Thursday @ The Footy Almanac

The Rockdogs’ rooms after their win in The Community Cup. Read John Harms’s story of the day HERE.

Read Martin Flanagan’s response to David Wilson’s letter of thanks – CLICK HERE.

AFL Round 14 previews and reports

Adelaide 12.10.82 d by Hawthorn 14.12.96
Sydney 11.20.86 d Essendon 12.13.85
Collingwood 9.8.62 d by Port Adelaide 13.15.93
Brisbane 12.14.86 d by GWS 22.14.146
Western Bulldogs 15.17.107 d North Melbourne 16.10.106
West Coast 14.12.96 d by Melbourne 15.9.99
Geelong 10.14.74 d Fremantle 11.6.72
Richmond 11.18.84 d Carlton 8.10.58
St Kilda 14.19.103 d Gold Coast 10.12.72

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Round 14: St Kilda v Gold Coast: So many points to be made

Yvette Wroby goes to the St Kilda heartland to watch the Sharks at Peanut Farm Reserve, then Etihad to see her Saints. All her red, white and black teams won. The points (masses of behinds for both teams) are puzzling to fans and commentators alike.

Haiku Bob – Round 14 – the sound of empty

A rare quiet crowd for a Collingwood game witnessed Port Adelaide take control of from the get go. Haiku Bob captures the moment beautifully.

Round 14 – Collingwood v Port Adelaide: A Messerschmitt up your arse or free bird seed

Mickey Randall kept himself while watching the footy with mates; discussing more pressing issues such as Looney Tunes and cricket. Port Adelaide got up comfortably in the end.

Streets of our Town: All hail the Community Cup!

John Harms reports on The Community Cup of 2017 – in all its splendour.

Almanac Music – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 50: The philosophy of kaleidoscope eyes

David Wilson has a new awareness with each listen, still, all these years later, as he celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary Beatles album ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

My thoughts on Houli’s case and the media

Japanese footy correspondent looks at the Houli case from another country for a different perspective.

1975: VFL Enters the Colour TV Age – Nice Knickers (and Hose)

How did the VFL teams adapt to the introduction of colour tele in 1975? Tastefully, of course.

Round 14 – Richmond v Carlton: Return to normalcy

  In a weekend marked by high drama and some unexpected results, Richmond v Carlton provided a return to normalcy. The Tigers emerged as expected with a comfortable victory, and had the match in their control for most of the proceedings.   When I suggested just prior to ¾ time that they could don Joffa’s [Read more]

Odd Friday Lunch with Des ‘Tuddy’ Tuddenham

  The Odd Friday Lunch with Des “Tuddy” Tuddenham – Friday 7th July 1.05pm Three courses $35 Drinks at bar prices Bookings: Phone 94864501     Des Tuddenham was born in 1943 near Ballarat – one of nine children, from a farming family. He started playing with Collingwood in 1962 and was renown for his tough [Read more]

The SANFL: Where do we go from here?

Kasey has a five-point plan for the SANFL to not only survive but thrive in the modern sporting landscape.

Round 14 – St Kilda v Gold Coast: Twilight to Sunset and Saints up

Yoshi was busy working for most of the game but still caught as much of the action as he could.

Almanac Golf – Hail to the Spieth, Ryu goes to number one

All the latest golfing news from around the world including Jordan Spieth recently beating PGA Tour winner Daniel Berger with a stunning hole-out in Connecticut. Hamish Neal also discusses a recent Malcolm Gladwell podcast episode that looks at issues affecting golf.

Round 14 – Carlton v Richmond: Subdued Sunday

“If your worst problem is the standard of a footy game, then you really don’t have any problems at all.” John Butler with that sage reminder.

Round 14 – West Coast v Melbourne: Do you dare to dream?

It’s been a while since it’s been said, but it might turn into gusto soon. The Dees might be premiership contenders. The Almanac welcomes back Michael Thompson.

Round 14 – Adelaide v Hawthorn: Half a Chance

Rick Kane spots something; a little thing. And then another. And then another. How many half chances explain his re-building Hawks beating top-of-the-ladder Crows?

An open letter of humble thanks to Martin Flanagan

David Wilson has put into words the essence of what many of us are feeling with this letter of thanks to Martin Flanagan. No doubt we all have a Martin Flanagan story. No doubt we all feel a sense of gratitude, and loss.

Round 14 – Richmond v Carlton: No verdict was returned

Richmond had a solid win over arch rivals Carlton despite ‘putrid’ goal kicking accuracy and entry into forward 50. Jack Banister wonders if this is a return to the good Richmond.

A letter from Martin Flanagan

When Martin Flanagan left The Age, David Wilson wrote a letter of humble thanks to him. This is Martin Flanagan’s reply. [Thanks Flanners. Welcome to the Almanac. We are thrilled to have you. We love that the rhythm of your Saturday contemplation has not missed a beat. JTH]

Round 14 – Sydney v Essendon: Party scenes

Joe Moore is up for a party – maybe Cuban, maybe Finnish – as his Swans snatch a classic after-the-siren win.

Round 14 – Geelong v Fremantle: The four family escape. Relaxing? I think not.

A pleasant family outing to Geelong for Anna Pavlou turned into something rather more gripping.