As a leader of the North Melbourne Football Club, I hear a lot of stuff about the players, coaches and staff. I believe in transparency, so if they embarrass themselves in any way…you’ll be the first to know!
11th December: Loose says he's going to gradually shave off his beard and has now adopted the Abraham Lincoln look. Wolverine is next apparently.
10th December: Scott 'Loose' McMahon has won 'Whisker Wars' after Aaron Black folded by shaving his beard off saying, "it became too itchy and food kept getting stuck in it."
23rd October: Our strength and conditioning coach Jona Segal has gone on the front foot after being busted working out to the Pussycat Dolls. It comes just weeks after he was witnessed pumping iron to the Les Miserables’ soundtrack and Michael Firrito was exercising to Meatloaf.
“If I want to work out to the Pussy Cats Dolls I’ll work out to the Pussy Cat Dolls. If I want to work out to Les Miserables, I’ll do that too and I won’t be victimised,” he said aggressively.
Meanwhile Shane Watson was working out to Savage Garden "To the Moon and Back".
16th October: I’ve just started doing boxing again for my pre-season training. Hardest sport ever!
15th October: Congratulations to Scotty Thompson who just got engaged on holidays to Lauren Gear.
8th October: Loose Mcmahon is always bragging about his basketball skills but I don’t reckon ‘he got game’ judging by this photo!
2nd October: Congratulations to Cam Pedersen who just Tweeted the arrival of his second child:
28th September: Lachlan Hansen just bought a brand new couch but there was a small issue…it didn’t fit through the door when he got it home.
12th September: In a true sign of the times, I just saw web guru Rob ‘Superbob’ Burton take a phone call in the strangest way. His mobile rang, but instead of just answering it, he quickly typed the number into Google to see who was ringing. When he discovered it was his optometrist, he quickly answered and was told his spectacles were ready for collection. Amazing.
5th September: I asked Luke Power if he was going to play on next year after our game against the Giants. He said he was 80/20 - the problem is I didn't ask him what was 80 and what was 20. So I still don't know which way he's leaning.
3rd September: Andrew Swallow has successfully infiltrated the Eagles’ camp. His photo has been on their website advertising 2XU gear.
28th August: Michael Firrito and Andrew Demetriou have a lot in common. Spud was working out in the gym at Aegis Park early one morning with Meatloaf playing loud on the stereo.
28th August: Some of the boys are trying to get their hands on a copy of our game against Collingwood because there’s a rumour that strength and conditioning coach Jona Segal actually ran through the banner. I didn’t see it, but wouldn’t be surprised.
28th August: Former Channel 7 and 9 News journalist, now Channel 7 AFL producer Chris Jones was as high as a kite at Aegis Park recently when his favorite hat was returned to him. An anonymous North Melbourne person tried to permanently borrow it after attending his 30th birthday celebrations.
24th August: I noticed James Brayshaw was straight back on ‘green stuff’ after getting home from the Olympics.
20th August: Great to see 2012 Stawell Gift winner Matthew Wiltshire volunteering his time at the Kanga’s Kids’ Club Clinic. I'd love to see him represent North in the Grand Final Sprint come September!
14th August: Could this be a secret weapon for the upcoming match against the Pies? Check out which VIP presented at our match review on Monday.
14th August: Our head conditioning coach Pete Mulkearns has been getting caught up in all the hype of us winning. He was high fiving all the Auskick kids who make the guard of honor for us after the halftime break when he led us out for our warm-up.
10th August: An anonymous staff member accidentally rolled a large box into the back of Matty Campbell's car and busted a tail light.
7th August: I asked Scotty McMahon if he had any gossip for me and he said, "Boomer, I’m so far out of the loop, I find out about things two weeks after they happen."
7th August: Cam Pedersen admitted that he never washes his hair. He reckons he just waits until he has a haircut every month or so and leaves it up to the hairdresser to shampoo it. So wrong Cam.
6th August: Great to catch up with a bloke that's actually older than me!
3rd August: Did I hear Ziebs saying that he was doing it tough in Utah? Check out his latest photo…I don’t think so!
1st August: I’ve been loving the pic updates from Ziebs in Utah. This is the latest - what a view!
30th July: Andrew Swallow cracked a shocking ‘dad joke’ talking about his wife Elise’s new speech therapy business ‘The Voice Within’. He reckons she’s flying and hasn’t even had to advertise because it’s all ‘word of mouth’.
26th July: Congratulations to Todd Goldstein and his partner Kirsty on the arrival of a baby girl, Mackenzie Eve Goldstein.
25th July: Knowing how much of a neat freak I am, the boys trashed my locker this morning before I got to the club.
Have a look at the damage - devastated but there will be revenge. I'm hearing it was Loose McMahon.
25th July: You’d think a dietician would know his way around a kitchen - well apparently not. Our nutritionist Jona Segal made a huge fuss recently when our brand new dishwasher wasn’t working properly. Instead of investigating the cause of the problem like a real man, he called in the experts and demanded answers. Well, it turns out the water hose at the back just had a little kink in it - that’s all!
23rd July: Jamie ‘JMac’ Macmillan, Ben ‘Cunners’ Cunnington and Ben ‘Greg Sawn’ Mabon offered to help look after Drew Petrie’s boy Jack at Williamstown beach during recovery. About two minutes later, there were tears and they had to hand him back to Dad who was in the middle of a media conference.
23rd July: Exciting times with Lachlan Hansen and his girlfriend Prue expecting a child in the coming months.
23rd July: Hamish McIntosh has followed in Sam Wright’s footsteps by making media coordinator Chelsea buy him a coffee at Etihad the other day. She is now out of pocket about nine bucks.
20th July: The BigFooty posters are as fired up as coach Brad Scott it seems after creating this gem.
18th July: Jack Ziebell helped celebrate one of our biggest supporters in outgoing Victoria Policeman Kieran Walshe.
The former Deputy Commissioner had a retirement dinner a few nights back and Ziebs went along with acting CEO Cam Vale to present him with a nice little farewell gift.
18th July: Chief of Football Donald McDonald has followed Brett Allison's lead, signing old footy cards at training.
10th July: It turns out Pete Mulkearns must have stolen Brad Scott’s seat on the Karma Bus - because at recovery on Sunday, Luke Delaney’s dog bit him on the hand.
10th July: Everyone loves a falcon; when someone gets hit in the face with a footy. Today, our media coordinator Chelsea Collins found out what it’s all about. During training a little boy kicked a footy and it hit her in the head. He walked up to her and instead of asking if she was okay, he said ‘Excuse me, did you see where my footy went?’
10th July: Scott ‘Loose’ McMahon has teed off at Andrew Swallow for not telling the whole story in his recent blog ‘Follow Swallow’. The captain said he’d given Loose a massive wedgie in a wrestling match, but Loose says there’s much more to it.
“I agree that he got me from behind and wedgied me when I was wrestling someone else,” McMahon told me.
“I then challenged him to a wrestle ‘mano-e-mano’ (one-on-one). I ripped his undies clean off.
“Why wasn’t that reported?” McMahon asked.
10th July: Known for his expertise with computers, web guru Rob ‘Superbob’ Burton committed a cardinal sin and left his computer on the plane and had to wait until everyone got off to retrieve it.
9th July: Sam Wright tried to be chivalrous at the airport and offered to buy media coordinator Chelsea Collins a coffee - but it backfired when his card declined and he was forced to ask her to pay for his.
9th July: When strength and conditioning guru Pete Mulkearns found out Brad Scott wasn't coming back on the team bus - he was quick to snatch his seat. Brad always sits at the very front and no one has ever dared take that spot...until now.
6th July: Aaron Edwards scrubs up nicely - he was spotted at the Trutrack cafe in North Melbourne having breakfast with Spud Firrito.
6th July: Jack Ziebell was spotted at the Highpoint Shopping Centre wearing ugg boots.
5th July: Jack Ziebell said he’s never heard of Les Miserables (the most successful musical in history). In his defence after being told the title was French, he said ‘I hate France and I’ve never been there either.'
5th July: Ryan Bastinac hasn’t changed a bit in the last year. He was throwing his weight around on my Heroes again at Wednesday’s clinic.
4th July: Another victim of some hard-hitting action. This one will need some ice!
3rd July: More war wounds - this time one of our players copped a nasty scrape from some boot studs!
29th June: Spot the difference: I reckon this photo of a younger, redder Leigh Adams is a spitting image of our Fan Development guru Fyfey.
28th June: Check out the bumps and bruises this mystery player copped during a game recently.
27th June: It's clear Ryan Bastinac hasn't changed much...even his arms are the same size.
26th June: Andrew Swallow has come under fire for wearing his towel around like a girl.
25th June: Shaun Atley has had some work done and reminds me of someone...
25th June: Hamish McIntosh was spotted strolling around Albert Park Lake on Sunday morning hand in hand with a mystery woman. The big Hank is refusing to confirm or deny the reports but has been vocal with other players trying to convince them to show more commitment to their respective partners lately.
21st June: Looks like Shaun Atley, Jamie Macmillan and Ben Mabon’s apartment copped the most damage in the Melbourne earthquake.
Shaun was lucky to make it, but will be right to play on Sunday.
20th June: Majak Daw continues to uncover player lookalikes, this time for rookie Malcolm Lynch with the character Carl from The Simpsons.
20th June: Lachie Hansen's reaction during Tuesday night's earthquake in Melbourne was priceless. He asked: 'Is that someone shaking the house?' - I reckon Drew Petrie might have just dropped his wallet.
19th June: Our website whiz Rob 'Superbob' Burton may be a freak when it comes to computers, but he has no idea about parking a car. This was his latest attempt at Etihad Stadium...FAIL!
14th June: Majak Daw reckons first-year rookie Brad Mangan looks like Mrs.Doubtfire. I can see the resemblance.
30th May: Scotty Thompson reckons his mum ‘used’ to be an identical twin. That’s right, Scooter says because his mother and her sister have changed in appearance as they’ve aged, they are no longer identical. You can’t mess with genetics Scotty!
10th May: I would’ve thought Benny Warren could’ve taken five minutes to wash the flour off his car this morning. Ryan Bastinac has been accused but he denied flour-bombing Milky’s car.
7th May: At least Eugene Arocca was smiling in Perth after finding an Italian immigration monument.
3rd May: Most people know the joke, Q: ‘What time is the dentist appointment? A: ‘Tooth-Hurty’. But not Shaun Atley. He reckons the answer is ‘Tooth O’Clock’.
2nd May: Tom Curran is a car nut and likes to make sure it's safe at night, so he covers it up with plastic in the driveway - or was he the victim of a late night glad-wrapping prank?
18th April: Aaron Edwards must be a very sensitive guy. His latest iPhone cover features a princess. I hope the boys don’t see this Azza.
10th April: After reading about Luke Flushrubs’ health issues in 2011 below, Michael Firrito claims he too had year-long motion sickness-like symptoms that year. He reckons Flushy’s theory about the world spinning faster is spot on.
8th April: It was all too much for debutant Cam Delaney. After the game, he was out like a light on the flight home.
2nd April: How nice for Jack Ziebell to run into a relative at a media conference for sponsor RACT in Hobart.
As it turns out, he and young Matthew Rainbird aren’t even related, but there’s a stunning resemblance.
21st February: Now that Scott McMahon has had his eyes fixed, there's no excuses for him to be wearing clothes like this.
I think he might need to spend a bit more time practicing his stroke.
I am on tippy-toes - they are massive!
Drew's trying to model Jason Dunstall's famous helmet in this one.
A few happy snaps have arrived and it seems one of our younger players wanted to play for Richmond.
I won't reveal who it is, but there's something very fishy about the Tiger face-paint - (picture on right).
Jona has been scared to leave his office of late because every time he does, he returns to find a tower of Redbak health supplements touching the ceiling on his desk.
|Photo courtesy Crossfire Photography|
Copyright issues restrict us from posting it here, but I'm sure if you went to YouTube... or even just click here you could find it.
25th August: Here's one of Drew Petrie in his first pair of footy shorts. Looks like he's hidden a footy under his shirt. Note the tinge of red in the hair. (photo on right)
24th August: First-year player Kieran Harper is obviously trying to get in touch with his feminine side. Rather than getting a normal pet like a cat or dog, Kieran and his girlfriend have just bought a fluffy little rabbit. Toughen up Kieran!
23rd August: Any guesses who this kid is? Looks like a motorbike went through a puddle and flicked mud onto his face!
19th August: I have found some more old photos in my album including this one of a little Drew Petrie trying on Aaron Sandilands' shoes on.
18th August: I stumbled across this interesting picture of a young Jack Ziebell playing for Vic Country a few years back. He has certainly bulked up a bit since then!
Much to the surprise of his teammates, they weren’t from his lovely girlfriend Prue, but from two male admirers.
18th July: Hamish McIntosh’s dream came true on Friday at the NAB Divine lunch. The big ruckman’s love for Channel 10 newsreader Helen Kapalos is widely known and the two came together during the event at Docklands. Kapalos bid $550 to have Hamish wine and dine her on stage - something he wishes he could do again away from prying eyes no doubt.
8th July: It was a cold day on Thursday, but it a got lot more chilly for Andrew Swallow...as he tweeted @andrewswallow, 'While doing ice baths today the boys thought it would be funny to steal all my clothes...' Alone in the change rooms, he was last seen rummaging around in the lost property bin and left Aegis Park wearing a short sleeved Hawaiian shirt and red shorts. The finger is being pointed directly at our dietician Jona Segal who is battling pranksters of his own. Every time he leaves his office unattended, the boys stack up boxes of Redbak health supplements to the ceiling on his desk. He reckons it's been happening for months.
8th July: Someone should tell Liam Anthony to have a look in the mirror before he leaves home. LA was on his way to a work placement at Tennis Australia and while he dressed for the occasion with a business shirt and slacks, it was his feet I was more worried about. Luckily one of our recruiting guys Jimmy Driscoll came to the rescue with two matching shoes.
24th June: Lachie Hansen was asked if he’d caught up with Geelong’s Jimmy Bartel to discuss their respective concussion symptoms…apparently Lachie replied, “Yeah we caught up for a coffee but neither of us remember it.”
14th June: This could go down as one of the funniest things I have heard this year.
Darren Crocker’s ducted heating was playing up so he rang Michael Passmore (a former player) for help.
Michael told Darren to get his drill and “stick it in the outdoor power-point." - Crock totally misunderstood the instruction and took his electric drill and drilled straight into the power socket! Michael, still on the phone at the time, heard the drill going and said “Well clearly it’s not an electrical fault because I can hear the drill working.” - It was only at this stage that Crock realised Michael wanted him to plug the drill in, not drill it directly into the socket! You’re lucky to be alive Crock!
12th June - Barry the Brooser our club mascot has claimed a world first after planking in the forward pocket before our game at Metricon Stadium. (I do not condone planking, but this was done safely and was funny). It also happens my best mate Clint was in the suit.
12th June - Drew Petrie watched Rocky 4 a while back and didn’t know which fighter Rocky was.
12th June - Ryan Bastinac and Ben Cunnington started a war with Scott Thompson on the Gold Coast. Scooter left his phone in the boys’ room to charge…it was a rookie mistake and Basti and Cunners changed the pass-code lock so he can’t use it anymore. They have so far refused to tell him what it is.
Now the boys are prime suspects for doing the same thing to Levi Greenwood about 6 weeks ago. Levi had to take his phone into the Apple store to be reset and he lost all his data and contacts…now he knows who the most likely culprits were!
Scooter is vowing revenge and a war of words has also erupted. Basti called him the tightest player at the club and Scooter was overheard by several people on the team bus to have said, “If I’m so tight, why am I driving a $100,000 car around then?”
Still on phone sabotage and our dietician Jona Segal had Michael Firrito’s phone and sent a message to about 20 of Spud’s close friends and family saying that he’d proposed to his girlfriend Bonnie - it turns out, Spud was actually planning to get down on one knee that very weekend, but in light of the random message, postponed it until two weeks later.
30th May - Andrew Swallow is a good looking Rooster, I’ll give him that…but the boys tell me that he may have gone a little too far recently in the beauty stakes.Apparently he had a photo shoot as the new face of 2XU Compression gear and forgot to remove the mascara they’d put on him before he came to training.
17th May - We all love upbeat music to get the adrenaline pumping before a big match but things hit a flat note in the lead up to our game versus Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. Somehow, Adele’s tear-jerker hit song “Someone Like You” was played over the PA just minutes before the opening bounce. It must have been the reason why we had such a slow start!
11th May - Kieran Harper, Liam Anthony, Jack Ziebell and Aaron Mullett have new haircuts thanks to ‘Kanga Lotto’. Fishy Mullet and Harps were devastated when their numbers came up.
Some of the players have also been on the Gumtree website posting sale items on behalf of people at the club - the only thing is that the people at the club don’t know they’re actually selling anything.
They put our dietician Jona Segal’s horses up for sale without him knowing and he received about 40 calls.
Well for those wanted to know more well here’s some info and a photo…
26th March - Daniel Wells and Michael Firrito will celebrate their 150th games over two weeks. The boys will run out with loved ones against Collingwood next week. Wellsy's gonna carry his daughter Laudate, while Spud will probably take his tiny pooch Bruno through the banner.
26th March - North Melbourne cult figure Adam Maranello was seeing red after discovering someone had keyed his Mazda outside Aegis Park this week.
26th March - Darren Crocker's lead over Craig Sholl on this website's 'Shinboner Showdown' feature is in question.
Sholl and others reckon Crock's kids have been repeatedly voting for their old man and that's why he's in front.
26th March - A lot of the boys love to get to the hairdresser to prune the feathers for round one and Sam Wright was in that boat this week. Apparently he asked for a cut just like Nick Riewoldt but it didn't quite go to plan. Out came the clippers to save the day. A number four blade I believe.
23rd March - In our Huddle classroom in the Learning and Life Centre at Aegis Park, a grade four student asked Matt Campbell what was the biggest thing he'd ever hunted. He replied "A cow...and it took four bullets to bring it down."
8th March - Quote of the year from the Virgin Blue flight attendant when we landed at Albury airport on Saturday…she had all the boys laughing after announcing:
“The weather outside is currently…actually I have no idea but I assume it’s somewhere between 20 and 30 degrees."
8th March - A tough night at the office for some of our footy department guys in Lavington…Ray Breed, Alan Hincks and Jason Lappin were stranded more than 7 metres in the air behind the goals in a scissor lift after a local stole the keys to the mechanism for a prank. It took more than half an hour to locate the manual switch after the game to get them down.
4th March - Just found out Michael Firrito has never tasted Vegemite! How unAustralian is that!
3rd March - Nathan Grima received third degree burns to his left index finger after a coffee making mishap at Aegis Park. Narni got distracted when Brad Scott entered the kitchen area and his hand came into contact with the milk steamer.
10th February - Sam Wright got up at 5.30am on team photo day to do his hair.
9th February - Cam Richardson was a three time Ballarat champion skateboarder and came close to being state champion. He also reckons he was responsible for bringing back skinny jeans.
9th February - Jack Ziebell’s favourite movie is Titanic. He has it recorded on his Foxtel at home and admitted to watching it at least ten times.
8th February - Scotty Thompson wore different sized flippers in a swim session the other day. He was paddling on his back, went off on a funny angle and bashed his head against the pool wall. It split and blood was streaming into the water…he had to get out after just one lap!
8th February - I heard that Michael Firrito is in a love triangle - has a new interest in his life…a little dog the size of my iPhone named Bruno. He takes it everywhere and even carries it in his handbag like Paris Hilton.
You can also check out his Twitter page and become a follower at http://www.twitter.com/boomer_29