You can never accuse Cam Hooke of lacking in optimism. For the rest of the footy world, Collingwood taking on Essendon is a [very] dead-rubber, but to Cam this is the ‘Pies third hit out of their 2016 premiership campaign.
Former Australian and Queensland opening bowler, Tony Dell, explains that the legacy of Phil Hughes’ tragic death can be to show batsmen the importance of good (side-on) technique.
Year 10/11 student Vivienne Williams makes her Almanac debut with a beauty of Round 16, when she travelled to Sydney to watch her Hawks. “…Tonight it’s we who are the Bondi Billionaires!” [Great writing Vivienne – Ed]
Anson Cameron wrote this beauty of D Menzel and his cursed knee back in 2012. [Timely – thanks Anson – Ed].
Kane McInerney, 11 years old, flew to Launceston for the footy. He’s made keen observations of Hawthorn, of Brisbane and of the travelling life.
Cam enjoyed the second 2016 pre-season game a little more than the first. Click through for highlights and musings.
Darren Flanigan is coming to lunch on Aug 28. Book now.
It is not everyday that you meet a man who has travelled all the way from an overseas country to pick up a donation of AFL Footys4all Ross Faulkner Footballs to take back to his homeland of Fiji! It was great to meet you and thanks for spreading the Australian rules ‘gospel’ and [Read more]
If character is essential to success in footy and life, then current Adelaide coach Scott Camporeale is ahead of the pack. Less than 24 hours after despatching the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval, Peter Argent’s camera found the former Carlton champion and 2000 All-Australian calling the shots at an Under 9s match in suburban Adelaide.
Like the rest of the Magpie army, Cam Hooke found last week’s loss to Richmond a little too much to bear. Nevertheless, the Pies front up against Geelong on Friday night and Cam is looking for a better effort than their round 21 offering.
A statement from the AFL Fans Association calling on the League to increase its ticket allocation for members of the competing clubs.
Geoff Woolcock is such a Dees man he flies from sunny Brisbane to the MCG (via Docklands) and gets there mid-pummeling. That’s love.
A 91-point loss to an old enemy. Some defeats test the belief of even the truest of believers. Roll on 2016, says Cam Hooke.
The final 11 are proving hard to shake. Click through for Peter’s update on who is off limits for the week.
With 2015 done and dusted as far as Cam Hooke is concerned, preparations for 2016 start now. What better way to salvage something from this season than to dent the top four hopes of arch-rival, Richmond, with a 2016-style line-up. [Also includes tips on how to survive a long, harsh off-season of no Collingwood joy. – Ed]
LAUNCH TOMORROW. Vol 3 of Mark Pennings early history of Australian football follows on from his first two critically-acclaimed books. This volume is being launched at the MCC Library at 1pm on Aug 20. All welcome.
A statue, a conversation with 9-year-old Harry; observations and photograph thanks to Sasha Lennon.
How did the Roys lose that one? Lively and entertaining speculation from King George III in the finest tradition of the columnist who assumes the freedom to weave anything in. [Very entertaining – JTH]
Cam Hooke shares the Black & White view from Round 20, with observations from around the grounds. (Dogs v Dees: “What was interesting was the openness of the access to goal – unlike our routinely highly congested Forward Line.”) It’s time to build towards 2016.