Round 23 – Essendon v Carlton: We beat the old enemy

Is Essendon closer to success than Carlton? In a difficult season, Rod Oaten found “what a joy it was to watch those lads in the Essendon jumpers prove too skilful, too fast and too committed as a team for The Blues…”

Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: Keeping a lid on things

Swans supporters were nervous going into the match against Richmond, the Tigers held an advantage and as Tom Bally writes, there was no need for concern.

Almanac (English) Soccer: The Day I Made it to Ipswich

John Green has sent us another terrific travel-soccer piece as he continues to follow Preston North End, the Lilywhites, around England. On this weekend he was in Ipswich, so he can now claim he’s been to Ipswich in Queensland and Ipswich in Suffolk. [Entertaining insight into football and place in England – JTH]

2016 Grand Final Eve Lunch now on sale!

Our biggest lunch is almost upon us! Click through for details and to grab your tickets.

Round 23 – North Melbourne v GWS: Magical moments

Gill was at Etihad to see GWS cement their place in the top 4, North wanted a win and for fans to celebrate their retiring champions, there was only one winner.

Almanac Season Review: The Saints Rediscover Their Halos – 2016, The Season That Was

St. Kilda’s season is over and dusted for another year, Braham Dabscheck assesses their year and refuses to look forward. Did the Saints do enough, was it a positive year for them in 2016?

Round 23 – Hawthorn v Collingwood: This is water

E.Regnans and the Buds journeyed to the MCG to see the sun set on the Magpies season. Hawks fans were wearing their traditional brown and gold grumpy pants. This is water.

Round 23 – Adelaide v West Coast: Adelaide with most to lose

John Warhurst endured a nervous Friday night watching his Crows lose both the game and a double chance home final.

Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: Twilight football with the ‘true believers’

The best thing out of the Swans Richmond game is Ross Treverton’s match report. Feeling nostalgic Ross ventures into the Swans’ Home away from home with the true believers.

GWS and their First-Round Draft Picks

GWS have had an extraordinary number of first round draft selections with a high success rate, David Fordyce has reviewed the list and identifies a foundation and strategy to keep them going well into the future.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 23 Review

With typical enthusiasm and optimism, Cam Hooke feels that even though Collingwood didn’t win, they did everything else heading to 2017 with optimism and a bit of pride.

Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: Abject, bad, calamitous, dreadful, execrable

Ian Latham suggests there are many synonyms for woeful and they all would have been appropriate for Richmond’s performance against Sydney.

AFL Finals – Week 1: Schedule of Matches

Here’s the finals schedule. So, tell us how it plays out from here. Very interested in the views of neutrals. And if your side is in it, which team do you most fear and why? [Very hard – Ed]

Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: We’re Minor Premiers! Is it best to finish first?

The Sydney Swans finish the year as Minor Premiers, however Jan Courtin is not sure if top of the ladder leads to a Flag, favouritism doesn’t sit kindly with her.

Almanac WAFL: Royals to meet Thunder in WAFL elimination final

Les Everett reviews the final round in the WAFL home and away season: Next week Peel vs East Perth and South Fremantle vs West Perth

Almanac Bigger (Sports) Picture: Radio National and the National Museum of Australia join forces for a Big Ideas program on all things sport

Last Monday Radio National broadcast an edited version of the panel discussion held at the National Museum on Aug 18. It includes Sally Shipard, Louise Burrows, Christian Sprenger, Chris Sarra and John Harms. Hosted by Paul Barclay.

VAFA Premier B, Round 18 – Fitzroy v Parkdale: The Won’t-But-Should-Have Match

A win to Fitzroy should have been a time to celebrate. Phil Hill and the Lion’s faithful were left flat after the early season losses come home to roost costing the boys a shot at the finals. Disappointed but Phil can’t wait for next year.

Round 21 – Richmond v Geelong: Don’t Be The Loudmouth

Ethan Munro captures the excitement and euphoria of Geelong’s stirring victory.

1936, the Year of the Olympics and the Alternative Olympics: a Cocktail of Sport and Politics

Demonymic discusses the controversy surrounding the 1936 Olympics.

Round 22 – Collingwood v Gold Coast: The Ground’s Half Empty

Luke Reynolds gets Reckless with his Collingwood at Dockland experience, with apologies to Australian Crawl.