Gary Ablett Junior: The Return of Our Son

The great Gary Ablett Junior returns home to Geelong. Anna Pavlou is over the moon with his arrival.

Pakistan Women’s Football: A football and a dream come true

Kashif Bouns put together a Pakistan team of 25 players and coaches in less than two months to compete in their first ever Women’s International Cup.

Tom Lonergan and Andrew Mackie: Brothers in Arms

Anna Pavlou saw retiring players Tom Lonergan and Andrew Mackie toasted by the Geelong Cats Football Club last week at the ‘Carji’ Greeves award night. Anna was fortunate enough to interview several players.

Geelong’s Night of Nights: Patrick Dangerfield Wins 2017 ‘Carji’ Greeves Medal

Patrick Dangerfield took ‘Carji’ home last night. Anna Pavlou was on the spot.

NRL – The Benchmark: Melbourne Storm Player of the Year Awards

Anna Pavlou attended the Melbourne Storm Player of the Year Awards after their triumphant premiership win.

A Tribute to Fitzy: Our Amateur Football Hero

Anna Pavlou gives a touching tribute to her uncle Fitzy who made a lasting impact on her with his love of footy. This is a beautiful piece – Ed.

Fathers’ Day: My Dad Shoodabeen a Coodabeen

Anna Pavlou was lucky enough to attend the Coodabeen Champions live show last week at the Arts Centre with her dad, helping her connect with his past.

The Final 8: Who will go all the way in 2017?

Anna Pavlou looks at the reasons why each team can win the 2017 AFL Premiership. She also highlights the X-factors for each team.

Joe Slater – An Update

Anna Pavlou brings this poignant update to her earlier story about Geelong’s Joe Henry Slater – a Geelong champion killed in WWI

Match Review Panel: Consistently Inconsistent

Anna Pavlou comes in off the long run in this searing assessment of the MRP.

Bob Murphy: Big brother, big influence and even bigger heart

Bob Murphy announced his retirement today. Anna Pavlou was there.

The mind of Steve Johnson: a giant Cat

Stevie J has announced his retirement. Anna Pavlou considers his magic, and says thanks.

Anna Pavlou in The Age

Anna Pavlou remembers the atmosphere of being at Kardinia Park as a kid watching her Cats play Aussie Rules in this piece that was first published in The Age.

Round 14 – Geelong v Fremantle: The four family escape. Relaxing? I think not.

A pleasant family outing to Geelong for Anna Pavlou turned into something rather more gripping.

Round 10 – Geelong v Port Adelaide: 10 years on

For Anna Pavlou, the Geelong Road became Memory Lane for this Round 10 fixture; a memorable night of reunion for the 2007 premiers.

Round 9 – Geelong v Western Bulldogs: Making a Stand

After a few weeks the Cats made a stand on the field – to match the stand off the field.

Almanac Footy History: A tribute to those Geelong players who were killed in wars

Anna Pavlou pays tribute to war heroes who also played football for the Geelong Football Club. Her focus on Joe Henry Slater’s life is powerful.


Bound by Blue. Although Anna Pavlou is a massive Cats fan, other parts of her family have navy blood running through their veins, and Carlton will always be home to them. This has had an impact on Anna too.

AFL Season Preview: The players to watch at your club

High school student Anna Pavlou loves her footy (and cricket) and also loves her writing. Here she looks at three players to watch from each team.

MCG: My Cricket Ground

Anna Pavlou, aged 14, tells the story of her affection for and connection with the MCG.