Friday @ The Footy Almanac

Prelim Finals Week – previews

Adelaide v Geelong 

Richmond v GWS


State Footy Finals

VFL Grand Final – Port Melbourne v Richmond

VFLW Grand Final – Diamond Creek v Darebin

SANFL Grand Final – Port Adelaide v Sturt

WAFL Grand Final – Peel v Subiaco


Another Matt Zurbo special – perhaps the most special of all


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

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I love Richmond

Paddy Grindlay’s heart runneth over for the striped marvels

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Sydney: Cats pounce

John and Marj Burke enjoyed their Friday night in the MCC Members.

Finals Week 3 – The (insert names here) Cups

For the third successive week in a row back to back to back, this weekend’s finals lack incentive according to Swish. Once more again too, he’s come up with some awards for the winners, based on players who have played for both sides. Any better suggestions?

Introducing KB Hill: father, sportsman, writer.

John Harms met KB Hill at his 70th birthday, and this is KB Hill’s first piece for the Almanac.

Away and away

Paul Spinks looks at the issue of more home games for Geelong at Kardinia Park. He compares the Cats home games to other teams in the comp in light of the Qualifying Final being played at the MCG.

AFLFA: Dynamic pricing is not good for fans

The AFLFA have found that dynamic ticket pricing has resulted in an increase in ticket prices rather than a decrease as it was meant to do. Read their findings here.

The Wrap (is back!): Finals’ Edition 1

Mr Wrap has been up the bush for a couple of years but when word got to the Pooncarrie Pub of a Tigers finals’ victory, Mr Wrap sprung into action…He got back to Richmond, had a season’s worth of press clippings put in front of him and tried to make sense of them. [Not a bad reading of the tea leaves Wrap – Ed]

Forgotten Hardworking?

Has journalism become lazy with the rise of social media? Why don’t some footballers train harder when they’re at the elite level? Yoshi tries to find some answers.

Bush Footy: Ground Level 2017

Perhaps the most novel Season Review of the year – and certainly the most insightful. Yes Dogs [sic] you have told the story of a fair dinkum footy club. [Great stuff Old Dog – JTH]

To the Victor Go the Spoils

Cranky Pete’s ode to the great Victor Trumper.
“He was twice as good, and averaged half as much as, Smith”

VFLW Preliminary Final – Darebin v St Kilda: Nic Callinan – The hand that touched the football

Jackie Lynch with a superb report on the thrilling VFLW Preliminary Final between Darebin and St Kilda, literally a fingertip deciding the game.

My Preliminary Finals Tipping

Aidan Hammond with his Preliminary Final tips.

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.