Ned Wilson wins the David Zampatti Rio Tipping Competition

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 Exhibition in Geelong

Jim Pavlidis’s exhibition /Accounts of my Dancing Evenings – Season 1914′ is on at the Geelong Gallery.

AFL Round 18 – Carlton v North Melbourne: A Chocolate in a Sea of Turds

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.

Walking a mile in their shoes: The case in favour of James Hird

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.

AFL Round 18 – GWS v Geelong: Don’t Mention the Game

Richard Naco’s first AFL game for this year will also be his last. “Never again,” he said at the end.

AFL Round 18 – Greater Western Sydney v Geelong: Monaros and V7 Cats

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?

The taxing psychological side of football

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?

SANFL Round 14 – Norwood v South Adelaide: Taming the Monkey Brain

With a the aid of wellbeing seminar, Dave Brown survives his Redlegs holding onto a 44-point quarter-time lead.

Woollen Jumpers: Simpler Times

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………………..

The seven best rookie-listed players of all time

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.

AFL Round 18 – Review: A bloke walked into a Sydney bar…

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.

Second Test, Day 5 – England v India: Burgestede burston

E Regnans catches the final day of the Lord’s Test from the south of England. He sees the Englishmen capitulate ingloriously.

AFL Round 18 – St Kilda v Fremantle: Hope has been revived

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.

AFL Round 18 – Carlton v North Melbourne: I went in to Sin City

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’s Question: What brainstorms have been short-lived?

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?

AFL Round 18 – St Kilda v Fremantle: Saints on cloud nine; Dockers on slow boat back to Fremantle

Sainters everywhere are on Cloud Nine. And we’re still trying to work out what happened. Braham Dabscheck loved every minute of it.

AFL Round 18: Carlton v North Melbourne – Fear and Loathing in Corryong

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.

Round 17 – Haiku Bob – players faintly

Haiku Bob finally brings himself to write about the Magpies’ decline and Maxwell’s departure.

AFL Round 18 – Western Bulldogs v Essendon: Confident Carlisle Dominates Dogs

Confidence was all that Jake Carlisle needed to become a matchwinner… and repay Bomber Thompson’s faith in him, writes Jackson Clark.

Big pups to turn into top Dogs

You better run for cover when the mutts grow up. Jackson Clark on the bright future for a Bulldogs team led by talented youngsters.