Thursday @ The Footy Almanac

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To celebrate a magnificent season. See a list of some of the stories in the post below.

ORDER THE DOGGIES ALMANAC 2016

Melbourne Launch

The Doggies Almanac will be launched on Wednesday, Dec 14
Where: North Fitzroy Arms, 296 Rae St, North Fitzroy (Stop 21 on the No. 11 tram)
When: 6pm. Speeches will begin at 6.30pm. Formalities finished by 7.15pm
Stay for dinner (excellent dining room/bar menu)

Odd Friday Lunch – Dec 9 with Keith Stackpole

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Almanac Party: The Doggies Almanac launch and end of year drinks (Dec 14)

Wednesday Dec 14 at the North Fitzroy Arms. Come and celebrate with the Almanac crew (and Perc). The tradition of launch parties continues.

Almanac Racing: Crio’s best tip this week is for Warrnambool (but it’s a good one)

Years of working on course has taught me that the last couple of Saturdays pre-Christmas are a write off. The money’s just not there. What staggers me is that is somehow tends to reappear after the “Santa pause”, when I’d reckon everyone should be skint (except for miserable bastards like myself who spend nowt on [Read more]

Presenting…The Doggies Almanac 2016

It was such a brilliant season we just had to celebrate the Bulldogs magnificent premiership. Presenting…….The Doggies Almanac.

Finding North Hobart Football Club in disguise: Never Say Die

A group has mobilised in North Hobart – aiming to resurrect the North Hobart Football Club name. It’s timely to revisit this one – David Wilson’s midwinter pilgrimage to North Hobart oval from 2014, where he found a club and its supporters steeped in history.

Almanac Cricket: Dominance at Diggers

Paddy Grindlay had a very good day of cricket as his teammates teed off in F Grade.

Almanac Cricket: WHAT. A. GAME!

In a rollicking piece from Oscar Bourke, his team of intrepid cricketers overcome a batting collapse (with Oscar playing a huge part) to defeat Heathmont in the grand final.

Almanac Basketball: The best game ever

Almanac debutant Ethan Stone had a ripper in his basketball grand final, which his team won convincingly. A great story.

Meetings with Remarkable Men

Peter Baulderstone imagines a meeting between Vic and the Don.

Introducing “An Elbow’s Dozen”…

An Elbow dropped just in time for Christmas.

Great players…Great nicknames

Peter Clark remembers some of the great nicknames of footballers past but wonders why nicknames for current footballers are not as forthcoming. Who can you add to the list?

Almanac Netball: A Performance for One

Sara Black’s keen observations of the netball parent. Have you seen any like this at your local courts?

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Matsuyama continues to win, Woods goes low on Friday

Hamish Neal’s weekly column: a collection of golf news, including a look at Tiger Woods’ return, plus his thoughts for the weekend’s big tournament – the Hong Kong Open.

Finals Week 3 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: A miracle on grass

We’re up to part five now in the Paddy Suggests series, and we’ll pour on some more Footscray love with David Jacobson’s piece on the Dogs’ successful Preliminary Final.

Almanac Amateur Boxing – “Keep your heads up; no holding; no low blows; and good luck”

Luke Stegemann, writer, thinker and amateur boxing referee, takes you inside the Queensland scene, inside the ring. And inside his own thoughts; thoughts of boxing and of the role of boxing [Superb – Ed].

Yellow, but not green, cappers

Having already put together his team of Australian one-Test wonders, Glen now picks a side of Australian cricketers serviceable on the One-Day scene but never to play a Test. Thoughts?

Almanac Book Review – In Black and White: 125 Moments That Made Collingwood

Phil Dimitriadis reviews new publication In Black and White: 125 Moments That Made Collingwood, a comprehensive history of the Magpies written by two black-and-white tragics that will surely appeal to Collingwood fans far and wide.

Round 15 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Youthful Revolution at the Dogs

Another piece in the Paddy Suggests series, Neil Anderson tells the tale of the lesser-known Western Bulldogs victory over Sydney in 2016, all the way back in round 15. It’s an incredible feeling when one realises how far the Dogs have come since that unlikely victory at the SCG, and the trials the then-embattled Sons of the West undertook.

AFL Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: Miracle at the Sporting Globe (this is the Almanac’s 10,000th piece)

Part three of Paddy Suggests, Richmond’s incredible, euphoric and, yes, emotional win over Sydney in Round 23, 2014 was one of the best examples of Australian Football of all time, while Callum O’Connor’s report of the game, a rollicking tale of three Tigers following every twist and turn at the Sporting Globe, made the win all the more sweet. This was also the Almanac’s 10,000th piece (and a bloody good one, I might add).

Being a good coach – Luke Beveridge

Following his astute assessment of Alastair Clarkson, Yoshi has now provided thoughtful insight into Premiership Coach Luke Beveridge.

Almanac Cricket (Book Review): Stroke of Genius is a stroke of genius

Writer, sports historian and lover of words, Roy Hay, reviews Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius and concludes it is THE cricket book to read this summer. He explains why it is so brilliant.