Reconciliation as a 400m Event

The choice of Sydney as the host for the Olympics in 2000, was related to the perception of Australia being a positive example of the good life and of Reconciliation. The Games presented a range of opportunities for Indigenous participation and cultural representation says Andy Fuller as he discusses the lead up to that event.

Commonwealth Games as Anachronism and City Branding

Andy Fuller discusses how indigenous interests and politics are given short shrift when many stand to benefit from the pomp and ceremony of an anachronistic, imperialist and self-aggrandising sporting spectacle such as The Commonwealth Games.

I went to the baseball

Andy takes Almanackers on a trip to the ballpark relating his experiences of becoming a new follower of baseball in Australia.

Writing Richmond Together: A review of The Tigers’ Almanac 2017

Andy Fuller gives a terrific overview of The Tigers’ Almanac 2017. He has absolutely nailed it.

Wednesday Night Book Club: Yellow and Black

Andy Fuller went to a recent event featuring Konrad Marshall, Caroline Wilson and Geoff Slattery who were discussing Konrad’s book Yellow and Black. Konrad spent a season (and little more) with the club and had terrific access. Here Andy reports on the night.

At Prospect Oval

SANFL footy at its finest as Andy Fuller captures the spirit at Prospect Oval. North Adelaide got the big win in the end over South Adelaide.

Footy Blogging and Archiving

Andy Fuller provides a thoughtful and insightful discussion about footy blogging and archiving.

Almanac Art – Into the Sportscape

Andy Fuller sat down with artist Wayne Elliot to discuss his paintings, sport and his upbringing.

Round 5 – Richmond v Melbourne: Richmond Enchantment

A visceral account of a Tiges supporter’s nerves, excitement and elation after a five-win streak from Andy Fuller.

Amsterdam City Cup: Call for Players

A footy team in Amsterdam is looking for players to take part in the upcoming Amsterdam Cup. Check out the dates, will you be in the Netherlands?

Running, Somewhere in Holland

Andy Fuller tells how he has become a committed distance runner in the Netherlands. The wind, rain and cold is stiffer competition than the journey.

‘Black and Proud’ : A Review

The impacts of Collingwood and St Kilda’s round four clash of the 1993 AFL season at Victoria Park still resonate over 20 years later. It was a day that Nicky Winmar and Gilbert McAdam made a stand against entrenched racism in Australian sport, with Winmar’s declaration of pride immortalised by both Wayne Ludbey and John Feder. Andy Fuller reviews ‘Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo’.

Retro Football and the Footscray Bulldogs

On recent trip home to Australia from his work commitments in Holland, Tiger fan and Andy Fuller paid a visit to the Whitten Oval to soak up the culture and to gain an understanding of the Bulldogs’ identity.

Death in Yogya

The tragic death of a young soccer supporter has caused much discussion about fan culture in Indonesia.

Marathoning the Rotterdam

Rotterdam may not have the reputation or international pull of cities such as London, New York and Paris, but as a marathon-city it has a fine reputation. Andy Fuller reports on a crowd-pleasing event where music meets sponsors meets philanthropy, celebrating individuality and solidarity.

Doing Boxing

Andy Fuller discusses Loic Wacquant’s book, Body and Soul: notebooks of an apprentice boxer and considers the place of boxing in footy and the broader community.

Fan stories

Andy Fuller analyses Dugald Jellie’s series of essays Tiger Tiger Burning Bright which appeared weekly for much of 2013, and laments the attitude of the self-important who failed to appreciate them. [Reminds me of a section of Richard Ford’s novel The Sportswriter which is no faint praise – Ed]

Memories of Footy

This is a seriously thoughtful piece about footy. [This requires careful reading: in the section which may appear offensive, please do not mistake the voice of the crowd for the position of the author. Ed.]