AFLW Round 2 – Melbourne v Adelaide: It’s a Melbourne Thing

In a busy weekend for sport in Melbourne, Anna Pavlou found the AFLW clash between reigning premiers Adelaide and the premiership favourite Demons a great addition to the action in the sports capital.

AFLW Round 1 – Melbourne v GWS: A Giant Future

Melbourne played like the quality team that they are, but last year’s wooden spooners, GWS, showed they’ll be no easybeats this season as Anna Pavlou reports.

Almanac Footy History: Jim McShane – The Accidental Pioneer

Jim McShane was the first VFL/AFL footballer to kick a double-digit bag of goals in a game to make a history that is now a mere statistic in the history books. Anna reflects upon this achievement and ponders some questions.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 3: The Rivalry of the Century

Anna Pavlou gets her first look at Ashes cricket, from the MCC Members of all places. With a trip to the MCC Library included, she’s off to a great start! (Sounds like the perfect day to me, Anna – great stuff – ED)

Dear Mum… Thank-you

Ode to a mother. A wonderful, heartfelt message of love and thanks from Anna to her mum.

Second Time Lucky: Pakistan men’s Aussie Rules

Anna Pavlou reports in on the Pakistan Shaheens taking on this year’s International Cup

2017 Player Reviews: Your Club’s Best Revised

Anna Pavlou revisits her 2017 pre-season club-by-club player performance predictions.

Nicole Livingstone: Giant Steps

Nicole Livingstone has not only been a terrific sportsperson, she has vast experience in media, and has made her way in sports administration, business and general life. She is a natural leader, writes Anna Pavlou in this profile, which was inspired by Nicole’s recent appointment to run the AFLW competition.

Making space: Dad and Daughter and a life shared through sport

Anna Pavlou has a lot to thank her Dad Nick for.

Susan Alberti: More than football

Young Anna Pavlou heard Susan Alberti talking about her autobiography at the recent Sports Writers Festival in Melbourne. She was inspired.

Number 22

Anna Pavlou has the number ’22’ on her mind – with very good reason.

Gary Ablett Junior: The Return of Our Son

The great Gary Ablett Junior returns home to Geelong. Anna Pavlou is over the moon with his arrival.

Pakistan Women’s Football: A football and a dream come true

Kashif Bouns put together a Pakistan team of 25 players and coaches in less than two months to compete in their first ever Women’s International Cup.

Tom Lonergan and Andrew Mackie: Brothers in Arms

Anna Pavlou saw retiring players Tom Lonergan and Andrew Mackie toasted by the Geelong Cats Football Club last week at the ‘Carji’ Greeves award night. Anna was fortunate enough to interview several players.

Geelong’s Night of Nights: Patrick Dangerfield Wins 2017 ‘Carji’ Greeves Medal

Patrick Dangerfield took ‘Carji’ home last night. Anna Pavlou was on the spot.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL: The Benchmark – Melbourne Storm Player of the Year Awards

Anna Pavlou attended the Melbourne Storm Player of the Year Awards after their triumphant premiership win.

A Tribute to Fitzy: Our Amateur Football Hero

Anna Pavlou gives a touching tribute to her uncle Fitzy who made a lasting impact on her with his love of footy. This is a beautiful piece – Ed.

Fathers’ Day: My Dad Shoodabeen a Coodabeen

Anna Pavlou was lucky enough to attend the Coodabeen Champions live show last week at the Arts Centre with her dad, helping her connect with his past.

The Final 8: Who will go all the way in 2017?

Anna Pavlou looks at the reasons why each team can win the 2017 AFL Premiership. She also highlights the X-factors for each team.

Joe Slater – An Update

Anna Pavlou brings this poignant update to her earlier story about Geelong’s Joe Henry Slater – a Geelong champion killed in WWI