Wednesday @ The Footy Almanac

Melbourne Cricket Ground on a winter’s Saturday, 2017.

Second week of the finals – previews and reports

Geelong 15.8.98 d Sydney 5.9.39

GWS 19.11.125 d West Coast 9.4.58


VFLW Prelim Final Week – Darebin Falcons 4.4 28 d St Kilda Sharks 3.5.23


Canberra put on a spectacular day for their inaugural Reclink Community Cup which was a tremendous success. Read John Baker’s piece HERE.

It has been terrific to work with major Reclink sponsor, Blundstone, (also our major sponsor) in covering the Community Cup around Australia. It’s part of the nation’s cultural life. Read all our reports HERE.


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Your Team’s Race Is Over – What Now?

If your team is out of it, what do you now do as a neutral?

The Grand Final Winning Photos: Walkerville v Payneham U11 Grand Final 2017 Photo Gallery

Aidan Hammond told us about his U11 premiership last week. Here’s the story in pictures.

Those Magnificent Matildas – Part Deux

Dennis Gedling revisits a 2015 article on the Matildas. It was filled with optimism at the time, which is now proving to have been well founded.

Ipswich Rugby League: Goodna RLFC are premiers (again) and Ted and Tracey and TC and crew are still celebrating

Goodna are premiers which makes TC’s version of the Goodna song timely – and popular. Take it away TC.

Almanac 2017 Brownlow Tipping Competition

We think that Dusty is over the line. Here’s a way to keep your interest in the Brownlow. Tip 5 club leading votegetters closest to the pin and some Malarkey merch is yours.

Raving Rulebook No 6

Rulebook Ashwood aka The Football Wizard covers plenty of ground with this week’s rave. AFL, NRL, SANFL, Matildas, a special bake for Kochie and even more.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Nordqvist wins Evian farce, Leishman lines up for playoff bonus

Anna Nordqvist and Marc Leishman are the headlines in Hamish Neal’s wrap of a golfing week full of incident, but there’s plenty more, including his view on women’s sport coverage and Foxtel’s $30m.

VFL Prelim Final: Williamstown v Port Melbourne

Rod Oaten was treated to grass roots footy at its best – North Port Oval on a cracking Melbourne Sunday.

Finals Week 2 – GWS v West Coast: Different

Young Aidan Hammond needs some help with the names of grounds before he gives his match report, which describes the Giants’ easy win against the Eagles.

I hate Richmond

Smokie Dawson tries to explain his deep-seated hatred of Richmond.

Women’s Footy: The Inaugural Whitewashing of History

Kate Lawrence makes her Almanac debut with a discussion of what she sees as the AFL’s lack of respect for women’s interstate footy.

A few hours in the forward line

Bert receives sad news of a fallen footballer while driving through western Tasmania. It takes him on a journey to Queenstown Oval where they played against each other.

Brownlow Medal: Has there been a bigger favourite than Dusty?

Dustin Martin has been the standout player of 2017 by a fair margin and is the overwhelming favourite to win the 2017 Brownlow Medal. Matthew wonders if there has ever been a bigger Brownlow favourite.

An open letter of footy and political wondering to Martin Flanagan

In the absence of weekly touchstones, David Wilson has navigated by the stars through 2017. And he now “takes the game on” by posting this open letter of wondering to Martin Flanagan.

Finals Week 2 – GWS v West Coast: Megaphones and music united – The defiant Giants march on

Mark O’Sullivan embraced classical music to reflect the style of play and success of the Giants making another preliminary final.

Finals Week 2 – Summary of highlights for neutral fans

Recorded for posterity from AFL Finals 2017, Week 2, are all highlights of a big weekend of footy for neutral fans.

All About The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017

The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 has hit the shelves. Check it out here.

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Sydney: Well, I didn’t see that coming!

The Sydney Swans fairytale season has come to an abrupt end at the hands of the Cats. Craig Dodson was as shocked as most Swans fans (and neutrals) with the result and the performance.

September Specialists

Phil Dimitriadis has selected his team of finals champions. Over to you for your thoughts.

Finals Week 2 – Six (Talking) Points

Six more stabs at tabloid sensationalism from Swish. Zero shades of grey. Stevie J, Buddy, C Scott, P Dangerfield, Crow supporters, GWS crowds, Kochie and Ken all get a run.