Martin Flanagan’s speech to the Grassroots Sports Club in Hobart, Spring 2019.

Martin Flanagan is one the country’s leading writers on Australian football. This is a timely speech about footy in Tassie which Martin gave in Hobart last weekend for the Grassroots Sports Club to raise money to buy sports equipment for disadvantaged kids.

Almanac Teams: A team of Quirky Names

Joe De Petro comes up with a quirky team where each player lives up to his name, literally!

Almanac Book Review: “Here it is” by Paul Roos

Here it is, Yoshi reviews the thoughts of Paul Roos from the premiership coach’s recent book.

A Team of Champions without a Premiership

Phil Dimitriadis has come up with another clever composite team, this time it’s his team of premiership-less players. Who can you add to this?

AFL 1997 – Twenty Years On: Introduction and The Coaches

Can 1997 really be two decades ago? Apparently so, as Swish introduces this pictorial series covering the coaches and players from the 1997 AFL season.

Fearless 2017 Round 16 – I’m in 4th (Saints), no I’m in 4th (Dees), No I’m in 4th (Port)

It was a battle for fourth spot in Round 16 as Richmond, St Kilda, Melbourne and Port Adelaide held onto the spot on the weekend.

Cycles, Troughs and Peaks

Peter Crossing expertly summarises the AFL season to date. [So who finishes in the top 8?]

Kicking The Stigma Project: Tasmania

Stepping out onto the field, Jackson Clark encountered a few players who openly talked about their mental health issues. It is a promising show for the future generations where this stigma is removed once and for all.

Round 3 – Hits and Misses

After a chaotic weekend of football and weather, Tom Riordan reflects on how quickly fortunes can change in a week.

Round 2 – GWS v Gold Coast: My thoughts on Gary Ablett

The guessing game around Gary Ablett’s club of choice for next season is getting big media attention. Yoshi gives us his thoughts

A real flood report… oh, and a footy update.

Here’s a report from Up North where the flood is no big deal – it’s just part of life. There’s some big footy news as well. [Hope this strikes a chord Down South Mick – JTH]

Round 23 – Gold Coast v Port Adelaide: Through the gloom, but…

The Gold Coast sun has set on season 2016, the final home and away against Port showed promise and as Hamish Towsend suggests, now is the time to modify the list and culture.

Round 17 – Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast Suns: The Man We Call ‘Pots’

Clay pots firing and the finished product looking good for the Western Bulldogs.

Finals week 2 – The Wrap: Rhyce and Adam; we salute you.

The weekend’s footy is all done and dusted, so what better way to catch up on what you might have missed by catching up with The Wrap.

Round 21 – Gold Coast Suns v Essendon: Family Time

The post-Hird era at Essendon dawns with a narrow loss to the Suns. Andrew Else contemplates how he’ll explain the Bombers’ fall from grace in the years to come to his own son. [And mazel tov on the new arrival to the household! – Ed]

Crio’s Q? – What do you actually expect from your coach?

A beauty of a question from Crio this week. There’s the old footy maxim: It’s easier to sack one coach than 18 players and a recruiting office. Are we expecting too much of the men in the coaching hot-seat? At what point does a holistic analysis of coaching performance come into play?

AFL Round 5 – Essendon v St Kilda: I’m onto you Bomber!

Danni Eade backs up for a second game in a single day and, with her interest in a sloppy game waning, takes to some crowd-watching. You would not believe who she ends up sitting with. And the penny drops regarding Essendon’s poor performance.

Its Eade time at Collingwood

I guess everyone has heard about the new addition to Collingwood, I personally beamed at headlines such as ‘Eade joins Magpies’- when did I ever leave?! However, the media were referring to ex-Bulldogs coach, now Collingwood’s new ‘director of coaching’- oooooohh fancy! Now I don’t know how other Collingwood supporters may feel about this, since [Read more]

Rocket’s rocket

  by Andrew Gigacz LOONY VERSE OF THE WEEK: Rodney Eade no longer coach True or a piss-take? True it is I’m sad to say I think it’s a mistake Yes, it’s true folks. Sadly (in my opinion), my anagram from earlier this year – ROCKET RODNEY EADE = YEAR ROOTED? NECKED! – has become [Read more]

Bulldogs Hold the Aces by John Green

The mind games started the day before this clash at the Docklands. Opposing coaches, Terry Wallace and Rodney Eade, were once teammates at Hawthorn. Having since become career coaches, they had engaged each other in a battle of wits at various times in recent years. First it was Wallace with the Western Bulldogs and Eade [Read more]