VAFA: Fitzroy v Old Melburnians

Fitzroy takes on Old Melburnians at Brunswick Street on an almost perfect autumn Saturday afternoon. A nail biter goes down to the wire. Can the reigning premiers hang on to win a see-sawing affair?

The Carlton coaching predicament: the demands of two radical sides

Fooz Pietersen attempts to navigate an objective course through the near-future for Carlton FC. Players, coaches, administrators and supporters need a way forward. Is this it?

Round 7 – Western Bulldogs v Fremantle: Young Dogs give Dockers a scare

Dylan Bolch, who is 14 years old, makes his Almanac debut capturing all the tension of the Bulldogs-Dockers game on Sunday. [Lively piece thanks Dylan – Ed]

The history of Essendon and North Melbourne

North Melbourne man Ironmike20, has felt the slings and arrows. Check out his memories of a classic rivalry (“I like beating Essendon a lot.”)

Round 7 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: You’ve gotta love an upset

Andrew Weiss rejoices in the Lions, in the idea of the underdog and in the whole thing. Gotta love an upset.

Round 7 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: Contenders v Pretenders

Steve Baker, neutral observer, nearly chokes on his incredulity on the way to the MCG. What’s going on when a coach praises a player for dropping himself? What’s going on when the final margin is 105 points?

Round 7 – The Wrap

Not that it ever isn’t, but this week’s The Wrap is a must read, if only for the use of the word ‘cockamamie’.

Round 7 – Sydney vs Geelong: My name’s Lucy

Mathilde de Hauteclocque describes her footballing weekend, which was made by Sydney’s win over the Cats, and coincided with Luke Parker being inspiration for the solution to her quest for a coffee name.

Round 7 – Richmond v Collingwood: Football in Australia. 100 years on.

Chris Daley is given cause to reflect on the changes in footy over the century, as he celebrates his great Aunt’s 100th birthday. If she’s a Tiger fan, it will have been a very good weekend indeed.

Round 7 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: Icing on the cake

Some great junior almanac work from Hawthorn fan, Molly Lennon – literally putting the icing on the cake as the Hawks destroy Melbourne.

Round 7 – Adelaide v St Kilda: Betts Bargain Basement Buy

Adelaide find themselves back on the winners list after a comprehensive defeat of St Kilda at the Adelaide Oval. A sickening head clash which sees St Kilda’s inspirational Nick Riewoldt taken to hospital, and an emotional send off for Brent Reilly puts the game in perspective for Rulebook Ashwood.

Round 7: Richmond vs Collingwood: Caaarrtchiiin!!!!

14-year old Paddy Grindlay admires his skipper, who starred in helping the Tigers get past Collingwood for the first time in a long time.

Round 7 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: I Flew In, Brisbane Flew Up and Port Crashed and Burned

Power supporter Chris Michaels’ first trip to the Gabba in 10+ years ends in disappointment as his Power go down to the Lions.

Round 7 – Sydney Swans v Geelong: With last week’s ‘male-appendage-wagon’ trip done and dusted, it is now time for a simple tale of Cats and Swans

If you thought that the Sydney Swans and Geelong had developed a keen rivalry in recent years, it’s nothing to what goes on in the (extended) Courtin household. Traitors be in their midst!

Round 7 – Richmond v Collingwood: Floreat Pica Society

Ramon Dobb reckons his Magpies were “in more trouble than Johnny Depp’s dogs” at the MCG. A fitting send off for the Tiger mate he farewelled this week. A time to weep or a time to dance?

Round 7 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: Blow-up Brion the Lion flops with most fans

In the year of the fan, Brisbane today joined North Melbourne in doing away with the traditional pre-match banner in favour of an inflatable mascot. The AFL Fans Association believes that the move leaves hard working volunteers – not to mention passionate fans – out in the cold.

SANFL – Norwood v South Adelaide: Rulebook’s Redleg Report

Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood offers his predictably sound footy and umpiring advice on the SANFL. He steps into more dangerous territory with some fashion and music advice.

Round 7 – Carlton v GWS: Bluese meets Gianette. Awkward.

We’ve all been there. That first night when you have a new beau on your arm and you bump into the ex. Awkward

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Round 7 – Sydney v Geelong: A Beer for Macca

Swan Joe Moore, on tour, finds a Melbourne pub to go head to head with his Cats-supporting father-in-law, and raises a glass to Jarrad McVeigh on the occasion of his 250th.