524).Saturday, 24 March 2012 01:36 AM -
Bondy - Greetings, Mudlarks, from North Africa. Writing from Cairo and the heart of the Arab Spring. Went for a walk after work yesterday and stumbled across this scene. Who knew?

Onwards to Ethiopia this weekend and will check in from there so Ming gets another 'blip' on the global MUD Map. Only there for a week... Back in the training saddle for the first Wednesday in April.

In the mean time may all your ball skills be tidier than mine and may all your soft tissue stay intact.

CW:- Good work Bondy, I am joining in from Boston, will be in New Orleans later today when all the lazy bums in Melbourne wake up.
Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:18 AM - IP:

Ratty:- Keep it comming boys
Isip coffee on my porch and travell via your words
Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:51 AM - Host: 220-245-125-73.static.tpgi.com.au

Ming:- Cairo is up there, Bondy, cheers!
It's damn hard to see the yellow dot for all the sand.
We got Jamaica too, where Alfie Calvert is going to see the Test, but closer inspection shows Jamaica, NY - New York? Is that you going to the airport, Will?
Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:04 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Ming:- Ah memories, eh Ratty! It is fun following the lads around the globe.
Coffee on the porch, hope you are rugged up up there.
Yes travellers, Melbourne has had a touch of winter to keep us on our toes.
Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:23 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

CW:- 28C here in New Orleans, need to head home for some cooler weather. Humid too...had a funny run this morning along the Mississippi River, found out where a lot of the drunks from Bourbon St sleep at night smile Got to do some hurdles along the way.

Ming, not sure where Jamaica is. We got the train from New York to Boston last week, could be in any part of New York that we travelled through.
Sunday, 25 March 2012 01:56 PM - Host: ip174-70-103-119.no.no.cox.net
523).Friday, 23 March 2012 11:02 PM -
522).Friday, 23 March 2012 07:50 AM -
najj - Adam hows your finger. Good turn out on wednesday ,everyone training very well,keep it up boys and well trained

Jimmy:- Hope you finger get better soon !
Friday, 23 March 2012 11:47 AM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au
521).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:12 PM -
Jimmy - Anyone who interesting in playing hearldsuns super coach pls join me in my leagues .
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520).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:26 PM -
The Big Fly - Yet Another "Way to Go"

Choppa:- Looks like Brunsawick Penitentiary
Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:34 AM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au
519).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:21 PM -
Twinkle Toes - Up there Cazaly. Liv shows us how it's done

Jimmy:- Liv.....you a gun !
Look like Brunswick got lots of superstars this year !!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:58 PM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au

How it's done?:- That's a what? An Irish Jig he's doing?
Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:38 AM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au
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.
Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:50 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

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
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:23 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox2.its.rmit.edu.au
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.
Friday, 9 March 2012 10:27 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Hit Counter:- Keep posting em Will, your little blip shows up in Utah on map to right>
Friday, 9 March 2012 10:29 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Ming:- Is that one of our globe trotting Mudlarks in Senegal or The Gambia?
What about the hit from Suva on the Feedjit counter?
Friday, 9 March 2012 10:52 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
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
Tuesday, 6 March 2012 12:41 PM - Host: 220-245-125-73.static.tpgi.com.au
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

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