Five things we learnt from NAB 1

Finals aspirants will hit the ground running It might still be the cricket season but North Melbourne and Richmond proved that not all have football teams are weighed down by preseason rust. Majak Daw’s don’t-argue and galloping goal, Jack Riewoldt’s slick no-look handball to Shane Edwards in heavy traffic and even old man Boomer Harvey’s…

Expectation grows for fourth-year pair

Player comparisons will forever exist in the AFL and the players subject to such meticulous public debate just have to endure the indecency or the compliment. Wayne Carey and Gary Ablett Sr; Geelong and St. Kilda; Buddy Franklin and Richard Tambling… Yet we sometimes forget the men who steer the ship – the coaches. Richmond’s…

Blinded no more

After a summer of controversy involving crooked third-party deals, likely performance enhancing drug use, criminal association and a tanking probe, our blindfolds have finally been removed to reveal that everything is not “right” in Australian Rules football. How could we have been so blinded? “We do things the honest Australian way.” Or that’s how we…

The current AFL climate

Lance Franklin’s decision to put contract talks on hold till the end of the 2013 AFL season tells us more about the current changing climate in the AFL than the likelihood of Franklin walking out on Hawthorn. The AFL landscape has changed. Where clubs once held the bargaining power, now the players hold the ace…

Australian connection

Can it be possible that Australians have found a new ‘home away from home’ tucked away in San Antonio, Texas? The City of San Antonio might be more known for the ‘Battle of the Alamo’, but in professional sports the San Antonio Spurs have become known as the hotspot for international basketball talent and to…