Round 23 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Week 3 of Collingwood’s 2016 Pre-Season

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.

Almanac Cricket: Phil Hughes inquest and side-on batting

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.

Round 16 – Sydney v Hawthorn: Brown and Gold Billionaires

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]

Let’s hope it’s not a knee

Anson Cameron wrote this beauty of D Menzel and his cursed knee back in 2012. [Timely – thanks Anson – Ed].

Round 22 – Hawthorn v Brisbane: The annual trip (Junior Almanac)

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 Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Where has this team been?

Cam enjoyed the second 2016 pre-season game a little more than the first. Click through for highlights and musings.

Has D. Flanigan had a haircut? Find out at lunch on Aug 28, before Geelong v Collingwood

Darren Flanigan is coming to lunch on Aug 28. Book now.

Footys4all – Footys heading to Fiji and Maningrida

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]

An Under 9s Coach

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.

Round 22 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: round 22 preview

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.

AFL Fans Association: Diehards demand more grand final tickets

A statement from the AFL Fans Association calling on the League to increase its ticket allocation for members of the competing clubs.

Perth Reclink Community Cup

A highlight of the community sporting calendar in Melbourne and Sydney, the annual Reclink Community Cup is local footy at its most irreverent. This weekend is the inaugural Perth Reclink Community Cup and we’d love to see you at Bassendean this coming Sunday!

Round 21 – Carlton v Melbourne: Sill awaiting the purple patch

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.

Round 21 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 21 post-mortem

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.

Fitzroy Rotary Pick One Comp – Round 20 Update

The final 11 are proving hard to shake. Click through for Peter’s update on who is off limits for the week.

Round 21 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Collingwood v Richmond preview

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]

Mark Pennings’ Origins of Australian Football Vol 3

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.

Jim Stynes statue: the photo, the conversation

A statue, a conversation with 9-year-old Harry; observations and photograph thanks to Sasha Lennon.

VAFA – Old Brighton v Fitzroy: A Funeral, a Baptism, Ergodic Subsystems and Schadenfreude

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]

Round 20 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood life: Starting Pre-season 2016

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.