2022 Free Agency & Trade Analysis: Karl Amon, Hawthorn September 30, 2022
Karl Amon is heading to Hawthorn on a four-year deal, in a great fit for player and club.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Geelong September 28, 2022
15 years of sustained, top-level success, culminating in both an unlikely and rightful premiership.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Sydney September 28, 2022
Finding a spot to start for beaten Grand Finalists is always a little tricky.
2022 Grand Final, Geelong v Sydney: A stoppage domination September 25, 2022
Leading into Saturday’s Grand Final, much of the chat about Geelong had centred on their ability to defend, particularly off turnover.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Collingwood September 23, 2022
It’s a little awkward looking at Collingwood with a dispassionate, analytic lens after they provided one of the most feel-good seasons of all time.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Brisbane September 21, 2022
Brisbane’s season can be interpreted in a number of different ways.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Fremantle September 19, 2022
The long awaited step up came from Fremantle in 2022.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Melbourne September 19, 2022
10-0 in the first 10 matches morphed into 6-8 over the last 14, and what looked like every chance of back-to-back Grand Finals instead became back-to-back finals losses.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Western Bulldogs September 16, 2022
It’s hard to shake the feeling that the Western Bulldogs’ 2022 was a case of the whole being less than their individual parts.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Richmond September 13, 2022
A few days ago this piece was just about finished, and then news broke of Jacob Hopper and Tim Taranto’s desire to get to Punt Road…
Look Back/Look Ahead: Carlton September 12, 2022
Can a season be good – but not a success, and bad – but not a failure – at the same time?
2022 Semi Final, Melbourne v Brisbane: A tale of two halves September 10, 2022
After a first half which could charitably be described as ‘tame’, things exploded into life after the main break.
Look Back/Look Ahead: St Kilda September 8, 2022
St Kilda’s season can only be described as topsy-turvy.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Port Adelaide September 8, 2022
At the start of 2022 I was adamant Port Adelaide were on the right track with their list build, but with external expectations being too high they were in the perfect place for criticism.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Gold Coast Suns September 6, 2022
By most measures, 2022 was Gold Coast’s most successful season yet.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Hawthorn Hawks September 5, 2022
Normally when a side begins life under a new coach, there are early teething problems as a playing group adjusts.
2022 Elimination Final, Fremantle v Western Bulldogs: The tale of a comeback September 4, 2022
It was fitting to see a hectic week of finals end with a wild comeback that felt improbable at stages and then inevitable by the end.
2022 Qualifying Final, Geelong v Collingwood: A play pays off September 4, 2022
When a game is so close and so tense for so long, it all comes down to moments.
2022 Qualifying Final, Melbourne v Sydney: A second half special September 3, 2022
There’s a fine line between Melbourne losing due to their flaws and Sydney winning because of their strengths.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Adelaide Crows September 2, 2022
Adelaide are at an intriguing place with their list build.
2022 Elimination Final, Brisbane v Richmond: A rollercoaster ride September 2, 2022
If I was a smoker, it would have been my immediate go-to at the final siren.
Look Back/Look Ahead: Essendon Bombers August 31, 2022
Where to start with Essendon’s year?
Look Back/Look Ahead: GWS Giants August 30, 2022
This series started by saying West Coast’s 2022 was a lost season. If that’s the case, then GWS’ 2022 was a wasted season.
Look Back/Look Ahead: West Coast Eagles August 29, 2022
If there was a dictionary definition of ‘lost season’, West Coast’s 2022 would be Exhibit A.
North Melbourne’s end of season list analysis August 26, 2022
The actual season has finished for North Melbourne, and now it’s time for the silly season. Before that begins though…
2022 Finals Dossier: Collingwood Magpies August 24, 2022
The story of the season has been Collingwood’s improbable run to the top four.
2022 Finals Dossier: Sydney Swans August 24, 2022
Only four teams hand a greater percentage of minutes to players aged 22 and under than Sydney.
2022 Finals Dossier: Melbourne Demons August 22, 2022
At 10-0 and two games clear on top, it felt like ‘how far Melbourne?’ in 2022.
2022 Finals Dossier: Geelong Cats August 22, 2022
Riding into September on the back of a 13-game winning streak and two games clear on top, the Cats are well-deserved premiership favourites and the number one seed.
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.
Round 22 v Adelaide: The Return August 14, 2022
On Saturday at Adelaide Oval, football felt both unimportant and extremely important, all at the same time.
Shinboner Program Guide: Finals & Trade Period August 10, 2022
We’re approaching the business end of 2022, which means production on The Shinboner is about to ramp up tenfold.
Round 21 v Sydney: Evidence of a wasted season August 9, 2022
Coming out of North Melbourne’s loss, the mainstream talking point was Jaidyn Stephenson turning his back on the football – twice.
What To Watch For: Round 21 August 4, 2022
Today’s extra focus can only be on one match: the Friday night blockbuster to kick off the round at the MCG.
Round 20 v Essendon: Development, environment, and roles August 2, 2022
Originally this was going to be a relatively straight-forward review piece, until it started taking a different path down the road of development.
What To Watch For: Round 20 July 29, 2022
Somehow we’re about to start the final month of the home and away season.
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.
Round 19 v Hawthorn: Wind & Adjustments July 24, 2022
Defending at Blundstone Arena is a unique challenge – especially when it’s windy.
What To Watch For: Round 19 July 22, 2022
It’s an important weekend for both ends of the top eight.
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.
Round 18 v Richmond: Uncharted ground July 17, 2022
According to the AFL rule book, ‘the winner of a Match of Australian Football is the Team which has scored, in accordance with these Laws, the greater number of points at the conclusion of the Match’.
What To Watch For: Round 18 July 14, 2022
We’re back to the regular Friday-Sunday schedule, which means normal service resumes in What To Watch For.
Farewell, David Noble July 12, 2022
It’s a horrible feeling when you’re in a job you value, and you feel like it’s about to end badly.
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.
Round 17 v Collingwood: A complete 180 July 10, 2022
Saturday provided the complete opposite of what we’ve seen from North Melbourne all year.
What To Watch For: Round 17 July 8, 2022
As teams start to play each other for the second time in 2022, it provides the perfect opportunity to see how they’ve grown during the year.
What total minutes played by age says about a team’s list profile July 6, 2022
Long-term readers will remember this concept from last year, and today we’re going to dig deeper into team-by-team comparisons.
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.
Round 16 v Geelong: Where to from here? July 3, 2022
Well … where do we begin?
What To Watch For: Round 16 July 1, 2022
After a predictable match to open proceedings, focus turns to the remaining eight games of Round 16.
From The Notebook: Round 15 June 27, 2022
It’s a bumper edition of the Notebook this week, featuring four topics to dig into.
Round 15 v Adelaide: Theory v Process June 27, 2022
A theory can – and often does – sound great on paper.
What To Watch For: Round 15 June 23, 2022
Allow me to be the 10,000th person to excitedly proclaim how much I’m looking forward to this round.
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.
Round 13 v GWS: Effort v system June 13, 2022
Considering the final margin was 49 points, it feels strange to start by commending North Melbourne’s effort.
What To Watch For: Round 13 June 10, 2022
Of the five remaining matches this weekend, two stand out for varying reasons…
From The Notebook: Round 12, Byes Part 1 June 6, 2022
The bye rounds provide a great chance to reset and refocus.
Round 12 v Gold Coast: Brief glimpses, then more of the same June 5, 2022
The afternoon started with so much promise.
What To Watch For: Round 12 June 2, 2022
For the next three rounds, there are no overlapping games. For better or worse, everything has the AFL world’s undivided attention.
From The Notebook: How Fremantle beat Melbourne May 30, 2022
All year, the question was asked. Who can beat Melbourne?
Round 11 v St Kilda: Unconventional defending May 30, 2022
In recent weeks, posts have usually focused on big-picture takeaways and items to build on in the future. Today’s a little bit different because it’s purely about single-game decisions.
What To Watch For: Round 11 May 27, 2022
At the end of this weekend we’ll be halfway through the home and away season. Unbelievable.
The inaugural North Melbourne mailbag May 26, 2022
There’s a first time for everything, and today is The Shinboner’s inaugural North Melbourne mailbag.
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.
Round 10 v Melbourne: Grading on a curve May 22, 2022
Two weeks ago, I delved deep into my worries with North Melbourne’s ball movement. Against Melbourne, there appeared to be a few adjustments and the results looked much better to the eye.
What To Watch For: Round 10 May 20, 2022
There are some tantalising matchups this weekend.
How to beat Melbourne, in four not-so-easy steps May 17, 2022
9-0 in 2022. 16 wins in a row stretching back to late 2021. 31 wins and a draw from their last 36 matches. Melbourne are a juggernaut.
From The Notebook: Round 9 May 16, 2022
Nine rounds down, and already Melbourne have a two-game break inside the top two.
Round 9 v Port Adelaide: Spinning the wheel May 15, 2022
In the absence of Jy Simpkin, Jason Horne-Francis, and Hugh Greenwood, it was a different looking North Melbourne midfield on Saturday.
What To Watch For: Round 9 May 12, 2022
We’re back for another round, and the stat packs are here to stay.
North Melbourne’s offensive woes explained, and how to start fixing them May 10, 2022
What if I told you North Melbourne are on pace to become the worst offensive team in the 21st century?
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.
Round 8 v Fremantle: Looking back, thinking ahead May 7, 2022
As a teenager, I spent plenty of winter Saturday afternoons at Vermont Reserve, watching the Eagles kick goal after goal and notch win after win.
What To Watch For: Round 8 May 6, 2022
It’s something a little different in this week’s What To Watch For.
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…
Round 7 v Carlton: Positives, negatives, and impossible judgments May 1, 2022
What a difficult game to form a conclusive opinion on.
What To Watch For: Round 7 April 28, 2022
It’s a Sunday Special this week, with all three games for the day covered: Collingwood v Gold Coast, Western Bulldogs v Essendon and Sydney v Brisbane.
From The Notebook: Round 6, 2022 April 26, 2022
Our first six rounds of spaced out matches have ended, and we’re about to head into at least a five-week block of traditional Friday to Sunday congestion.
Round 6 v Geelong: Revisiting April 25, 2022
North Melbourne’s 60-point loss to Geelong brought a number of talking points, but today’s post is going to be streamlined.
What To Watch For: Round 6 April 22, 2022
It could be a level-setting round for a handful of teams, one where we’re able to establish baseline expectations for the short to medium term this year.
North Melbourne’s building blocks in the VFL April 20, 2022
If you know what to look for and what translates to AFL football, the VFL is an excellent place to fast track knowledge and identify trends before most.
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.
Round 5 v Western Bulldogs: Groundhog Day April 16, 2022
Today’s post is going to focus on a common theme in this matchup, but so rarely do we get two complete opposite quarters to illustrate several key points.
What To Watch For: Round 5 April 15, 2022
It’s time for Round 5’s What To Watch For. It’s a two-game slate today, with words on both Sydney and Fremantle.
A curtain, a banner, and why Friday is so important for North Melbourne April 14, 2022
The point of this story is to illustrate how important free-to-air games are for North Melbourne…
From The Notebook: Round 4, 2022 April 11, 2022
How are everyone’s tips? As mediocre as mine?
Round 4 v Sydney: Responding April 10, 2022
There is a hell of a lot to talk about today, thankfully much more positive than last week.
What To Watch For: Round 4 April 8, 2022
Today’s What To Watch For covers Geelong v Brisbane, Essendon v Adelaide and Hawthorn v St Kilda.
Why are Port Adelaide 0-3? April 5, 2022
Sometimes it’s easy to spot the potential of a slow start. Then there are instances like Port Adelaide.
From The Notebook: Round 3, 2022 April 4, 2022
What a whirlwind weekend. There was actually too much happening to fit in one Notebook.
Round 3 v Brisbane: Rock Bottom April 2, 2022
The general tone for the first two-thirds of this post may not match the mood in the outer, so let’s start with an explanation for why.
What To Watch For: Round 3, 2022 April 1, 2022
A vital weekend for a bunch of teams.
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.
Round 2 v West Coast: Expectations March 28, 2022
Walking into Marvel Stadium on Sunday, I had flashbacks to Round 10, 2016 v Essendon.
What To Watch For: Round 2, 2022 March 25, 2022
Round 2’s ‘What To Watch For’, exclusive for $7.50 & $10 Patrons.
Real Or Not? Two Round 1 Talking Points March 22, 2022
Today’s focuses are the Bulldogs and Gold Coast for one of my favourite parts of the season; attempting to nail predictions based on one weekend of action.
From The Notebook: Round 1, 2022 March 21, 2022
The first in-season Notebook of the year is here, with plenty to talk about.
Round 1 v Hawthorn: Small picture, big picture March 21, 2022
Just a little bit to cover off today…