Almanac Teams: Return to sender

Here’s a new Almanac Team from Rodney Boyd, it’s his best list of players who returned to a former club (from the 1980s onward). [A surprisingly long list of fine players! Ed.]

AFL post-season: Who is ready for a superdraft?

Waiting for something to happen in trade period? Still don’t understand how the draft rates the comparative worth of players? Prior to last year’s draft, Dave Brown tried to make sense of how it all works.

Three Weeks Out – Geelong

Zac Holt has seen Geelong’s season enter a stage of frustration as the post-bye curse continues to plague the ladder-leaders. He has identified what worked before the malaise and which players are most responsible for the downturn – and could potentially spur a second wind.

Round 17 – Geelong v St Kilda: An Open Letter to Gary Ablett Junior

No ordinary match report, but then again Gary Ablett Junior is no ordinary player – Anna Pavlou recounts her near life-long love affair with the deeds of The Little Master as he helped his Cats to a hard fought victory over a highly competitive Saints outfit.

What you won’t read in the BAO training manual

What does it mean to be ‘safe’ at the footy? Stainless wanders through his personal history as a spectator to ponder ‘what now constitutes acceptable fan behaviour’ and the place of the BAO. Interesting thoughts here about ‘quality control v individual responsibility’.

AFLM Round 13 – Geelong v Richmond: Playing in the Puddles

Jack Banister remembers the good times of playing wet-weather footy and what it means to look like a footy player while watching Geelong v Richmond on a sodden MCG deck.

Round 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: Two Musketeers is Two Too Many

Piffy painfully recalls in the final moments of the Round 1 Melbourne v Geelong clash that there are no sure things in footy, especially when you are a Dees supporter.

Round 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: There is always hope in football

There were few dry eyes for the Geelong faithful as a favourite son returned in the hoops; Anna Pavlou shed tears of a different kind in 2010, when hope seemed all but lost…

Second Hand Ablett

Dips O’Donnell likens his 1970s Christmas gift to the return of Gary Ablett Jr to the Cats. Not perfect, but still sublime.

Gary Ablett Junior: The Return of Our Son

The great Gary Ablett Junior returns home to Geelong. Anna Pavlou is over the moon with his arrival.

Yoshi on requesting trades because of homesickness

Yoshi presents some thoughts for discussion about players from interstate clubs wanting to be traded back to their home states.

Silly Season: Why Geelong shouldn’t trade for Gary Ablett

Paddy Grindlay puts the case forward as to why Geelong shouldn’t pursue favourite son Gary Ablett Jr. Is he the player Geelong need to win their next flag?

Round 14 – St Kilda v Gold Coast: The enigma that is St Kilda – Three splashes of sunshine in lacklustre win over undermanned Suns

Braham Dabscheck puts it best, “this was not one of the great games of footy.” Ultimately, St Kilda got over the line in the end and kept their finals chances alive.

Round 7 Preview – We need to talk about about Hawthorn (and Sydney)

Sal notes a pair of Levis coming up against each other this weekend. Sadly, there’s no Denham in the AFL anymore

Round 6 – North Melbourne v Gold Coast: One and Five

A week is a long time in football and a win can make all the difference. Just ask Marnie.

In the Show Ring with the Centremen

Carolyn Spooner doggedly compares some of her favourite pivot players to their canine equivalents.

Don’t let the door hit you on the arse.

Reprising an old classic, Ron Wells AKA San Diego Catter on Grand Final day contemplates the dreams of players, the lamentations of fans, and the fairytale of one neglected player who lived his dream.

Round 17 – Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast Suns: The Man We Call ‘Pots’

Clay pots firing and the finished product looking good for the Western Bulldogs.

Round 2 – Fremantle v Gold Coast: A hazy future ahead

Sean Mortel explains how the fortunes of the Gold Coast Suns and Fremantle have intermingled and swapped in an unexpected fashion.

Modern Sport is a Fantasy

Dam identifies the true meaning of sport as he wades into the murky waters of fantasy footy. His locks may surprise – would recommend getting a hold of his league code