Join Percy and the Almanackers for lunch with umpires Bill Deller and Murray Bird this Friday. Read on for full details.
There is an Australian football competition in Iceland. Two teams, playing nine-a-side. “It’s not overly complicated. There’s not too many rules. It’s very scruffy, a bit like Icelandic culture,” says Jacob Robertson, a half-Icelandic, half-Australian from Reykjavik.
It’s been a long year for Fremantle fans. Some would say “character building”. Patrick Smith reports.
This right royal King George! III has a voice all of his own. He writes with a smile. Here’s his report of the day at Brunswick Street. Includes the line: If [Ligris] were reduced to the size of a bullant I’m sure he could kick a miniature football through the wings of fly-by mosquitoes cascading them into the hungry mouth of an air-oscillating hummingbird a yard away. [Love it – JTH]
At the completion of Round 18, only 104 entrants remain in the running. Get the lowdown for your Round 19 “pick one” here.
Tony Wilson and Rob Heath have made a film detailing the overseas odyssey of a team of football legends. It premieres on the 7th of August as part MIFF. Read on for more details.
“If Jeremy Corbyn ran your local pub” is a great premise and the topic of an article on Buzzfeed. It has got us wondering; who would you most like to see running your local?
King George! III employs olde and middley English (as you might expect) in telling the timeless tale of a trip to Brighton. There is no reporter like King George!
Peter Sweeney, in his first piece for the Almanac, tells the story of small-town WA footy in an even smaller world. [Welcome Peter – JTH]
The latest on the Fitzroy Rotary Tip One.
The eternally optimistic Cam Hooke urges his Collingwood believers to have faith, this week’s game against North Melbourne is the next step.
Phill Goulding has been Dips O’Donnell’s neighbour for 25 years. He reflects on those years at the time of the passing of Dips’s Dad John O’Donnell and tells the story of what he once said to Bruce Doull.
Returning from Euro 2016, Bob Pelekanakis was unimpressed with the amount of goals Carlton gifted to West Coast.
A tale of 500 bike riders through the Kimberley, seven kids, one coffee machine; and of indigenous and non-indigenous team work. [This SBS documentary is a cracking good news story – Ed].
The message from Cam Hooke to his Collingwood believers is to be saddened but optimistic, read his good, bad and ugly observations.
David Fordyce has the stats to prove Geelong handballs too much.
How did your footy team do on the weekend? We have AFL, NRL, WAFL, TEAFL, SANFL if it ends in L bound to be here.
Aidan Hammond continues his big Round 16 with a Billy Brownless sighting in Geelong and a plausible theory about why Carlton have the club song on their changeroom wall.
Almanac on tour! Lunch in Hobart Aug 19. Footy on Aug 20.
Jim Johnson creator of the Stab Punt presents research evidence of George Goninon’s use of a Drop Punt in his success at goal kicking.