NRL Grand Final Day @ The Footy Almanac

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Grand Final

West Coast 8.13.61 lost to Hawthorn 16.11.107


Declan Fay on seeing West Coast and Hawthorn battle it out when he was a kid – back in 1987.
The Wrap

The Ultimate (Australian) Wool Team

The Almanac is in the process of selecting an All-Australian team of footballers who have had a close association with the wool industry. To date we have put together regional squads from which we have selected four teams:

The Victorian Wool Team
The South Australian Wool Team
The Western Australian Wool Team
The Riverina Wool Team

Also, have a look at our Old Woollen Footy Jumpers series.

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Close but not close enough: a review of North Melbourne’s season

Philip Mendes looks at the Kangaroos’ 2015 season. While there was plenty to like, Phil thinks the Roos need to make some changes to go the next step in 2016.

Grand Final – It’s bloody hard to win away from home

In the lead-up to today’s Grand Final Declan Fay remembers life as a Hawks fan living in exile in Perth in the late ’80s. He tells the story of going to a game the Eagles won by a point. He was seven. He’s a lot older now and in New York. [Perfect prep for the grand Final – Ed]

The Pre Wrap – The Finals Week VI

Mr Wrap previews the AFL Grand Final and reviews Brownlow Medal night.

Almanac music: When Morrissey met Maria

New Zealand writer Maria Majsa recalls the moment she met Morrissey.

He smiled, stared at his shoes and said Hello. He looked so pale and young. I said Hi in a voice I didn’t recognise.

Finals Week 3 – Fremantle v Hawthorn: Don’t Dream It’s Over

Come along with Trucker Slim. He’s survived the Freo experience. And here he draws upon the dreams and inspiration of Otis Redding, Suicide and Crowded House for the Big Dance…

No ticket no worries

After a slow start, Matt Watson has now attended many Grand Finals in many and varied guises. Bt this year he will be watching from a pub somewhere in Melbourne.

Ramblings from the Oche – Part II

Wonderful reflection on a lot more than darts and sport. [I wasn’t expecting this when I started reading – Ed]

Eagles versus Hawthorn – youth versus experience

In the big one, is there an advantage in having youth on your side? And a lack of fear of defeat?

Mauritian AFL team fails to take flight – A Metaphor

From the team at World Footy News: While the AFL is directing a vast amount of resources at Sydney’s west and the Gold Coast, and given that Canberra has a League and Rugby presence in the national capitol, this is a really interesting perspective and food for thought from a year 12 student in the ACT about the avenues for growing Australian rules football.

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Junior Almanac – Thank You

Young Josh Coales has impressed a few of us this year with his love of writing. Or, to be more precise, his love of writing about the Purple Haze. As the 2015 season comes to a close, Josh pens an open letter of thanks to everyone at The Footy Almanac.

Everything (and more) that you wanted to know about the West Coast Eagles 2015 but were afraid to ask

Peter Baulderstone is sick of the endless drivel from the Melbourne media about the Hawks dynasty. Last years rooster is this year’s Tony Abbott. He channels popular culture to explain the glorious Eagles team and playing style to the uninformed Eastern States observer.

Grand Final Preview – Will the Hawks be GOATs?

A big weekend of sport needs some handy investment advice if you’re inclined towards a wager or two. Sal Ciardulli’s comprehensive look at this weekend’s Grand Final and the Group racing action at Money Valley, The Heath, Randwick and Headquarters should give you some food for thought by the time the off rolls around.

Dinner with Gideon Haigh – all welcome

An evening of conversation with Gideon Haigh. Hear how he selects his T-shirts for TV appearances, how he finally won a grand final at he Yarras, and what Certain Admissions is all about. All welcome on Oct 14. [Looking forward to the chat Gideon – JTH]

Almanac Racing – Moir/Epsom/Turnbull weekend treble

On Saturday it is exactly a month until the First Tuesday in November. Despite the footy distractions, it is now or never for aspirational punters.

Want to lunch with Mike Sheahan, Barass, Swooper, Rowdy and Champs?

If you’ve ever wanted to have some lunch with Barass, Mike Sheahan, John Northey, Neale Daniher and Greg Champion and raise funds to help find a cure for MND, then then the Premium Demons Post 2015 Season Luncheon is for you!

Finals Week 3 – West Coast v North Melbourne: Brickbat

With age comes widsom and a gratitude for the important things in life… like a North Melbourne win, or the realisation that it’s not the end of the world if they don’t.

Ultimate Victorian Wool Team – Shane Heard: The farm lad who developed tagging

Nick Weidmann profiles Victorian sheep farmer Shane Heard who was recruited to Essendon and became one of Kevin Sheedy’s favourites. [Interesting footy and sheep detail Nick – Ed]

The 4th Annual AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

If it is precise, artistic, original coverage of the upcoming Grand Final you are after, it will be hard to go past the 4th Annual AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai. Check out the details here.

“I have a dream…” – of the players parade at the AFL Grand Final

Stephen Alomes had a Grand Final week dream. Imagine if Goodesy was in the retiring players motorcade…