518).Monday, 19 March 2012 02:15 PM -
BOURKEY'S BACK - Sublime half forward sporting a stylised mullet. Played last couple of games and goes very nicely. This is a top outfit we're assembling...
517).Monday, 19 March 2012 02:07 PM -
ADAM - I feel a lot safer knowing you're on our side Zac...Waz and I are glad you won't be out there at nine's to take my head off again.
516).Monday, 19 March 2012 12:57 PM -
Zac - Guys. felt very welcome at the club - thanks for that. Looking forward to a great season. Can't make Mondays but will be there every Wednesday. Are there lights at Fletcher Park? When do Wednesdays officially change over to Gillon Res?

Will:- Zac, welcome to the club and the MUD. Hope to meet you in April when I return from this grand U.S adventure. The Travelling Coach.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 01:58 AM - IP:
515).Monday, 19 March 2012 11:42 AM -
EASTER MINI-CARNIVAL - It's ON AGAIN - for the tenth year
The best little carnival there is. Pambula Beach Buccaneers Mini Carnival.
Buccaneers use this to help their trip to AFL9s Masters Carnival in Bali on Queens Birthday Weekend - they sponsor an Orphanage over there, so it's for a good cause.
Pambula is on the South Coast of NSW near Merimbula (6-7 hours from Melb)
Beat the traffic out of town and it's a pleasant country drive, with a break in Bruthen and Genoa. Ming leaves before 6am on Good Friday and is up there by lunch to set the tent and have a few frothies.
The games are played at Pambula Beach Sports Complex, about half way between Pambula and Pambula Beach (1km from Pambula, 8km from Merimbula, beware of the Merimbula Brunch traffic jam). See Map
Don't even think about running the Booze Bus gauntlet near Merimbula.
Don't forget to organise your accommodation early, or you'll be camping behind the ground (good spot it is too - power, firewood, ice for eskies and showers at the pavillion, BBQ and band...)
Vic Metro send a team, usually those long in the tooth, mostly 45+, but a few young guys below 40 fill the need for speed and we have pretty good results.
Friday Evening: 5ish - meet at the bottom pub Pambula
Friday Night: 6ish - Team meeting and good nosh-up at Sapphire Club ie Merimbula Bowls Club for dinner, often a band on afterwards. Courtesy Bus back to Pambula.
Saturday all day: Footy from 10am, Round Robin of 2 x 15min Halves
All Day: Swimming Pool next door, Skateboard pit next to ground, plenty of food, refreshments.
Sat Evening: BBQ dinner
Team meeting and feed at 6:30 Merimbula Bowls Club, GoodFriday. - Be at ground at 10:15 for 11am start.
Bring your BigV Jumper (if you have one, we'll have some to borrow or for sale) Navy or dark socks & White shorts.
Costs: Registration $50 includes trainer/ice/medical/slabs/commemorative jumper.
Presentation Sunday Night $45 Entertainment, Sportsman's Night, Meal.
Apply online or 0403-587-979
514).Friday, 16 March 2012 03:36 PM -
2012 FIXTURE - Download a print-friendly PDF version here: VMFIXH.pdf
Note: We play a Saturday game on June 16 at Werribee
Note: No split venues this year - last year we had 3
There's a rough version Ratty on the Masters website.
Adam: Looks like Northern districts in round one.
Jimmy: "Bring them on"
513).Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:18 PM -
30 MIN DRILLS. 30 MIN SCRATCH MATCH - Had an extraordinary with Naj at the Gillion street Laundry mat.
It's his office away from work.
After canvassing the views of the team, I fed back to Naj the boys love the scratch matches.
He had a great idea to inject some system into it.
The craftsman will reveal all on weds...

Merciless:- These scratch matches aren't helping our game plan.
They are OK for a bit of fun, but the lack of traffic means you can get away with things you never would in a match.
BOUNCING THE BALL - In the 9s as soon as there is a turn over, blokes are clear, but properly in a match they'd settle, spot a teammate and deliver. This doesn't happen enough in the scratchies, blokes are clear and go for a dash, they get tunnel vision and don't use the leads. A defender knows that a runner while bouncing can only go straight*, and it takes some 8 paces to settle for a kick, by which time the pressure is back on and the kick almost always results in a TURNOVER. Just watch the quick kids on a Monday night fall for this trap!
The plan should always be to break away, then steady and spot up a leading teammate.
*Note: Exception to the rule - Adam takes off sideways for a bounce, (but I'm beginning to work out that it's always to his right to get onto that handball)
LONG FORWARD HANDBALL - for player to run onto, works well in 9s. But in a real game there is another line of defence that cuts these off.
OVER THE HEAD HANDBALL - thumping the ball back over your head is a 50/50 chance to get a forward break - good percentage in 9s. In a real pack situation it takes too long, maybe 3 seconds in the air then the receiver will be red-hot.
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Contrarian:- I disagree. The other night I saw more switching of play then I have ever seen. Still not enough. Blokes still kick to contests too often, but Will has been going on since day one about holding possession and avoiding kicking to packs.
The games are starting to inject some different habits. Habits that are hangovers from when we last played in the 90's.
The games could do with a directive. Each side has to switch the play coming out of the backline, but aside from that, I can see the benefits.
I played one praccy game last year. This year 20 odd. Even your brilliant 9's invention has helped blokes prepare for getting rid of the ball under pressure.
There's also the fact it gets blokes down to training. A great drill will never beat a game of footy.
Sunday, 18 March 2012 09:06 PM - Host: 114-198-110-247.dyn.iinet.net.au
512).Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:55 PM -
Wilba - Ratty or Ming. Can you send me an update on training, how it is going, numbers, etc by email. I am on a travel email at
I get back on April 2nd and want to train that Wed on April 4th....Fleming or Gillon and then again on April 11th and 18th. Possibly a full scratch match on April 4th or 11th before the first game on 22nd. maybe we can organize something for April 18th before the first game. Can you also see if we can contact Naz our great full back and see if he is going to play? Thanks from Seattle

Ming:- Got 18 last week. Naj had them going OK in the old style, but we miss your enlightened training regime. Where do you get the drills - at your son's footy club?
(Seattle eh? Snap - we already had a Seattle hit)
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 04:50 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox3.its.rmit.edu.au

Where's Wilbur Wednesday:- Wilbur's in Columbus Ohio
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511).Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:48 AM -
RatTy - Back from the Meredith Festival, see you all for training wens night at Fleming Park - 6pm onwards

Jimmy:- For sure ....... I will be be there becos Brunswick are good bunch of guys ......lol!
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 12:03 PM - IP:
510).Saturday, 10 March 2012 12:37 PM -
naj - great to see new faces, well trained to all that came, keep it up for a very good year
509).Thursday, 8 March 2012 09:39 AM -
Tim - Good to come back down to training after a few years walk-about. Great skills and everyone enjoying the kick. Should be a good year! smile
508).Tuesday, 6 March 2012 12:52 PM -
Ratty - So
The first of the Scratches saw 24 fellows pull on the boots. The Reds vs The Blacks
1st half a little sloppy with fast random passing with not to much vision.Exception the MARS Man made leads and space and clean goaled. Nice to See frank getting down in the ground.Wazza and Mick Adam.Chooks on the move all game reading well and getting and moving on hand passes to great effect.The second half after a talk saw time taken in passing ,a lot more vision and support for forward and defence movement.Naj got the boots on and marked high and screamed hard, lovely to see him up again. Tiger and Ben bursting lines and andy getting ball while well puffed. hits of the night .Ben on Andy and Mick on Will.Goal of the Night by Mars.Chris running hard though centre making play out of mishapps and Jimmy running dodging ,doing cheack fakes to team mates delights and oppositions annoyances.
A Fun Night bring on More

Ming:- Frank's a terrier! And, you forgot Swainey who took control of the pill. Everyone stayed away from him so he wouldn't make em look like plodders, except Ming who has no illusions there, just tried to kraal (africaans even) him so the lazy bloke down field had time to pick up a man, but Swainey just pushed past when he wanted.
Once again, like the 9s on Mondays, the game went with the pacey blokes in the first half, while the slow and steady, occasionally backwards blokes were able to convert better later in the game by accurately spotting up the leads
Wednesday, 7 March 2012 12:12 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au

CW:- I see there is no mention of the blatant elbow from Ming on the favourite son Tiger...hmmm. Would have been 4 weeks at the AFL kangaroo court smile Coach is currently skiing in Park City, Utah. Temp here is a lovely -1C.
Thursday, 8 March 2012 11:52 AM - IP:

Merciless:- Apologies to Tige, Honorable correspondent is one clumsy hombre. When proper playing age, three quarters of the Bulls were frightened to play kick to kick up my end.
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Hit Counter:- Keep posting em Will, your little blip shows up in Utah on map to right>
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Ming:- Is that one of our globe trotting Mudlarks in Senegal or The Gambia?
What about the hit from Suva on the Feedjit counter?
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507).Monday, 5 March 2012 02:09 PM -
praccy matches? - Charlie Adornetto from Werribee is looking for an over-47s praccy match on March 18.
Lara might not real well suit our demographic, so have a think whether we get a team up, or maybe go halvies with another mob? - ming

Ratty:- Could be fun
If they allow some 40s in we could get a team up
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506).Sunday, 4 March 2012 02:18 AM -
Wilba - Managed to get out for a run this morning in San Francisco. Very tough place to run with the hills everywhere. Have a nice little hip bruise as well, thanks to Mick and the pass from Wazza.....Sun, sun and more sun here....hope the rain has stopped at home

Wazza:- No problems Wilba - physically you were better placed to deal with that than one I sent to Kanna last season. Hope its a great break
Wednesday, 7 March 2012 01:45 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au
505).Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:21 PM -
WHERE ARE YOU - Mudlarks, Training moves to Wednesday nights as of next week, Feb 29th. We would like to have a bit of simulation game play, maybe some corridor footy but need to get more players along.
Training has been great but sparse on numbers, so how about getting organized next Wed and bring the boots. We only had 4 at training last Thursday in the rain but it was good fun and really enjoyable. On a perfect night tonight just 12 came along and although the standard was high it would have been nice to have some more along to lengthen the drills. This (Feb 29th) will be my last night for a month as we take off on a U.S holiday March 1st and not back till early April. Hopefully by the time I get back training will be in full swing at Gillon Oval.
Get along next week and I will talk to you there. - Will
504).Wednesday, 22 February 2012 09:23 PM -
Rusty - Hi Guys, thanks for the opportunity for letting us play on Saturday. Even though it was tough, it was fun. Great bunch of boys to play with. I've been reading some of these posts and there is some confusion as to who is the fastest masters player. I can tell you that it isn't Jimmy, nor do I think it is me. I think we should have a race off at the next mini carnival, maybe pambula. Jimmy has won the past 2 national sprint championships but he has saved himself during the footy games by not running much at all. By the time the race comes around, all the other runners are stuffed from playing hard games but Jimmy the old coot is as fresh as a daisy. If anyone decides to race against Jimmy, make sure you do it prior to any games or on a non playing day, you watch he will refuse to race against you. He's just as cunning as the old fox ! Good luck for the rest of the season and look forward to playing against you guys for the Andiamo Cup ! Cheers, Rusty

Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:51 AM - Host: 114-198-70-189.dyn.iinet.net.au

Jimmy:- Rusty- I will still win you any day little man .
Even if i give you 5 meters handicaps .
Remember I'm national sprint championship and you notwink
If you wanna race me " bring it on" !
Cheers jimmy
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Rusty:- I totally agree with you Adam. I said the same thing to Jimmy but he reckons he will beat Ben. I just want Jimmy to race anyone that is fresh, not someone who has played 3 games then he's gotta run against a fresh Jimmy, who doesn't try in his footy matches just so he can win the sprints ! LOL
Friday, 24 February 2012 05:55 PM - IP:

Jimmy long time:- Hey rusty u talk too much for a little man ...
Fodge and tony Fodge can blow u away any daywink
Adam and Ben are too fast for me wink........lol.
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Rusty:- Actually, I agree with you Jimmy. I think Adam is faster than you. But seriously, do we really care how fast you are off the field? I play footy to be fast on the field, not trying to win National sprint championships when every other player is stuffed and you are fresh as !
Sunday, 26 February 2012 07:37 AM - IP:

Rusty:- Even Adam thinks he's faster than you Jimmy and I think he is. But Jimmy, no matter how fast you are, it's no good if you haven't got the ball in your hand and you are chasing bums all day !
Sunday, 26 February 2012 07:41 AM - IP:

Jimmy:- You a very lucky little man that we don't cross parth another while I will make you day miserable where u only get less than 5 touchs all day ...
Lol. Football is not about fast it is make up of man components .of which I'm superior .
Sunday, 26 February 2012 08:25 AM - IP:

Rusty:- Talk is cheap Jimmy. Ask Jonesy from Essendon. When you played on me for one quarter in the game last year, I had my best quarter with 9 possessions. Not only couldn't you keep up, you were never near me at any stage, not even when they bounced the ball. Also dude, I don't think the brunswick players want to read our crap all the time, especially the stuff you dish out. Ming won't be happy, in fact, I reckon even Ming could beat you in a footy race !
Sunday, 26 February 2012 10:29 AM - IP:

Ming:- I knew this would get interesting! Brunswick players love the banter.
PS. What kind of footy race? - I'd only put money on me if it was a footy eating race !
Sunday, 26 February 2012 09:20 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Jimmy:- Ming don't listen to the little man he talk to much ....
I reckon you could out run him with you eyes close.....lol.
Wait till I tag him I will make his day a hell with only 3 possessions in a games.
Poor rusty 😥
Monday, 27 February 2012 09:11 AM - IP:
503).Monday, 20 February 2012 11:12 AM -
Hard Games, Good Spirit - See some more photos on the Castlemaine Masters Website:

It was hot down in the valley. Great to have access to the pool next door and all the marquees for shade and also 20 chairs, tub of ice and free bottled water for each team was great organisation. Showers and changing rooms in the pavie, Good tucker at the function and a lovely coupla beers after the game.
502).Monday, 20 February 2012 05:53 AM -
Great Day - We will be back - It was a little bit serious, this first effort at AFL9s with TACKLING.
We didn't have a permanent ruck player, but the guys who tried got a few knocks our way.
With our Howitzers Frendo, Paws and Liv unable to make it, we had an unfamiliar on-ball team and thank you for to Rusty, Jimi and Doc of whom we didn't make full use.
Brunswick were considerably the oldest team in the comp, after all - this was over-35s,
but we kicked 14 goals so weren't humiliated (though eventual winners Melbourne Supers played with us like dolls).
Some of the opposition clubs had beautiful set plays and kicking skills, which we didn't display so well.
Turnovers kill you in this format, and we sprayed our kicks, though Tony Fodge was a great marking target up forward, we murdered Bondy.
   Us 4.1 - 2.1 - 3.1 - 5.2 = 14.5
Them 9.4 - 12.4 - 9.6 - 9.5 = 39.19
GEEL 8.2 v DUBAI 2.2
GIPP 5.1 v MELB 8.2
CSTL2 4.5 v GEEL 13.1
DUBAI 6.2 v CSTL1 5.3
CSTL2 6.1 v GIPP 8.5
BRUN 2.1 v MELB 12.4
CSTL1 7.1 v_DUBAI 7.1
GEEL 5.5 v GIPP 8.4
CSTL2 2.2 v MELB 11.4
BRUN 3.3 v GIPP 9.6
BRUN 5.2 v DUBAI 9.5
CSTL1 3.6 v MELB 6.3
GEEL 9.4_v GIPP 9.1
maybe 20-24 players for 2 squads, like Melb, Castlemaine and Geelong,
we could have one very serious, and one for fun.
Best Benny the Flyer, Tony Fodge (5 GOALS - Plugger?), Fodginator, Adam, Ratty, Rusty, George, Richard, Jimi.
Mark of the Day - Benny. Spearhead of the Day - Tony. Best Coach - Bondy
ANDIAMO one year free coffee for the Spearhead to sign-up
501).Thursday, 16 February 2012 10:38 PM -
AFL9s in CHEWTON this Sat - Saturday 18th Feb. 4 x 24min games. 10:30 Start, be there before 10am
Games will be played on Chewton Rec Res, (about 99km from Melb GPO, near Castlemaine)
cnr Fryer St and Main St opposite the pool
Getting near numbers


Half of
the day?


Ump &


1.100m x 50m Pitch,
2. 35m scoring Arc
3. PLAYERS: 35yo+ only
(9 on-field. 9 intchnge)
4. Start 3in each Zone
5. 1 only in Ruck
6.Marks protected
7. Player Protection
8. 15m penalties
9.Send-off System


Games will be played on Chewton Rec Res,
(about 99km from Melb GPO)

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WEATHER FORECAST: Saturday 18 February:
Melb: Min 17, Max 28, Partly cloudy.
Bendigo: Min 17 max 33 Partly cloudy.
maybe a few degrees cooler up the Pyrenees Hills of Castlemaine

500).Thursday, 16 February 2012 02:44 PM -
Liv - If AFL9s is similar to the touch game I play, the best strategy I would recommend is to maintain possession and avoid bombing the ball into the forward line. This may involve passing the footy either sideways or backwards. I would also maintain a fresh side by subbing regularly which may not be an option if your squad isn't large enough.
Good luck on Saturday boys!!

Merciless:- Thanks, Liv. I've had to calm the troups wanting to know why you were only going to play half the day. They don't know you've been playing indoor footy, touch footy, vets cricket, trugo and cross country skiing this week. When I told them you were doing a Charity Relay Run Friday-Sat and you have the 3am stint, they all volunteered to give you a wake-up call on Sat morning to get your Ball Magnetism onto the Mudlark jersey again.
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499).Thursday, 16 February 2012 06:25 AM -
Ratty - Driving Back from Melb Friday Night. If anyone wants a lift and /or a place to drop
Call me. I'll be leaveing from Brunswick about 6pm
Ming & Rusty heading up after work, where do we eat seeing the Elphingstone Pub burnt down?

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