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AFL Round 5 Preview: Mixed fixtures and defining contests

It’s crunch time for several AFL teams this weekend with every possibility that highly favoured sides may be in danger of dropping out of finals contention. Sean Mortell takes a close look at Round 5 fixtures.

Almanac (Footy) History: Little Jim Johnson – a turbulent year at the famous Melbourne High School

Jim Johnson, Melbourne High School student in 1950, had a lot to do with the development of the drop punt stab pass. Sean Mortell looks at Johnson’s achievements on the sporting field in his only year at the school.

Round 4 Review: Cliff-hangers and nail-biters

Some highlights, lowlights and plenty of tight finishes pepper Sean Mortell’s Round 4 in review this week.

Round 4 – GWS v Collingwood: Heartbroken again

It was an unsettling time for Sean Mortell as the Pies hit the road and came up short against an under pressure Giants side – Jeremy Howe added injury to insult on a dark evening.

AFL 2020 Round 4 Preview: As unpredictable as can be

Round 4 of the AFL season looks a tough one for tipsters. Sean Mortell runs a detailed eye over the questions that might decide the results. Are a few teams already at crisis point in their season?

AFL Round 3 Review (so far): Port and Collingwood motor on despite COVID-19 fears

Sean Mortell looks at a round of many upsets that is still in search of completion.

Round 3 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Fear and hope

It was a classic “danger game” in Sean Mortell’s mind before the bounce, but after his Pies got the job done convincingly over the Saints, he let a little hope spring forth – the ultimate dangerous game for a Collingwood fan.

AFL Round 3 Preview – Settling into a rhythm

Sean Mortell casts a detailed eye over this weekend’s Round 3 of the AFL. Plenty to digest here.

AFL 2020 Round 2 Review – Adelaide and the Dogs are in trouble, but Port and Gold Coast take giant leaps forward

Sean Mortell offers an extensive game-by-game review of all the Round 2 action. There was much that didn’t go to expectations.

Round 2 – Collingwood v Richmond: Drawing the masses back into footy

Sean Mortell was among the throng of fans who saw the AFL restart after months of interregnum at the whims of coronavirus. Did everything go as expected? Not in this new normal.

AFL 2020 Round 2 Preview – A tipster’s nightmare

Sean Mortell runs a detailed eye over all Round 2 clashes to find the winners in what looks like a hard-to-tip weekend.

Almanac (Kicking) History: A stab in the dark – Jim Johnson and the evolution of kicking the footy

A bit of a favourite in Almanac tales from time-to-time is Jim Johnson; inventor of the ‘stab punt’. Sean Mortell fleshes out some of the details of just how Jim got his inspiration to hone and perfect the kick borne decades ago, but still on show to this day.

1916 – The remarkable tale of when Australian football last faced a massive disruption

2020 isn’t the the only time VFL/AFL footy has been seriously disrupted. Sean Mortell refers to the modified VFL season in war time 1916 as an example.

AFL in the 2010s – snapshot moments that created a decade of greatness and stories

Sean Mortell looks back over the past decade of footy highlighting some of the many key moments during that period of time.

The tuck rule, a fight against all odds and iron-willed determination – the unlikely makings of Tom Brady and the New England dynasty

It might look as if Tom Brady had an easy run to NFL success but the back story tells a different tale. Sean Mortell gives us the full details of Brady’s determined rise to fame and fortune.

AFLW Round 2 – Carlton v Collingwood: Magpies blitz Blues to confirm 2020 revamp.

Sean Mortell went along to the city’s biggest sporting rivalry, Carlton v Collingwood, a clash that has only just begun to fire up in the AFLW as it has done in the men’s comp for over a century.

AFLW Round 2 – Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: Dogs washed away by an all-round solid Melbourne performance

Sean Mortell reports on Friday night’s Doggies-Dees match from a wet Whitten Oval.

The 2018 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – Healy blasts Australia to an unlikely fourth title

As the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup nears, Sean Mortell revisits the 2018 Cup to refresh happenings from that series.

Brexit, and Slovakian handball players: EU impacts on UK cricket and ‘Kolpak’ agreements

With Brexit in place the flow on effects in sport in the UK will soon be felt. Sean Mortell explains the ramifications in his enlightening story.

AFLW Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Blues come away with a mature opening win in Richmond’s valiant debut

In the opening game of the AFLW season, Carlton were too good for a gallant Richmond side making its debut. Sean Mortell reports.