After Lebak Bulus

When we talk about football infrastructure in Jakarta, it is easier to talk about the stadiums that have been destroyed than those that have been built. Stadion Ikada was demolished to build Lapangan Monas (Sukarno); Stadion Menteng was demolished to build a park (Governor Sutiyoso); Stadion Lebak Bulus was demolished to make space for a…

A New Game

My name is Ery. I am a 24 years and come from Purwakarta – a small city in West Java, Indonesia. I’m a little bit chubby and I’m crazy about sport. Lately, I’ve been crazy about footy. But before I get to that, here is a little bit about growing up playing sport in Indonesia…

Grand Final Day

And so this is Grand Final Day. It is not the last Saturday of September, but the first Wednesday of September. The day begins at 7:30 at Vic Park and the bus departs and heads to the Holden Centre of the other Collingwood Football Club. Nathan comes in and gives some words. He is all…

Listening to the Stadium

I walk towards the stadium. Its grey walls loom over the trees. Chatter amongst us grows louder and denser. We are funnelled along pathways; broad footpaths; all moving in the one direction. Now and then the crowd is split by a singular and still figure standing at a small desk selling Records – or in…

Home Ground

The Collingwood Knights play in the Reclink Football League on Wednesdays during winter, their homeground being Victoria Park. The club is run by a policeman,  Chris McGeachan, aka Geeks, Shane Williams of Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), Mannon Johnston of Headspace and Pete Burns, a sports-oriented social worker. The Club is inclusive and welcomes…

Under Two Flags

Some Thoughts on Amir Khan and Cathy Freeman* The lanky teenager bedecked in red stepped into the ring: eyes wide. The Union-Jacked fan club stood cheering in the stands, providing their last minutes of support before the fight that would  determine the 2004 Olympics gold-medal in the 57-60kg division. Britain’s youngest ever boxer at the…

The Blues of Short Suffering

I’m a Carlton supporter. Don’t hold it against me – I have other things happening in my life. I read novels, I have friends – many of whom aren’t into footy.  My experience of being a suffering football fan has been short-lived. We, the Navy Blues, only accept success in our narratives. Yet, something strange began to brew…

Missing Goodes

A lot happened in the lead up to the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round. Carlton Football Club apologised for its discrimination against Sir Doug Nicholls. Richmond Football Club promoted the role of its Laguntas Program and Korin Gamadji Institute. The AFL showed a series of short videos on the life of Sir Doug Nicholls. Each…

Talking Indonesian Football

I spoke with Dr.Ken Setiawan, McKenzie Fellow at The University of Melbourne, regarding football in Indonesia for the podcast, Talking Indonesia. The interview can be found here Football and Fan Culture. Below is an excerpt from the conversation. What got you into studying football in Indonesia? From the time I started visiting Indonesia regularly in…

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