Round 7 – GWS v Brisbane: One week at a time in lady liberty’s new heartland

Is the AFL like the Black Night from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ asks Lions fan Shane Reid (in an amusing take on the certainty of the AFL competition continuing)? And then describes the fine win of Brisbane over rivals GWS. [Entertaining match report and comment – Ed]

FEARLESS 2020 Round 2: …some 12 weeks later, we’re back! Rusty, but anything’s better than nothing

FEARLESS is back with his take on the AFL’s Round 2 after taking time out to voice his thoughts on Jeff Kennett’s economic rationalist theory of club survival in the 21st Century.

Almanac Exclusive: 20th AFL team bids revealed

Always first with breaking news, The Footy Almanac exclusively reveals the bidding teams for the AFL’s 20th licence.

Preliminary Final – Collingwood v GWS: Floreat Pica Society Report by Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor reports for the Floreat Pica Society, explaining how, in a scrappy preliminary final, it took a five-goal deficit to snap the Pies into action. At which point Frank put his pen and paper away because he was too busy yelling and screaming.

The unveiling of the Nicky Winmar statue

Sydney Malakellis gives this poignant account of the unveiling of the Nicky Winmar statue in Perth. (A beautiful piece of writing – Ed.)

Sport, Gambling, Media and Government: An Unholy Alliance

Peter_B shares some facts about the size, reach and power of the gambling industry. It has corrupted sporting bodies, media and governments. It is largely unregulated and minimally taxed. It is coming for your children as the next generation of “customers”.

Round 8 – St Kilda v West Coast: Don’t Try Taking Control Away from Control Freaks

Peter Baulderstone muses on why AFL is less enjoyable even when his Eagles win. A rant about rules, coaches, committees and self-interest. And, also, a consideration of missing cats.

The 2018 No Zones Cup – Round Twenty

Earl covers the waterfront this week. From AFL rule changes, to the possible non-expansion of AFLW, to the difference between KISS and the New York Dolls..

AFLW Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Collingwood: The Footy Gods have their say

A devastating injury to Kate Sheahan dampened the mood of Kasey Symons.

Twilight Grand FInals and 17-5 fixtures: How much is enough?

A twilight Grand Final is inevitable apparently. Does what you think matter?

Nail paint and crotchless knickers or ‘Leaps and Bounds’: a wander through footy, music and the contemporary world.

Brilliant from Ron Wells. This piece is composed to comment on the musos booked for the Grand Final – but it does so much more. Ron takes us through footy, music and life – with many sharp observations beautifully expressed. Molly even gets a mention and as he’d say: “Do yourself a favour.”

Cooks River Blues

Earl O’Neill is concerned for the AFL, having to sacrifice a week of column inches to Rugby League cos of the bye no-one wanted.

Round 12 – St Kilda v Carlton: Everything worked as it should

Encountering Etihad’s ticketing procedures, John Butler experienced the “everything is working normally” process, and the problem is all of his own doing.

Dear Gillon, here’s a Grand Final day idea…

Sean Mortel provides a template for Gil McLachlan to consider when selecting the entertainment for this year’s AFL Grand Final.

NAB Challenge | Richmond v Port Adelaide: Consequences

Rulebook has a different view from Yoshi on the NAB Challenge kerfuffle the other night. And for once something at Richmond is not Troy Chaplin’s fault

Entitlement, Anger, Denial – Cheats and Apologists

The Essendon wash up is not so complicated, Neil Belford breaks it down for you.

Era, era on the wall; 2011 –

The final installment of what has been a fantastic series on the history and evolution of the VFL/AFL. Jeff Dowsing looks at the challenges now facing the game and concludes that less is more (you’ll get no arguments there Jeff)

The Rise of Women’s Football Part 3: AFL

“This is coming, and we’d love you to be involved…” Womens Australian rules is undoubtedly on the rise, as Callum O’Connor explains in this profile piece on Female Football Development Manager, Chyloe Kurdas.

Citrus Bob’s Football Dictionary

New styles of football on display, new hope brimming in hearts. Citrus Bob Utber recognises the time for some new vocabulary, stemming from AFL finals week 1.

Round 23 – Richmond v North Melbourne: Desperation without demand for victory

Matt Watson had a fundamental disagreement with the strategy employed by North Melbourne at selection last week, so he too had a less than full-strength commitment to supporting North against Richmond. Friday night’s result was hardly a surprise, but the self-imposed additional pressure it now places on the club heading into an Elimination final showdown with the same opponent nine days later is unwelcome and distracting, argues Matt.