Almanac (Tassie) footy – a speech by Martin Flanagan: More than a Name

We have followed the progress of the North Hobart FC and its name change over recent times. Well, there’s been a victory for the people and footy culture. North Hobart has its name back and to celebrate Martin Flanagan spoke at Saturday’s club lunch. This is the full text of his speech (after an edited version appeared in The Age).

Killa: the Alan Killigrew years at Norwood

“After all, what is a football club?  It is grass in the middle, posts at the ends, and bricks and mortar.  It’s the people that give it soul.  A football club is a living body”. Those reflective words penned by Alan Killigrew, say a lot about the man and his remarkable football journey that had a profound impact on so many people.

What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?

Cate McGregor has written a brilliant, thought provoking cricket article in The Canberra Times. Follow the link below to read the article.

Richard Flanagan: ‘Our politics is a dreadful black comedy’ – National Press Club speech in The Guardian

Australian author Richard Flanagan addressed the National Press Club as part of the Canberra Writers Festival.

Red Fox extract: Ron Barassi v Albie Rodda

Taken from the brilliant biography of master coach, Norm Smith, this extract looks at Smith’s appraisal of his protege Ron Barassi as a prodigiously talented 12-year-old.

Many AFL fans prefer a day Grand Final – AFL Fans Association report

It’s a topic that’s been floated by the AFL several times; should the Grand Final remain a day game or shift to twilight/nighttime? The AFL Fans Association has asked their members with fairly conclusive results.

VAFA Premier C – Peninsula OBFC v Fitzroy: See you later relegater, in a while Cr(OG) a dial

King George III is back in all his whirlwind, intertextual glory. A tour de force (farce) of literature and film as he tells the story, however cryptically, of the Roys’ win down on the peninsula. “Bookending the smallest library of goals” is in running for the Statistic of the Year.

The colourful, charismatic ‘K’ Mack by KB Hill

The Almanac welcomes the return of country footy writer par exellence, KB Hill. This time, we’re sharing his tale of one of the true characters of the Ovens & Murray league, Kevin Mack.

PFA Football History Conference: Tuesday May 15

The PFA will host its inaugural Football History Conference at Lakeside Stadium on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – AFL Round 4: Outstanding

Cam Hooke’s collation, interpretation, consideration and determination are all on display after Collingwood’s AFL Round 4 win over Adelaide.

Latest instalment from Norman Weaver’s “As The Twig Is Bent”

More great reading with another cracking extract from Norman Weaver’s book on growing up in Northern Victoria during the inter- and post-War years, “As the Twig is Bent”. Part 3 of 3.

Book Extract – “As the Twig is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 2: Woosang

Another great extract from Norman Weaver’s book on growing up in Northern Victoria during the inter- and post-War years, “As the Twig is Bent”. Part 2

Almanac Lunch – Odd Friday (April 13): With Barry Mitchell

Lunch on April 13 with Barry Mitchell, who can tell a yarn about his time in footy, and may also offer some insights into a footballer who is now gaining the recognition he deserves (young Tom).

Footy Friends

Jasmine Conrad and Violet Dunn are footy friends. Here they give you a snap shot into what playing footy means to them and how excited they are for Season 2018 with the Caulfield Bears.

Book Extract – “As the Twig is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 1: Footy and Nine Ounce Gloves

Brett Weaver has been kind enough to share this from his father’s recently released book, “As the Twig is Bent” on childhood and adolescence in post-war country Victoria. This is an absolute cracker, Almanackers – do yourself a favour

Almanac Hurling (and Travel): An Australian on Tour (in search of kulcha)

Matt O’Hanlon and G-Squared are on tour in Ireland. Matt is having trouble with the language but he’s loving the kulcha. [Classic O’Hanlon and a great travel yarn – JTH]

You can go your own way, but you better be home soon…

A bombshell in music as a famous band gets a little more famous/infamous. Are there similar stories in footy that got you fired up?

Artist Susan Sutton – South Coast Exhibition: March 31 until April 21

Artist Susan Sutton will be exhibiting at the South Coast Exhibition at Qdos Arts, March 31 until April 21 in Lorne.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Carlton down, Adelaide next

Cam Hooke files from Canberra, with his typically thorough overview of all things Collingwood. It’s a good week. [That VFL final score is not a typo – Ed].

Gold! Gold! Gold! Aussies lead medal count after first day of competition at the Commonwealth Games

Five gold medals, two World Records, and one Commonwealth Games Record give the Aussies a flying start in the pool and at the Velodrome.