Women’s Footy – AFL: Melbourne v Brisbane

Melbourne put on a fireworks display against Brisbane at the MCG on Sunday in the Women’s AFL Exhibition Match curtain-raiser.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Round 10 Preview

Massive game for the Pies, and the Dogs this week. With a resounding win against Geelong, Collingwood believers are keeping it one week at a time. Here’s Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life Round 10 preview. How do Pies (and Dogs fans) think this one will pan out? [Includes analysis, predictions, links to media comment. Comprehensive – Ed]

Rotary Lunch: John Harms, Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes at Brunswick St. Oval (May 28)

Come one, come all, to the Brunswick Street Oval for lunch this Saturday (May 28). John Harms will chat with Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes – editors of the book “From the Outer: footy like you’ve never heard it.” [Bookings are open – Ed].

Almanac Lunch: A Conversation with Geoff Blainey (May 27)

I look forward to a Conversation with Geoff Blainey at the North Fitzroy Arms on Friday May 27. Lunch will be served at 1pm. All welcome.

We’ll be talking about more than the Geelong Football Club.

Round 9 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: Backs Against The Wall Footy

Given the number of players out injured, Alex Docherty believes a full strength Bulldogs would match GWS.

Almanac Soccer: Let’s Look Back at the Euros: Euro ’72 (Belgium)

Denis Gedling continues his lead up to Euro 2016 with a retrospective of Euro ’72, played in Belgium.

Fearless 2016 Round 9 – We’re all with the man they call Roughy. Cancer seems still so random…

Starting with a tribute to Roughy, Round 9 ends with a Fearless review of proceedings.

Round 9 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: Orange Peril trample working class beneath corporate subsidised boot

John Butler asks how after 92 seasons for one flag, the Doggies would feel with the prospect GWS might pocket one, or more, before their first decade?

Round 9 – North Melbourne v Carlton: Murphy’s law

With a dearth of marking forwards, and a neophyte ruckman, Peter Fuller writes Carlton were always going to struggle against North.

The 2016 Eddie Gilbert Cup – Round Nine

Ahh, the wrist snap of an opened broadsheet. Earl O’Neill’s Round 9 dose of sanity in a sea of dross.

Round 9 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: Top Billing?

John Harms considers the unlikelihood, just a couple of years ago, of GWS and the Dogs playing a feature match (which many of us were looking forward to). Here he considers why the Giants can be likable and the (mis)place of Stevie J in the footy cosmos. [Get over it – Ed]

Round 9 – Melbourne v Brisbane Lions: When The Dogs Are Away…

With his beloved Bulldogs playing interstate, Alex Docherty travels to the G to watch Melbourne easily account for the Lions.

Buddy

Watching the Hawthorn v Sydney clash on a winter’s Friday, there is only one word for 15 year-old Paddy Grindlay: Buddy.

Women’s Footy: A league of their own?

Should the mooted women’s Australian football competition be affiliated with the AFL and clubs or be a stand alone venture? Paul Spinks on gender, politics, power and fandom.

Push in the back – Scourge is not the bump: Part 4

Dave Warner adds to his previous canon on the blight of push in the back. Harsher penalties are needed. Player safety and wellbeing are being compromised by this “last recourse of the player already beaten in the contest.”

The numbers game: Numbering of football players in Australia

Almanac History: How and when did the numbering of players begin across the codes of football in Australia? Roy Hay calls for interested parties to join the search.

AFL/UN team

Prompted by the efforts of Mason Cox (Collingwood, USA), Glen! selects a team of VFL/AFL footballers born outside of Australia. [Add your own selection – Ed].

Round 9 – St Kilda v Essendon: Friendships and Friendliness

The Saints storm home over the Bombers on a day that was – for better or worse, good times and bad – about friendship for Yoshi.

Round 9 – Melbourne v Brisbane: Massacre in the MCC

Jonathan Sloan spends a frustrating afternoon within the enemy territory of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Almanac League: Five Metre Gap – NRL Round 11 2016

Hamish Neal runs his eyes over the last full round of NRL before State of Origin. Which team has now twice blown a lead of 12 points or more?