Saturday @ The Footy Almanac



The Reclink Community Cup season is upon us – all around Australia. It starts with Melbourne this Sunday, June 24. Check out when it will be in your part of the world HERE.


Read Martin Flanagan’s defence of grass roots footy HERE.


Almanac Lunch on June 29 is with Jumping Jack Hawkins. 1.05pm. North Fitzroy Arms Hotel, 296 Rae St, North Fitzroy. $45. Bookings:


5? Here’s a simple way to help the Almanac? Read more from Dips O’Donnell HERE.


With Russia 2018 now under way, Dennis Gedling presents The World Cup Alphabet – a letter each day for 26 days. Check out his series HERE.


AFL Round 14

West Coast 6.16.52 d by Essendon 12.8.80
Port Adelaide 11.9.75 d Melbourne 9.11.65
Hawthorn v Gold Coast
Brisbane v GWS
Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne
Collingwood v Carlton


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Women’s Rugby League: Origin surprise

Georgina watched the start of the Rugby League Women’s Origin because a piece of HISTORY was happening. In fact, Georgina ended up watching the whole game, not only for the fact that finally women were playing footy on such a stage but because she thoroughly enjoyed the football.

Harms cricket rant from Feb, 2011 (Reprised)

This piece, about the state of cricket and the approach of Cricket Australia, which critiques the hyper-commercialisation of the game, was published in February, 2011.

It’s interesting to read now, given the escalation of T20 cricket, and also what has transpired in recent months, and the public’s response. It would be interesting to read John Harms’s view of cricket now, and also of the AFL (given his concluding comments way back then).

Almanac Rugby League: Reflections of a Rugby League Internationalist…..

The Almanac welcomes first-time contributor LeaguePartisan, a true devotee of rugby league and its international cause. How a Toowoomba kid’s start in footy became an addiction to the wide world of rugby league. (Welcome aboard, Damian, and may this be the first of many. – Ed.)

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch: With Jumping Jack Hawkins (June 29)

All welcome at lunch with Geelong high flyer Jumping Jack Hawkins, down from the bush, on June 29. Details in this post.

The Red and the White – Swans mid year review

Keiran figured the Swans chances of doing well in 2018 had dipped after some early season injuries to key players. And, you can’t put off your travel plans to the USA on the basis of your team maybe making the Grand Final … or can you Keiran asks as he reviews the half way mark for the Swans?

Chris Grigg and the Fight Against MND

Malcolm Ashwood pays tribute to Chris Grigg, former Norwood and Athelstone footballer who now has the debilitating Motor Neurone Disease, plus pays tribute to other Norwood alumni who have suffered from the disease with no cure. Both the Norwood and Athelstone Football Clubs have MND fundraisers coming up, be sure to show your support as Rulebook gets behind the cause.

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 State of Origin Game 2: comparative modesty abounds

Game 2 of this year’s rugby league State of Origin series will be played in Sydney on Sunday night but there seems to be an unusual modesty about the way each side sees its prospects. What’s it all about?

Almanac Book Review: Balancing Acts

Andy Fuller thoroughly enjoyed the wide-ranging essays and perspectives in Balancing Acts published by The Lifted Brow.

The Community Cup 2018 – this Sunday in Melbourne!

The Reclink Community Cup 2018 returns to Melbourne this Sunday, 24th June at Victoria Park with other States to follow. Get the details here.

Sydney Swans – The Bye: Reflection and Anticipation

The bye gives Jan Courtin the opportunity to reflect on the Swans’ season that has been and what is left to come.

Sydney Almanackers’ get-together

Calling all Sydneysiders. Earl reckons it’s time for an Almanacker gathering at the local footy.

VAFA Premier C – Willy CYs v Ivanhoe: A Multiplicity of Smokies

Smokie works out how he can be in two places at once – down at the old Fearon and on duty at home.

The Cheerful Pocket Dynamo by KB Hill

“Jack Dillon is renowned for his story-telling. He doesn’t mind coating his yarns with a liberal dab of ‘mayonnaise’, but this one, he assures me, is spot-on.” And so begins another KB Hill country footy classic.

Round 14 Preview – Sal’s thoughts and predictions for this week

Sal turns his mind to the pros and cons of some of the AFL’s mooted rule changes before delivering his tips for the week.


Where has Old Dog been?

Unburdening the onions

The stadium has been a little unsatisfying for Mathilde de Hauteclocque this year, but Friday night, despite the chill, was better. And that rolled into Saturday and the France-Socceroos match when, as a Franco-Skip, you can be attached to either team.

AFL Round 13 – Carlton v Fremantle: Marvel(lous) Massacre at Etihad

Peter Fuller looks for scraps of Carlton consolation on a very dirty day for the Blues.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Koepka beats the USGA, again, plus farewell to a champion

Hamish Neal looks at Brooks Koepka’s US Open win, and the passing of an Australian golfing legend. It was another big week in golf.

Round 13 Gold Coast Suns v St Kilda A day spent hunting for red, white and black

While Yvette Wroby hunted Pokemon at Community Day, the Saints hunted their second win for the season. It was a good day for raids, battles and catching. (Do we call this one Yvette’s secret confessional? -Ed)

Almanac Football: Should Sam Gilbert be a Saint in 2019 or not?

Experience v kicking skills? Yoshi is torn on the future of Saint Sam Gilbert. He has been following the debate, and wants to know your thoughts on the matter.