The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup: Finally, Four

There’s plenty of ways to turn punters away and off, and the AFL has the knack of discovering them. Earl O’Neill (with a great line about 1977) on his Preliminary Finals plan.

Dear Sando: a letter from the Crows’ board

Dave Brown unearths a letter, written three years ago, from the Board of the Adelaide Football Club to newly-appointed coach Brenton Sanderson.

1975 NFL Championship Final – A Dim Recollection

Swish Schwerdt cannot remember attending the 1975 NFL Championship Final at Football Park between South Australia and Victoria. But he has the evidence to prove he was there.

Sydney v North Melbourne – akin to what cliché for the Roos?

In looking at North Melbourne’s chances against Sydney, Kangaroos fan Matt Watson draws inspiration from boxer Buster Douglas, singer Kenny Rogers and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, among others.

Tasmanian State League: only the Grand Final remains

E.Regnans our man about (many a) town was in Hobart last week and updates us on an exciting and unpredictable finals series in the Tasmanian State League. How are Wynyard going in the North West, Phanto?

The Finals: Perfect Prelims – A Walk Down Memory Lane

The 2014 Preliminary Finals are drawing ever-closer. And to get us all in the mood, Steve Baker recalls some of the classic Prelims: Stynes going over the mark in ’87, Fraser Brown’s tackle in ’99, Plugger’s after the siren gem in ’96 and the death of the ‘Kennett Curse’.

The Violence in our Hearts

Sam Steele reflects on violence in sport and asks if it truly appals us or excites us? Your thoughts welcomed.

AFL Season Review – Sainters: What’s the frequency, Lenny?

Patrick O’Brien brings a revolution to Shoreham Beach and considers the Saints season; a season which makes him think of floods, rainbows, Lenny Hayes, the petulant strops of Supreme Beings, Cormac McCarthy and Will Self, Zac Dawson and our own Saint Yvette. [Classic Almanac stuff - JTH]

Old (woollen) footy jumpers – Stephen Alomes, Rainbow warrior

Football chronicler Stephen Alomes recalls a rare high mark and his old TUFC jumper.

Being Ruled By The Rules

Liam Quin offers more common sense about AFL umpiring and rules adjudication, than will be heard in a year of Rules Committee deliberations or a month of talkback radio.

AFL Semi Finals Post Wrap – The Then There Were Four Round

Mr Wrap tells it like it was as he surveys the weekend’s Semi Finals games. Port Adelaide remind him of Tommy Hafey’s 1967 Tigers (any excuse for the TLSPRF – Ed.)

The Sporting Globe Sports Bar Phenomenon

Yvette Wroby hasn’t been getting out much lately, but meets another ‘mad’ Sainter and enjoys an evening at the Sporting Globe sports bar.

To all the Almanackers: RU OK?

Sean Curtain reflects on RU OK? Day, and the value of men sometimes getting beneath the beer and footy talk to share what is really going on inside.

The Pre Wrap: Semi Final Weekend

Mr Wrap runs the ruler over the AFL semis and finds the favourites frail and fallible. He has scoured the nation for the sound of a happy team singing “Tigerland” and brings you his Mid Gippsland GF report from Mirboo North.

Sal’s Semi-Final Preview – and the foray at Flemington

From Fremantle to Flemington to the ‘G, Sal Ciardulli has the answers to all the weekend contests being played out on green turf.

Adelaide Uni Blacks C1 Preliminary Final: Chardonnays Through to the Decider

Adelaide University’s C1 team The Chardonnay Socialists are through to the Grand Final. Another entertaining report, this time of their Preliminary Final win, from the ‘World’s Greatest Football Club’.

We need to talk about Heritier

Dave Brown deconstructs the Heritier Lumumba story, and asks if he is worth the trade or worth the effort for your club. Opinions welcomed.

Your first final?

Matt Watson remembers the first final that he went to, and asks if you remember the teams you saw and the people you went with for your first.

Unconventional Nonsense

You’ve heard of conventional wisdom. Well, sometimes it only seems conventional and often it’s not as wise as the speaker would have you believe. The Footy Bogan presents some of his pet peeves.

Mitch Clark’s Mental Courage

Joe Moore sticks up for Mitch Clark and reckons that his obligations to his own health outweigh football and contractual issues.