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Difficult, not impossible

September 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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A plane has travelled west, carrying North Melbourne’s football team.  They’re said to be on a mission to beat West Coast in a preliminary final.

West Coast is fresh after a week off.  North Melbourne finished eighth.  That’s some mission.

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An empty forward line, space in cupboards

September 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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The Arden Street Bar was full.  A pseudo celebration and hope of victory.  Eight men, none with any empathy or desire for Sydney.  Support rested with North, the underdogs from eighth.

I’d already played the game dozens of times in my head.  North won each time.  I kept thinking about emptiness, that forward line bereft of Buddy Franklin and Sam Reid and the midfield missing Luke Parker and Kieran Jack.

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  • Matthew Watson

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    In front of the player’s race at Arden Street.

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    Welcome to the Ramble,

    My name is Matt Watson, avid AFL, cricket and boxing fan. Since 2005 I’ve been employed as a journalist, but I’ve been writing about sport for more than a decade. In that time I’ve interviewed legends of sport and the unsung heroes who so often don’t command the headlines.

    The Ramble, as you will find among the pages of this website, is an exhaustive, unbiased, non-commercial analysis of sport and life. I believe there is always more to the story. If you love sport like I do, you will love the Ramble…
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