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.
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.
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.
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.
Floreat Pica’s stream of frustrated consciousness captures Collingwood’s (lack of) strategy that costs them a top eight spot.
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 thought of his last football jumper hurts like a purple bruise.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
John Green relishes the Tigers victory in Perth, but fears for his boys safety after they take out a West Coast legend.
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.
Dick McGillivray wore his fair dinkum Essendon premiership jumper around the farm, as his daughter Pamela explains.
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.
Longworth tells how he came to appreciate ‘women’s sport’ as ‘sport’ not gender. Funny what ancient 1990′s computer games can teach you.
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.
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).
Sal Ciardulli offers his thoughts on the second part of Round 18.