Melbourne: A City Surviving, a Team Arriving.

Beaut piece from Melbourne dad and footy lover Andrew Else with a look into family life in Grand Final week with its Lockdown, its riots, its earthquake and the arrival of a great footy team. [Love it -JTH]

Grand Final – Sal’s Preview: Dees in a tight one

Sal Ciardulli reckons the Grand Final is a 50-50 proposition but is leaning ever so slightly towards Melbourne. He’s also hitting his straps with the nags. He has a thorough look at the big Melbourne and Sydney races. And he has something to say about John Elliott.

Grand Final Warm-Up

It’s Christmas Eve for footy lovers writes Old Dog as he recalls the attitude of Gabriela Andersen.

Finally … Footy Feast’s Main Course

There’s only so much build-up you need for the Grannie, but born-again Dees fan Ron Reed is ready to roll. [Contains traces of touching matrimonial solidarity – Ed]

Almanac (Grand Final) Footy – Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Barracking for the loser

Gareth Andrews knows all about both winning and losing a Grand Final so he brings a unique perspective to the whole situation. If both teams are quite likeable, which do you support?

Almanac Footy – The 2016 Grand Final: Western Bulldogs v Sydney Swans

In the lead-up to Saturday’s big match, The Footy Almanac continues its coverage of Grand Finals involving either or both of this year’s combatants. Today it’s the turn of the Western Bulldogs and their landmark 2016 victory over the Sydney Swans.

Almanac (Footy) Musing: On Footy Commentary

The Muse is musing on footy commentary, and boy oh boy, wowee, he doesn’t miss, as he passes the time until his beloved Bulldogs play in their second grand final in six years.

Grand Final – Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Bulldogs Anonymous

Neil Anderson channels the great work of AA inputting together this personal Bulldog admission based on years of not getting to the big dance and then suddenly in the last few years, ‘the chance to take your partners.’

2021 AFL Grand Final Preview: An overtime thriller in prospect?

Nick Kossatch gets in first with his preview of the 2021 AFL Grand Final. He thinks it will be a close, hard-fought thriller!

Grand Final – My Return to the Almanac for a One-Off Grand Final Ramble

Some of the projected golden years of Daniel Saunders’ young life have been marred by the pandemic we all know and hate. He’s incredibly thankful for the wonderful season of top shelf footy that has kept him sane; he proffers his view on the looming last game of the year.

Finals Week 3 – Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs: Out-coached, outplayed, out of the finals.

Port supporter Nick Kossatch is bitterly disappointed with the performance of his team and pays his respect to the Western Bulldogs coaches (who got plenty right) and players (who dealt with all that was thrown at them before and during the game).

Finals Week 2 – Brisbane v Western Bulldogs: Observations

Hayden Kelly watches some quality footy in the semi-final between his beloved Dogs and the Lions and makes these astute observations.

Finals Week 1 – Western Bulldogs v Essendon: Dejection again…but this time, with a sprinkle of hope and a big dollop of pride

A tough day at the office for Caspar McLeod’s Dons provided a fair share of pain, but the story of how they got there in 2021 has him thinking the glass is half full at Tullamarine.

Round 23 – Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs: Part 2 (Saints march into the prelim)

Nick Kossatch adds to his latest piece on both the AFL’s nailbiter between Port Adelaide and the Bulldogs and local footy in central Queensland with the BITS Saints en route to a big final.

Round 19 – Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Aaron Naughton terrifies me

During a cracking match between two contenders, quite a few footballers caught Old Dog’s eye. Some of them scare him. He explains why.

It’s been a while – Roy Hay on Jamarra Ugle-Hagan’s debut and Ash Barty’s triumph

Two relatively rare sporting occasions happened this week: top draftee Jamarra Ugle-Hagan made his Dogs debut as a Gunditjmara man from Victoria and Ngarigo woman Ash Barty won Wimbledon 50 years after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’s famous victory. Roy Hay shares his thoughts on what makes both special.

Round 11, 2011 – Geelong v Western Bulldogs: A Beautiful Day for Cats

To complement Peter Clark’s coverage of Geelong’s golden run in 1952, let’s go back a decade to revisit their clash with the Western Bulldogs at Kardinia Park.

Round 9 – Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs: Doggies chew off Port’s flag fancy tag

Nick Kossatch’s full day of footy didn’t go to plan, with the Yeppoon Swans crushing his Saints before the Dogs stole an Adelaide Oval win over the Power.

Round 8 – Western Bulldogs v Carlton: When you risk becoming the problem…

Yes, the last quarter was grim. But John Butler has found much of what followed in the days since the game equally frustrating.

Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Brisbane: The Real Meaning of FitzRoy and the Princely Bulldogs of Ballarat

Shane Reid had all things royal and regal on his mind when he penned this report of the Doggies-Lions joust in Ballarat.