2023 Finals Dossier: Port Adelaide Power September 7, 2023
To finish 2023’s Finals Dossiers, it’s a look at a Port Adelaide side bouncing back after a disappointing 2022.
2023 Finals Dossier: Brisbane Lions September 4, 2023
Over the last five years, no side has been better than Brisbane in the home and away season.
2023 Finals Dossier: Melbourne Demons September 1, 2023
No team won more quarters in the home and away season or conceded fewer scoring shots per inside 50 than Melbourne.
2023 Finals Dossier: Collingwood Magpies August 31, 2023
Welcome to the fourth annual Shinboner Finals Dossiers. There’s no better place to start than the minor premiers.
From The Notebook: My favourite 10 games of the 2023 home and away season August 27, 2023
The end of the home and away season provides a perfect chance to reflect on the last 24 rounds.
Round 24, 2023 v Gold Coast: Summing up the season August 27, 2023
A win. It had been a long time. 154 days to be exact, if Google’s count is to be believed.
Round 22, 2023 v Essendon: Saluting Ben Cunnington August 14, 2023
“Cunners needs some help setting up his social media.” “What?”
From The Notebook, Round 21: Hawthorn’s centre clearances, Sydney’s scoring profile, the return match narrative August 9, 2023
This week’s Notebook is perhaps the most video heavy of the entire year.
Round 21 v Melbourne: Focusing on offence August 8, 2023
The main focus of the last four games is what North are setting up to do while in possession.
Round 20, 2023 v West Coast: Opportunity lost July 31, 2023
A fourth single-digit loss of the year for North Melbourne.
From The Notebook, Round 19: The last quarter of Port Adelaide v Collingwood July 25, 2023
When Collingwood trail at three quarter time and hit the turbo button, it always makes for a fascinating final term.
Round 19, 2023 v St Kilda: Let’s talk about Will Phillips July 24, 2023
I’ve been tossing this topic around in my head for most of the season, debating the right time to dive into Will Phillips’ progress.
From The Notebook, Round 18: GWS surging, Miers’ uniqueness, Expected Scores against July 17, 2023
A noteworthy weekend of football as the mid-table logjam showed few signs of abating.
Round 18, 2023 v Hawthorn: Different paths, Part 2 July 16, 2023
The eagle eyed will notice today’s title is much the same as a fortnight ago against Adelaide, and for good reason.
Round 17, 2023 v Geelong: A midfield step back July 10, 2023
Without question, Sunday was a day where North Melbourne’s midfielders were taken to the cleaners.
From The Notebook, Round 16: The limits of Gold Coast’s ball use, pros and cons of Essendon’s shell, Expected Score leaders July 4, 2023
There are only two and a half games between fourth and 15th on the ladder, with eight rounds remaining. It makes nearly every game, every week, high stakes for at least one of the teams involved and it was no different over the weekend. Today’s Notebook covers three topics: the …
Round 16, 2023 v Adelaide: Different paths July 2, 2023
At times on Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t help but think back to Round 9, 2020.
Expectations for the rest of North Melbourne’s 2023 June 28, 2023
Resuming after a well-earned week off, there are nine games left for North Melbourne to collect valuable data
From The Notebook, Round 15: Melbourne’s regression in front of goal, Adelaide’s third quarter, resetting after the byes June 26, 2023
We’ve made it – we’re finally at the end of the bye rounds.
How Port Adelaide’s midfield works in tandem June 22, 2023
Originally this post was supposed to specifically focus on Butters, Rozee, and Horne-Francis.
From The Notebook, Round 14: A half complete plan, checking in on Brisbane’s back seven, standing down from a theory June 20, 2023
This week’s Notebook is a three-topic post, touching on Port Adelaide v Geelong, checking in on Brisbane, and aborting a pre-planned theory…
Round 14, 2023 v Western Bulldogs: Half backs and higher forwards June 19, 2023
It was a strange game in many respects, but today’s post will touch on two topics…
From The Notebook, Round 13: Hawthorn’s change on the fly, Collingwood and Melbourne’s contrasts June 12, 2023
A fun round produced a big upset, a high stakes match and several trends continuing.
Round 13, 2023 v GWS: Consistent themes June 12, 2023
For the fourth week running, North Melbourne turned in a performance with promising signs before falling short of the ultimate prize.
How Fremantle have tweaked their ball movement June 8, 2023
As Fremantle prepare to resume after the bye, their season hopes look drastically different to a month ago.
Opening the North Melbourne mailbag June 7, 2023
After a promising three-week spell, it feels like the best time to open the mailbag for 2023.
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.
Round 12, 2023 v Essendon: Closer again June 5, 2023
Is it wrong to enjoy a one-goal loss that much?
Round 11, 2023 v Collingwood: Phases of play May 29, 2023
When comparing top sides with ones on the lower rungs, some differences are obvious.
Round 10, 2023 v Sydney: 76th Interchange May 22, 2023
Next year my Supercoach side will be named 76th Interchange.
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.
Round 9, 2023 v Port Adelaide: Unblocked exits May 14, 2023
Explaining a key difference between good sides and … not so good sides: how to block exits.
How sluggish ball movement is holding Carlton back May 11, 2023
For all the focus on Carlton’s ball movement this year, what has gone largely unmentioned is how it was hiding in plain sight last year.
Round 8, 2023 v St Kilda: Small steps May 8, 2023
That wasn’t exactly one for the scrapbook.
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.
Round 7, 2023 v Melbourne: Time for stage two April 30, 2023
Really, how much can you say about a game like that?
St Kilda, an AFL team’s litmus test April 27, 2023
Ultimately it comes down to this: if your team has a flaw, playing St Kilda will expose it.
Fortnightly Focus: Sam Taylor, Esava Ratugolea, Noah Cumberland April 26, 2023
The player fortnightly focus is back for its next edition. This week it’s nearly a key defender trifecta…
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.
Round 6, 2023 v Gold Coast: A flat milestone April 24, 2023
Right from the outset, it looked like a flat North Melbourne outfit on the Gold Coast.
Round 5, 2023 v Brisbane: Domino effect April 18, 2023
Sometimes these match analysis pieces jump around from topic to topic, and sometimes they go in-depth on multiple topics.
Learning from the first month of the Alastair Clarkson era April 12, 2023
At the moment, every North Melbourne game feels like information overload.
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.
Round 4, 2023 v Carlton: Zoning April 8, 2023
For the second year in a row, North Melbourne went into a game against Carlton missing their best two key defenders.
How a contested ball dominance is fuelling Collingwood’s leap forward April 5, 2023
Parts of Collingwood’s game were excellent in 2022. Parts of Collingwood’s game were poor in 2022.
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…
Round 3, 2023 v Hawthorn: Caught Out April 2, 2023
Unfortunately it might be time to reconsider those Grand Final tickets.
Fortnightly Focus: Bobby Hill, Noah Balta, Will Setterfield March 28, 2023
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Fortnightly Focus, a post dedicated to highlighting individual players.
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.
Round 2, 2023 v Fremantle: Symbolism March 26, 2023
It was the corresponding match last year when I first started thinking things were beyond repair.
North Melbourne Player Focus: Round 1 v West Coast March 21, 2023
When there’s a North Melbourne win like Saturday’s against West Coast, there tends to be plenty left on the cutting room floor.
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.
Round 1, 2023 v West Coast: Plans and communication March 19, 2023
Isn’t it funny how two early season wins against West Coast can bring such contrasting reactions?
2023 AFL Team Tiers March 15, 2023
While everyone is making ladder predictions, I’m taking the easy way out and grouping teams into tiers.
North Melbourne’s 2023 season checklist March 14, 2023
Here are my five things I’m looking for from North Melbourne in 2023, with the usual disclaimer this goes beyond wins and losses.
Predicting over/unders for every AFL team’s 2023 win total March 8, 2023
Welcome to one of my favourite things to do every year, with this edition exclusive to $10 Patrons.
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.
Preseason v Western Bulldogs: Collecting intel March 5, 2023
The final step of North Melbourne’s preseason meant one more chance to collect intel ahead of a winnable season opener.
The 2023 AFL Continuity Rankings March 2, 2023
Welcome to the second annual AFL continuity rankings; figuring out which teams carry over the most (and least) minutes from their 2022 side into 2023.
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.
How 2023 will look on The Shinboner February 27, 2023
*taps mic* Is this thing still on? We’re back for 2023, and there are changes from 2022.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Tom Mitchell, Collingwood October 13, 2022
We’re about to watch a live test case on the value of accumulating midfielders.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Jaeger O’Meara, Fremantle October 13, 2022
One of the most intriguing moves of trade period happened right at the end.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Lloyd Meek & Cooper Stephens, Hawthorn October 13, 2022
It’s ground zero for the playing list, but not the structure.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Rory Lobb, Western Bulldogs October 13, 2022
There’s an undoubted positive for the Western Bulldogs in acquiring Rory Lobb.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Luke Jackson, Fremantle October 13, 2022
For most of trade period, this post sat partially finished, looking like a choose your own adventure book.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Lachie Hunter & Josh Schache, Melbourne October 13, 2022
Two deadline day deals for Melbourne – one to improve their best 22 and another to fill key position depth.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Josh Dunkley, Brisbane October 13, 2022
Josh Dunkley instantly gives Brisbane’s midfield an extra contested dimension it’s lacked for the last few years.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Ollie Henry, Geelong October 13, 2022
Given my expectation is that Henry will start at VFL level unless there are injuries, we’re set for some ~discourse~.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Sam Weideman, Essendon October 13, 2022
The move by Brad Scott here may be to fill a gap in a preferred three-tall forward setup.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Aaron Francis, Sydney October 13, 2022
So … does Aaron Francis make the All Australian team in 2024 or 2025?
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Brodie Grundy, Melbourne October 11, 2022
This … this is the post most likely to leave me wide open for derision.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Tim Taranto & Jacob Hopper, Richmond October 11, 2022
Richmond have bet on the Giants duo as their midfield centrepieces for most of the decade.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Jack Gunston, Brisbane October 11, 2022
After 11 years, 211 games, and 410 goals at Hawthorn, Jack Gunston is off to Brisbane.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Jack Bowes & Tanner Bruhn, Geelong October 11, 2022
The rich get richer.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Billy Frampton, Collingwood October 11, 2022
Collingwood’s list refresh continues to roll along, welcoming Billy Frampton from Adelaide for a future third round pick.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Jason Horne-Francis & Junior Rioli, Port Adelaide October 10, 2022
Port Adelaide have made out like bandits, trading pick 8, their 2023 first round selection, and some loose change from the side of the couch…
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Will Setterfield, Essendon October 10, 2022
The first player signing of the Brad Scott era is Will Setterfield, crossing from Carlton for a fourth-round pick shuffle.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Izak Rankine, Adelaide October 10, 2022
For pick five and some late shuffling, Adelaide have secured Izak Rankine from the Gold Coast.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Toby Bedford, GWS October 10, 2022
Toby Bedford’s trade to GWS shapes as one of the value deals of trade period.
2022 Trade Analysis: Josh Corbett, Fremantle October 6, 2022
By picking up Josh Corbett for a future fourth round pick, the Dockers have what basically amounts to a free swing.
2022 Trade Analysis: Tom Berry, Gold Coast October 6, 2022
Berry, betting on himself after four years spent largely at state level for Brisbane, makes his way to the Suns where they see him as a pressure forward.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Griffin Logue & Darcy Tucker, North Melbourne October 5, 2022
North Melbourne’s draft assistance has been used, returning Fremantle’s Griffin Logue and Darcy Tucker.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Ben Long, Gold Coast October 5, 2022
Gold Coast have given up pick 32 for Ben Long, and handed him a four-year deal.
2022 Free Agency Analysis: Zaine Cordy, St Kilda October 5, 2022
Tinkering around the edges, St Kilda have prised Zaine Cordy away from the Western Bulldogs with a three-year deal.
2022 Free Agency Analysis: Daniel McStay, Collingwood October 4, 2022
A five-year deal sees Daniel McStay head to Collingwood as the centrepiece of their off-season list overhaul.
2022 Free Agency Analysis: Liam Jones, Western Bulldogs October 4, 2022
Liam Jones has returned to the club where his AFL career started.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Blake Acres, Carlton October 4, 2022
For the price of a future third round pick, Blake Acres is the newest Blue.
2022 Trade Period Analysis: Bobby Hill, Collingwood October 3, 2022
The first official trade sees Bobby Hill head to Collingwood for a 2023 second round pick and a negligible switch of 2022 thirds (40 to Collingwood, 43 to GWS).
2022 Free Agency Analysis: Jayden Hunt, West Coast October 3, 2022
Heading west with a three-year deal in his pocket, Jayden Hunt is the newest Eagle.
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.