John Northey

Aussie Rules Football

Aussie rules football has been played for over 100 years at various levels throughout Australia. It has been well documented that the game, which is a mixture of Soccer, Gaelic Football and Rugby, was created to keep cricketers fit during winter. The first official game of football was played in the parklands of Melbourne in…

Nurturing Local Leagues and Talent for the Future of Football

Abolish the VFL Reserves and strengthen local football. This is a solution to the notion that football is all about the AFL and to hell with grass roots clubs where, by the way, most AFL footballers started their careers. While the VFL is clearly a “reserves” arrangement for the AFL where all VFL clubs now…


Paul Salmon and Craig Bradley are rarities in AFL football. They have played on until their late thirties. Most players retire much earlier, their bodies and capacity to endure the physical punishment of games, year in and year, out forcing them to give the game away. We may well ask why players do not endure…

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