….and we’ll call them “curtain raisers”.

Joe Beatty loves the character and integrity of VFL matches played at Princes Park or Preston. He laments their seeming demise as they increasingly become ‘curtain raisers’ for the AFL in the soulless, grey-roofed cavern that is Marvel Stadium.

VFL – Port Melbourne v Northern Blues: The Ciarans at the Borough

Joe Huddler spent Saturday afternoon at North Port Oval watching and talking to some of his Irish compatriots. There were lots of Ciarans and lots to like about some young Carlton players running around against Port Melbourne.

On Footy Value

Joe Huddler had distinct and vastly different experiences by going to two games in one day: a VFL practice match at Arden St amongst the elements and the Melbourne v Carlton clash in a corporate box at the ‘G. This is a beautifully crafted call for perspective.

Kmac – great player, even better bloke

Kieran McGuinness fractured three vertebrae playing for the Northern Blues last weekend. Rulebook Ashwood pens a note about the man who provided him with his favourite footy memory of all time

Round 17- Carlton v Hawthorn: Hiatus Interruptus

Like The People’s Elbow earlier in the week, John Butler wonders if the powerbrokers at Princes Park truly understand the enormity of the task ahead of the club in the post-Pagan, Ratten and Malthouse tenures at Carlton.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Preview: Fire Up for Finals

It’s a busy weekend for sports nuts and Sal Ciardulli has cast a discerning eye over a few highlights in footy and racing. What to consider when backing your favourites? Plus, the season gone – how did the vanquished fare against predictions?

VFL – Collingwood v Northern Blues: PC sledging and a ripper game at Cramer Street

After watching a laborious game on Friday night, Jeff Dowsing’s faith in footy was restored by the VFL and some classic sledging.

Oh Brother, thou-est see-est some victories (or Yvette and Andre, part 3)

Yvette Wroby and her brother, Andre, decided to watch their boys play Carlton after all. How happy were they with that decision? Happy enpugh to sing the song four times.