Almanac Teams: Round 1 debuts since 1980 (Part 3 – 2001 to 2010)

Rodney Boyd presents Part 3 of his series about VFL/AFL Round 1 debutants, today looking at the years 2001 to 2010.

SANFL – West Adelaide FC: Great players and the mid-season draft effects

West Adelaide FC Life Member and Past President Lee Harradine reminisces upon some of the great players who have played for the Bloods and gone on to play AFL football. He also comments upon the effects of the mid-season draft for his club.

Almanac Teams: Rangas

Dan has come up a team of redheads, but can they play footy? Have your say!

AFLM: Round 13 – North Melbourne v St Kilda: Their team didn’t do very well Friday night

Yvette Wroby enjoyed a Saints win, a weekend away and the Williamstown Literary Festival. Three wins. Let’s hope the Saints get another win next weekend as well.

Smokie’s Willy CYs Preview, Rd8: Superstition

Celebrating the Willy CYs’ return to the Fearon for the first time in 2017, Darren “Smokie” Dawson takes a look at some of the more ludicrous superstitions of his old team-mates.

In the firing line with the ruck rovers

The role of the ruck-rover is defined by the many wonderful exemplars Carolyn Spooner refers to from teams of the’60’s through to the current day.

Being underdogs amongst SEN’s commentators

For the last few years, Yoshi’s mighty Sainters have been considered as the underdog, from footy tipping to finals predictions.. In 2017, Yoshi hopes that his boys lose that title. [Yoshi is our Japanese correspondent. He’s so keen he listens to SEN on the internet – Ed]

How the Bulldogs went from a club of individuals to a team of Champions.

Dr Cruel puts his spin on how the Bulldogs became a Premiership club.

Round 22 – Essendon v Western Bulldogs: Thank You Mr. Cooney

Well done Coons! Alex fondly farewells a well-loved champion.

Almanac People: Meeting Mohamed

Mohamed Omar El-Qadi is a passionate Western Bulldogs fan who never misses a match. So what? Well, he lives in Cairo, has never met another Doggies’ fan and dreams of one day making it to Australia to see his heroes in the flesh. [Excellent story – ed]

Essendon 2015 List Review – Part 3: Forwards

Nick Weidmann’s player by player review of the Bomber list looks at the 2015 forwards. Do you agree with his assessments?

Round 19 – GWS v Essendon: Give me the child

Earl O’Neill watches the young GWS Giants finish over the top of the broken Bombers. He is encouraged by the kids in the crowd and can see a future for footy in western Sydney.

Round 2 – Essendon v Hawthorn: Dons edge Hawks

Jeremy Hill watched his Hawks fall to the Dons on the weekend. Despite the frustration, he sees the Bombers have the capability to cause the big guns some serious headaches before the season is done

AFL Round 16 – Western Bulldogs v Essendon: Another honourable loss (sigh)

Every week Bulldogs fan Brenton Shaughnessy asks himself whether it is worth going to the footy. He always convinces himself. The recurring fear of not knowing which Doggies side will turn up – the fighters or the layabouts – is the most difficult thought to navigate.

AFL Round 16 – Preview: Channelling Christie Allen

Before 17 clubs throw their veterans, their future stars and their kitchen sinks at the Giants for the number one pick, Sal Ciardulli asks them: Is it all worth it? Is the next Cooney, Goddard or Hutton really worth the upheaval?

AFL Round 2 – Western Bulldogs v Fremantle: Freo comes to play (yes, in Melbourne)

Freo are in a good groove, and the dogs are definitely on the up, writes Neil Belford.