Missing Red Symons

You don’t know what you’ve got til you lose it. In AFLW Grand Final week, Smokie recalls Red’s ways, Red’s traits and Red’s strident ambivalence to footy.

AFLW Round 3 – Collingwood v GWS: Three blokes walk into a bar

Smokie and his mates meet for a beer down the coast and take in the Collingwood v GWS AFLW match at the pub, though only after convincing the bartender to put the game on at least one of the TV’s that were all switched on to PyeongChang.

T20 International – Australia v England: Another ‘Big Ship’

Smokie Dawson went to the T20 at the MCG on Sunday with a very well-named mate. [from the MCC’s Balcony Banter]

Tayla Harris by Aidan (9)

Last season it was footy cards. Now Smokie’s talented footy-mad nephew – 9 year-old Blues fan Aidan – has been drawing a portrait of Tayla Harris

The Final Round at the House of Stoush

There is a part of Smokie that dies just a little when a familiar old building is demolished. It will be even more so when Festival Hall meets the wrecking ball.

The Ashes – First Test, Days 4 and 5: If

Test Match cricket is a game of “Ifs”. The Brisbane Test was no exception.

Almanac Teams: Hollywood Womens’ FC – The Leading Ladies

It is not right that there has been no women’s ‘funny’ team. In the spirit of equality, Smokie seeks to put this right with the “Leading Ladies” team.

Almanac Music – Midnight Oil at Kuranda: Still burning

Smokie Dawson capped off a week long holiday in Far North Queensland by seeing one of Australia’s most popular bands of all time Midnight Oil. The beautiful Kuranda Amphitheatre surrounded by the rain forest and company made it a gig to remember.

I hate Richmond

Smokie Dawson tries to explain his deep-seated hatred of Richmond.

VAFA C Grade Semi Final – Willy CYs v Marcellin: The Very First Time

This Sunday at Elsternwick Park, Williamstown CYMS enter the VAFA C Grade finals for the very first time. Smokie will be on hand to witness this historic event.


Ben Hynes, a legendary figure at Williamstown CYMS FC, recently became the first player to reach 300 games for the club. Smokie pays tribute to his friend and former team-mate.

Round 19 – North Melbourne v Melbourne: When I Get Down To Hobart Town

It was a winning weekend in Hobart. Thanks to Mrs Smokie, North Melbourne, the travelling Almanackers, and Blundstone.

Smokie’s Willy CYs Preview, Rd10: Midsomer

Williamstown CYMS travel to Marcellin for a must-win game. But Smokie has his mind on crime.

Smokie’s Willy CYs Preview, Rd8: Superstition

Celebrating the Willy CYs’ return to the Fearon for the first time in 2017, Darren “Smokie” Dawson takes a look at some of the more ludicrous superstitions of his old team-mates.

Smokie’s Willy CYs Preview – Round 7: Billy

Whatever happened to Billy, asks Smokie in his weekly CYs preview.

Round 9 – Melbourne v North Melbourne: BT

As if it wasn’t bad enough having to miss the match due to work commitments! Smokie then has to suffer through BT’s call.

Smokie’s Williamstown CYMS column: Trump

In his regular column for Willy CYs, Smokie Dawson goes looking for the (satirical) best in Donald Trump in ponders an important question related to a possible visit to Australia.

Round 7 – North Melbourne v Adelaide: 7 Ingredients

The recipe for success against the undefeated Adelaide Crows is simplicity itself.

VAFA C Grade: Reviewing “the MRP” (Willy CYs Preview – Rd 4)

Williamstown CYMS are sitting at 1-2 after three rounds. Guru ponders the CYs’ misfortune. It’s a crucial game this week. But Smokie is also interested in a group called the MRP.

VAFA C Grade: The Next Revolution (Williamstown CYs Preview – Round 3)

For some years now, Darren “Smokie” Dawson and Dene “Guru” Macloed have been exclusively providing the Williamstown CYMS FC faithful with their irreverent pre-game thoughts following Thursday night’s team selections. They are now on the Footy Almanac.