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.
Dave Brown unearths a letter, written three years ago, from the Board of the Adelaide Football Club to newly-appointed coach Brenton Sanderson.
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.
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.
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 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’.
Sam Steele reflects on violence in sport and asks if it truly appals us or excites us? Your thoughts welcomed.
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]
Football chronicler Stephen Alomes recalls a rare high mark and his old TUFC jumper.
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.
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.)
Yvette Wroby hasn’t been getting out much lately, but meets another ‘mad’ Sainter and enjoys an evening at the Sporting Globe sports bar.
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.
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.
From Fremantle to Flemington to the ‘G, Sal Ciardulli has the answers to all the weekend contests being played out on green turf.
Dave Brown deconstructs the Heritier Lumumba story, and asks if he is worth the trade or worth the effort for your club. Opinions welcomed.
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.
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.