Saturday@The Footy Almanac

Ged McMahon Ess jumper

Ged McMahon left a bit of bark on the MCG fence (story below)

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Lunch TODAY Friday, July 25 at the Waterside Hotel in Melbourne (cnr Flinders and King Streets) 12.30 for 1pm. Guests are Simon Marshall (jockey, commentator, story-teller) and Mark Pennings (footy historian) $50 rsvp@footyalmanac.com.au please.

AFL Round 18 Reports

Carlton v North Melbourne

St Kilda v Fremantle

GWS v Geelong

Western Bulldogs v Essendon

Footy Almanac – Popular Pieces

Bernard Whimpress calls for the place kick to come back

Tina Ongarello on Uncle Tony

Swish Schwerdt remembers card nights

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

The Almanac Podcast: Listen to EPISODE 13. 

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Water Polo Round 18 – Ukrainian Eagles v Russian Tigers: Blood in the Water

Peter Baulderstone saw ‘blood in the water’ at the Subiaco Pool last night. Tiger rebel Tyrannosaurus Vickerus is expected to face the War Crimes Tribunal for bringing down the Eagles leadership with the loss of all hands.

Recent Things

Are you sick at the thought of Hird (seen but not), Hockey (Joe not Kookaburras), bombs (Gaza not Gazza), rockets (non-mick) and surface to air missiles (other than Jake Carlisle)? Kate Birrell’s glorious art is some balm for your soul.

Almanac-Greys Lunch in Sydney

The recent lunch at the Royal Exhibition Hotel in Sydney was a cracker thanks to the Almanackers and friends, and the whole crew from The Greys (Adelaide Uni FC’s past players).

Round 18 Part Deux Preview – It’s Academic

Sal Ciardulli offers his thoughts on the second part of Round 18.

The bloody brutality of boxing – Daniel Geale

Matt Watson lays out the harsh reality of boxing, but men still put their body on the line for money and glory. Can Australia’s tough underdog Daniel Geale undermine the champion Golovkin? Matt suggests how.

Old Woollen Footy Jumpers: Battlescars and Wonderful Wanganeen

An old woollen footy jumper, battle-scarred, takes Ged McMahon back to great days of Windy Hill, the MCG, and G. Wanganeen.

Crio’s Racing: One Season Closes and the New One Awaits

It’s the final day of the racing season and Crio journeys to Caulfield for the Bletchingly Stakes and then adjourns to the MCG Blockbuster. Sunday second helpings for the Grand National Steeple?

When White Was Not Cool

Raitman reminisces on the time he and a group of mates – the Lavender Hill Mob – turned out for the mighty Mudlarks. In their white guernseys.

Standing in destiny’s way – ‘Time Itself’.

Australian middleweight Daniel Geale will duck between the ropes at Madison Square Garden this weekend to swap punches with the toughest opponent of his career, the man known as GGG. Gregor Lewis ponders Geale’s chances, while also touching on the fabled boxing history of the famous New York venue.

Ten best state league performances from AFL players

Which young Swan racked up a cool 64 touches back in Round 8? Which former GWS player averages 12 tackles per game (yes 12) in the VFL? Jackson Clark gives us the low-down on state league fantasy football stats.

AFL Round 15 – Hawthorn v Gold Coast: Odyssey to Launceston

Pure Poetry. From Dave Goodwin. And his Hawks. And Gazza Junior. Pity about the Tassie weather. (Contains some great lines and advice – Ed.)

Tina Ongarello Reminisces

Following on from Bernard Whimpress’s piece (which discusses the place kick and significant ancients like Dave MacNamara) we were reminded of this piece by Tina Ongarello whose Uncle Tony is the last footballer to have used a place kick in a VFL game (v Geelong, Brunswick St Oval, someone will tell me the date).

This story is also timely – given it is multicultural round.

AFL Round 18 – Giants v Cats: A Step Back in Time

Dennis Gedling takes a step back in time to a 60′s style country pub to watch (no BT sound thankfully) his Cats sneak home over the Giants.

Bring Back the Place Kick

Bernard Whimpress recommends Mike Sexton’s reprint of the 1914 classic book “Football” by Dave McNamara. He laments that skill and quality has been replaced by speed and quantity in the modern game.

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode Lucky 13

This week Matty Q, The People’s Elbow and Stone Cold are joined by Ben Cuzzupe of Bound for Glory News to talk all things journalism. ‘yoof’ journalism and footy. And where are the footy computer games?

Melbourne Lunch on Friday with Simon Marshall and Mark Pennings

Enjoy an informal lunch with Simon Marshall and Mark Pennings.

AFL Round 18 – Greater Western Sydney v Geelong: Vale the Australia Network

Paul Spinks laments the demise of the Khmer Empire, the Corio Empire and the Australia Network. He fights through the monsoon in Cambodia to find a bar with AFL on tv. Unfortunately his Cats showed less dedication.

Every Saturday I’m Shuffling – Card Nights

For Swish, the cards night has become a thing of the past. Should he be mourning their loss?

Cat P*rn & the Ross Lyon Vortex

Damien Little examines the existence of a “Ross Lyon Vortex”, and throws a few statistical comparisons with Geelong into the mix.

Ned Wilson wins the David Zampatti Rio Tipping Competition

After receiving the all clear on his B Sample, Our Almanac Man in Hawthorn, Ned Wilson, has been declared the winner of The Footy Almanac David Zampatti Rio. He wins a 3-pack of Murrindindi Wines.