Who, What and Why: The 2017 North Melbourne Season

Marnie Cohen has pinpointed who and what defined North Melbourne’s season, and why they were so important.

The truth about the North Melbourne Football Club

North Melbourne had a year to be expected with the focus on youth; finishing in 15th spot and avoiding the wooden spoon and knocking out those tanking rumours. Deakin Uni student Marnie Cohen looks at the year that was for the Kangas and where to for next year.

Round 9 – Fremantle v Richmond: Is Freo tanking?

There’s a fishy smell on the docks.

Era, era on the wall; 2000-2010

Ahh the noughties. The game as we knew changed significantly as footy got as roof over its’ head and the era where totally professional football created some unwanted distractions for those easily led astray. Dynasties were created while other clubs went far and wide looking for salvation. Clubs or Regimes? Corporates or Fans? Jeff Dowsing gives us his review of footy in a new millennium in what has been a fantastic series.

Round 23 – Richmond v North Melbourne: Scott’s missing minions

It was a rather bizarre situation facing the Tigers (and other clubs) across this weekend. John Green was at the game against an undermanned North Melbourne.

Incoherent rant ahead: Wrong Move North Melbourne

Andrew Starkie lets rip on Brad Scott’s decision to rest nine players, a tactical manoeuvre that could impact North’s form, momentum, credibility and culture.

Please, AFL, what is ‘tanking’? When principles and pragmatism collide

As we enter the final round, a round in which many clubs are “managing” players out of their teams, Dave Brown tries to make sense of it all.

The Boomers and the “insult” of tanking accusations: Spare me

The Boomers didn’t try to win, contrived to lose, could have won if they needed to or wanted to enough, and now have egg on their face and funding out of their pockets as a result. There’s no tanking by Sean Curtain in his analysis of tanking claims against the Boomers.

Football’s punishment paradox and integrity matters

Jeff Dowsing has had a gutfull of the AFL’s pious pronouncements and shonky back-room deals. Are we now too disgusted and disillusioned to care about our ‘leaders’ actions – in all walks of life? A thoughtful companion spray to Litza’s and Harmsy’s brilliant Almanac intro pieces on the same topic.

Year of the farce

The doc gets to the root of Andrew Demetriou, sorry, the cappo di tutti capi’s problems. It’s not pretty.

Melbourne Meddling

The AFL wants a say in Melbourne’s future, including the appointment of the next coach. This policy is fraught with danger, writes Adam Ritchie.

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 6 – Carlton v Melbourne: Arrested Dee-velopment

Here’s a fun fact – since beating Port Adelaide in July 2011, Melbourne has won only one of its 30 games against non-expansion sides.

Blood line supporter

After all that’s happened, what does it take to make a Melbourne supporter finally snap? Matt Watson found out.

The indelible and permanent stain of failure at Melbourne

Sean Curtain explains how the Dees were toying with the gods and a few other key elements of life in footy. He has little sympathy. I suspect a Melbourne fan sees it differently.

Melbourne’s demons – This is the life we’ve chosen

The losing culture Melbourne fostered, to ensure high draft picks, has become entrenched.

The Middle Australia Report: Melbourne and Tanking

Middle Australia outs himself and then defends the enemy. Strange days indeed.

There was no tanking

Yvette Wroby captures the feelings of most on the non-tanking issue through her art.

Looney Tunes

AFL CEO Elmer Fudd has been granted bail on the charge of causing unnecessary criminal damage to the game. Mr Fudd is unrepentant.

Vlad the Prince

The Melbourne “agreement” stinks of Machiavellian pragmatism with a couple of sacrificial lambs thrown to the wolves in Dean Bailey and Chris Conolly and a $500,000 fine that will undoubtedly be covered by AFL special dividends.