Without dwelling too much on Carlton, Round 8 2015 drew the curtain on the longest and one of the most decorated coaching careers of all time. It began at Footscray, ended at Carlton, and spent most of it’s time at Collingwood. But the Malthouse legacy will forever be synonymous with
Early indicators are showing that the AFL is kicking goals in 2015; with new match day incentives for supporters, ensuring 2015 is truly the ‘Year of the Fan.’ Both clubs and stadiums have been working hand in hand to create an overall positive experience for fans on match day, after
Which rising star would you rather: Shiel, Bontempelli or Wines? Potentially the toughest ‘who would you rather’ so far, this edition measures up three of best young guns in the AFL. So let’s get straight into it shall we? Which star midfielder would you rather – Dylan Shiel, Marcus Bontempelli
The AFL media, along with many Sydney supporters, will be approaching Saturday Night’s game as the Grand Final rematch that it technically is. But for Hawthorn that rematch was played last season on Grand Final Day. As far as the Hawks are concerned, they and the Swans are square now,
It is with great sadness that I write this, a lifelong Blues supporter born in 1968 I was blessed to have 8 premierships occur in my lifetime but since the heady days of 1995 and the surprising GF appearance in 1999 there has been little joy. We endured the early
It’s been a tough start to the season for Carlton, with the club looking to move on from the loss of important forwards Jarrad Waite and Jeff Garlett. However, their comprehensive 110-74 victory over St Kilda showed there is attacking talent in this squad and reason for optimism. While Carlton aren’t expected
With the Suns starting 0-2 with the little master Gary Ablett struggling with a shoulder injury that occurred last year, I decided to investigate why they are struggling when the Giants seem to be going from strength to strength. Obviously living in the party scene that is the Gold Coast,
The defensive forward specialist! In the first game of 2015’s season I couldn’t stop watching one of Richmond’s forwards. He wasn’t kicking goals. He wasn’t even getting touches. His tackle count wasn’t even that high. He also finished with the second worst fantasy score on the field – trailing only
Essendon’s army of replacements have begun to filter into the True Value Solar Centre in recent days to join in training at the club, ahead of the upcoming NAB Challenge Series. With the clubs first pre-season game against St Kilda just over a week away, the Bombers have added six
With the 2015 Premiership season near and the Pre-Season NAB Challenge games fast-approaching, Alex Docherty takes a look at the 5 players who are the most crucial to your club’s immediate or future success. Today is the Carlton Blues. A side that failed to improve on their 2013 finals appearance,
With the 2015 Premiership season near and the Pre-Season NAB Challenge games fast-approaching, Alex Docherty takes a look at the 5 players who are the most crucial to your club’s immediate or future success. The Adelaide Crows are a side I thought pulled out one of the big surprises of
With the 2015 Premiership season near and the Pre-Season NAB Challenge games fast-approaching, Alex Docherty takes a look at the 5 players who are the most crucial to your club’s immediate or future success. Today is the Brisbane Lions. A team many thought would struggle all throughout 2015, and although
The AFL Tribunal’s hearing into the supplements charges against 34 past and present Essendon footballers, which started back in December, continues this week with the players’ representatives outlining their defences. It is the latest step in the long-running saga that has already dominated headlines throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The evolution of the rookie draft in recent years shows that AFL coaches and military commanders understand one universal truth when it comes to combat, be it of the shooting or non shooting variety: nothing counts more than experience. That’s why the rookie draft is now as much about selecting
As the 2014 footy talk edge’s closer to closure with the draft just over two weeks away I thought it would be good to follow in the Podcast footsteps this week and reminisce. Before I do, I have one gripe, not sporting, but was involved in sporting discussion. There has
The G20 summit is the most patently moronic thing happening in Australia and I write this as the Essendon Football Club parts ways with dual premiership coach Bomber Thompson in favour of the Four Horsemen Of Finals Failure in James Hird, Mark Harvey, Neil Craig and Mark Neeld. Estimates on
Two weeks ago, there were two huge news stories and events that potentially will help alter the sporting landscape here in Australia dramatically in the months and years to come. One was a wonderful achievement and a testament to the Australian sporting psyche of an underdog rising to the occasion
We have had many attempts over the years to enhance the fan experience on match day and it seems it is back on the agenda. Port Adelaide’s fanatical supporters singing “Never tear us Apart” has created a cauldron of excitement that has become the benchmark for all clubs. So what
Now that season has ended and been decided (congratulations to the Hawthorn Football Club fans) all the talk has turned to what is going to happen in 2015. The draft period for the 2015 season technically started on August 1st but things have only now started to really heat up.
It hasn’t been a terribly enjoyable two weeks. My team lost a Grand Final in which we were widely tipped to win. We lost and we lost badly. It still is a bitter pill to swallow. Then, on Thursday evening, Emma Quayle from The Age dropped a bombshell. The Swans would
Footy has its bigots but so does the rest of society, writes footy fan and feminist Cheryl Critchley The AFL is an easy target these days. As a left-leaning feminist who loves footy and traveled interstate three times to watch Richmond this year, I’m the first to criticise the AFL
ASADA has been ordered to give investigation documents to the Essendon Football Club and James Hird. We asked litigator Natalie Hickey what this means. In civil proceedings, the parties are required to file their evidence, usually in affidavit form. At trial these deponents will then be cross examined. It is also
Last Monday the Blues announced that after an exhaustive head hunting program, Adelaide Chief Executive Officer, Steven Trigg, would take over the role at Carlton recently vacated by Greg Swann. Steven Trigg has most recently been the a twelve year Chief Executive of the Adelaide Crows, but his most widely
Collingwood midfielder Luke Ball has admitted the club have plenty of room for improvement this season after a modest beginning to the New Year. The Magpies currently find themselves 1-2 from the opening three games of the season, knowing they face a crucial clash against Richmond at the MCG on
If you live in Adelaide and follow the footy at all in the last 23 years, you’ll be familiar with the divide that separates the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power. One has been a team that for all intents and purposes claimed to represent all South Australians, and
If you were to take the Internet as representative of how club supporters feel, then you’d probably believe all Essendon supporters are members of the Stand By Hird Division, still grimly defending the barricades at the Red and Black February Factory as the rumble of ASADA tanks grows ever louder.
The Switkowski report is out, and no heads have been called for. While broad statements have been made about who should have been responsible for what, and what should and should not happen in the future at AFL clubs in relation to supplements and sports science research, there is no
You’ve read it all this week following Friday’s astonishing comeback by Essendon in Perth against the AFL’s own version of a Boa Constrictor, the Fremantle Dockers. It was a tough week for those at Windy Hill, and they were able to deal with the adversity and produce a remarkable performance.
BigFooty members, 112 in all, voted for the Top 50 AFL players. This was based on a mix of predicted and current form. The full list, with commentary on each player and member discussion: http://bit.ly/BFTop50-2013 Gary Ablett (Gold Coast) Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) Jobe Watson (Essendon) Dane Swan
According to the punditry, everyone will do better in 2013. This rather extraordinary exercise in groupthink has occurred holistically but, basically, everyone seems to be suggesting this year is the most difficult to pick the eight finalists, how everyone is improved in 2012, all the while essentially picking the same