AFLW Round 7 – Fremantle v Carlton: Bruises before the bloodbath

There’s no dead games in a seven game season, just ask the dented Dockers and the bruised Blues

AFLW Round 5 – Adelaide v Carlton: The Game Changers need to change their game

Are Carlton moving with the times? Not if the last couple of weeks are anything to go by

AFLW Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Carlton: Blues get run over by the future. Someone call an ambulance

The ghosts of football past were still present at the Western Oval last Friday night for the Blues who went down to the Dogs, and for John Butler who was there in ’91 for another Carlton catastrophe.

AFLW Round 3 – Carlton v Brisbane: You had to be there

John Butler thinks impressions of the few televised AFLW games to date have distorted perceptions of developments across the league as a whole.

AFLW Round 2 – GWS v Carlton: Don’t say this isn’t for real

John Butler: “The injury toll across this round serves to remind that the AFL’s women players are committing their bodies as unreservedly as their male counterparts, but for a fraction of the financial reward. In their efforts to build on the opportunity at hand, you won’t hear them complain…”

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: A Second Act With A Future

John Butler recounts Friday night’s AFLW Season Opener and despite a low-scoring and defensive match, he sees enormous potential for development in the years to come.

AFLW Pre-season – Western Bulldogs v Carlton: Big crowd on a sultry night as the players put on a show

AFLW came to John Butler’s home town – Ballarat – on the weekend for the practice match between the Western Bulldogs and his very own Carlton. Here’s his report. Trademark JB in describing the event and placing it in its summer context. [Never thought I’d see Ballarat and sultry in the same sentence, and what a sunset! – JTH]

The Ashes – Second Test, Day 2: Shaun’s Big Day Out

England may be trying to huff and puff but the Australian house has not blown down – in fact it remains rock solid thanks to the patient innings of Shaun Marsh and support of the middle to lower order. John Butler makes some astute observations about conditions and attitudes.

The Ashes – First Test, Day 1: Opening sparring leaves honours even

We have a contest on our hands, writes John Butler. The inexperienced English batsmen were up for the fight as the Australian bowlers were challenged by a slower wicket than they’d expected (than everyone had expected), but fought back in the final (extended) session.

Ashes Preview: Ashes Before the Fire?

Test cricket is back, and even if, according to John Butler, two mediocre teams face off in a contest always laden with historic baggage, it is still important to the psyche of both nations. The end result will have huge consequence to the careers of many, both on and off the field reports John.

Finals Week 3 – Richmond v GWS: Richmondy no more?

John Butler wonders whether Richmond can finally remove the ‘Richmondy’ tag this Saturday with a premiership win over the minor premiers Adelaide.

Finals Week 3 – Adelaide v Geelong: Crows had many, Cats had few

Adelaide have overcome adversity in recent years and now enter the Grand Final full of confidence after finishing the season as minor premiers.

Round 14 – Carlton v Richmond: Subdued Sunday

“If your worst problem is the standard of a footy game, then you really don’t have any problems at all.” John Butler with that sage reminder.

Round 11 – GWS v Essendon: A Giant Ascension

Prompted by the Giants’ ladder position (top) after their Round 11 win over Essendon, John Butler looks at the rise of the machine that is GWS – which has angered some (Victorian) fans. However JB thinks they’re a real contender for the flag and a powerhouse of the future.

Round 10 – Carlton v North Melbourne: They asked for feedback

After attending the Blues’ Round 10 fixture, John Butler replied to Carlton’s survey about his “match-day experience”. Do you agree with his reply? Or he is just a grumpy old man?

Book Review: Siren’s Call by Yvette Wroby

Yvette Wroby has written a beautiful book about her family and her connection to the St Kilda Football Club. John Butler fell in love with Siren’s Call and you will too.

Round 6 – Carlton v Sydney: You can’t buy confidence at a store

A slow start to a good game with individual players securing a Carlton win, writes John Butler

Round 3 – Carlton v Essendon: Wading through troubled waters

John Butler looks at the troubles that have haunted both teams since 2000 and where they may be heading in the future. For now, Carlton have the bragging rights for 2017.

AFLW Grand Final – Brisbane v Adelaide: A fight to the end

The AFLW Grand Final represented exactly what this sport is all about according to John Butler.

AFLW Round 6 – Fremantle v Carlton: Wilting in the western sun

John Butler was feeling blue as Carlton lost their premiership hopes to the Dockers on Friday afternoon.