Round 1 – Essendon v Fremantle: Commentators joke as the empty crowd cheer.

It was a tense last quarter for Bombers fans in their Round 1 match against the Dockers at Marvel Stadium as Caspar McLeod with scarf and beanie reports from his sitting room .

Wishing everyone a happy sporting weekend

Jan Courtin wonders if she watches too much sport. She has a huge weekend ahead, with her Swans in Round 1 AFL action, her Lions in the AFLW Grand Final and her Bulls in the Sheffield Shield decider. [Great photo – Ed]

Round 1 Preview: And to all a very good night – Grand Final

Sal Ciardulli with his thoughts on the 3rd Test in India and a twilight Grand Final, as well as his previews of this week’s Round 1 AFL fixtures and racing action in Sydney and Melbourne.

Round 1 – Sydney v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): At least I didn’t go to Sydney

Andrea McNamara is thankful of watching Collingwood from afar and maintains the faith for the Floreat Pica Society.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life 2016-Round 1 v Sydney Preview

Cam Hooke with everything Magpie fans need to know ahead of the Round 1 clash with the Swans at the SCG.

Bring on Round 2!: An opening round of (mostly) underwhelming and poorly scheduled matches

Sean Curtain reckons the AFL have really dropped the ball with the opening fixture – mistiming, missed opportunities and an all-round mess. Here’s his analysis of what is, and what should have been.

AFL Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: Europhia, Nerves and Ty Vickery

Two quick goals to Betts and dad calls it: We’ve already lost. Luckily Paddy and his brother stick fast.

AFL Round 1- The 2013 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

Will there ever be a bright future for the Fuschias? Since the Reverend departed, they’ve churned through nearly as many coaches as they have players and will likely continue to do so.