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Blues hit rock bottom

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THEY were a mighty force for many years and their song describes them as, “The team that never lets you down”. But the Old Dark Navy Blues have fallen on sad times, as PAUL GOUGH reports. More »

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Eagles record there to be broken – just not yet

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SMALL MERCY for the Blues as one of their old boys fails, for once, to put them to the sword, writes  RON REED: LONG-SUFFERING CARLTON fans, this one no exception, arrived at the MCG late on Saturday afternoon – well, some did, a lot didn’t – fearing two night... More »

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The flag the players owned, not the coach

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COACHES USUALLY get the credit for masterminding any premiership win but that wasn’t quite the case the last time Carlton saluted, writes RON REED: DAVID PARKIN coached Carlton to three premierships and Hawthorn to one and it goes without saying that he is pro... More »

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Tiger who made Balme look like a pussycat

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CARLTON FOOTY fans have never forgiven or forgotten Richmond ruckman Neil Balme's vicious attack on Geoff Southby in a long-ago grand final - but now the champion full-back says that wasn't as bad as it got against the Tigers. Chief writer RON REED has lunch w... More »

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Who’s bolting: Blues or Bombers?

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GEOFF HARRIS examines the fortunes of the Bombers and Blues on the eve of their MCG clash: ESSENDON and Carlton, two of Melbourne’s e traditional big AFL clubs, meet at the MCG at the very traditional time of 2.10pm on Saturday afternoon, with a lot in common.... More »

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How Punchlines tracked down the wild man of the bush!

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SCOT PALMER has pounded out PUNCHLINES persistently and professionally for so long he has almost forgotten when it all began. Here he tells how he found the missing ruckman…or at least his wet socks: THE prized land of Tibooburra near Yellingbo, at the foot of... More »

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Revolution at the house of stoush

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AFTER THE FLAGS came the fight. The Blues lost their leader and lost course. In this final extract from his book, Larrikins & Legends, DAN EDDY recounts how this great Carlton side fought back to etch their own place in football history: WHAT TOOK PLACE at Car... More »