After receiving the all clear on his B Sample, Our Almanac Man in Hawthorn, Ned Wilson, has been declared the winner of The Footy Almanac David Zampatti Rio. He wins a 3-pack of Murrindindi Wines.
Jim Pavlidis’s exhibition /Accounts of my Dancing Evenings – Season 1914′ is on at the Geelong Gallery.
Tony Robb finds a chocolate in Carlton’s season box of turds (soft centres? – Ed) Tony is sick of Mick, Daisy and the rest of the Collingwood rejects infecting his Blues. Cameron Wood can stay.
Should a person who has given so much be hung by so little? Sean Curtain has a crack at an impartial view of the return of James Hird.
Richard Naco’s first AFL game for this year will also be his last. “Never again,” he said at the end.
Earl O’Neil’s young Monaros held up well against a V8 Ford Cats not firing on all cylinders. Has the air gone out of the Cats tyres? When will the Monaros find the chequered flag?
Jackson Clark reflects on the draining psychological side of elite sport. Will we see more early retirements because of the mental strain more than the physical?
With a the aid of wellbeing seminar, Dave Brown survives his Redlegs holding onto a 44-point quarter-time lead.
Rod Oaten found a 60 year old picture of his younger self and brother pretending to be John Coleman in their Dromana backyard. Everything was hand stitched (including the footy). And if you tell the kids of today………………..
In the light of Dean Cox’s retirement, Jackson Clark details his best rookie-listed players of all time: DC, SM, AS, MM, KJ, MB and BK.
Ever seen the bar stopped. JTH has seen beauty do it. And while at the Royal Exhibition Hotel in Sydney on Saturday he was part of a textbook example of it.
Tell us where and when you have seen it happen.
E Regnans catches the final day of the Lord’s Test from the south of England. He sees the Englishmen capitulate ingloriously.
Andy Tuano is 13yo and supporting the Saints has been ‘character building’ for a young man. After Saturday he has a new hero in ruckman Billy Longer, and is wearing the Saints jumper with pride.
Matt Watson lives in Brisbane and spends $400 a year on an AFL membership that allows him to fly to Melbourne and watch his Kangaroos from the Second Tier at Docklands. He considered jumping.
Crio notes that last week the AFL gave a quiet burial to the ‘numbers on jumpers’ idea. What other brainwaves have been quietly shelved by sporting administrators?
Sainters everywhere are on Cloud Nine. And we’re still trying to work out what happened. Braham Dabscheck loved every minute of it.
Callum O’Connor heads up to the foothills of the Alps with his mates for a camping weekend. Fortunately his trusty Pajero is more reliable than the Kangaroos.
Haiku Bob finally brings himself to write about the Magpies’ decline and Maxwell’s departure.
Confidence was all that Jake Carlisle needed to become a matchwinner… and repay Bomber Thompson’s faith in him, writes Jackson Clark.