Finals Week 3: Preliminary Finals – A Neutral Perspective

Taking the position of neutral observer, Peter Fuller provides an insightful analysis of the weekend’s Preliminary Finals.

Finals Week 3: A week of underdogs in both codes

Nick Kossatch on the incredible simultaneous stories of AFL Dogs and NRL Sharks.

Finals Week 3 – Geelong v Sydney: It’s Now Us Against the World! Carn the Mighty Bloods!

An excited and relieved Jan Courtin sees her Bloods into the Grand Final with a strong team performance against Geelong.

Can we now stop the whingeing?

Murray Bird responds to an observable Vic-centric state of footy affairs, offering comment on all the states and their competitions, and the running of the AFL (which he points out is the AUSTRALIA FL). Where does all the whingeing come from? [This should generate some interesting discussion – Ed]

Finals Week 3 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: We Shall Overcome

There is a humanitarian, fraternity-of-all, 1960s element to the Dogs. People keep affirming it to Andrew Gigacz who concludes, “We shall overcome!” [Great heart in this piece – JTH]

Finals Week 3 – Geelong v Sydney: Buddy! Buddy! Buddy!

Friday night’s preliminary final was all over so quickly – which didn’t bother Keiran Croker at all. He was pretty impressed with Buddy, and with the wholehearted effort of his entire side.

Finals Week 3: Western Bulldogs and the existence of unicorns

E Regnans sees the music, the poetry, the drama, the everyday, the transcendent in the Western Bulldogs. He can even see Gabe Kotter and Vinnie Barbarino.

Brownlow beers at the North Fitzroy Arms, but no darts

A few of the crew are heading to the North Fitzroy Arms to watch the Brownlow. All welcome.

However, there will be no darts. We’ll have the Sid Waddell Memorial later in the year.

Almanac Books: Champions All Extract – Ken Hunter on depression

Old Dog’s book, Champions All is finally out. 700 pages of punchy stories from 171 legends of the game over 8 decades of AFL/VFL footy. The honesty in it is often overwhelming. History often looks very different from the inside. Today, Ken Hunter on Depression.

Crio’s Question? – Banner Banter

The Bulldogs have had a succession of wry and witty banners this season. What do they choose for next Saturday? Here’s my opening bid: “Up Yours Oakley!” Suggestions?

The Final Wrap Report

The Wrap has assessed all of the protagonists from within the confines of the Wrapcave, presenting what you know to be true in The Final Wrap Report.

Almanac People – 28 John Francis Wynne: my first footy hero

Rulebook’s touching tribute to a great footballer and even better person – Two Eight – John Wynne

Almanac Video: Footscray 1954 Premiership and Team of the Century defender Herb Henderson

We published earlier this year Michael Sexton’s interview with Footscray premiership defender Herb Henderson. With the Bulldogs advancing to the GF 2016, time to revisit this classic.

Talking and Discussing about Footy is more fun than Getting Money

Yoshi makes an excellent point about betting outlets and advertising on radio and TV when kids are listening and watching.

The Bulldog Tragician on Radio

Bulldog Targician Kerrie Soraghan and her sister (they are the Libber sisters) are driving to Sydney for tonight’s game.

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: A Night To Remember

Alex Docherty relives the night the Bulldogs bought the reigning champs crashing back to earth. This victory will be remembered the Docherty household for some time.

Finals Week 3 – Who wins and why?

And then there were four. Who will win these 2016 Preliminary finals?

State of the footy nation: time to address a few issues about good ordinary football at the second tier.

Terry Logozzo’s comment on Rulebook’s recent piece about second tier comps is worthy of being a post in its own right. So here it is.

Finals Week 3 – Preview: Sal predicting that Victoria is irrelevant

Sal’s predictions suggest the Sin City is the centre of the footy universe. But, Victorians need not be too perturbed, they’re racing at The Heath tomorrow.

50 Years On – The 1966 Footy Cards

Warwick Nolan discusses the 1966 Scanlen’s Footy Card series with a few interesting insights.