Wednesday @ The Footy Almanac


Finals Week 2

Hawthorn 10.11.71 d by Melbourne 16.8.104
Collingwood 9.15.69 d GWS 9.5.59


Events (Details HERE)

Sep 21 Odd Friday/Almanac Lunch with Silvio Foschini
Sep 28 The time-honoured Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch
Oct 11 Almanac Cricket Dinner with Bernard Whimpress
Nov 6 The Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch


VFLW Grand Final: 12.30pm Hawthorn v Geelong
VFL Grand Final: 3pm Casey Demons v Box Hill



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AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: West Coast Eagles (7th)

The Eagles of 1998 were neither up not about. A few of these left, some stayed for their mid 2000s revival.

Carlton 2018: Every rebuild can be unhappy in its own way

Much furious comment surrounded Carlton’s 2018. John Butler offers his thoughts on the Year of the Double Spoon.

Almanac Book Review – A Wink from the Universe: Trust and positives having created Bulldogs fairytales

Yoshi has taken much inspiration from Martin Flanagan’s retelling of the Bulldogs’ 2016 season.

Alt Federal Cryptic Quiz

Peter Crossing(word) gives us a St Francis load of footy related clues without the fiddly grid to worry about. Put the kettle on, grab a sharpened 2H and go your hardest.

Second Semi-Final – Collingwood v GWS: Knitted in Black & White

Son Josh’s Fathers’ Day gift has achieved lucky charm status in the Luke Reynolds household. There was a lot for Luke to like about Collingwood’s first finals win since 2012.

VAFA Premier C Grand Final – Fitzroy v Old Geelong: A windy day at Trevor Barker Oval

History was made on the weekend as Fitzroy claimed its first senior flag since Fitzroy and the Fitzroy Reds merged in 2008. Rod Oaten was there to watch the game unfold and celebrate with the Roys.

Preliminary Final Preview – West Coast v Melbourne: The important in’s and out’s

Kasey Symons is not worried about who comes in for Brad Sheppard this weekend, she’s got more important things on her mind, like what she’s going to wear! Here she previews the important in’s and out’s for Saturday’s preliminary final between her Eagles and the Dees.

Preliminary Final Preview: Richmond v Collingwood – Just beat the Pies

‘This Preliminary Final weekend, it’s two teams at opposite ends of the streets, two clubs with a history that burns, old rivals whose hatred for one another is everything but fabricated.’ Paddy Grindlay looks towards Friday night’s big crosstown rival clash.

Finals Week 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: Cat flu over the cuckoo’s nest

Paul Spinks reflects on Geelong’s loss to Melbourne which drew him to compare the match, and the Cats’ 2018 season to an illness they just couldn’t beat and wonders what next season will bring for the Catters.

SANFL Preliminary Final Tribunal Ruling

A decision was made last night by the independent SANFL Tribunal which has upheld the result of Sunday’s SANFL Preliminary Final. Here’s the transcript of former Supreme Court Judge the Hon. Michael David QC. What are your thoughts Almanackers?

AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: Essendon Bombers (8th)

Underachieving or over-rated? It depends on the year according to the Footy Record’s 1998 appraisal of the side from Windy Hill. Seen any of these fellas lately?

How to beat Goliath: five ways Collingwood can topple the Tigers

Can the Pies get it done against the reigning premiers this Friday night? Sean Mortell takes a look at the key items for Collingwood to take on the Tiges and earn a spot in the 2018 Grand Final.

Second Semi Final – Collingwood v GWS: Pies move on (Floreat Pica Society)

Dave Nadel writes for the Floreat Pica Society on a semi final win to Collingwood. And it was an exciting game; “the last quarter was wonderful…”

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 3: Simplicity and a secure base.

David Stiff addresses the notion of simplicity in establishing a secure base by which athletes can map and explore their craft. He also challenges the value of statistics generally and their role in that secure base.

Pub Review: The Pretoria, Mannum

Mickey Randall reminisces about “crossing the courts” for after school drinks.

Hey AFL, if you really want to change the rules, here’s one!

The head count is a rule from the past and almost ruined two finals on the weekend. It’s time for change

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: 2018 AFL Finals – The Year of the Magpie

Cam provides us with all the usual stats and links before looking ahead to this weekend’s 80s-revisited blockbuster with the Tigers. Remember, you read it here first!

Second Semi Final – Collingwood v GWS: When Jeremy Howe defies physicists and mystics

David Wilson and the buds are at the MCG to see what he describes as an “open savanna of a match” and “a 1500 metre race of a match”. But it’s Jeremy Howe’s moment that is the focus of his poetic prose. What a moment! What a mark!

AFLFA press release: Demons dominate 2018 AFLFA Fan of the Year Awards

The AFLFA has released details of its ‘Fan of the Year’ awards and the Demons are the big winners. We present their official press release here verbatim.

Almanac Junior Footy: Wilkins Girls kicking the Heeney out of Greene (originally published in the SMH)

Crankypete points us in the direction of this piece celebrating girls’ footy in Sydney (first published in the Sydney Morning Herald). He’s one of the very proud Dads.