Almanac Footy – The 2021 AFL Grand Final revisited: Hump that coffin up round one more bend

Ironmike revisits the AFL Grand Final after sorting his way through the wreckage of a 19-point lead that turned into a 74-point disaster in just 45 minutes. (A first rate analysis – Ed.)

Almanac (Footy) Obituary: RIP Greg Parke

After the euphoria of the Demons’ premiership win, supporters are saddened by the death of former player Greg Parke. David Clerehan pays tribute.

Balcony Banter: A long time coming

Emma La Mari is a happy Demons supporter after Melbourne’s long awaited thirteenth premiership.

Almanac Footy: Confessions of a Turncoat

As a ‘ten pound Pom’ to Victoria it wasn’t long before Andy Thurlow found himself supporting the Demons but it was not last…as he explains with his different allegiance.

Almanac Footy: Ron Barassi – An old heart beats true for red and blue

He was responsible for changing the perception that footballers rarely left ‘home’ but it’s great to see Ron Barassi back where it all began, writes respected sports journalist, Ron Reed.

Balcony Banter: Are we there yet?

MCC member and historian Lynda Carroll is thinking about links between her 2021 Demons and their forebears from 1941 and 1964.

Balcony Banter – Seasonal Superstition

Lynda Carroll’s family have a number of superstitions when its comes to assessing the Demons’ prospects. She explained them in a recent post on the MCC Members’ blog, ‘Balcony Banter’.

Balcony Banter: I’ll take that

Melbourne Demons fans may be a little edgy following recent indifferent results. Club member Lynda Carroll offers her perspective in this recent post on the MCC’s blog, Balcony Banter.

The Demons: Steven and Billy Stretch – Part 1

Steven Stretch was a skinny kid who became a quality AFL player for the Melbourne Football Club during their strong late 80s era. Matt Watson provides this profile of a great career. (Epic! – Ed.)

‘Andrew Dale……A Fortunate Life……’ by KB Hill

Andrew Dale had a long association with footy before getting into the horse racing industry. KB Hill looks back over a successful life immersed in sport.

The Unsung – Round 1: Errol Gulden and James Jordan

We’re delighted to introduce our second Tuesday columnist, Chris Mangos, who’s come up with a beaut idea for a weekly read. We all love when a young player, of whom we’ve never heard, makes the most of the chance a coach has given him. Someone who is given it a crack behind the scenes, one of ‘The Unsung.’

Almanac Footy: John Gallus – The journey through football

Matt Watson examines the football journey of former Melbourne footballer John Gallus.

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 2)

Rulebook’s back with Part 2 of Neil Craig’s career – from player to super coach

Almanac Cricket Obituary: Brendan McArdle remembers Graeme Watson

Former Australian Test cricketer all-rounder Graeme ‘Beatle’ Watson passed away last weekend. He is remembered here by his teammate Brendan McArdle.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 3 – Melbourne v Geelong : A young Tomahawk axes his critics

John Harms was on the spot to see young Tom Hawkins leave his mark on this clash with the Dees. The kid silenced his would-be critics and the Cats ran riot.

Daisy Pearce

Daisy Pearce has returned to the AFLW this season, stamping her class on the competition immediately. Damian Balassone penned these words a couple of years ago but they still ring true today.

Neil Balme – player, coach administrator: five decades of influence

If success follows you across 50 seasons of footy you must be doing something right. Rulebook’s profile of Neil Balme captures an incredible career in footy!

Ross Dillon: Dees and Redleg royalty

Rulebook reviews the career of one of Norwood’s finest. And Kyabram’s. And Melbourne’s.

AFLW Round 2 – Melbourne v Adelaide: Memorandum mori

The AFL Football Department aren’t the only ones that can write a memo. Melbourne, however, are the only team that look like making the Grand Final after a windy day at Casey Fields

AFLW Round 2 – Melbourne v Adelaide: Mighty Melbourne steamroll reigning premiers

Cat Jones needn’t feel too bad about cheating on her beloved Dees – they did just fine without her