…

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Tiger Ben

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The Ben Cousins story has done for sports columns what Princess Diana’s death did for trashy women’s magazines. The only difference is that the Cousins saga doesn’t have the same degree of finality to it. Let’s hope they have plenty of positive things to write about him, as he begins his career as a Richmond Tiger. It’s been great to see the energy that this has brought to the Tiger fans. As usual, the e-mails…

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