Round 6: Back in the Crowd….after a Decade!

Blues fan Rick returned to live footy recently after a break of about 10 years. He noticed several changes – some for the better, others not so.

Almanac Footy – Finals Diary, Chapter 6: Mr Scorsese, for your consideration: Preliminary Final Match Report – Brisbane v Carlton

Shane Reid continues his entertaining coverage of the 2023 Finals series, from a Lions’ perspective, of course. Scorsese, De Niro, U2, Jason Donovan, Michael Voss…they’re all there, and more!

Round 22 – Carlton v Melbourne: Closing in

Joe Sexton and his father got caught up in a great night of Australian sport. Their Blues just about wrapped up a finals spot while the Matildas marched on.

Round 21 – Saints v Blues: The Turncoat

Joe Sexton spent a challenging time at Marvel Stadium as his Blues took on the Saints. The duplicity of the ground announcer didn’t help matters either!

Balcony Banter: Drawing Level

Dave Campbell, a Physics and Environmental Science teacher from Geelong, was at the ‘G’ for the Round 1 clash between Richmond and Carlton. He reported his experiences for Balcony Banter, the MCC Members blog.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: a lack of match fitness

Channelling Qantas supremo, Alan Joyce, our Carlton correspondent Peter Fuller found himself lacking ‘match fitness’ when he attended the Round 1 clash between Richmond and Carlton.

Stalking David Parkin Part 2

Ian Wilson continues the tale of his interactions with legendary AFL player and coach David Parkin.

Stalking David Parkin Part 1

AFL Hall of Fame member David Parkin celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this week. In this classic semi-insiders yarn, Ian Wilson recalls his handful of interactions with ‘Parko’ over the years.

’22 Season Review: A fan’s lament

Joe Sexton provides a season review of the Blues in the aftermath of that final round loss to the old enemy.

Round 23 – Collingwood v Carlton

Everything was going smoothly for Peter Fuller’s weekend as his home town club Torquay Tigers have one hand on the flag by securing a seat in the Grand Final, but it turned for the worst when he went to watch THAT Carlton game.

Almanac Footy (History): Why the Blues cannot win the 2022 flag and why the Dees may struggle

The history of the game tells us a great deal about the prospects of teams come finals time. A study by MagnifiCATS explains why Carlton can’t win this year’s flag and why Melbourne will struggle to emulate their 2021 success.

Round 18 – Carlton v Geelong

In accordance with the Michael Voss contention that the Carlton v Geelong clash represented a club audit, Peter Fuller of Green Pen Ticks undertook and completed said audit which is presented herein.

Almanac Football (History): Alex Jesaulenko

A recently discovered three minute, black and white film featuring Alex Jesaulenko in just his fourth VFL game has Michael Sexton enthralled. It took him back to a time full of rich and rewarding memories.

Round 15 – Carlton v Fremantle: Rock and Roll Football

A rollicking ride from Shane Thomas as he riffs on the fans who aren’t singing the Blues for Carlton anymore. It might be a long way to the top, but there’s plenty of sausage rolls along the way!

Almanac Footy (Rivalry): Essendon v Carlton

With both Essendon’s 150th anniversary celebrations and tonight’s clash with perennial foe Carlton in mind, we thought we’d go back and look at one of the code’s greatest rivalries.

Round 13 – Essendon v Carlton: The thumb and the thumbscrew

Michael Pardy revels in the intense Essendon v Carlton rivalry, revisiting past incidents to stoke the fire heading into this weekend’s clash.

Round 11 – Collingwood v Carlton: An unintentional parallel

Jackson Mansell captures the history, the rivalry, the tension and the importance of the clash between the olde enemies, Collingwood and Carlton as he is reminded of another great sporting moment.

Almanac Life and Footy: Political Football

Matt Harvey tracks the correlation between Carlton premierships in the V/AFL and political success at federal and Victorian levels over the past 50+ years.

Round 8 – Carlton v Adelaide: Mothers’ Day Becomes Daughter’s Day At Docklands

Watching his Blues defeat the Crows with his daughter was a delightful way for Matty to spend Mothers’ Day

Round 2 – Western Bulldogs v Carlton

It has been a decade since Carlton got off to such a good start to the season. Although hesitant to suggest that ‘they’re coming’, Peter Fuller sees a number of hopeful signs for Blues’ fans.