Round 12 – Sydney v St Kilda: If Only!

It wasn’t the barnstorming performance Jan Courtin expected, but she was left relieved and satisfied once the final siren confirmed a nail-biting win for her Swans over the luckless Saints.

Round 13 – Essendon v Richmond: Dreamtime Made In Darwin

K N Dole has followed his Tigers Australia wide to watch them play and would dearly love to be in Darwin this weekend for the Dreamtime match against the Bombers.

The Footy Almanac 2007 – Ladder after Round 9

The 2007 AFL season is heating up after nine rounds. Here’s the ladder to accompany the Footy Almanac’s match reports.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 9 – Port Adelaide v Geelong: The Power fall to the classy Cats

John Kingsmill braved the wintery conditions to collect his bets. Seeing Port Adelaide replaced in the top four by Geelong, he left blown away by the aggressive passages of play exhibited by the Cats.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 9 – Melbourne v North Melbourne: Red and blue heartache continues

A Sunday afternoon with family at the MCG soon turned to desolation for Mark Freeman. A spirited last quarter fightback from the Dees only ended in a devastating finish to their 2007 clash with the Kangaroos.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 9 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: Superman stamps the Swan’s intentions

Cameron Noakes was bullish after the Swans accounted for fellow finals aspirant in the Bulldogs. Played in the harsh terrain of the ‘Manuka Triangle’, the 2007 clash epitomised the class of Sydney.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon: Another Richo tragedy

Paul Daffey ventured to the MCG for the third instalment of Dreamtime at the ‘G. In a dramatic finish, a fatal kick at goal by Richmond’s beloved full-forward decided the 2007 encounter.

Round 10 – St. Kilda v Carlton: The Saints get back on track, but boy was it a struggle

Braham Dabscheck reviews how the Saints held on for a gritty win over the resurgent Carlton on Sunday afternoon for a great Indigenous round match.

My Indigenous Round – Love and Pain and the Whole Damned Thing

During the AFL Indigenous Round, Peter Baulderstone gained an even better understanding of indigenous culture by having two in depth conversations with indigenous people. [Powerful, must read – Ed]

Round 10 – Collingwood v Brisbane: From little things big things grow

David Wilson and the buds are off to the footy; Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous round 2017. It’s a changing game in a changing time, that ends with visiting a special tree and Collingwood one win outside the eight(!)

Round 10 – Sydney v Hawthorn: Refuge, time, space, kinship, dialogue.

Mathilde de Hauteclocque with a thought-provoking meditation on unbinaries, and imaginings that are on the edge of imagining yet are somehow expressed in footy.

Super Netball – West Coast Fever v Collingwood Magpies

It was a good weekend for Collingwood with wins in the AFL and Super Netball. Peter Sweeney caught the netball action in Perth.

Listening to The Listener

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is challenged to think by Martin Flanagan, Erin Riley and Stan Grant on a writer’s festival panel in Sydney. She then applies that thinking to the week which follows in her roles as museum curator, mum and O’Reilly Fan. Her Kangaroo barista is also challenged – but his is a different form of contemplation. [Characteristic MdeH stuff – JTH]

Round 9 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Pies redesign their brain to avert pain in the rain

As Pies supporter Jeff Dowsing watches his Pies pull of a remarkable comeback against the Roos he draws comparison with the TV show ‘Redesign my Brain.’

Round 9 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: A remarkable comeback in the important Indigenous Round

Woodleigh student Dylan Bolch loves the idea of the Indigenous Round and watches as the Pies (not his favourite club) stage a remarkable comeback.

A game whose time has come: Winmar, Goodes and race in the AFL

Matthew Klugman and Gary Osmond, authors of Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo, have an article today on The Conversation which should interest Almanackers.

AFL Round 9 – Collingwood v Sydney (Floreat Pica): Pies fans under attack

Pies fan Andrew Fithall copped a ribbing from a Swans supporter for the first time in his life following the Freo match two weeks ago. [On their current trajectory, he may need to get used to it – Ed.]

Australian Football and Improving Indigenous Relations

Jackson Clark, a resident of the Top End, and a social sciences and education student, reflects on the AFL’s Indigenous Round.