Cam Hookes’ Collingwood life – Round 23 preview

Four more wins and Collingwood will be in the Grand Final. True believer Cam Hooke takes a good look at Friday night’s Pies v Hawks.

Funeral Notice: Jan (John) Gigacz

The funeral of Jan (John) Gigacz, father of former editor, and great supporter and friend of the Almanac, Gigs, will be held on Friday morning. Details are included in this post.

Footy Town in The Gap

Sasha Lennon celebrates The Gap Dragons’ footy club and the success of the annual round robin intra-club kids competition. He also thanks the Footy Almanac for getting behind the event.

Father’s Day Special

Father’s Day Special.

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Footy, Drugs and the David Hicks Dilemma

The Unknown Sports Lover responds to the Cronulla deal and does not sugar-coat the situation. Your thoughts? On the concept of the deal? On the terms of the deal? On what should ave happened?

AFL Round 21: Reports

All the reports from Round 21, 2014

Cam Hookes’ Collingwood life: Round 22 preview

Magpie fan Cam Hookes understates his case in previewing the GWS – Collingwood game. Injuries? The Pies have had a few. Poor games lately? The Pies have had a few. A win for the Pies? Comprehensively, with a bit of a push.

Old (woollen) footy jumpers – Plenty Rovers Under 17s 1963

Wayde Petersen shares memories and pix of his father and the Plenty Rovers (now Mernda) footy club. Saturday is Mernda’s last game at the old Schotter Street ground before moving to new facilities next season. Wayde would like plenty of people to come down for the farewell.

AFL Round 21 – Fremantle v Hawthorn: The Dockers board the Rottnest Ferry

Patrick Smith says Freo’s form has switched from being like the old Rottnest Ferry, chopping through the waves to a sleek hydrofoil, skimming across the water.

Poignancy personified: a postscript from Gerry Both

Gerry The Torp Both with a poignant postscript to his earlier piece on his old woollen Adelaide Uni Blacks jumper.

AFL Round 21 – Collingwood v Brisbane: Roll on 2015

Cam Hooke chose watching the Bledisloe Cup over his Magpies on Saturday night (wise choice). He offers his usual calm, dispassionate analysis of where Collingwood are at.

2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

Australia’s premier sport related art exhibition is now on in Melbourne. Check out the details.

Footy Almanac Bloods Lunch (Aug 29)

Footy Almanac Bloods’ lunch with Peter Bedford. All welcome. [Check the Peter Bedford footy card]

Obituary: Wally Stubbings – wharfie, communist, athlete

Wally Stubbings, a great character of Australian life, passed away last month at the age of 101. Labour and rugby league historian Greg Mallory tells Wally’s story.

AFL Round 20 Reports

All of the Round 20 reports.

AFL International Cup – Weekend Fixtures and Match Review

The AFL International Cup is in full swing, with matches on Saturday, semi finals on Tuesday and the final as curtain raiser to the Hawks – Cats blockbuster. All the links, fixtures and Stephen Alomes’ witty review of the Canada v USA Liberty clash are here.

Yallourn FC Seconds c1963

Rod Oaten takes his place in the pantheon of Yallourn seconds sides.

And the big men fly in Dubai, Dalian and Delhi: the international dimensions of Aussie Rules Football

Economist (and footy fan) Tim Harcourt outlines the reasons behind Aussie Rules going global.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood life: Round 21 preview

I thought the Canberra Cats had a fine spiritual leader and newsletter, but Cam Hooke is the Woodsmen’s equivalent. If this Canberra Pie mob and the Floreat Pica Society ever got together they’d take over the world. Go Pies.

[This is a must-read for all Pies - Ed]

Poetry: The Drop Kick

Philip Hodgins on the glorious drop kick.