First Day of School

Andrew Starkie shares a poignant tale of the disarming, charming and at times, alarming nature of parenthood

Tamworth: the ritual

Andrew Starkie writes on Tamworth, on old mates and on ritual.

We are Green and Gold (2014)

Andrew Starkie lost a dear footy friend, Matt McNeil, at the age of 43. He reflects on their time together in the Old Collegians team in the WDFL and their adventures in Warrnambool. [Superb tribute – JTH]

Round 23 – Brisbane v North Melbourne: Love and integrity

Starkie reflects on what makes footy so special to him after being asked one simple question by his daughter.

Almanac Music: The River

Andrew Starkie has a look back to his childhood spent with his best mate, Patrick McGinness. The connection has stayed strong with the help of a mutual love for Bruce Springsteen.

Almanac Music: Tamworth – Light on the Hill

Andrew Starkie realises the Tamworth Music Festival is one of the beautiful things in this world that gets him excited to write.

Billy: the addiction’s doing push-ups

Andrew Starkie has been keeping us up to date with the struggle of Billy*. Here’s the next instalment.

Almanac People: Billy’s Life Journey

Andrew Starkie writes of Billy and his journey through life, the choices made, and confronting challenges one day at a time.


Evocative, moving writing from Andrew Starkie on memory, on place and on gratitude.

Round 22 – North Melbourne v Sydney: Clean Up Your Act, ‘Roos

Andrew Starkie avoided watching North Melbourne play Sydney by resorting to thoroughly cleaning his house. (More productive than the ‘Roos forwards – Ed.)

Round 19 – North Melbourne v St Kilda: We Love Ya, Boomer!

Andrew Starkie lauds the incredible career of Brent Harvey, which was celebrated by he and fellow ‘Roos supporters with a comfortable win over St Kilda on Saturday night.

Round 17 – North Melbourne v Port Adelaide: the good and bad about North Melbourne

According to Andrew Starkie, North needed to make a statement against Port Adelaide, unfortunately not the one he wanted.

Almanac Travel: A Warrnambool Winter

Andrew Starkie travels back to Warrnambool to share old and new memories with his daughter.

Round 12 – Geelong v North Melbourne: Kick Up The Pants

Andrew Starkie likens the Kangas’ loss to a foot in the posterior.

Round 11 – North Melbourne v Richmond: Opposite Directions

Preston market is not only a good spot for fruit but for reassuring Andrew Starkie’s North Melbourne pre-game anxieties.

Round 6 – North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: that was then, this is now

While Dogs won around the clearances, Andrew Starkie writes that Wells and Waite were the difference in North’s top of the table clash.

North Can Make the GF This Year*

North Man Andrew Starkie has high hopes for the Kangaroos in 2016. Can they make the big dance? Do Brad Scott’s boys have the killer instinct required? All these questions, and more, answered by Starkie the Shinboner.

Almanac Music – Tamworth: Inspiring

Andrew Starkie on the revitalising power of the Tamworth Music Festival.

Incoherent rant ahead: Wrong Move North Melbourne

Andrew Starkie lets rip on Brad Scott’s decision to rest nine players, a tactical manoeuvre that could impact North’s form, momentum, credibility and culture.

Round 22: North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: What do we make of this match?

Andrew Starkie on the enigmatic North Melbourne. Outstanding in the week they roll the Dockers before succumbing to a rampaging Bulldogs a weekend later. And what do we make of this match in the context of September?