Matt Zurbo has a new book published called Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Player’s Own Words . In this extract players talk about the clubs in the 2010s from Adelaide to GWS.
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Life as I know it.
My Lifelong love affair with the Swans
Trevor Blainey has ridden this 19-loss season with the Bombers and suggests they are looking good: “No other AFL team will add as many quality players to it’s list next year as Essendon.”
The 2016 AFL All Australian squad of 40 has been announced, who makes the final 22 and who missed out?
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GWS have had an extraordinary number of first round draft selections with a high success rate, David Fordyce has reviewed the list and identifies a foundation and strategy to keep them going well into the future.
With typical enthusiasm and optimism, Cam Hooke feels that even though Collingwood didn’t win, they did everything else heading to 2017 with optimism and a bit of pride.
Here’s the finals schedule. So, tell us how it plays out from here. Very interested in the views of neutrals. And if your side is in it, which team do you most fear and why? [Very hard – Ed]
Almanac Bigger (Sports) Picture: Radio National and the National Museum of Australia join forces for a Big Ideas program on all things sport
Last Monday Radio National broadcast an edited version of the panel discussion held at the National Museum on Aug 18. It includes Sally Shipard, Louise Burrows, Christian Sprenger, Chris Sarra and John Harms. Hosted by Paul Barclay.
Matt O’Hanlon’s father was a wonderful Queenslander (as is Matt). In this magnificent tribute to his Dad, Matt can’t help but demonstrate those elements of a sporting life which once drove the sporting culture and broader Australian culture. Those in powerful positions – in government, in sports administration, in media, and even in educational bureaucracy (not at the coal-face so much) – should read this piece. They will see what sport means to people, the level of their interest and engagement, and the sheer wisdom in Michael Joseph O’Hanlon’s approach. Vale Pop O’Hallaron. [An all-time classic – JTH]
Almanac welcomes David Fordyce, a Canberra based Geelong supporter. David provides interesting analysis on Geelong’s poor entries inside 50. [Welcome – Ed]
Peter Hille with his Rotary Tip One update: Last week we lost 2 on the Demons. One round to go then a bye!
Cam Hooke previews the final game of Collingwood’s underwhelming season and believes the Pies can cause an upset and defeat Hawthorn.
Mullewa hadn’t won a game in the Great Northern Football League all year but overcame Northampton side in the final fixture. Peter Sweeney reports.
Cam Hooke’s Collingwood believers have remained positive throughout the season and in the penultimate round were pleased with the efforts against Gold Coast.
John Green is avoiding Richmond’s season in England observing the local Football, you will enjoy his post on an English League Cup fixture.
Denis Hart broke down in Kimba – when Corey Enright was just heading off to primary school.
Cam Hooke previews the Pies v GC.
Highlights from the under-10s East Keilor v Keilor Grand Final.
A piece from the Griffith Review: Our Sporting Life and an opportunity to attend a panel discussion at the Canberra National Museum.