From The Notebook, Round 12: Melbourne’s experiments, Carlton’s crisitunity, Geelong stronger for longer June 5, 2023
For a round with only seven games, there was plenty packed into it.
From The Notebook, Round 9: Revisiting predictions May 15, 2023
Approaching the halfway point of 2023, it feels like the right time to revisit some pre-season predictions and see what’s changed.
From The Notebook, Round 8: Josh Dunkley with ‘one of the great games’ May 8, 2023
“I’ve got to say, it’s one of the great games I’ve ever seen if you weigh it all up.”
From The Notebook, Round 7: Power ball movement, Fremantle’s shift, and a Giant comeback May 1, 2023
It was largely blowout city or thrilling finish in Round 7, with three topics picked out for this week’s Notebook.
From The Notebook, Round 6: Status updates April 25, 2023
At about this time of year there are a few teams I haven’t checked in on properly.
From The Notebook, Round 4: Trends from the first month April 10, 2023
A month into the season feels like enough time for some trends to be established.
From The Notebook, Round 3: Brisbane’s alarm bells, Adelaide releasing the handbrake, and Mason Wood April 2, 2023
Heading into the season, what would have been more unexpected at the end of Round 3…
From The Notebook, Round 2: Uncharacteristic Cats, replacing Gawn, and what’s up next March 26, 2023
Two rounds in, and my tips are officially a complete nightmare. This week I got, ‘I don’t talk about it anymore’ tips correct.
From The Notebook, Round 1: Power movement, Bulldogs’ Groundhog Day, and Rossball in effect March 20, 2023
Round 1 had some surprising results, standout performances, and arguably confirmation the league is indeed trending towards a more offensive-based product.
From The Notebook: 2023 Practice Matches March 6, 2023
Today’s topics: Fremantle’s marking forwards, Port Adelaide’s disconnect, taking time to learn about Essendon and the improvement of GWS and Adelaide.
From The Notebook: 2023 Match Simulation February 28, 2023
Today’s topics: competence from North Melbourne, Tom Mitchell at Collingwood, figuring out Brisbane’s back seven, and a handful of mini points.
From The Notebook, Round 22: Max King Part 2, And The Final Two Minutes At The G August 15, 2022
For the last edition of 2022’s Notebook before shifting to finals mode, a look at Max King’s goalkicking (again), and the final two minutes of a MCG thriller.
From The Notebook, Bonus Edition: Stats & Trends July 28, 2022
Every so often over the course of a season, it gets to the point where I have a bunch of stats and trends which don’t fit into a piece.
From The Notebook, Round 19: Dissecting *that* kick-in July 25, 2022
It’s not often an entire Notebook is handed over to one solitary passage of play.
From The Notebook, Round 18: Possession games, stoppage defence, and quick hits July 18, 2022
Today’s Notebook touches on the possession game in Fremantle v Sydney, Richmond’s stoppage defence, and finishes with quick hits on Melbourne, Hawthorn, and Gold Coast.
From The Notebook, Round 17: Adelaide’s style, Richmond’s meltdown, and how much to take out of two games July 11, 2022
While Richmond’s collapse in a hail of errors took the headlines over the weekend, today’s Notebook also covers Adelaide’s style and wonders what to take out of Geelong v Melbourne and Brisbane v Essendon.
From The Notebook: Half forwards, contests, and different approaches July 4, 2022
There’s a reason half-forward is one of the most difficult positions to play.
From The Notebook: Round 15 June 27, 2022
It’s a bumper edition of the Notebook this week, featuring four topics to dig into.
From The Notebook: Round 14, Byes Part 3 June 19, 2022
The third and final part of the bye period Notebook has arrived.
From The Notebook: Round 13, Byes Part 2 June 13, 2022
It’s time for Part 2 of the bye period Notebook, where it’s turned over to the six teams who have just completed their weekend off.
From The Notebook: Round 12, Byes Part 1 June 6, 2022
The bye rounds provide a great chance to reset and refocus.
From The Notebook: How Fremantle beat Melbourne May 30, 2022
All year, the question was asked. Who can beat Melbourne?
From The Notebook: Round 10 May 23, 2022
A couple of weeks ago it looked as if the top three were clearing out and there’d be a pool of teams fighting for fourth.
From The Notebook: Round 9 May 16, 2022
Nine rounds down, and already Melbourne have a two-game break inside the top two.
From The Notebook: Round 8 May 9, 2022
Every so often there’ll be a single theme for the Notebook. Today is one of those days, focusing on key forwards.
From The Notebook: Round 7, 2022 May 2, 2022
It’s a three-topic Notebook this week: one individual, one team, and one speculative thought bubble…
From The Notebook: Round 5, 2022 April 18, 2022
We’re building to a period where there could be several breakout topics in quick succession. Until then though, it’s a trusty regulation format for the Notebook this week.
From The Notebook: Round 4, 2022 April 11, 2022
How are everyone’s tips? As mediocre as mine?
From The Notebook: Round 3, 2022 April 4, 2022
What a whirlwind weekend. There was actually too much happening to fit in one Notebook.
From The Notebook: Round 2, 2022 March 28, 2022
In (trying to) analyse games, a part I always enjoy is watching key passages of play twice.
From The Notebook: Round 1, 2022 March 21, 2022
The first in-season Notebook of the year is here, with plenty to talk about.
From The Notebook: 2022 Pre Season March 7, 2022
Before a look ahead to Round 1, there are plenty of takeaways from the pre season.
From The Notebook: A worrying Western Bulldogs slump August 16, 2021
Of all the times for a strength to turn in to a weakness, a fortnight out from finals is no-one’s choice and out of nowhere that’s where the Western Bulldogs find themselves.
From The Notebook: Round 17 July 12, 2021
A slightly different structure to today’s edition of the Notebook, with two main observations followed by a string of mini-thoughts…
From The Notebook: Round 16 July 5, 2021
Today’s Notebook covers Patrick Dangerfield, Melbourne’s continuing forward dilemmas and what to make of West Coast away from home.
From The Notebook: Round 15 June 28, 2021
A two-topic Notebook this week. First it’s all about Brisbane’s forward spacing, and then a dive into what’s changed at Richmond over the last month.
From The Notebook: Round 13 June 14, 2021
For how the round looked on paper leading in, it turned out to be quite entertaining in reality. A draw, two more games decided by a kick, Nathan Buckley’s Collingwood farewell and a ripper in Adelaide which kicked things all off.
From The Notebook: Round 12 June 7, 2021
Instead of the usual team focus in the Notebook, today’s edition will be all about some individual player analysis.
From The Notebook: Round 11 May 31, 2021
The halfway point of the season! It’s a large edition of the Notebook to mark the milestone, with a number of topics covered.
From The Notebook, Round 9 May 17, 2021
On the agenda this week: Gold Coast’s terrible third quarter, the Western Bulldogs’ maturity, and a starting point for Melbourne’s forward trio.
From The Notebook, Round 8: Geelong’s ‘stretching’ ball movement May 10, 2021
A slight detour from the script for this week’s Notebook, with a single-topic focus on Geelong’s method of moving the ball against Richmond.
From The Notebook: Round 7 May 3, 2021
As promised last week, it’s an all-positive edition of the Notebook, featuring Richmond and Liam Baker, the Suns and Izak Rankine, along with Brisbane’s favourable matchup against Port Adelaide.
From The Notebook: Round 6 April 26, 2021
Six weeks into the season, we’re at the stage where trends we see are more likely to be legitimate. Today it’s all about West Coast, set shots, Carlton’s defence and St Kilda’s form.
From The Notebook, Round 5 April 19, 2021
On the agenda for Round 5: West Coast’s efficiency, Josh Kelly’s game-winning goal, and Fremantle’s adjustments against Adelaide.
From The Notebook: Round 3 April 5, 2021
How Daniel Rich found so much space is on the agenda, along with what Sydney’s win over Richmond means and a few mini-thoughts about Melbourne, Geelong and West Coast.
From The Notebook: Round 2 March 29, 2021
A fortnight in to 2021 and we’ve already been gifted a contender for match of the season, Sunday afternoon’s clash between the Western Bulldogs and West Coast a pulsating encounter.
From The Notebook, Round 1: Are these trends real? March 22, 2021
One of the most enjoyable parts of Round 1 is looking at trends to figure out what will stick, and what’s a mirage.
From The Notebook: Round 13 August 24, 2020
Schedule losses, an unusually deep defence and contrasts between good and bad kick-mark feature in Round 13’s Notebook.
From The Notebook: Round 12 August 18, 2020
Unbelievably, we now have to endure three whole days without football, which is disgraceful. But at the end of 20 consecutive days with football, we may be starting to see some ladder separation.
From The Notebook: Round 11 August 13, 2020
Another two excellent matches in Round 11, even with the compressed schedule, leads us into a handful of vital clashes in Round 12. But before then, what caught the eye over the last few days.