Footy Almanac Melbourne launch speech (remember this?)

Remember this? Anson Cameron may have shot the Cisco Kid last Friday but he knocked everyone over with this classic speech to launch The Footy Almanac in 2009 (A Geelong year).

From the Almanac Archives – Is Brian Lake an Alien?

Brian Lake yesterday announced his retirement from AFL footy. To mark the occasion, we looked back through our archives and found this beauty from Westcoast Dave (David Bruce). It might be a bit painful for Doggies fans to enjoy reading, but if you’ve ever watched the way Brian Lake played his footy, then you’ll agree David nails the way he got to contests you didn’t think he could, or take the marks that you didn’t think he would and why there’ll be a few key forwards relieved that he won’t be standing them in 2016.

2015 Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch: Match Report

The story of The Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch held at the Royal Melbourne Hotel in Bourke St last Friday. Cast your Brownlow votes.

Want to lunch with Mike Sheahan, Barass, Swooper, Rowdy and Champs?

If you’ve ever wanted to have some lunch with Barass, Mike Sheahan, John Northey, Neale Daniher and Greg Champion and raise funds to help find a cure for MND, then then the Premium Demons Post 2015 Season Luncheon is for you!

Almanac Rugby – RWC 2015: Week 3 preview

With most teams in the 2015 Rugby World Cup having played two matches, Hamish Neal has a look at the state of play in the tournament.

Season Highlights 2015 – Hawthorn: Round 16, Sydney Swans v Hawthorn: For Tim

Re-packaging a great piece from Joe Moore in the wake of the round 16 clash between the Swans and Hawks: Although his Bloods lost the match, he was happy for one particular Hawthorn fan. Perhaps Joe’s allegiances rest with Hawthorn on Saturday as they take on West Coast?

Adam Goodes art (by John Spooner)

The auction for John Spooner’s original Adam Goodes caricature has opened. The current bid is: $600

SANFL Grand Final: Sensational Schmidty – Leads West To SANFL Holy Grail

It was a day of celebrations at Adelaide Oval as West Adelaide broke a 32-year premiership drought when they downed Woodville-West Torrens in the 2015 SANFL Grand Final. Peter Argent and his cameras were there to catch the action and celebrate the feats of West’s Chris Schmidt.

Grand Final Trilogy

A great piece from Justin Lalor on last year’s Grand Final, and the dominance of Hawthorn on the competition in recent years – which gets you to thinking where Clarkson, Hodge, Mitchell, Lewis, Cyril and Roughy might sit in comparison to Jeans, Dipper, Dermott, Ayers and Collins if they can knock off the Eagles in the 2015 Grand Final and be the first Hawthorn team to snare a premiership hat-trick. [With absolutely no disrespect intended to the Eagles at all, and in no way getting ahead of ourselves here at Almanac HQ. Anything can, and often does happen on the day. – Ed]

Round 15 – Hawthorn v Fremantle: Message received loud and clear

The scoreline the last time Hawthorn and Fremantle met was pretty much one-way traffic in favour of the reigning premiers. In the weeks since their round 15 clash, John Butler’s last sentence is eerily prescient: Has Ross Lyon played all his cards, or is there an ace up his sleeve with a Grand Final spot up for grabs? [A good neutral account of the game. JB is a long-suffering Bluebagger – Ed]

LAST TIME THEY MET: Round 10 – North Melbourne v West Coast: Not Bending With The Breeze

As the West Coast Eagles prepare to host North Melbourne in Saturday night’s Preliminary Final, we thought it timely to have look back at the last time these two sides met. Down at Blundstone Arena, North claimed victory by 10 points. With a spot in the 2015 Grand Final on the line, can the Kangaroos repeat the dose, or will the West Coast Eagles prove too strong? A great match report from Josh Barnstable.

Happy 162nd Birthday, MCG!

Steve Baker has found a selection of images of the MCG – each reflects its moment.

Almanac Rugby – Rugby World Cup 2015: Run The Cutter – RWC 2015 Week 1

Not quite up there with the 1980 Winter Olympics’ ‘Miracle on Ice’, but Japan’s stunning 34-32 win over the Springboks must surely rate as one of Rugby World Cups’ greatest upsets. Later tonight (Australian Eastern time) the Brave Blossoms meet Scotland, so ahead of that clash and Australia’s opening pool match against Fiji at 1:45am Thursday morning, Hamish Neal has put together this primer for the 2015 RWC. [Sir Ritchie McCaw and ‘peasant referees’ tells you all you need to know about where The Hammer’s allegiances lie. Make of that what you will… – Ed]

Almanac Cricket: Blind Cricket and the folly of assumptions

A great extract from a speech given by former Sight Impaired Australian Cricketer, Graeme Innes, at the launch of the All Abilities championships held in the Melbourne Cricket Club’s famed Long Room. Assumptions and discrimination hold so many of us back; “we are limited by the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

Lunch (Sep 18): VAFA Grand Final shindig

Always a cracking affair.

Featuring Leigh Matthews, Barrie Cassidy and Greg Champion.

Junior Almanac: Winning is a plus, good footy is a must

Abby Lennon (11 years old) played in a Grand Final last Friday night, for the Wests Bulldogs. It was the first Brisbane Juniors Under 13 Girls Grand Final ever. [Terrific stuff Abby – Ed].

AFLBJ Under 14 Div 1 Grand Final – Sandgate v Wests: That’s the siren

The siren sounded in the Brisbane Junior Under 14s Grand Final, and then this happened…
[With thanks to Glenn Wagner – Ed]

Junior Almanac: Sandgate Hawks Give Father and Son a Day to Remember

Luke Smith (13-years-old) had the taste of Grand Final nerves ahead of playing in last Saturday’s big one. Could he and his Sandgate Hawks do it?

Almanac Rugby League: Homo Morphsuitius

For those who recall the grand old days of rugby league in Brisbane – when Brothers and Fortitude Valleys ran around – this piece from that noted biological historian Matt O’Hanlon will resonate. Report of the BRL second division final Grand Final. [Very funny MOH – were they serving double rums free with the cans of XXXX Gold?]

Almanac Comedy: New Breaking Dad Season

Matt Quartermaine and Tim Smith live at the Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne. [Reviews have been excellent – Ed]