Almanac Teams: I axe/dump side (A mixed up side)

This is a nice challenge. Gigs has picked an annagrammatic side of footballers since the 50s. I think it’s best that he explains, which he has done in this piece. [Vintage Gigs – JTH]

August 15th – A Day of Reckoning

Gigs fills us in on the significance of August 15 2017 as he embarks on another Radox-fuelled season with the Clifton Hill CC

Sacked

Andrew Gigacz posted this piece from five years ago on Facebook today and it is brutally honest account of job loss and the affect it can have on someone’s mental health. Must read.

Almanac (Local) Cricket: In search of lost Clifton Hillers

Andrew Gigs Gigacz has become part of the furniture at Clifton Hill CC and is helping track down some lost players in time for the 50th anniversary celebrations at the Fitzroy Town Hall on Feb 18. If you know any of thses cricketers please leave a comment here, or contact Gigs, or the club. And book for the event!

Almanac Book Review: The Game of Their Lives

Australian Rules football was the great love of the subjects of “The Game of Their Lives” but it was in the “greater game” that their ultimate fate would be decided writes Nick Richardson.

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Belief

Belief is a strong word, especially when applied to Gigs and fellow Bulldog supporters, it is the belief that their time will come and now they can’t believe it!

Finals Week 3 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: We Shall Overcome

There is a humanitarian, fraternity-of-all, 1960s element to the Dogs. People keep affirming it to Andrew Gigacz who concludes, “We shall overcome!” [Great heart in this piece – JTH]

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: The Hawks are dead, long live the Dogs

Gigs is astounded. [Gigs has made his feelings clear. Add your response to the game – Ed]

2016 Footy Almanac Cover: An alternative viewpoint

The discussion for The Footy Almanac 2016 cover is heating up, Gigs puts his case for Bob Murphy.

Almanac Art: Footy and art? Footy IS art!

Lots of things happening in the world of footy art. Apart from the forthcoming exhibition in Mildura, “Redball” has opened at the Red Gallery in North Fitzroy. Anddrew Gigacz has been along to have a look.

Almanac Old Buggers’ Indoor Cricket: The Boos of The Fishermen

Huge controversy, among team-mates.

When ‘The Fishermen’ don’t quite agree: Gigs ‘Garfish’ Gigacz gives an account of a dropped catch in a crucial indoor cricket fixture which denied Damian ‘Plankton’ Callinan a hat-trick while Plankton offers an alternative account.

[Please let us know about your incident of internal strife. And also, we’d love to hear stories of hat-tricks denied.]

Round 23 – Brisbane Lions v Western Bulldogs: Family and Footscray

The parallels between the Gigacz family and the travails of the Western Bulldogs over the course of a year. Ups and downs and hope on the horizon…

Cricket’s a (hat) tricky game

Gigs has a day out.

A tribute to my dad: a Bulldog – not quite through and through – but a Bulldog nonetheless

Andrew Gigs Gigacz’ father passed away at 5am this morning. Here is Gigs’ tribute. [Gigs has been a dedicated contributor to the Almanac community over many years. Our thoughts are with you Gigs – JTH]

Looking for a win

Facing crisis, Edvard Munch chose oils and gave us The Scream. When Dante explored the ramifications of the Inferno, he turned to poetry. Both used art in times of crisis. Here Gigs follows Dante’s path for his Dogs.

In search of Prince Alfred College footballers

Tony Aldous is trying to put together a list of former Prince Alfred College footballers who went on to play in any of the State leagues around Australia. Can anyone help?

Gigs’ Ladder Comp

Another Ladder comp from Gigs. You tip all 18. Not to be confused with the Almanac Tip the Top 8. [Do you think there’s enough comp-opportunity on this site at the moment? Ed]

Uncertain (personal) corridors

Andrew Gigacz is at Gideon Haigh’s book launch. But he’s distracted by his own less-than-stellar cricket outing earlier in the day. Has he had his time? How do you know when to go?

Gigs Ladder Comp Grand Final Update – We have a winner!

Gigs has a winner.

Gigs Ladder Comp Round 21 Update – Can any good come from this?

Essendon ninth? Surely someone at AFL is in Gigs’s Ladder Ladder comp.