Pies down Bombers / The people celebrate

In a world of unending war and ceaseless oppression, with fools and idiots sitting on the trigger, it’s depressing, and it’s senseless, and that’s why — despite leaving their kicking boots on some foreign shore — Collingwood’s victory over Essendon today has delighted millions throughout Australia and around the world.

Including me.

Collingwood squares the Anzac Day ledger
The Age
April 25, 2007

Collingwood has suffocated the life out of AFL arch-rival Essendon to square the Anzac Day ledger with a 16-point victory before a massive crowd at the MCG.

The young Magpies took a while to get going, but had much the better of the last three quarters to win 12.23 (95) to 11.13 (79).

The crowd of 90,508 was the eighth largest ever to attend an AFL home and away match.

By no means were they treated to a classic, with plenty of errors from both teams.

But it was close all day – albeit partly due to the Magpies’ inaccuracy in front of goal.

The unanimous choice for best player on the ground was 21-year-old Heath Shaw, whose Collingwood roots run deeper than most.

His father Ray and uncle Tony both captained the famous club, while older brother Rhyce also played a key role in the Magpies’ victory.

While it was a fairytale for Shaw, there was to be no Anzac Day happy ending for third-generation Bomber James Hird.

The man who has three times won the Anzac Medal as best player on the ground in this fixture was unable to once again inspire the Bombers to victory in his final year.

Collingwood’s triumph means both sides have won six times, plus one draw, since the first annual Anzac Day clash between the two teams in 1995.

Every year, other teams suggest that they too should be entitled to a turn in the limelight on what has become the second biggest day on the AFL calendar, behind only the grand final.

And every year, the fans of the two biggest clubs in Victoria do their bit to refute that argument by filling the MCG to the rafters on April 25.

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About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2024 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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2 Responses to Pies down Bombers / The people celebrate

  1. I sang the song yet again. I doubt this season will be good for us though. Aside from that how goes the SL?

  2. @ndy says:


    Sing, sing a song
    Sing out loud
    Sing out strong
    Sing of good things not bad
    Sing of happy not sad

    Sing, sing a song
    Make it simple to last
    Your whole life long
    Don’t worry that it’s not
    Good enough for anyone
    Else to hear
    Just sing, sing a song

    Sing, sing a song
    Let the world sing along
    Sing of premierships there could be
    Sing for you and for me

    Sing, sing a song
    Make it simple to last
    Your whole life long
    Don’t worry that it’s not
    Good enough for anyone
    Else to hear
    Just sing, sing a song

    Me, I’m heavier — I’ve put on maybe 5k in the few wks since I gave up smoking, maybe more. My ex- left for the Mother Country on Friday — dunno if/when I’ll see her again.

    It’s May Day & I really need to turn over a new leaf…

    Plus ça change.

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