Almanac Rugby League: Five Metre Gap – NRL Round 6, 2016

Hamish Neal on NRL Round 6, including news of Brisbane even scoring tries from kicks.

You can never be too rich

The cost of living allowance afforded to Sydney and GWS makes a mockery of equalisation measures. The AFL isn’t a fair field and it hasn’t been for years, argues Matt Watson.

Football’s helicopter parent syndrome

Despite numerous studies which report the negative consequences of helicopter parenting, the AFL is cosseting its clubs more than ever. Lop-sided fixturing, extra salary cap space, priority picks – is the AFL a professional competition or a form of welfare for clubs?

AFL Round 10 – Carlton v GWS Giants: Bring on the thrashing

Damian Watson was asked whether he didn’t have anything better to do when entering Etihad to watch the Blues and Giants. He figures he endured enough 100+ point drubbings throughout his team’s ‘salary-cap punishment years’ to enjoy basking in a one-sided victory.

When the salary cap doesn’t fit

The Melbourne list should be paid 20% of what Geelong’s players earn, so why must the club pay them 95% of the salaray cap, asks Barry Levinson.