TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT…

1. Stay away from the window
2. Stay away from the back door too
3. Disconnect the telephone line
4. Relax baby, and draw the blind.

After drawing us in with these helpful words of instruction, and following a bit of mucking around, Rod Stewart eventually got to a chorus where he trilled ‘Tonight’s the Night!’ followed by ‘It’s gonna be alright’. It was 1976. We can dig what he was saying. It’s exciting. We feel it too.

Whilst of course it’s foolish to assume that Rod the Mod had invested his latest advance from Warner Brothers into a time machine that could travel into the future, it’s also not impossible to speculate that he may have been speaking about Presentation Night.…

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MOST CONSISTENT…

Pat n' Seals

As a junior, Patrick Matthews ( middle row, 2nd left ) played for Ramsgate RSL J.A.F.C under the erratic directorship of his coach Mark ‘Seals’ Sealy ( back row, grown man, white v-neck ) for six seasons. As an adult he played bass guitar for The Vines under the erratic directorship of lead singer Craig Nicholls for roughly the same period of time. During his time with The Vines, Patrick toured the world, appeared on the covers of US Rolling Stone, NME and The Face, performed on Top of the Pops, had gold records in the US, UK, Canada and Japan, platinum records and ARIA Awards in Australia, and was part of a legendary appearance on the Letterman Show.…

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PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS…

Keith Richards with Jack and Coors. 1972It’s fair to say that there have been a few major figures in footy who have been through some tough times this year, none more so than Essendon skipper Jobe Watson. Last week on television he admitted that he’d been injected with the banned performance-enhancing drug AOD-9604 as part of his clubs’ training program over the course of the 2012 season. As far as Watson and his fellow bomber comrades were concerned, the injections they were receiving were all okay – not banned in other words – and all players signed consent forms on the advice of their club medical staff on that understanding.…

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SHADOWLAND…

We received such an overwhelming and positive response to Toby Martin’s beautiful piece ‘Youth and Young Manhood’ this week that it seemed like the right thing to do to head off into the weekend sunset with the strains of Youth Groups’ ‘Shadowland’ ringing in our ears. If ever there was a soundtrack to the sentiments expressed in Toby’s piece, it’s this number -partly because it’s penned by the very same person of course – but also because it evokes a similar kind of yearning and nostalgia that it’s no bad thing to experience every once in a while. Football and music, music and football…

Here’s to some victories for everyone and floating on our memories all weekend.…

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YOUTH AND YOUNG MANHOOD…

Flying Doormat

Since 1997, Toby Martin has been the singer and songwriter with the great Australian band Youth Group. Over the course of their career they have released four cracking albums, including the hands-down classic ‘Skeleton Jar’. Last year Toby released his first solo album, the wonderful ‘Love’s Shadow’. He can write a song, to put it mildly. In his time with Youth Group he’s toured the world, supported the likes of Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Interpol and Death Cab For Cutie, sung with The Triffids and had a number one single in Australia with ‘Forever Young’. He is, in our humble opinion, one of the great Australian songwriters of the past 20 years.…

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KELLY, THE KING AND THE CUP…

Rockdogs

This coming Sunday the 23rd of June, the purest marriage of footy and music one could imagine takes place at Elsternwick Park when the 20th annual Community Cup kicks off. This beautiful institution pits the Rockdogs against the RRR/PBS Megahertz in one of the premier events of the Melbourne musical and footballing calendar, raising money for the highly admirable charity organisation Reclink.

Jason ‘Evo’ Evans founded both the Rockdogs and the Community Cup itself, and played in every match from 1993 to 2009 (excluding 1999, when he coached with two broken arms). He was forced into retirement in 2010 when his Devo Tribute Band, DAVO, broke up for the last time, thus making him ineligible under the rules of Cup selection.

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THE RENEGADE PUB FOOTBALL LEAGUE…

Fraser Fires Up

Last week we posted Fraser A Gorman’s new number ‘Dark Eyes’ on the site – and it’s quite fantastic. In addition to his undeniable musical talents, Fraser coaches the Bone Crushers, a gifted squad comprising the cream of The Tote Hotel’s female footy talent playing in the Renegade Pub Football League. As you’ll note in the photo above, Fraser performs this task in a three-piece suit, something that we, as aesthetes, would love to see happen a lot more at the highest level. There’s some Australian poetry in this shot. You can almost feel the late afternoon chill setting in as Fraser delivers his speech, and hear the words of encouragement rising in volume from within the sqaud.…

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SKIP THE QUEUES…

Footy queue

Is there anything more exhilarating than rising at 4.00am on Boxing Day, gathering the family and making the traditional Australian pilgrimage into the city for the commencement of the annual sales? Feeling the frisson of excitement that comes from pressing one’s face against the glass doors, jostling for position with other shoppers as the news crews record their images to run alongside the Boxing Day Test and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race to run later on the nightly bulletin?

Presentation Nights’ equivalent of the Boxing Day sale starts today. The shutters are up, the security guards have been given the fright of their lives, and the retail assistants stand by nervously.…

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FRASER A GORMAN – DARK EYES

Fraser A Gorman is the now sound of young Melbourne. He’s a tousle-haired troubadour, a songwriter on the rise, a running man. He’s a young John Cooper-Clarke having a kick with David McComb. Importantly to us, he’s a footy coach in a three-piece suit – but more on that soon. He’s bloody good.

We first became aware of Fraser early last year when we heard this great number ‘Hold You’. ‘Hello’ we said to ourselves, ‘this is a bit of alright..’, and so it was.

Now Fraser has released this fantastic tune ‘Dark Eyes’ with the great video you see here.…

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GIVING SOMETHING BACK…

Pres Night 1

We have just come out of a breakthrough digital marketing and social media strategy meeting here at Presentation Night, and we’re really excited to share our outcomes and insights with you. We mind-mapped some ideas, and one that came out really clearly was the idea of rewarding our welded-on fan base with money-can’t-buy experiences.

Another idea was to just give a couple of things away and hope for the best.…

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