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Round 18

St Kilda 8.9.57 d by Richmond 16.15.111
Collingwood 20.10.130 d North Melbourne 9.10.64
Sydney 8.16.64 d by GWS 12.16.88
Essendon 13.21.99 d Fremantle 11.4.70
Brisbane 13.10.88  d by Adelaide 13.15.93
Geelong 16.4.100 d Melbourne 14.14.98
Carlton 7.10.52 d by Hawthorn 18.16.124
West Coast 14.16.100 d Western Bulldogs 6.10.46
Port Adelaide 8.10.58 d by GWS 11.14.80


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1973 – The VFL Around The Groundsmen

Swish has come across this early 70s tribute to VFL around the grounds radio commentators and asks what it was like on your AM dial?

Almanac Footy Poetry: The Misses

Kicking for goal is a worry for The Rhymer!

SANFL Round 15 – Norwood v West Adelaide: A Redleg Smorgasbord of a Day

Malcolm Ashwood reports on another satisfying Norwood win. Includes several fantastic photos from the past players & officials function as well as in the rooms post game.

“Don’t burn down the studio” – The Coodabeen Champions and Channel 7’s 1986 Football Marathon

Memories! In this nicely researched piece, Richard Prentice takes us back to the first (and only) Coodabeens takeover of the pre-VFL Grand Final ‘Football Marathon’ in 1986.

Meet Up Night With Yoshi (July 21 at the North Fitzroy Arms)

The Almanac’s Japanese scribe Yoshi is flying into Melbourne next week, he’d love to catch up at the Saints game or at the North Fitzroy Arms, click on the article for details of his visit.

Almanac Tassie Lunch – Ball & Chain Grill, Hobart (July 27)

The Footy Almanac lunch juggernaut heads south to Hobart for an entree to North Melbourne v West Coast.

Round 18: Sal’s thoughts and choices from monsoonal Hanoi.

From monsoonal Hanoi, Sal presents his thoughts and choices for this round of footy.

Dean Towers and Matt Zurbo reprised on a typical Otway wintry day

The wonderful story Matt Zurbo wrote about Dean Towers and his time at the Otway Districts FC is reprised for your enjoyment.

Almanac heart – Running a 6 hour 33 minute Gold Coast marathon

Emil Zatopek said: “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.” Here is a wonderful account of her Gold Coast marathon 2018 experience, by Jacqui Wilson.

Daniel Giansiracusa: Devoted Dog

In today’s fickle world of AFL, it’s refreshing to know that Daniel Giansiracusa is a Bulldog through and through and is invested in the game of Australian Rules and the only club he has ever called home.

AFL: The State of the Game Part 2. The Ramblings of a Madman.

Dips O’Donnell continues his thoughtful observations. Will the magic of Australian Football be “ruled” out of existence?

Winter Cricket: Diplomacy wins the day

Umpire John Gascoigne reports on Melbourne’s cricket scene as players squish their way towards winter finals.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry – Fluoro Boots

The Rhymer warns of the perils of wearing fluro footy boots.

Haiku Bob – Round 17 – a patch of brilliance

A patch of brilliance, Haiku Bob at a loss!

Almanac Baseball: 2018 MLB All Star Game

‘American exceptionalism can often be a distorted caricature but on this night in DC it was indeed exceptional and quite beautiful.’
Brian The Ruminator gives a run down of the 2018 MLB All Star Game which took place yesterday in Washington DC.

South East Women’s Football League Division 1 – St Kilda Sharks v Cranbourne: Bodies on the Line Part 2

Yvette Wroby finally catches her second game of the season of her beloved St Kilda Sharks. The Sharks got flogged, and player Rachel hurt her knee. Yvette found a place being a supporter of a different kind.

Round 16 – St Kilda v Carlton: Bodies on the Line Part 1

Yvette Wroby and family enjoy a good win for the Saints, and the Blues become the topic of all media forums. Whew, say the Saints fans, it could have been us.

Round 17 – GWS v Richmond: But what is the goal? Or even a goal? How a visit to Spotless inspired a post-modern observation of Australian Football.

I think Ben Fenton-Smith has unleashed a new Almanac genre: the spoof academic essay. But is it spoofed? [If you’ve had anything to do with the life of the mind since the rise of post-modernism and Cultural Studies this will be much more than a match report. The challenge to the primacy of the goal is brilliant – JTH]

War, the VFL and the South Melbourne Football Club  

2018 is the centenary of the 1918 South Melbourne Premiership and Richard Davis details how its meaning rises each year set against the backdrop of the First World War and its inevitable effects upon the Victorian Football League.

My Favourite Helen

Only one Helen can top the list in poet Damian Balassone’s opinion…