Stories from Prison – ICC World Cup Semi-Final: New Zealand v South Africa

A unique perspective from a new correspondent “The Inside Man” who graphically describes the experience of four Kiwi prisoners watching the gripping ICC World Cup semi final at Eden Park from an Australian Jail. We all meet as equals on the sporting field.

AFLPA: A chat with Swan McKay

Swan McKay has had an interesting life. A boy from Newlyn, he moved to Melbourne to go to uni and to play for Carlton. He played in four premierships, had his politics re-shaped at Latrobe Uni (and beyond) and was a key figure in the first years of the AFLPA. He spoke to John Harms.

Almanac Event – Friday May 1: A chat with David Fyfe and others. All welcome.

Come and join the fun on Friday May 1. Nat Fyfe’s father David, the original Peter from Peterborough and a few more will be there for a chat. Read on for more info.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: ANZAC Day – The Big One

From the nation’s capitol, Dr Hooke is primed for the ANZAC Day clash against the old foe, Essendon.

Round 3 – Adelaide v Melbourne: Still Top Spot

Young Aidan Hammond gets a bit of shock as the Dees take the game right up to his Adelaide Crows on Saturday.

Poetry: One Game, One Goal (Tom Petsinas)

This is a poem by Tom Petsinas. Orm Fowler, known as Tom, played one game for Fitzroy and then (it seems) went to St Kilda. Looks like he enlisted in 1915. I have had a quick look at the War Memorial service records. Seven Tom Fowlers enlisted during World War I. Someone might like to work out which one this is.

ANZAC Day across AFL Asia

AFL Asia president Darren Whitfield alerts us to what is happening through AFL Asia this ANZAC Day weekend. [No doubt a mate of Rocket Gillett’s – JTH]

Assumption College’s Hall of Excellence Opening and their Team of the Century

  Assumption College in Kilmore is renowned as one of Australian football’s greatest ‘factories’, but a look through the accomplishments of its Alumni shows that sporting achievement is merely the top of the iceberg. From medicine, engineering, the arts, finance and the judiciary, Assumption College has a rich history of former students who have gone on [Read more]

Stereo Stories: Live at Williamstown Library

Our partner site Stereo Stories got the band[s] back together for their April gig at Williamstown Library…

From The Economist’s Intelligent Life: Richie Benaud’s Sounds of Silence

Tim de Lisle – former editor at Wisden – penned a touching tribute to Richie Benaud in The Economist’s ‘Intelligent Life’.

Almanac Art: Out came the Sherrin

Susan Sutton is a finalist in the Gallipoli Prize. Here is her entry, with the artist’s notes.

AFL Club Logos

If you ever need an AFL club logo jpeg, here they are in one place. If you are in the Almanac footy tipping comp can you please make your club logo your profile pic so we can start to calculate the leading club (four in a side).

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood life: Friday night lights

The beauty of footy; the chance of redemption is on offer six days later. The Pies face St Kilda under the bright lights of Friday night footy and Dr Hooke is ready for a Magpie resurgence.

Fitzroy FC: Anzac Day Centenary Lunch (and match v Ajax)

Anzac Day Lunch at the Fitzroy FC community rooms. Guest speaker: John Harms. [There will be an Almanac table – bookings essential]

Wool Team: Talking footy and wool with the Coodabeens

John Harms recently joined The Coodabeens Champions to talk about the Almanac’s on-going search to name the Greatest-Ever Wool footy team

Round 2 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Not much fun, that…

It was a dirty day at the Docklands for Dr Hooke and the True Believers of the Magpie Army. Burn the tape of the game against the Crows; St Kilda and Essendon are now on the horizon.

The Almanac-Fitzroy Rotary Pick One Competition

The Rotary Fitzroy Pick One Competition starts this week. Join now. Help a community organisation – and win cash.

In Round 3 you cannot select against the bottom THREE sides meaning

No Bombers playing Blues
No Tigers playing Lions
No Suns playing Cats (who would have thought)

Round 2 – Essendon v Hawthorn: A Few Good Men

Home, family and footy: Trev Blainey makes sense of Essendon’s remarkable victory. [Marketers, read this and you might learn why footy has such appeal – JTH]

VAFA – Fitzroy v Old Brighton: There’s always next week

Steve Earl, Fitzroy stalwart (and sponsor), felt a little disillusioned as Old Brighton dismantled the Roy Boys. But hope was restored at Percy Jones’s North Fitzroy Arms – a classic old Fitzroy pub where Wisdom has a room upstairs and sticks his head in from time to time.

US Masters – Final Nine Holes Blog (the tradition continues)

As the players turn for home, add your commentary on what’s happening. [In the interest of resisting work – Ed]