AFL Round 22 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Game of Groans.

The Hawks beat the Cats in a vicious second half knockout…. and with finals so close, will the Cats be able to pick themselves off the canvas?

Tucker’s wooden spoon

There’s a gem at every footy club. For the Wandal Bulls, it’s masseuse Tuck.

AFL Round 22 – Hawthorn v Geelong: My Dark Side of the Moon

“Run…. Hawthorn, run…. kick those goals…. ’till the game is won….”

AFL Round 22 – Greater Western Sydney v Collingwood: Pies’ dream win

The black and whites pull off a win against the team in orange, white and… charcoal…?

Footy, Drugs and the David Hicks Dilemma

The Unknown Sports Lover responds to the Cronulla deal and does not sugar-coat the situation. Your thoughts? On the concept of the deal? On the terms of the deal? On what should ave happened?

AFL Round 22 – Hawthorn v Geelong: When Big Bang Theory Met Intelligent Design … All while they were livin’ in the 70’s.

One-eyed Gregor Lewis sees cause and effect in the latest Hawks v Cats home & away fixture. Bigger things await. But can the Hawks remember who they are? Can these Cats make them forget?

AFL Round 22 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: Concessions

Tom Riordan had food for thought watching the best team in the comp take apart his Dogs. Unexpectedly good seats, too.

AFL Round 22 – Richmond v St Kilda: St Kilda Dreaming

Yvette Wroby’s Saints boys were in Melbourne for the last time this season, and she runs the ruler over their future prospects.

AFL Round 22 – West Coast Eagles v Melbourne: Pride of the Eagles, Demons and Bombers

There wasn’t much to talk about in his Eagles desultory win over the struggling Demons, so Peter Baulderstone thought he would focus on a man close to both clubs in Neale Daniher.

AFL Round 21: Reports

All the reports from Round 21, 2014

AFL Round 22 – Port Adelaide v Carlton: Substandard Homesick Blues

The cleverest, funniest piece you will read on the Almanac or anywhere this footy season. Tony Robb channels Bob Dylan to sing the Blues about his Blues and take the piss out of Mick.

A tribute to my dad: a Bulldog – not quite through and through – but a Bulldog nonetheless

Andrew Gigs Gigacz’ father passed away at 5am this morning. Here is Gigs’ tribute. [Gigs has been a dedicated contributor to the Almanac community over many years. Our thoughts are with you Gigs – JTH]

AFL Round 20 – Geelong v Fremantle: Of camels and fate

Susie Giese journeys across Western Victoria all afternoon in her job as a sports photographer, then its off to Kardinia Park to see her Cats take on their despised rivals the Fremantle Dockers.

Dear Gillon

Stand up and cheer Knackers. Read this amazing letter that Sue Currie sent AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan passionately summarising all the problems of the modern game. To his credit Gillon rang Sue personally to respond.

The Pre Wrap for Round XXII: The Penultimate Round of the Home & Away Series for 2014

The Wrap comes up with a new angle on improving the Great Game and offers his insights into the crucially finals-shaping Round XXII.

AFL Round 22: Sal’s Penultimate Preview

Sal chases a dollar at the footy and the races and prays for the good fortune of the Friars in their fight to stay in Div 1.

Cam Hookes’ Collingwood life: Round 22 preview

Magpie fan Cam Hookes understates his case in previewing the GWS – Collingwood game. Injuries? The Pies have had a few. Poor games lately? The Pies have had a few. A win for the Pies? Comprehensively, with a bit of a push.

Old (woollen) footy jumpers – Plenty Rovers Under 17s 1963

Wayde Petersen shares memories and pix of his father and the Plenty Rovers (now Mernda) footy club. Saturday is Mernda’s last game at the old Schotter Street ground before moving to new facilities next season. Wayde would like plenty of people to come down for the farewell.

Round 21 – Haiku Bob – all the clocks

Clocks, petals, a door. Haiku Bob tries to make sense of another Collingwood loss.

Mahela Jayawardene: Tribute to the great Sri Lankan batsman

‘Great’ is a cheap adjective these days, but Mahela Jayawardene was truly a great Test batsman. And pretty handy in shorter forms of the game too. Luke Reynolds summarises a brilliant career.