Footy Finals Song # 4: Eagles

August 25, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

The Eagles aren’t really a football club, they’re more a Frankenstein’s Monster, created in a lab. Still, they pose as one, and set their Club Song to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Here’s our version: “Mine eyes have seen the folly of the merging of these teams; They’ve created a dread hybrid, sawdust spilling from the seams, They shed their feathers to the strains of awful, awful screams And still they jabber on. They’re the bleating, cheating Eagles, Just a basket of illegals, They’re the moaning droning Eagles, With luck they’ll soon be gone… With luck they’ll soon…

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Footy Finals Song # 2: North Adelaide

August 24, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

The 2nd of our footy finals songs (‘reverse-bowdlerized’) is for the Roosters of North Adelaide: “We’re a Big Disgrace, Sink without a trace. We’re the ill-famed red and whites! Feather-dusters we’re called, And our fans are appalled By the dirty way we fight! We like to play as a team And we play it clean, When in the umpires’ sight, Our fans are crying Cos we’re very trying We’re the shocking red and whites!”  

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Footy Finals Song # 1: South Adelaide

August 23, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

OK, P is grumpy that the Glenelg Tigers miss out on the finals (again). And the final five is now settled: (1) Norwood (2) Sturt (3) Eagles (4) South Adelaide and (5) North Adelaide. The order may vary slightly after the last minor round, but not in a meaningful way: Sturt and Eagles might change places but they will still square-off in the Qualifying Final; South and North might swap 4th and 5th places, depending on results, but they will still contest the Elimination Final. So we have 5 finalists and 4 Club Songs (Norwood and Sturt share one, mutatis mutandis).  The Varnished…

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Eating Crow

August 19, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v Adelaide (Glenelg Oval) 19 August 2018 An old-fashioned goal-fest at the Bay saw the Tiger forwards cash in – Ian Milera, Lachlan Hosie and Luke Reynolds with 4 apiece, Terry Milera with 2. The Crows started better but missed too many shots with the breeze to carve out a lead. After quarter time, Glenelg simply outran their opponents and were better organised in-mid-field and when rebounding from defence. 11 goals to 5 in the second half sealed a thumping win, a necessary but insufficient requirement to stay alive for the finals. The other thing the Tigers needed was an Eagles…

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“Utter Carnage”

August 7, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Australian History, AUSTRALIANIA, HISTORY, LIFE |

7 August 1858: The First Game of Australian Rules Football is played. Victoria’s Cricket Captain, Tom Wills, is credited as the main inventor, developer and driver of the Australian Game. (He wanted something to keep the cricketers fit during the winter off-season). On 7 August 1858, the first ever recorded match was played between Melbourne Grammar School and Scotch College, held (appropriately) at the Richmond Paddock. The game ended in a draw (a goal apiece). One hundred and fifteen years later, of course, the ne plus ultra of the sport would play out in Adelaide… It has become something of…

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