Dog of a night for the Crows.

Finally, another week is finished with and the weekend awaits. School went so quickly, but the time between Thursday and Friday seemed so far apart. But once that final bell rang to signal the start of the weekend, a long weekend in fact (although it shouldn’t be), this game was on my mind.

Question: The Storm over The Storm

What does the Almanac community think of the Melbourne Storm drama? Just deserts or overly harsh? Is this the end of NRL in Melbourne? If so, do we care? Are there any AFL implications? Fire away folks.

Why should the salary cap strangle homegrown stars?

Melbourne Storm’s hanging has concentrated my mind. Try this proposal on for size: To preserve a competitive AFL, drafted players should be subject to their club’s salary cap for their first three seasons, as should established players acquired from other AFL clubs. To preserve club loyalties, I don’t see why clubs should be restricted from [Read more]

AFL Round 4 – Brisbane v Footscray: The Wedding

by Andrew Gigacz Saturday night footy – Brisbane undefeated up against the pre-season premiers, the Mighty Dogs. This would normally be a pretty exciting prospect for me. Sneak round to a Foxtel friend’s house, share a few beers, and watch the Doggies put the Lions back in their place. But not this week. Footy Almanac [Read more]

A night in Stats Central

I have long been going to the SANFL to keep a close watch on the development and form of any Adelaide Crows player running around in the twos. And for every game I’ve gone to I’ve carried a little black notebook, about the size of the average hand, with me.

Footy Talk: Choco and Junkyard do Match Committee

In this week’s episode of The Odd Couple, the role of Oscar Madison will be played by Mark Williams, and  Felix Unger will be played by Dean Laidley. After a drubbing down in Geelong, Felix arrives ready for action at match committee, dossiers and laptop at the ready. He’s a little taken aback at what [Read more]

A long weekend of punting

“Dog’s Breakfast” is an ill-advised phrase in a racing column – especially into the jumps season – but there can be no denying that this weekend’s races are “all over the place”. Victoria’s main day is at Flemington on Sunday, with Sandown and Bendigo “featuring” on the Saturday and Monday.

Cats still ruthless enough.

Ever since Paul Chapman snapped that late goal in the 2009 Grand Final, this game was marked on the calendar of all the Geelong faithful: The unfurling of the Premiership Flag at the recently upgraded Skilled Stadium, as well as the lap of honour to former premiership captain Tom Harley. Harley was presented with something [Read more]

Tom’s Teams: Players who’ve swapped clubs

by Tom Riordan Amidst the debate about free agency, mid-season drafts and high profile trades, I wondered just how many players on AFL lists had already swapped clubs. Going through The Age’s Footy 2010 magazine, I found 86 players who have been on at least two AFL clubs’ lists and managed to get a team [Read more]

ANZAC Day

by Damian O’Donnell   It’s a fabulous photo. Four blokes dressed in ragged shirts and shorts, one with a hat on, all in their boots, are dashing across what looks like a paddock. They all have eyes for an object that sits up in the middle of the photo like a candle in a dim room. [Read more]

Round 4 – Richmond v Melbourne: Tigers go for youth, but pay the price

by Michael Allan At the start of the year I knew we wouldn’t win many games. I knew that every week would be a challenge and we’d see our fair share of thrashings. However I did think at then start of the year that we would go in favourites against our ladder next door neighbour [Read more]

Gigs Stats Round 4: Time to play a little “four square”

Stats Entertainment – Round 4 by Andrew Gigacz MAGPIES AND HAWKS SQUARE UP My mathematical mate, Peter Flynn, pointed out to me this week that Hawthorn’s three losing margins this year have all been square numbers. In round two, the Hawks suffered a 9-point loss to the Cats. Nine, of course, is three squared. Last [Read more]

Poetry: The Geometry of Tom Harley

The Geometry of Tom Harley  by Andrew Gaylard That these two lines will meet there is no doubt: A burly forward leading from the square, The footy’s arc descending through the air; They will converge just thirty metres out. Then from an angle, running back without A hesitation and without a care For safety, just [Read more]

Cats unfurl their flag for an old leader and a new.

I didn’t think I’d see it in my life-time. And now I’ve seen it twice. On an autumn afternoon that was more Kirra Beach weather than Kardinia Park, the community that is the Geelong Football Club raised its premiership flag. I wasn’t there. I was going to be there for the unfurling and the match [Read more]

AFL Round 4 – North Melbourne v Sydney: Memories of old Swans collide with visions of new

by Keiran Croker The Swans are back in town for the first time this season.  It’s Round 4 and we are off to see them play North Melbourne at the Docklands Stadium.  This is the lot of loyal southern supporters since we headed north to Sydney.  Particularly since the inclusion of the other interstate teams [Read more]

An Irishman, a Sudanese and an Aussie walk into a bar

by Downer An Irishman, a Sudanese and an Aussie walk into a bar and …gee I’d like to finish that, but for today I can’t – thanks to the continuing football “experiment” (I hope) that is the Sunday twilight match. My lack of opening punchline sets the backdrop to the St.Kilda 2pm “curtain raiser” where the day began  …albeit taking place not [Read more]

A vitriolic outburst at Collingwood is a thing of beauty

by David Downer From an early age we are indoctrinated to despise the evil that is Collingwood.   Let’s face it, stereotypes are a staple and lifeblood of footy. The reasons are obvious.  The supporters.  The players.  Coaches and administration.   Victoria Park.  The inflated delusion of self-worth,  the collective club ego. “That side of town”, the [Read more]

AFL Round 4 – West Coast v Essendon: Nic has the knack, Dons have a downer

by Rod Oaten The night started off ominously – the team from Perth have a ruckman, Nic Naitanui by name, resembling a preying mantis on steroids, who within a few seconds of the game starting,  grabbed the ball from the first bounce, sprinted through a mass of bewildered Essendon players, kicked the ball forward  to [Read more]

haiku bob round 4: faint stars

first tackle – the sun ducks its head night comes – Harry closes up a gap clods of dirt fly in Daisy’s blazing path balmy night all our mistakes softened evening of faint stars Leon misses and misses again something unremarkable sparks a sudden flood of goals fingertipper – Leon’s grab nicks the moon old-timer [Read more]

AFL Round 4 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Weird dreams, nightmare season

by Josh Barnstable This was the unknown clash. Collingwood, one week after Mick Malthouse was accused of taunting and sledging Stephen Milne, calling him a fu**ing rapist as the sides went to their quarter time huddles. Was this the reason I had a dream where I was also called this because I wore a Port [Read more]