Aussie Rules Commentary Terms (or how to explain AFL terminology to non-Australians)

Know of a loved one or friend new to the game who’ll need some help understanding modern football commentary? Damian Gibson is here to help.

Almanac Weekend Reading

Another great weekend of elite-level international sporting events and some great reading to get you in the mood for the contest,

SA High Schools v Independent Schools 1992 – Class Warfare (Queenshead Revisited)

The 1991 S.A High Schools v the S.A Independent Schools match boasted a cavalcade of stars. In 1992, the Wakelin name became plural, and a young up-and comer by the name of Darcy displayed his elite, gut-running abilities for the world to see. Where, asks The Swishter, are they now?

The AFL Fiddling Again

The proposed changes to drafting players from the developing states Academy systems floated by the AFL go way beyond what’s fair and not, argues Don Meadows. He echoes the thoughts of many north of Wagga. The mooted changes raise serious questions about the competition’s commitment to supporting AFL clubs in the Rugby strongholds of NSW and Queensland.

A skill that can’t be measured

Stan Alves turns it around and asks Matt Zurbo a question. A good one too. [Old Dog with some of his trademark footy-thinking]

Summertime Sadness

Summer holidays. One of the most joyous times for many children and adults alike. Filled with fun activities and kicking back in the sun. But what does summer mean to us footy fans? It means sitting on the couch celebrating a great season or trying to figure out what went wrong. “How could we let [Read more]

Farting Through a Silk Kaftan

Phil Dimitriadis tries to interpret the signs that made Australia Day 2015 more significant than usual.

Hurlingham Park

Braham Dabscheck recalls a childhood of shattering the Donath’s dining room windows with sweetly-timed leg-side pull shots in street cricket, competing against mates and neighbours at the hallowed grounds of Hurlingham Park in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, which sorted the men out from the boys and creating lifelong friendships and memories in equal measure.

From the back patio – Dave’s Australia Day sporting honours

Dave Brown enlists a fine Barossa Shiraz and a fine intellect to list his Top 10 Australia Day Sporting Honours (even Phil the Greek gets a gong – and unfortunately its not Dimitriadis).

Playing Solo or as a Team?

Yoshi ponders team versus individual sports. How do tennis players, golfers or swimmers de-brief after tournaments and meets the way that team-based sports process their performances? Do golfers or tennis players or track and field athletes share their expertise the way veterans in team sports pass on their knowledge to young rookies?

The Extraordinary Generosity Of A Brotherhood Of Footy Clubs

What a brilliant concept: a world-wide family of “brother clubs” assisting each other in any way they can. And it all started with Pyramid Power and Facebook.

Footy Fiction on 3RRR

Tony Wilson is enjoying a stint back on 3RRR’s Multi-Storied. Yesterday he was joined by authors Nicole Hayes (The Whole of my World) and Catherine Harris (The Family Men) to discuss how footy is reflected in fiction. A great listen.

Maningrida Footy – A World Away (but getting closer)

Wesley Hull tells his story of community footy in the remote Northern Territory. Some great work being done in the Indigenous community of Maningrida. Local footy at it’s best.

NTFL ROUND 14 WRAP-UP

The weekend just passed was round 14 in the NTFL season. St Mary’s extended their lead over the competition with a comprehensive defeat of Palmerston. Jackson Clark has more…

Top 15 VFL/AFL Full-Forwards of the Last 40 years: 1975-2014

Controversial, fearless, well-informed and exhaustive. Philip Mendes and Lucas Lewit-Mendes list their greatest full-forwards of the ‘modern’ VFL/AFL era.

Groote Eylandt Football – Brave New Worlds

The latest addition to Wesley Hull’s profile of footy in the top end. Today; Groote Eylandt.

A certain captain: is Tex what the Crows need?

Dave Brown recalls a young Tex Walker and his journey to self-belief and captaincy of the Crows

A last goodbye, for a Tiger

Dugald Jellie went to the funeral of Tiger fan Carolyn Gaunt. Here is his story.

[Dugald is a very talented writer with a tremendous respect and affection for people. He has a keen ear and eye and a lovely sense of perspective on things – even if he is Tiger-mad. His stories are published on his website tigertigerburningbright.com.au which has a strong Tiger following. This year he will also be publishing stories here at the Almanac. So it’s a big welcome from me – JTH]

Mount Isa Footy – Mining For Aussie Rules Talent

It is quite likely that the last thing on the mind of John Campbell Miles – as he hopefully kicked rocks along the bed of the Leichhardt River back in 1923 looking for gold or other treasures – was that 90 years later, Australian Rules footballers would be kicking goals of their own near that [Read more]

A Not-so Hare-Brained Idea for an Aussie Rules World Cup (or is it?)

Inspired by the Asian Cup and last year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Peter Zitterschlager throws down the gauntlet and delivers his manifesto for an Australian rules World Cup.