Footy Almanac Bloods Lunch (Aug 29)

Footy Almanac Bloods’ lunch with Peter Bedford. All welcome. [Check the Peter Bedford footy card]

AFL Round 21 Post Wrap: The Birth of the Blues Round

Mr Wrap run the ruler over Round 21 and finds the Tigers win in Adelaide the highlight of the weekend (surprise, surprise). He’s still got his teeth into the Essendon drugs scandal/farce/yawnfest.

Dad Jokes, Geelong Cats and Footy Talk

Anna Pavlou, on her Dad, his jokes, and their world of [Geelong] football.

AFL Round 21 – Fremantle v Hawthorn: Freo Finds Form

The Dockers – a well-coached, well-disciplined and highly skilled outfit – are back in town. You have all been warned.

Singapore Darts Masters: “There’s only one word for that – magic darts!”

Welcome to the theatric showmanship of…. British Darts. “One hundred and eighty!”

AFL Round 21 – Carlton v Geelong: Sick of smug cats, sick of valiant defeats, and other titles

Sick of gallant defeats, Barb Smith is looking to the Blues’ future…and she likes what she sees

AFL Round 21 – Sydney v St Kilda: Half Time Hero

As well as watching Buddy and the Swans take care of the Saints, Joe Moore was at the SCG to farewell a cult hero.

Anthony Rock could’ve been rolled

Matt Watson remembers a sliding-doors moment for a young Anthony Rock (and for himself). Let us give thanks for prudent behaviours.

Collingwood’s 2014 bicycle

In the face of a flogging, E. Regnans resorts to high-end doggerel (with apologies to Banjo and Mulga Bill).

AFL Round 21 – Gold Coast v Port Adelaide: All hail the Ranga Prince of Alberton

Dan Hansen dishes out the praise for his club who chose to use a high draft pick to take a ruckman, and watches as that man Lobbe dominates in atrocious Carrara conditions.

Obituary: Wally Stubbings – wharfie, communist, athlete

Wally Stubbings, a great character of Australian life, passed away last month at the age of 101. Labour and rugby league historian Greg Mallory tells Wally’s story.

AFL Round 21 – Essendon v West Coast: All down my leg and very little pleasure

Peter Baulderstone remembers a time when greatness was within his grasp, and the weight of expectation let it all slip. Just like his Eagles let an almost certain finals berth slip away after half time against the Bombers.

Icey poles and Carlton Cold: the hospitality of a Wiligi Swan

Brian Corcoran and his family journey from leafy Buckinghamshire to remote Arnhem Land to take in the spirit of the land, and meet Reuben Cooper, a man who embodies both aboriginal royalty and footy royalty. (A wonderfully uplifting read – Ed.)

AFL Round 20 Reports

All of the Round 20 reports.

NFL Girls Under 18 Grand Final Preview – Lions v Falcons

The South Morang Lions will go in favourites against the Darebin Falcons in tomorrow’s grand final, but Rick Kane thinks an upset is on the cards.

AFL International Cup – Weekend Fixtures and Match Review

The AFL International Cup is in full swing, with matches on Saturday, semi finals on Tuesday and the final as curtain raiser to the Hawks – Cats blockbuster. All the links, fixtures and Stephen Alomes’ witty review of the Canada v USA Liberty clash are here.

AFL Round 20 – GWS v North Melbourne: Community footy in Canberra

John Harms travels to the nation’s capital for a few days of footy culture, and watches Kevin Sheedy’s reaction to the Giants’ (brief) stirring.

AFL Round 21 – The Pre-Wrap for the Philosophical Marngrook Follower

He’s back. You’ll know it’s not crap, because you’ll read all the good oil in the Pre Wrap for Round 21. Months under grey skies has not dimmed the great man’s wit and insight (and little Jimmy Twoshoes cops a few on the way past).

Round 21 Preview: A Blue News Week

Sal Ciardulli with his R.Williams-flavoured preview of Round 21, the Friars and the budding racing season.

Mathematicus Petticus

John KIngsmill straightens out a critic, he thinks. [Mathematicians please sort this out. We want x,y and pi involved on the page - Ed]