Hard as Cement

Rod Gillett profiles the much-traveled football career of Laurie Pendrick, who represented both NSW and Queensland, and had an influence on the early careers of both Wayne Carey and Jason Dunstall.

Footy Language: Talking Clearly, Clearly Classified

Clearly, we have an outbreak of ‘clearly’ usage in footy language. Damian Balasonne examines the phenomenon.

Round 4 – North Melbourne v Adelaide: Nightmare redeemed!

Past nightmares haunted Andrew Starkie and his mate, about whether the Roos could overcome the Crows in their Round 4 match. In the end, they had little to worry about!

Almanac Footy Teams – A salute to the Waning Waynes

There’s a world of Waynes out there, and Phil Dimitriadis rhapsodises about a team of just Waynes. Has he left anyone out?

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – The Year of the Magpie: The Grand Final.

For the last time this season, Cam Hooke casts his eye over Collingwood, and predicts a 17point victory for the Pies on Grand Final Day!

Almanac Football: 1993 Revisited

Stainless takes a fascinating trip down memory lane as he recalls the 1993 AFL season. [With a nod to the Brettig-Collins-Gill podcast – Ed]

Respect for women – the conversation we shouldn’t be having

Violence against women needs urgent addressing. We are sadly reminded of its daily prevalence following the tragic murder of Eurydice Dixon last week. Here is reposted from 2016 – a series of web excerpts and videos around “respect” from Eddie McGuire, James Brayshaw, Danny Frawley, Wayne Carey, the Commonwealth of Australia’s “Respect” program, the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Erin Riley, Alan Jones and Clementine Ford.

Almanac Teams – Most Disliked

Controversy corner here from Phil Dimitriadis; in a deviation from his recent numerical-based sides here is a team of disliked (to some) players.

The Elephant in the Room

Brin argues, in a thought provoking and articulate article, that the standard of sports journalism in Australia and the level of understanding provided to readers by people paid to report on the game of Australian Rules football is not up to scratch.

The return of the goal-kicking midfielder

Could Dusty or Danger emulate the greatest player of the last century, Leigh Matthews, as goal-kicking midfielders beyond compare? Harvs97 puts forward a case, with analysis of similarly prolific players past and present.

Almanac Teams: Citrus Bob’s All-Time Top 20 Players

Not wanting to miss out on the act, Citrus Bob Utber has come up with his top 20 players of all time. He should know what he is talking about.

September Specialists

Phil Dimitriadis has selected his team of finals champions. Over to you for your thoughts.

Round 19 – North Melbourne v Melbourne: 3,998… and counting.

North Melbourne won their 17th straight game against Melbourne on Saturday afternoon. Marnie Cohen was over the moon with the Kangaroos performance and ability to answer the critics.

Round 18 Preview – Keeping it all in the family

Footy is getting tense as teams battle out for a finals spot. It doesn’t get any better than tonight’s blockbuster (possible Grand Final preview) clash between Adelaide and Geelong.

Round 14 Preview – One for the Master

The great man Gary Ablett celebrates his 300th AFL game this weekend, Geelong returns to Kardinia Park and Richmond v Carlton has a lot of importance behind it. Sal covers all this and more in his Round 14 preview.

Best Footy Ads of All Time

Footy ads have always been a highlight over the years. The best ones can get you fired up for a footy season like nothing else. What have been your favourite footy ads over the years?

In the fast lane with the centre half forwards

Following the post on her preferred full-forwards, Carolyn Spooner provides a list of the standout centre half forwards. Can you add to it?

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – Mick Martyn on what happened in Bali

Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, leading up to the Grand Final. Mick Martyn on what happened at Bali.

Heat and conversation

Yvette Wroby postulates that some clues to Eddie McGuire’s behaviour can be found in Eddie himself, long ago.

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.