Round 20 – Adelaide v Port Adelaide: Port pipped at the post in a Showdown thriller

Capping off an outrageous two days of footy, the Showdown was one for the ages. Chris Michaels has some observations.

Stodgington Hotel

Heading from western Victoria to his home in East Gippsland, celebrated Australian writer Bruce Pascoe just has to see his Tigers on Friday night. He winds up in the Stodgington Hotel. This is the account of his night. [Brilliant! Great to have you on the Almanac site Bruce – JTH]

Round 20 – Sydney v Collingwood: The goal Tom McCartin will never forget!

For Jan Courtin, the rivalry with Collingwood stretches all the way back to her first season watching footy as a child. This week wasn’t so much about the Pies as it was about her Bloods, putting two questionable performances behind them in a last-gasp win.

Round 20 – Brisbane v North Melbourne: Experience is the best teacher

All of Lions’ fans’ figurative arms should be around Cam Rayner according to Jarrod Landells, as Brisbane fell agonisingly short of North Melbourne.

Round 20 – Hawthorn v Essendon: Rod was optimistic!

It was nerve wracking stuff, the best game he has seen all year, but not good for an aged Don Tragic like Rod Oaten. Just when he thought Essendon had a chance to win, Hawthorn scored and dashed his hopes.

Round 20 – Hawthorn v Essendon: Dons nose dive

Caspar McLeod feels like the classic match against Hawthorn mirrors Essendon’s season. Brave in some parts, inconsistent for the most part. Massive fight back, but, ultimately, they fall short of the prize.

Round 20 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: St Kilda’s Season From Hell Continues

It’s been a season from hell for the 2018 Saints, and Braham Dabscheck is hopeful they can make a better fist of 2019. For the rest of this season, he hopes the Saints can cause upsets in the games that remain.

Round 20 – Richmond v Geelong: One for the ages

Cheryl Critchley is loving this new Richmond world – one where her Tiges can not only beat Geelong but beat them twice in a season.

Round 20 – Richmond v Geelong: Be careful what you wish for

A flippant pre-game wish makes for a nervous final quarter. Will responsibility fall on John Green’s shoulders?

Round 20 – How are the fingernails? Incredible results!

Nailbiters, first four games of Round 20 down to the wire!

Round 20 – Richmond v Geelong: The Benchmark v The Tom Toms

The Benchmark v The Tom Toms!

Round 20 – Sal’s Preview: Time for a Knees Up

It is getting close to finals, the Tigers look to lock-in  a Grand Final berth, and there is much to play out to find their challenger. Sal looks at how this week’s fixtures will pan out.