WAFL Round 23: Tigers get there

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

Steven Motlop, The Clash, and a bit of Sam Smith

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

When code-hoppers take a very big hop

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.

VWFL – St Kilda Sharks: a brave game and a magnificently brave act

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.

Smokie Dawson (or Smokey Dawson)

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.

Round 22: The Pre Wrap

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.

Has D. Flanigan had a haircut? Find out at lunch on Aug 28, before Geelong v Collingwood

Darren Flanigan is coming to lunch on Aug 28. Book now.

Chappy: he’s so reliable

Chappy! He’s so reliable. [A piece first published for Chappy’s 200th – Ed]

Dudley Street Doggies – Them’s The Breaks

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.

An Under 9s Coach

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.

It’s not easy being green

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]

Shawry & Schneids: Like Ships Passing in the Night

On the verge of their retirement, Joe Moore shows his respect for two of his favourite Swans premiership players.

Perth Reclink Community Cup

A highlight of the community sporting calendar in Melbourne and Sydney, the annual Reclink Community Cup is local footy at its most irreverent. This weekend is the inaugural Perth Reclink Community Cup and we’d love to see you at Bassendean this coming Sunday!

Essendon 2015 List Review- Part 2 Midfielders/ Ruckmen

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?

Joel Selwood

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.]

Get Out of the Umpire’s Way

Phil Hill, cricket umpire, has an idea to improve footy umpiring.

WAFL Round 22: Swans keep it alive

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.

Rise of the Prototype

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

The 2015 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Twenty

Earl O’Neil on the Essendon situation over the past week, which included James Hird leaving as coach.

Welcome to football’s industrial age

Does money buy happiness? Is the game better for the wads of broadcasting cash being thrown around? Jeff Dowsing looks at the transition of the AFL from a sport to an ‘industry’.