The Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch and Tip the Top 8 Count

Details for the Grand Final Eve lunch are out. (Please NOTE THE VENUE)

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 Final – Geelong v North Melbourne: Let’s not forget who won

Andrew Starkie gives us a ‘Roos eye view of their Semi Final triumph

WAFL: Lions leap into the GF – Sharks kick themselves out of it

Les Everett records a strange WAFL Preliminary Final where the wounded Subiaco Lions staggered home against a woefully inaccurate East Fremantle Sharks. The Lions line up against the East Perth Royals (Eagles?) in the Grand Final.

A team of Buckleys

Long time Collingwood supporter Dave Nadel asks whether Nathan Buckley’s expectation of single-minded commitment on and off the field from all his players is becoming counter-productive.

AFL Semi-Final – Geelong v North Melbourne: Did not deserve to lose

‘After Todd Goldstein’s goal, the Pole threw a high five with mean intentions. The smack reverberated around the garage.’ A nervous Iron Mike reports from the modern cave, the grown man’s shelter shed, the blokes’ retreat.

Crio’s Question: The ‘fan experience’ – did the earth move for you?

Crio is sick of the hype; the spin; the ‘event’ and the PR hyped ‘fan experience’. He thinks these ‘extras’ should support, and not divert from, the main attraction. Let us know your thoughts.

AFL Round 23 – Carlton v Essendon: Time Travel

Pamela Sherpa has a 30 year reunion with old Bombers friends to celebrate their ’84 flag, and takes in the last home and away game for the year at the MCG against the Blues.

AFL Semi-finals: A Queenslander abroad

John Harms gave visiting Queenslander Matt O’Hanlon a quintessentially Melbourne experience.

350 and beyond: Congratulations Adam Goodes

Joe Moore leads the ovation for Adam Goodes (#37), ahead of his 350th league game this weekend. [Terrific account of the great man's accomplishments - Ed].

Picola League South East Division Premiership 2014

Glen Potter journeyed to Tungamah for the fine local hospitality and to take in the Grand Final of the local footy league. Go Bears!

AFL Finals – Week 1: Reports

All the reports from the first week of the AFL finals.

AFL Semi Final- Fremantle v Port Adelaide: Putting a lid on Bob Neil No.3

Dan Hansen calls for a roof to be built over Bob Neil No.3 Oval (AKA the Adelaide Oval) while enjoying the Power’s Semi Final win at the Royal Exhibition Hotel with the NSW Port supporters group.

AFL Semi Final – Geelong v North Melbourne: The Man On The Moon

Dips O’Donnell had an encounter with greatness on the weekend. Unfortunately it was provided by meeting an astronaut and not his Cats.

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.)

AFL Semi Final – Fremantle v Port Adelaide: The Unvarnished Truth

Docker Sean Gorman mans up and tells it like it was. How did the Dockers lose the unlosable election? How did Port roll back the stone and create a Second Coming? Sean reveals all.

AFL Semi Final – Fremantle v Port Adelaide: Abra-cadabra

David Wilson finds that reality interferes with footy, just as Fremantle did. Magic happens.

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.

Revenge: The Rematches

Gregor Lewis riffs on REVENGE and how it will motivate the remaining teams in the AFL Finals, just as it will today’s Mayweather – Maidana boxing rematch.

Joe Wilson arrives

Congratulations to Olivia and Ned Wilson on the safe arrival of Joe Wilson whose first proclamation to the world was a small cry followed by the assertion that the result of the Geelong-North game depended on the Blicavs-Goldstein contest. Small effigies of Joe are now available.

I suspect he is the first youngster to be named after the celebrated North Fitzroy Arms barfly, Wang Rovers utility, taken at 51 in the 1989 draft by the Brisbane Bears, Joe Wilson.