Theo takes a great leap forward at Princes Park

Saturday morning. Sunny and mild, but the breeze picking up, and bringing with it northern stickiness. Family Harms is pottering about: no plans. I am thinking about Collingwood. They have done it pretty easily the night before. Dawes and Daisy Thomas continue to mature. They are good, and there is much improvement in the squad [Read more]

2011 AFL Crystal Ball

By Domenic Favata Yes the NAB cup’s only just begun, yes some might say that it’s too early to call and yes some people will call me ridicule my projections. But the AFL season is near, its time to put our serious hats on and think about the long haul. Whether they are ambitious (like [Read more]

Adrian’s call

by Damian O’Donnell The sun came up as expected this morning, people will die of old age today as usual, governments will extort taxes from their hard working citizens because they can, and the AFL has announced that the new NAB Cup format is a success. All very predictable really. Adrian Anderson proudly announced, ”We [Read more]

Anne’s Choice

by Anne Fedorowytsch When the NAB Cup fixture was released late October 2010 my reaction to the draw was a very long and exasperated ‘Nooooooo!’ The Crows’ opening round matches versus Port Adelaide and Melbourne had been scheduled head to head against Adelaide United playing their biggest rivals, Melbourne Victory, at Adelaide Oval in the [Read more]

Know your tennis crowd

Melbourne is abuzz with the excitement of The Australian Open. Well. Sort of. Channel 7 tells us it is, and Channel 7 is abuzz with tennis, and hilariously funny gaffs which allow Todd Woodbridge to liken himself to S.K. Warne (Todd Woodbridge is like S.K. Warne the way Maggie Thatcher is like Juliet Binoche). Yes, [Read more]

The Almanac XI

Yes, folks, The Almanac XI is looking for players for the big challenge on Feb 20. Three things: One, if you’d like to play please nominate by comment here, using the time-honoured terminology of the ABC Cricket Book. RHB, ROS. Creativity insofar as explanations of strings in the bow are concerned may work favourably with [Read more]

Recent AFL Rookie Drafts

It must be a terrible feeling on the National Draft day, when your name doesn’t get called out by any of the officials representing the 16 (now 18) clubs. There is hope a month later though, in the form of the Pre-Season and Rookie drafts. The fact is, most players taken in the latter draft [Read more]

North Melbourne 2011 Preview

Being a North Melbourne supporter, the off-season is usually full of unwanted press about the Roos relocating, folding, not having enough money, relying on AFL/government handouts etc. It’s not a good time for anyone associated with the blue and white stripes. But this year, despite the Victorian election and the Hobart push for North to [Read more]

2011 AFL Fixture Discussion

The AFL have just released the full fixture for next season. Fuller examination will doubtless reveal many sub-plots and sub-texts, but initial points to catch the eye: As usual, Collingwood have less opportunity to accumulate frequent flyer points than other teams- cue traditional arguments over this issue. West Coast and Freo will now be playing [Read more]