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Running Diaspora

Brad is in Chelmsford. Soon, he’ll have a route named after him. It will be called the “Brad Wood Chignals Loop with Extra Part Anniversary Trail”. The distance is 16.01km and it is to be run in precisely 4:42minutes per kilometre. A divergence of more than 10% on this pace disqualifies one from having completed…

Footy without a Crowd

I went to the footy on Thursday night. I left my house, turned right and walked towards the light towers. There were no other pedestrians about. There was no queue at the traffic lights in front of the bicycle shop. I didn’t see anyone parking their car urgently and with a bunch of children scrambling to put their scarves and beanies on. I was wearing my light brown cotton jacket: the same jacket I wore, adorned with player badges, on the day we won the 2017 Grand Final and the night we lost the 2018 preliminary final to Cox, Treloar, de Goey et al.

A Fragile Discourse on Inclusivity

Australian Rules Football, the national game of Australia, is linked strongly with hetero-normative values. The game at its elite level, is dominated by men. The game’s legendary players – Jack Dyer, Ron Barrassi, Leigh Matthews, Dermott Brereton, Luke Hodge etc – played the role of physical enforcers as well as exhibiting some of the best…

Sepak Bola dalam Hibrida Komik

Komik sepak bola, apakah itu suatu genre? Dalam istilah ini terjanjikan kesamaan formulaik yang repetitif, tetapi sebagai konsep yang dihasilkan oleh pengamatan, dalam suatu genre ternyata berlangsung proses hibrida dengan berbagai elemen, sehingga pada prakteknya selalu bervariasi (Grant, 2007: 23). Maka berikut ini, meski ketiga komik mengandalkan sepak bola sebagai wacana dominan, faktor momen sosial…

Of Tracks and Shoes

There is a book, Swimming Studies, by a Canadian author Leanne Shapton, which documents her notes on swimming and the shapes of pools she swims in. The book also contains photographs of the swim-suits she has collected over time as a swimmer – both serious and recreational. She writes of the smells of pools and…

Team Portraits

Team Portraits Charles Edward Boyles (1888-1971) established the practice of having team photographs in front of the grandstand of their home ground. Many of the Boyles photos are available online through the State Library of Victoria. They can be downloaded and are out of copy-right. Ken Mansell, has written an excellent article about Boyles photographs,…

Rennie Ellis at the Footy

Rennie Ellis was active as a photographer throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. His photographs, mainly taken in Melbourne and Sydney, are of everyday life: streetscapes, the public enjoying their leisure and of course, watching and doing sport. Ellis is perhaps best known for his photographs of pub, bar and party scenes. He enjoyed…

Book: After Totaalvoetbal

After Totaalvoetbal explores the place and role of football in the Netherlands. This volume is made up of essays written while watching and travelling to stadia and suburban grounds in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden. The essays are based on interviews and discussions with fans, professional players and recreational players. Football in the Netherlands is not…

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