The Merger Trilogy: The Room Where It Happened

The ultimate fate of Fitzroy in the AFL was decided by a group of middle-aged men in suits at Punt Road Oval, as William Westerman recounts in this conclusion to his trilogy marking 25 years since the first (and hopefully only) merger in VFL/AFL history was confirmed.

Round 10 – Essendon v North Melbourne: Good Omens lead to Bomber Bliss

It’s hard to calm the nerves before a clash with a rival who has given the Dons plenty of headaches in recent years, but Casper McLeod’s instincts that the tea leaves were in Essendon’s favour turned out to be correct.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 7 review, Round 8 preview

It’s becoming an all too familiar refrain for Pies fans – lack of application and execution resulted in yet another loss. Cam Hooke’s hurting too, but he has some ideas for the Kangaroos game.

Round 1 – North Melbourne v Port Adelaide: From a central Queensland lounge-room

Happy Port fan Nick Kossatch lives in a neck of the woods which hardly recognises Australian football. So if he’s cheering from his loungeroom and nobody hears, has there really been a game of footy at Marvel Stadium? [Good to have you back on our site Nick – JTH]

North Melbourne’s 15 top Home and Away victories 1997-2020

In his latest monumental effort, Phil Mendes recounts the matches he considers to be North Melbourne’s 15 greatest triumphs since he started following them in 1997.

Almanac (Footy) Reminiscence: Planting a blue and white garden

It’s the first week of the finals in 2007 and John Harms and The Handicapper are contemplating the colour of the plants for their spring garden. [A version of this was published in The Age – Ed]

Round 10 – Geelong v North Melbourne: Cats fend off wilting North up North

Hamish Townsend has been soaking up the sunshine that is wall-to-wall footy in Queensland; rays of light from the two Lachlans and North’s woes might need more sunlight as the Cats got the job done.

Big Bob Pascoe – Hard and rugged

Matt Watson sat down with the outstanding ruck Bob Pascoe, a big man with big character, who played over 200 games across the SANFL, VFL and Tasmania’s NWFU.

Round 3 – Sometimes there are no words

There were no words for the disappointment of Saturday afternoon’s Collingwood v St Kilda match for Yvette Wroby… But why not share your own words or images if you were on the losing end of the “weird” games of this week’s round?

Round 2 – GWS v North Melbourne: Off-Broadway

Smokie’s bit-part players and character actors adorned in blue and white stripes put in a performance worthy of a Tony as they accounted for the Giants – will North Melbourne provide some new household names come the end of the season?

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 6 – Kangaroos v Sydney

Kieran Jack made his debut, as Sydney ventured to Docklands. James Massola didn’t let the nachos distract him as he viewed the game from the couch.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 5 – Geelong v North Melbourne: Strife in the Cattery

‘The bookies had Geelong warm favourites to beat the Kangaroos. Interrogation of sections of the terrace, however, may have uncovered a tendency (at once self-loathing and self-protection) for hardened Cats fans to back their opponent.’ John Harms couldn’t help but feel that his Cats were already in strife so early in the season.

1966 and all that: Round 3 – North Melbourne v St Kilda

It’s Round 3, 1966 and Peter Clark takes us to Arden Street for the match between North and the Saints. And fills us in on the other scores and what’s going on in the world. [Includes a link to The Age coverage of the round as well – Ed]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 1 – North Melbourne v Collingwood

Opening into the wind for the 2007 season, Chris Riordan reported on North v Collingwood.

Round 1 – North Melbourne v St Kilda: Open Roof for Kangaroos jumping on and not Saints marching in finally

Japanese correspondent, Yoshi presents his report of the Saints disappointing loss against the Roos in their Round 1 Match.

AFLW Round 4 – North Melbourne v Gold Coast: Poetry in Motion

Always nice to see some more poetry around the traps – Rob Chanter was in the mood for some Sapphic stanzas following the ‘Roos nail-biter over the pugnacious Suns.

Poetry: Cam and Xav

With more than a little inspiration from Damian Balassone, Jarrod Landells has penned this ode to a couple of “controversial” young guns.

Round 16 – North Melbourne v St Kilda: Worried about next weekend

Yoshi is frustrated with St Kilda’s recent efforts, and he’s not looking forward to playing the Cats.

Round 15 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Outclassed, outfought, destroyed

‘…the Pies learnt the hard way that a team relying on solo brilliance rather than a gritty indestructible system would never pull away as victors.’ Sean Mortell exposes the deficiency in Collingwood’s recent approach to explain North’s big and unexpected win on Saturday. It needs to be fixed before September.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 15 Review; Round 16 Preview.

Cam Hooke reviews a very disappointing Collingwood performance and looks forward to next week’s game against Hawthorn.