The Toyota Pre Wrap: AFL Round 23

Mr Wrap previews Round 23; his Tigers finals campaign; and announces his new commercial partners for Wrap 2015.

Under 11B Grand Final: Flemington Colts v the Red Devils

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for a detailed and entertaining report of an utterly absorbing Under 11B Grand Final in Tarneit, featuring Marcus, Noah, Frank, Louis, Ayiu, Oliver, Felix, Kye, Macsen, Eddie, Rob and more.

My rejected submission to the Herald Sun on “14 ways to know you’re a true Carlton supporter”

The People’s Elbow presents his rejected submission to the Herald Sun on “14 ways to know you’re a true Carlton supporter”.

Round 23 Preview – Almost done for some!

Sal Ciardulli casts his learned eye across the final round of AFL fixtures; the big races from Caulfield; and finals time in the ammos.

The Perth International Darts Masters: A night at the opera

The darts carnival is now in Sydney. Last week it was in Perth. Dennis Gedling dressed up (like many of the fans) and headed along.

Richmond – Missed it by that much

Matt Watson rates the Tigers season and their history, and finds them wanting.

Crio’s Racing: The Memsie

Crio takes a look at the returnof big racing in Melbourne where the Memsie will be contested on a day which looks like it will be more Spring than Winter,

Even ‘A Little Death’ is too much for some brains to handle

There are numerous reasons why Sam Soliman should not fight Jermain Taylor. In explaining why, Gregor Lewis also tells us that the boxing world remains a tangled web of ‘colourful’ characters.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood life – Round 23 preview

Four more wins and Collingwood will be in the Grand Final. True believer Cam Hooke takes a good look at Friday night’s Pies v Hawks.

Brisbane Lions – Season Review 2014

A review of Brisbane’s 2014 season has QldPies feeling bullish.

The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Ultima

Earl O’Neill casts an eye across the finals prospects and finds that culture and organisational depth is the difference between the haves and have nots.

AFL Round 22- Greater Western Sydney v Collingwood: Uncontested Goals

Earl O’Neill reports on the chemical effects of body putty, and a damp evening at the Sydney Showgrounds where G took on C.

Funeral Notice: Jan (John) Gigacz

The funeral of Jan (John) Gigacz, father of former editor, and great supporter and friend of the Almanac, Gigs, will be held on Friday morning. Details are included in this post.

Local footy and netball (and other sports): tell us where and when your side is playing finals

With so many of our readers and writers involved in local sporting clubs, I thought it would be a nice opportunity for you to let us know where your side is playing finals – whether you be a player, coach, helper, fan. [Add the details as a comment in this post - or write us a whole yarn]

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 16

Nice and early for you after an unavoidable hiatus, the podcast crew are back on the couch with this week’s guest; sportswriter and Almanacker, Jill Scanlon.

Zimbabwe Triangular Series Game 1- Zimbabwe v Australia: Return to Harare

Luke Reynolds reports on the one-day game between Australia and Zimbabwe, including footage of Mitchell Johnson smashing the television commentary box with a straight six.

Round 22 – Haiku Bob – filling holes

Haiku Bob is (pleasantly) surprised to find himself penning a winning Haiku for his Magpies in the wet in Sydney.

Overheard at Essendon again: A post Cronulla deal chat between a worried player and EFC official

Sean Curtain has been hanging around Melrose Drive again, which is nothing like Cronulla.

AFL Round 22: Geelong v Hawthorn – the mind is a prison

Rick Kane sneezed and spluttered and bellowed while watching the Hawks trail the Cats. He sent bile hurtling from the depth of his liver’s bum. And then the Hawks starting kicking goals. Ten of them.

AFL Round 23 – to the wire we go!

Our Fearless correspondent wraps up the ramifications of Round 23, with a rap on the knuckles for finals at Homebush.