Almanac Cricket: What do you make of the Brett Geeves article?

Brett Geeves has had a bit to say about the culture of the Australian cricket side. Your thoughts?

World Footy: John Newton, footballer and footy writer

John Newton discovered footy after dislocating his elbow playing soccer. He now plays for the Boston Demons while studying journalism. Here’s his story from the Berkeley Beacon.

Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch – Book Now!

The Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch has become a real standout in the calendar. This year will be no exception. RSVP now!

Almanac Cricket: Pink Stumps Day 2016.

Almanac is supporting Pink Stumps Day, what is it and how do you get involved? Read and find out!

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – Players on Players

What do players say about other players? Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt from the Chapter: Players on Players 2010s.

Almanac Reading – Pakistan’s national baseball team arrives, improbably, in Brooklyn

As Martin Flanagan contends: Sport has the power to illuminate aspects of our society and our social past that otherwise remain hidden. That is probably the case in this piece from “The New Yorker” last month on the Pakistan national baseball team.

Grand Final – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Tension and excitement

Joey Barnard [aged 9] relives the tension of the AFL Grand Final.

Sports Writers Festival Almanac Ticket Offer

As you might have seen the Almanac has given a few little plugs to the upcoming Sports Writers Festival. As a way of saying thanks, the organisers, led by Francis Leach, are offering Almanackers $10 tickets to a number of session sessions. Click through for full details.

Nail paint and crotchless knickers or ‘Leaps and Bounds’: a wander through footy, music and the contemporary world.

Brilliant from Ron Wells. This piece is composed to comment on the musos booked for the Grand Final – but it does so much more. Ron takes us through footy, music and life – with many sharp observations beautifully expressed. Molly even gets a mention and as he’d say: “Do yourself a favour.”

O what a team! (Or a commentator’s worst nightmare)

John Mason and mates have picked a team of players whose names end with the letter O. Further suggestions?

Watching the footy from overseas

Chris Tinning was an overseas reader before he recently returned to Australia. Here is Chris’s story on watching the footy overseas. [Add your experiences – Ed].

American Football: The Superchargers and the scar spangled banner

Written in 2014 while watching American Football and paying his dues in San Diego’s County Jail, Charlie Wells had time to reflect and writes an amazing tale of football and incarceration from an Australian’s perspective. [Riveting read – Ed]

Football Research Collective – Latest Update

Read the latest update from the Football Research Collective, including new books and a call for conference papers.

Press Release: Sports Writers Festival (Oct 14-19)

The Sports Writers’ Festival is on again in Melbourne. Here is the program and how you can buy tickets.

Luke Beveridge, the Bulldogs faithful, and Play On

Footy means so much to so many. Just ask a Doggies supporter. In his book Play On (Loose Men Everywhere) John Harms considered why. Luke Beveridge read an extract from Play On at the club celebrations last night. Here’s what the much-loved coach read.

Grand Final 2016: The Goodna Letter

This missive, penned by Bulldogs fan Ted Bradley, leaves the Jerilderie Letter in its wake. Ted barracks for the Western Bulldogs, Goodna, and North Sydney. [A gem – Ed]

Almanac Photography – A touch of Barassi

Peter Argent has spotted something here in the kicking style of Jared Petrenko.

ASSH (SA) Twentieth anniversary dinner Oct 11- Book Now

The South Australian branch of ASSH is holding a dinner to celebrate its twentieth anniversary – on Tuesday October 11. All welcome. John Harms is the guest speaker. The topic will be of interest to those who enjoy the almanac.

Bendigo and Shepparton: Queen Elizabeth Oval or Deakin Reserve?

Peter Sweeney has always loved Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval. But watching Kyabram v Rochester at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve had him wondering – which is the best footy ground? [Leave your Australia-wide nominations].

Images from the Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve Lunch

Check out these images captured by Yvette Wroby at the Footy Almanac Grand Final Eve lunch 2016.