Round 17 Preview – 15 minutes of infamy!

Sal Ciardulli tries his hand at the impossible of getting nine winners this round. Good luck to everyone with their tipping this weekend.

Round 14 – Adelaide v Hawthorn: A lack of mongrel

Rulebook is fired up after Adelaide’s lack of grunt and leadership in a disappointing loss to Hawthorn. He also has his say about staging for frees, the shot clock and the incredible close finishes this round.

Round 9 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Penalty Units – For the Floreat Pica Society by Doug Wilson

Collingwood are back on the winners list after defeating Hawthorn at the MCG.

Round 4 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Hard Times Come

It was quiet on the South Morang train as Rick Kane made his way back from the MCG on Easter Monday.

Early season observations

lucasj_lm has his say on the 2017 season happenings after 3 rounds. Hawthorn’s older players may be done and dusted while Dusty is leading Richmond to wins and maybe the finals.

In the firing line with the ruck rovers

The role of the ruck-rover is defined by the many wonderful exemplars Carolyn Spooner refers to from teams of the’60’s through to the current day.

1999 – (not quite) All Australian SSA Team – Some Big Names, Some Notable Absences

Another ripper find from Swish Schwerdt: the 1999 School Sports Australia All-Australian football team. Some great names. Who is the grandson of John Coleman? Is there a ministerial advisor among them? The normal where-are-they-now assistance please.
(Reposting on the day that one of these kids, Nick Dal Santo, confirms his retirement)

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – Players on Players

What do players say about other players? Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt from the Chapter: Players on Players 2010s.

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: Hallelujah

Hallelujah! The Bont, The Package, and all the Doggies are heading for that “major lift” after their great win over the Hawks according to Neil Anderson.

Round 20 – Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne: The Game That Divides Two Friends MK II: Enter The Bont

Alex gets his revenge as his Dogs defeat friend Ellen’s Roos.

2015 AFL Grand Final – The Final (Ever?) Wrap.

The Wrap draws the curtain on both 2015 and 13 illustrious seasons of output from The Wrapcave. The Wrap looks back on the 2015 Grand Final and, like just about all of us, looks on in awe at the Hawthorn machine. [A lap of the G in the back of a sponsor’s ute on Grand Final day? Say it ‘aint so Wrap!?!? – Ed]

Season Highlights 2015 – Hawthorn: Round 16, Sydney Swans v Hawthorn: For Tim

Re-packaging a great piece from Joe Moore in the wake of the round 16 clash between the Swans and Hawks: Although his Bloods lost the match, he was happy for one particular Hawthorn fan. Perhaps Joe’s allegiances rest with Hawthorn on Saturday as they take on West Coast?

Preliminary Finals – Fremantle v Hawthorn: Predictable

On first impressions, the ‘Predictable’ tag might stink of arrogance, but for Sasha Lennon, it speaks to the discipline, commitment and versatility under all kinds of challenges that defines this Hawks outfit and goes some way to explaining – talent notwithstanding – why they’ll be in their fourth consecutive Grand Final on Saturday.

Round 15 – Hawthorn v Fremantle: Message received loud and clear

The scoreline the last time Hawthorn and Fremantle met was pretty much one-way traffic in favour of the reigning premiers. In the weeks since their round 15 clash, John Butler’s last sentence is eerily prescient: Has Ross Lyon played all his cards, or is there an ace up his sleeve with a Grand Final spot up for grabs? [A good neutral account of the game. JB is a long-suffering Bluebagger – Ed]

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Adelaide: Too Old, Too Slow…Too Good

Unlike many of us (including me – Ed), Sasha Lennon thought that the week long derision of Hawthorn bode well for their Semi-Final chances. He was right.


Rick Kane laments some of the sad happenings that arose during this “sorry Home and Away season”. On the other hand, he lauds the refreshing Final 8 teams that 2015 has thrown up.

Round 23 – The Wrap

From the Wrapcave; a brilliant Wrap for the final week of home and away football, and an excellent tribute to JB Cummings on the day he’s laid to rest.

Round 21– Fearless 2015: Zac Dawson/Beaker (The Muppets) Separated at Birth –LOL!

Fearless wraps up Round 21 and throws his 2 cents into the Hodge/Wingard pot. Are slow motion replays helpful?

Round 21 – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: Fear and moral responsibility on a pleasant Friday night

John Harms observes Hawthorn showing their true colours. How do you see the Hodge incident?

Round 20 – Geelong v Hawthorn: Hawks too good for the Cats

Jeremy Hill is used to the feeling of trepidation when facing Geelong. This time, he enjoys the full Hawthorn show; ageing stars and all.