West Perth drops off Swan Districts’ Christmas card list as Les Everett sees Claremont pounce on the last finals spot in the WAFL. A televisual war looms out west
Geelong’s season over for 2015 – David Zita points out retention is just as important as acquisition for the Cats’ bounce. Warning Crows fans: this piece contains traces of Patrick Dangerfield
Wes Hull considers the rise in the number of AFL players from overseas (code-hoppers) and considers the way in which Australian football embraces those players and also encourages players from diverse backgrounds.
The Sharks are marching into the Victorian Women’s Football League finals after a spirited battle that featured all of what makes footy special, Yvette Wroby writes.
Dips O’Donnell lays down a challenge to all Almanacas to get a table at the Footy Almanac Grand Final lunch full of Smokey or Smokie Dawson’s.
The Wrap previews and discusses Round 22 while also giving a summary of what has happened not just the AFL but world sport in the last 2 months.
Darren Flanigan is coming to lunch on Aug 28. Book now.
Chappy! He’s so reliable. [A piece first published for Chappy’s 200th – Ed]
A great start to your Thursday morning from Swish Schwerdt with Clem’s story. Down for the count after round six, a Doggies stalwart recovers in time to see his ‘Bullydogs’ launch a red-hot tilt at September success.
If character is essential to success in footy and life, then current Adelaide coach Scott Camporeale is ahead of the pack. Less than 24 hours after despatching the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval, Peter Argent’s camera found the former Carlton champion and 2000 All-Australian calling the shots at an Under 9s match in suburban Adelaide.
Really interesting piece from an umpire’s perspective. [Excellent expose of the notion that umpires have identity, something which mainstream discourse tends to deny them – JTH]
On the verge of their retirement, Joe Moore shows his respect for two of his favourite Swans premiership players.
After looking at Essendon’s defence in part one of his Essendon season review, Nick Weidmann casts an analytical eye over the Bombers on-ball brigade in part two. What will the Dons in-coming coach have to work with?
P.J. Flynn, I’ll see your Stevie J and raise you 200-gamer Joel Selwood. How do we understand the skipper’s place in the remarkable cultural transformation at Geelong? [More Cats stuff! About time.]
Phil Hill, cricket umpire, has an idea to improve footy umpiring.
Les wraps up a crucial win for Swan Districts against fellow finals aspirants Claremont in the headline game of Round 22. Subiaco firmed as flag favourites with a big win over East Fremantle, while there were AFL-listed players involved in notable incidents.
With the debut of born and bred American, Jason Holmes, for St Kilda on Saturday night David Zita ponders the rise of the prototype footballer
Earl O’Neil on the Essendon situation over the past week, which included James Hird leaving as coach.