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]
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.
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.
Haiku Bob is (pleasantly) surprised to find himself penning a winning Haiku for his Magpies in the wet in Sydney.
Sean Curtain has been hanging around Melrose Drive again, which is nothing like Cronulla.
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.
Our Fearless correspondent wraps up the ramifications of Round 23, with a rap on the knuckles for finals at Homebush.
JTH on an evening at the Waterside Hotel watching the Bledisloe Cup, and the night working out what happened at the MCG. [Contains traces of P. Flynn analysis - Ed]
Aoteaora is home to many fine musicians and actors. What about Australian Rules footballers? Glen picks a side from The Land of The Long White Cloud.
E.Regnans charts the performance of clubs over the last 16 years to gauge the effectiveness of the AFL’s equalisation policy. There are a couple of outliers on the high side, and then there are the Tigers and Demons. Why is it so?
The Power cruise to a massive victory: heads up, these boys are just warming up for the finals.
Crio questions the many different types of fans who follow the footy, and questions whether the AFL’s new found commitment to fan’s interest is more than spin-deep.
AFL Round 22 – Richmond v St. Kilda: An old and a new Saint shine in the gloom of a loss to the Tigers.
It’s been a tough year for Sainters as Braham Dabscheck points out, but there’s always something to cling to.
The People’s Elbow thinks “Grumpy Old Mick” is a tired trope and a lazy stereotype. Just like Taylor Swift’s transformation to pop star, Mick doesn’t need to change a thing if he’s to transform Carlton’s list.
Sasha Lennon celebrates The Gap Dragons’ footy club and the success of the annual round robin intra-club kids competition. He also thanks the Footy Almanac for getting behind the event.
Steve Hodder looks at the artwork of the 1970′s South Melbourne players created by Chris Rees.
AFL Round 22 – North Melbourne v Adelaide: Free settlers play without conviction in Van Diemen’s Land
In a finals like match for the Adelaide Crows, duffer watches on hoping that his Crows can secure their spot in September in unlikely Tasmanian territory.
Dave Brown saw the Crows twice on the weekend. He was disappointed but not surprised at the AFL team’s loss to the Kangaroos. He was overjoyed when the SANFL Crows showed similar heart and skill to grant his Norwood Redlegs 2nd place for the finals.
Glenda Ellis, when handed the great conundrum, turned her back on a Tupperware party. Come on; it’s the Lions’ last home game of the year.
Damian Balassone gets his Pies home at the Templestow Hotel (some nice observations and descriptions which we’d expect from the poet D. Balassone – Ed)