Obituary – John ‘Mulga’ Shelton

Kooweerup and Shepparton sporting hero John ‘Mulga” Shelton has passed away. The Pakenham Gazette filed this tribute.

VAFA Premier C – Fitzroy v Old Ivanhoe: Veterans deliver: Dan and Dave on our selection

King George!III is in sparkling touch in this account of the lunch and match at Brunswick Street on Saturday when Old Ivanhoe visited. The lunch was good and the Roys were better. They now look forward to the Willy CYs at Fearon this Saturday (Aug 18).

Art Exhibition: Aussie Rules – Passion and Pain Exhibition

A new art exhibition, Aussie Rules – Passion and Pain, opens Thursday 13 September at Glen Eira City Council Gallery featuring many works that encapsulate the love we have for our great game.

Book Launch: The Game that Never Happened by Ian Syson

The Game that Never Happened: The Vanishing History of Soccer in Australia by Ian Syson will be launched by Gideon Haigh, John Harms and John Didulica at the MCC Library, Wednesday August 15. RSVP your attendance.

Round 20 – Richmond v Geelong: Trifecta, sadly.

Peter Fitzpatrick has written three pieces for the Almanac and Balcony Banter – all three about Geelong-Richmond clashes. Here’s the third. [Stop writing Peter! JTH]

Almanac Match Reports – Round 21 nominations

Following on from a great response in the last round, The Footy Almanac is again putting out the call for writers to help cover Round 21.

Almanac Lunch: Matt Watson, Ray Shaw and Ayce Cordy talk about Sons of Guns (Aug 31)

Join Matt Watson, Ray Shaw and Ayce Cordy for lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms as we celebrate Matt’s new book Sons of Guns.

Round 20 – Hawthorn v Essendon: Who Dares Wins…sometimes

A revival for the Bombers was cut short by their long-standing rivals Hawthorn; Trevor Blainey’s Dons now ponder what might have been.

“…….KARL…….” by KB Hill

KB Hill catches up with Karl Norman, an ex Blue who always danced to his own tune, and who continues to star in country footy to this day.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood life – Round 20: The Year of the Pie

Despair not, Magpies! Cam Hooke still believes this could be The Year of the Magpie.

First AFLFA Forum: AFL Fans reveal what they love about footy and what needs improving

The AFL Fans Association hosted their first fan forum at Punt Rd in June to hear what fans love about AFL footy and what they think needs improving. They have now collated their results in a report that will be delivered to the AFL and have also made it public for all fans to read.

Happy Five Day!

Happy Five Day.

The Rotary Club of Fitzroy ‘Pick One Winner Competition’ – Round 20 Rules

Latest from the Fitzroy Rotary Tip One comp.

Life Again Foundation Fundraising Lunch – Spirit of Sport: Spirit of Life

Join Gareth Andrews and the Life Again Foundation for an important fundraising lunch on Friday August 31 at the RACV Club featuring James Sutherland, Chris Judd, Caroline Wilson, John Bertrand AO, Barrie Cassidy and Tony Wilson.

Event: The Lord’s Taverners Legends Dinner

The Lord’s Taverners Victoria are holding their 16th Legends of Victorian Cricket Dinner in August. Details here.

Local boy fires in Croweater country by KB Hill

KB Hill looks at the career of Luke Norman, who began behind the stumps in local cricket, but soon graduated to being an Ovens & Murray League star, a Melbourne player, before finding success in the SANFL.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood life – Round 19: Still looking at a Top Four finish. Believe!

‘True Believers, like last week, that AFL game is why we are Collingwood supporters, but different to last week. We can confront adversity, recognise benefits from failure and remain optimistic.’ Cam Hooke is here to reassure Pie fans that Saturday’s loss was no cause for concern. Believe!

Almanac Odd Friday Lunch – with Mark McNamara (August 17)

Join us at the North Fitzroy Arms for The Odd Friday Lunch, this time with Mark McNamara (Aug 17) author of The ‘Bool.

Rugby League Retrospective: an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tom Brock Lecture

This year marks the 20th year of The Annual Tom Brock Lecture. An event not to be missed for any rugby fan on Wednesday September 19 at Club York, 99 York Street, Sydney.

Balcony Banter Round 18 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Out of the Docklands and into the Bullring

“Unfortunately the enjoyment of meeting up with my son at the footy was tempered by Collingwood’s complete demolition of our team. North have exceeded my expectations this season, but on this day they are poor, and hopelessly outplayed by their opponents.”
Read Smokie’s latest match report on Saturday’s Collingwood v North Melbourne game on Balcony Banter.