AFL Trades: Panic

Unsure of how you feel after the AFL trades have completed? Set to Panic by The Smiths, Jeff Dowsing pens his thoughts.

Ben McGlynn – How he will help us and welcome to the Saints

Ben McGlynn has been appointed as an assistant coach at St Kilda; Yoshi gives us his thoughts.

Macca – Mr Loyalty: A Tribute to Garry McIntosh

Rulebook’s tribute to one of his favourites, the great man of Norwood and South Australian football, Garry McIntosh.

Perspective is now possible

With a balanced perspective, Jan Courtin concedes losing a Grand Final is not the end of the world, now to convince her heart.

The Unconformity Cup – Nowhere Footy

Old Dog goes to Queenstown where he plays a fun (but proper) footy match on the famous gravel oval during the Unconformity Festival. [This is an Old Dog special – JTH]

Almanac Obituary: Vale Twinkle Toes

Rob Heath notes the passing of a great footballer, club man and quite the dancer in Laurie Dwyer

World Footy: John Newton, footballer and footy writer

John Newton discovered footy after dislocating his elbow playing soccer. He now plays for the Boston Demons while studying journalism. Here’s his story from the Berkeley Beacon.

To trade or not to trade: Shakespeare’s hot take on the Gibbs non-deal

Every man and his Bard has an opinion on the trade period these days

Footy and Love Event Suggestion

Yoshi has a suggestion for an event that AFL clubs could run for their single fans. He’s very keen for the Saints to take up his idea…

Grand Final Sydney v Western Bulldogs: the final kick in the guts

Craig Dodson is a lone Swan living in the western suburbs of Melbourne, trying his best to swim against a powerful rip current. How much more can he take?

The State of the Origins.

Have you ever questioned the origin of the AFL species? Clearly with too much time on his hands, San Diego Cattery researched each team’s origins with cultural and historical significance. [A great effort – Ed]

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – Players on Players

What do players say about other players? Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt from the Chapter: Players on Players 2010s.

Almanac People: Josh Caddy’s footy family

With trade week gossip involving speculation of a move by Josh Caddy to Richmond, David Fordyce looks at the Caddy pedigree.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Hawthorn: The End of the Rivalry? Forget About It

For Geelong supporter and Junior Almanacker Ethan Munro, a win in a final against the Hawks is always a good night out.

Footy IQ: How well do you know Melbourne’s footy ovals?

Mike Hugo has put the challenge out to see if you can identify Melbourne’s Football Ovals.

What the Sam Mitchell trade means

Yoshi weighs in on Hawthorn’s decision to trade Sam Mitchell.

Sports Writers Festival: The Flanagan Oration

Yvette Wroby happily met and heard from sports-writing elder Martin Flanagan, at last night’s Sports Writers Festival Oration. [Includes link to the full transcript of M Flanagan’s speech, “Sport and politics: the Adam Goodes case reconsidered, one year on.”]

Nail paint and crotchless knickers or ‘Leaps and Bounds’: a wander through footy, music and the contemporary world.

Brilliant from Ron Wells. This piece is composed to comment on the musos booked for the Grand Final – but it does so much more. Ron takes us through footy, music and life – with many sharp observations beautifully expressed. Molly even gets a mention and as he’d say: “Do yourself a favour.”

Still a happy team at Hawthorn?

Jeff Dowsing looks at Hawthorn’s recent trade decisions and considers the implications for club. What immeasurables does it impact?

O what a team! (Or a commentator’s worst nightmare)

John Mason and mates have picked a team of players whose names end with the letter O. Further suggestions?