531).Tuesday, 27 March 2012 03:09 PM -
Bondy's in Ethiopia - If you have an ISP who doesn't register in each city, the fickle yellow blip registers the geographic mathematical middle of a country. So it looks like Bondy is in the outback, but he may equally be on the coast in Djibouti or on the Kenyan border.
Give us wunderlustrians some photos please Bondy.

Er, come to think of it:- Sometimes it might be a bit dodgy taking photos in some places.
Scan a postcard??
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 03:11 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox2.its.rmit.edu.au
530).Monday, 26 March 2012 12:22 AM -
More pics - Here are a few more

529).Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:27 PM -
* This Monday 26th Mar * 6pm at Fleming Park, Albert St, E.Bruns
* This Wednesday 28th Mar * 6:30pm training returns to Gillon Oval - BBQ & Drinks.
Will wants everybody to put in the 3 Weds in April before the first game (see below)
* Next Sat 31st Mar * 11am at Gillon Oval. AusKick have their RegoDay, and they lent us the goalposts, so we are donating some footies, then have an AFL9s game (no age limit, touch tackling) and maybe snare a Dad or two.
* South Coast Buccaneers Easter Mini-Carnival Sat 7 & Sun 8 Apr * Pambula Beach Sports Complex,
South Coast NSW (between Eden and Merimbula). Free Camping, Lots of Activities

Will:- Trying to keep the fitness up and it was made easier by running in Central Park which is a great fitness venue. I am hoping that all is going well at home and the Mudlarks are doing well, thanks to Adam for the updates on training and new faces.
I want to try and contact everyone by email, Mud and text for the lead up into the start of the season. If we can insist that everyone who intends to play with us this year gets to training in the 3 April nights before the start of the season and makes themselves known to the coaches group. Last thing I want to do is go into the year like we did last year scratching for 17 players against Reservoir. Can we organize to contact the people missing who we would like to see back....trying to think without a list but guys like Naz (full back) and Damo (if he isn't coaching juniors), etc.
Maybe we can do a proper type of team selection and "pie night" on the final training night before Game 1.
I will be back on April 2nd and then have that week off before returning to work, so happy to get on the phone to everyone and get some commitments for the first 3 games at least. Will have better wifi for the next part of the trip, so let me know if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas. All the best from Boston.
Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:41 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
528).Sunday, 25 March 2012 09:38 PM -
jimmy - hurry up boys 5 more b4 the league is full.come and show rusty and the darebin boy what the mudlarks are good at......code: 139450
527).Saturday, 24 March 2012 10:27 AM -
chook - hope your enjoying your holiday commander.Training has been good and the skill level has improved heaps from last year.cheers
526).Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:56 AM -
Ratty - Great season i hear boys
Back at the Home Ground (Gillon) from next Wens 28th March - Stay after for a sausage and a jar in the club rooms.We'll have a chat about the year committee wise and set up dates for happenings for the year.

Ratty:- That was ment to be great SESSION .a bit preemptive to go great Season already
Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:59 AM - Host: 220-245-125-73.static.tpgi.com.au
525).Saturday, 24 March 2012 01:45 AM -
Pointy Place - Not in Brunswick anymore.

Franco Cozzo:- Nah, used to have one, but some-a-one knocked it off
Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:06 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Travelling Salesman:- Franco, old Mate, I haven't seen your "pointy thing" but your Sphinx is now in Geelong.
Bondy meant he isn't in Brunswick, though the driving is similar.
Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:16 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
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 !
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521).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:12 PM -
Jimmy - Anyone who interesting in playing hearldsuns super coach pls join me in my leagues .
Code: 1394501
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
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