Weekend @ The Footy Almanac

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Burpengary, between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, hosted Brisbane v St Kilda in the first round of the NAB Challenge. (Who’d have thought: Burpengary!)

Stawell Gift Dinner, Wednesday, 12 March, 7pm. Enjoy a two-course dinner with John O’Donnell (father of Almanac stalwart Dips O’Donnell) as he tells us the story of  his 1955 victory. Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St. $50/$40. Bookings essential. RSVP here.

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Picnic Races: Alexandra Cup Day

Glen Davis ventures to Alexandra for a fine day out on the picnic racing circuit.

Lou: Under-prepared Australians?

Lou has been stirred into action by the Australians’ performance at Eden Park.

Almanac Music: Brisbane music doco from 1988 (Part 1)

Here’s a nice find from Mark Young. (There’s actually a few parts to this Youtube find – this is the first of them.

Familiarity, New Courts and Gravel

Despite the familiarity of the courts at McDermott Avenue, Mooroolbark, after thirteen years of picking gravel out of her hands Sarah Black is looking forward to playing at the new netball facility at Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth.

For Tweet’s Sake

Considered less than cerebral in some quarters, Taylor Walker is actually quite the renaissance man, argues Dave Brown.

A-League 1,000 – The Shuffle Edition

With the ICC World Cup continuing the AFL’s pre-season challenge getting underway and round 19 of the A-League promising some ripping match-ups, not for the first time this year, too much sport this weekend- to borrow from Roy & H.G – may be barely enough. Hamish Neal previews this weekend’s A-League action in which champion striker Archie Thompson clocks up his 200th appearance for Melbourne Victory.

Almanac Music: Aussie album review – Hoodoo Gurus “Stoneage Romeos”

Welcoming in a new addition to our Almanac Music collection. In the first of an occasional series, Smokie revisits – and offers a few thoughts on – classic Australian albums. To get the ball rolling, it’s The Hoodoo Gurus and their breakthrough debut LP: Stoneage Romeos.

Crio’s Racing: Diamonds are Forever

There are a heap of sporting options available this weekend. But Crio argues that with both Caulfield and Warwick Farm hosting Group 1 cards, Saturday’s racing offers plenty of interest to both seasoned and casual punters alike.

Kick-to-Kick at Docklands Stadium

The [time-honoured – Ed] tradition of kick-to-kick on footy grounds after League matches is set to make a comeback at the MCG in this, the year of the fan. Yoshi makes an impassioned plea for Etihad Stadium management to reconsider the Saints request to introduce it at the Docklands for Sunday games.

The Forgotten Premierships

George Smith takes a stroll down memory lane, inviting us to recall the forgotten premierships.

Cricket Returns to S.A as Weekly Heat Cycle Breaks

Extreme heat has played havoc with competition cricket throughout South Australia in February. Top shelf Almanac supporter Brett Dutschke is a senior meteorologist at climate service Weatherzone and has some outstanding news for cricket-loving Croweaters.

Frankie’s Summer Training Program Revealed

Never one to deny his fans what they want, Frankie – the first dog taken in the 2012 Canine Draft shares his summer routine with the Almanac.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life : NAB Challenge Update

Cam Hooke checks in from the Nation’s capitol rallying the faithful as the Pies get set to meet Hawthorn in the opening match of the 2015 NAB Challenge

Fearless (Sort Of) Visits the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia (And Assesses the Damage)

After almost becoming the pariah’s of Australian sport on the back of a disastrous 2022 World Cup bid, Fearless believes the FFA pulled the right rein by hosting a successful 2015 Asian Cup tournament.

Getting off at Cubbie Station

Economist Alistair Watson with some thoughts on foreign investment, food production and water. [Al will be at Anson Cameron’s dinner tonight – Thursday]

Taking stock: thinking about the Almanac and its future

The Almanac is taking a moment to consider its future direction. Your thoughts are most welcome.

Essendon and their Curiously Scheduled, Possibly Generous and Definitely Soft NAB Challenge Games

The Bombers have a very ‘interesting’ NAB Challenge schedule ahead of them, argues Sean Curtain. Have the undermanned Bombers (self-imposed, it must be pointed out) been spared the rod by AFL in being drawn to meet three of last season’s strugglers in the pre-season competition?

Is Footy Too Long?

Yoshi, like many fans, finds himself at odds with Mick Malthouse’s claim that AFL matches should be shortened. The length of a footy game compared to rugby or soccer is part of what makes our game unique, claims our resident Japanese Almanacker.

1998 – (the excluding WA, SA, Tas) All-Australian SSA Team – Humble Beginnings

More All-Australian Juniors brilliance from the Swishter. The 1998 All-Australian (less W.A, S.A and Tasmania) SSA line-up. Spot the future VISY Ambassador in all his hirsute glory.

From Colonial Stadium to Etihad: Fifteen Years of Future Shock

While stressfully cleaning up in preparation for a possible shift, Neil Anderson finds an old newspaper.