Discouraging third man up is discouraging mediocrity

The AFL’s ban of the third man up was bound to polarise the greater football community. Jared Newton sees the positive side of the rule.

In the tree tops with the ruckmen

Carolyn Spooner finds a perfect relationship between the very best of football’s big men and, thanks to a trusty copy of Shrubs and trees for Australian gardens, many particularly characterised Australian trees.

Todd Goldstein: Tall Order for Brownlow

Callum O’Çonnor asks the question, could Todd Goldstein be the man to break the modern day trend of the Midfielder’s Medal?

The 2015 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Ten

The Almanac’s very own Access All Areas: in the Round 10 edition of The ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup, Earl O’Neill casts his eye over the role of the modern ruckman, the plight of the Bombers and what the drinking ban at the Schoolies could evolve into. [And discusses the Fremantle v Richmond game without a single reference to Nat goddamn Fyfe – Ed].

A tall story – should ruckmen bother turning up to draft night?

Dave Brown runs the ruler (pun intended – Ed.) over the role of tall players in the AFL. Pure ruckman, pinch hitter or key position player? Can you pick ruck talent at 17?


Matt Zurbo on the significance of ruckmen and their influence on games. [Top stuff – Ed]

As featured the the Age sports section today.

The Jolly folly: Louie was right – big blokes just don’t get it

Darren Jolly’s assertion that the Rules of the Games committee has ruined the game is incorrect, but what would you expect from a ruckman, writes Stephen Alomes.

Lockett to Winmar

Winmar to Lockett.   Lillee to Marsh.   Just saying it sounds beaut.   In footy, in my generation, it was “Winmar to Lockett!” Oh, yeah!   Winmar. To. Locket. Just to hear those words again.   Before my time it was Farmer to Goggin. We are all history, or soon will be. I would [Read more]