The 2018 No Zones Cup – Round Twenty Three, still

Earl O’Neill assesses the seasons of some who are done, and looks at the finals before us, as only Earl can.

The Curse of the bye

More teams lose the game after the bye than not – but is it as simple as blaming the week’s rest? Cobba Stevens thinks there’s more to it.


I took my bye bye a week before the Swans. Left Sydney behind and flew three hours up the east coast to a pocket of paradise north of Cairns. Yirrganydji country. Rainforest country. As far away as you can be and imagine from the southern states. Home was a bungalow in the treetops, looking out [Read more]