AFL Round 18 – Hawthorn v Sydney: The Slap

Old Dog watches one of the best AFL games he’s seen in years – taking in the skill in the face of pressure and the fact that it was the frenzied chaos we value so much.

South African Lions Heading to Jamestown

James Lang previews the arrival of the South African team for the International Rules tournament culminating at the MCG on 23 August. They start at Jamestown in the Mid North of South Australia to see how the locals do it.

2012 AFL Grand Final: Hug me like the world is ending

The recent Hawks v Swans blockbuster had more than a touch of 2012 Grand Final magic. Its a good time for a look back at Swans fan David Williams’ recollection of that great match.

A Vickery of Sorts

Callum O’Connor gives us some measured thoughts on the act of Tyron Vickery this weekend. Interpretation 1 or 2 see the likely exiting of Vickery for the year and perhaps from the black and yellow entirely.

AFL Round 18: Collingwood v Adelaide – Nothing to Crow about as Pies quickstep out of the eight

Floreat Pica’s stream of frustrated consciousness captures Collingwood’s (lack of) strategy that costs them a top eight spot.

AFL Round 18 – Collingwood v Adelaide: Bodies, spirits (London Town)

David Wilson (and family) views Australia and footy from their cultural journey across Europe. Somehow losing to the Crows seems less important from a distance.

The last woollen football jumper

The thought of his last football jumper hurts like a purple bruise.

Junior footy’s faux pa’s

Jeff Dowsing wonders where have all the fathers gone? The increasing role of women in footy is welcomed, but is it because men have vacated the role? (Raises important issues for our society, not just our sport – Ed.)

Friday Night; Bright Lights

Parents huddle in their cars on a cold evening at junior footy training, hoping to avoid the dreaded Team Manager’s allocation of game day tasks. Kate Birrell’s glorious art and wistful words capture it all.

We have just witnessed the Grand Final preview

Jackson Clark watched the brilliant match between Hawthorn and Sydney last night and concludes that they are easily the best teams – and two very, very good footy teams at that.

Future captain Rockliff in dominant form

Jackson Clark has been watching Tom Rockliff and says there’s a strong case for the Brisbane leader to be place in the elite class.

AFL Round 18 – West Coast v Richmond: A Shot Rings Out in the West

John Green relishes the Tigers victory in Perth, but fears for his boys safety after they take out a West Coast legend.

AFL Round 18 – Port Adelaide v Melbourne: Triple fun in Sydney Town

Handbag Hansen is invited to three functions on the one afternoon. Lucky they’re all at the same venue. And Port fall over the line.

Old woollen footy jumpers: Dick McGillivray in a ridgy didge Essendon premiership jumper

Dick McGillivray wore his fair dinkum Essendon premiership jumper around the farm, as his daughter Pamela explains.

Water Polo Round 18 – Hungarian Eagles v Russian Tigers: Blood in the Water

Peter Baulderstone saw ‘blood in the water’ at the Subiaco Pool last night. Tiger Tyrannosaurus is expected to face the War Crimes Tribunal for bringing down the Eagles leader with a cowardly act.

Women: Bringing Game To Sport

Longworth tells how he came to appreciate ‘women’s sport’ as ‘sport’ not gender. Funny what ancient 1990′s computer games can teach you.

Recent Things

Are you sick at the thought of Hird (seen but not), Hockey (Joe not Kookaburras), bombs (Gaza not Gazza), rockets (non-mick) and surface to air missiles (other than Jake Carlisle)? Kate Birrell’s glorious art is some balm for your soul.

Almanac-Greys Lunch in Sydney

The recent lunch at the Royal Exhibition Hotel in Sydney was a cracker thanks to the Almanackers and friends, and the whole crew from The Greys (Adelaide Uni FC’s past players).

Round 18 Part Deux Preview – It’s Academic

Sal Ciardulli offers his thoughts on the second part of Round 18.

The bloody brutality of boxing – Daniel Geale

Matt Watson lays out the harsh reality of boxing, but men still put their body on the line for money and glory. Can Australia’s tough underdog Daniel Geale undermine the champion Golovkin? Matt suggests how.