Almanac Teams: Round 1 debuts since 1980 (Part 1 – 1980 to 1989)

In the first of four parts, Rodney Boyd looks back at the players who made their debut in Round 1 of the VFL/AFL season from 1980 up to 2022. This section features 1980-1989, an era that saw an uptick in professionalism and towards the end the introduction of the draft.

Super Rugby 2020: Round 1 Ruminations

It’s early into 2020 and we have the first of the football codes’ competitions underway – Super Rugby. Brian the Ruminator is on deck to breakdown the games of each round and attempt to untangle the state of the game of Rugby Union.

FEARLESS 2019 – Round 1: Better late than never without Foreman, Shatner, Winkler

Fearless returns for the 2019 season. Here’s his summary of the Round 1 action.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Dov’e L’Amore?

Joe De Petro relishes Richmond’s round 1 win and looks forward to the Tigers’ 2018 season defending their precious flag.

Twenty Eighteen, Round One Done.

‘Wow, that was great fun, I haven’t enjoyed a Round One like that for years. Not that I watched all, Day Of The Jackal wasn’t to be missed.’
Earl O’Neill wraps up an exciting Round 1

Round 1 – St Kilda v Melbourne: Happy and Sad

Yvette Wroby is happy (she also caught most of the AFLW Grand Final) and Yvette is sad (will Nick be OK?), but when she thought of Alison Lester’s children’s board book, she knew she could write her first season report.

Round 1 – Sydney v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): At least I didn’t go to Sydney

Andrea McNamara is thankful of watching Collingwood from afar and maintains the faith for the Floreat Pica Society.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: The Minus Touch

The Minus Touch could catch on. As could The Minus Touch index. Callum O’Connor begins the season with a lick under the oaks in Yarra Park and he and his Tiges survive the negatives of the evening.

Easter and possible traditions

Hot cross buns, early April rains, the cooling of South Eastern Australia after a hot summer and the beginning of footy just go together. Could it be this way every year?

It’s only the beginning – Opening Round Preview and Ladder Pontifications

Sal Ciardulli is back with not only his Round 1 tips, but also a forensic analysis of each team’s prospects for the season ahead. Will his Blues stand up for him this year?

AFL Round 1 – GWS v Sydney: Valiant E49 Chargers v Toyota Priuses

Earl O’Neill captures the excitement of the first round of AFL footy: swapping footy teams, avoiding lightning strikes, and girls doing the Irish Jig. With the Valiant E 49 Chargers (or GWS) speeding up, all other teams better look left and right before stepping onto those ovals.

Fearless on Round 1: Sliding rule silly and frivolous

Duty of care has his merits on the footy field but to use this rationale to prevent players from getting the ball as they would naturally seems silly and frivolous.

What Bro Bradley wants, Bro Bradley doesn’t always get

John Kingsmill gives Bro Bradley the good oil on Round 1.

Round 1/2 Preview

Trying to pick a winner in the footy and the horses, let Sal Ciardulli help with his infamous tips.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 1: Sharks vs Titans – The Pride of the Shire

The first game at Shark Park was supposed to be a celebration but was instead filled with emotion and uncertainty. The Titans bear the brunt of the fury of Cronulla.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 1: Canberra vs Penrith – The Colours are lowered

Nick Campton watches his Raiders take on Penrith behind enemy lines at the Penrith Leagues Club – it’s not pretty.