Jeff Dowsing sees an opening for the AFL, for the VFL, for clubs, for players and for fans. Bring on the change.
What a disaster last Friday night was for Gary Caulfield and the Cats, somehow, it felt like he had seen it all before, Round 16, 2016.
Preston Towers reminds us that the GWS Giants are not an AFL entity but a club and a team with passionate supporters who were all marching together with pride. [Excellent perspective – Ed]
Russell Jackson from The Guardian writes about the Tom Wills Grave Restoration Restoration, after spending the morning with the Almanac’s own Phil Dimitriadis. [Another sensitive piece – JTH]
Les Everett watches Peel Thunder win their first WAFL Grand Final after a tough game against Subiaco at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.
Quang and Han hosted Clem on Prelim Final day. It went off without a hitch. Almost.
bod has done the research and presents an analysis of the AFL finals system from 2000 to 2015.
Taking the position of neutral observer, Peter Fuller provides an insightful analysis of the weekend’s Preliminary Finals.
Nick Kossatch on the incredible simultaneous stories of AFL Dogs and NRL Sharks.
An excited and relieved Jan Courtin sees her Bloods into the Grand Final with a strong team performance against Geelong.
Murray Bird responds to an observable Vic-centric state of footy affairs, offering comment on all the states and their competitions, and the running of the AFL (which he points out is the AUSTRALIA FL). Where does all the whingeing come from? [This should generate some interesting discussion – Ed]
Old Dog’s book, Champions All is finally out. 700 pages of punchy stories from 171 legends of the game over 8 decades of AFL/VFL footy. The honesty in it is often overwhelming. History often looks very different from the inside. Today, Ken Hunter on Depression.
The Wrap has assessed all of the protagonists from within the confines of the Wrapcave, presenting what you know to be true in The Final Wrap Report.
Yoshi makes an excellent point about betting outlets and advertising on radio and TV when kids are listening and watching.
Alex Docherty relives the night the Bulldogs bought the reigning champs crashing back to earth. This victory will be remembered the Docherty household for some time.
State of the footy nation: time to address a few issues about good ordinary football at the second tier.
Terry Logozzo’s comment on Rulebook’s recent piece about second tier comps is worthy of being a post in its own right. So here it is.
Warwick Nolan discusses the 1966 Scanlen’s Footy Card series with a few interesting insights.
What’s the most obscure rule you’ve seen an umpire use? The weirdest thing on a footy field? Dave Brown has a couple of favourites
Another Tasmanian OSFA Grand Final match report, this time from Bill Eagle (or Bille Trethewie and friends) on how Tasmania University Football Club defeated Richmond in both seniors and reserves.