Round 21 – Fremantle v Carlton: Three quarters out of four not enough for Blues

A new stadium, but a familiar result. The Blues saw three solid quarters of effort disappear in a Fremantle third term blitz. John Butler reports.

Round 20 – Carlton v GWS: Welcome to Globetrotters’ AFL

As he watched the Giants pulverise the Blues, John Butler was left contemplating the wider football universe. Let’s just say, he has his reservations.

One Hundred Years Ago: Round 4, 20th May, 1911

If you were in any doubt, violence in football is nothing new. As an example, we revisit the 1911 VFL season, and a controversial incident that ended up in the law courts.

Round 19 – Gold Coast v Carlton: The Sunk Cost Fallacy Cup

When you’ve won 1 of your last 27, any win will do. John Butler evaluates the Blues’ win over the Suns.

Women’s Football – The Footy Almanac supports Play On Empower Celebration in Ballarat

Moana Hope was in Ballarat yesterday, celebrating the Play On Empower initiative. The Footy Almanac is proud to support this program that is engaging young women through football.

Almanac Book Review: Roar by Samantha Lane

John Butler’s review of a book that captures the story of the AFLW’s initial steps and also seems ahead of its time: Roar by Sam Lane

Round 2 – Carlton v Gold Coast: Fumbling in the Sun

The journey into Etihad Stadium on Saturday gave John Butler plenty of time to ponder what his Blues would bring after an honourable loss in Round 1. Despite adding another defeat to the board for 2018, he’s still optimistic for Carlton’s future.

AFLW Grand Final – Western Bulldogs v Brisbane: Bulldogs singing in the rain

‘Was this a demonstration of AFL omnipotence? In many ways, it has felt like the League has fought an impulse to rain on its own creation in this second season of being. Had it now summoned torrents after six weeks of Victorian drought? Was this the ultimate memo to bring the unruly women to heel?’

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.