Yoshi has had his wish granted with his Saints playing Carlton next Anzac Day in Wellington. He wants to get back to New Zealand for the game.
Ben Rutten has inspired this piece because Old Dog loves backmen. He loves watching backmen. He hates how they’re ignored when votes are awarded. He doesn’t like how stats rule – and he points out a ripper stat about the Swans premiership back line
Part 2 of the People’s Elbow’s Trade Period Review… where cult-figure-status hair beats a dubious highlight reel every day of the week.
Brilliant young talent is on display in Darwin as Jackson Clark reviews the Round 4 clashes in the NTFL.
Matt Watson consults a leading sports psychologist to explore the mental side of Hawthorn’s domination and Sydney’s capitulation in the 2014 AFL Grand Final.
The story of “Wheels” and the impact he had on a local footy club. [Funny - Ed]
Yoshi Imagawa takes issue with his Saints’ trade decisions and wonders about the influence of Chris Pelchen on the club’s recent direction.
Dear readers, with November… sorry I mean Movember on its way I thought it was a good time to start spreading some awareness. Plus, what girl doesn’t love a man with a mo? – Danni
Saint Yoshihiro Imagawa debuts with his story on how he became an Australian footy fan. “In 2011, I saw an AFL match at the pub by a chance; however I thought it was extraordinary (much different to other sports – I apologise if it offends you).” No apology necessary Yoshi. Welcome aboard.
Jackson Clark tells us that there were cliffhangers galore in Darwin on the weekend, with even the all-conquering St Marys having to consider their mortality.
Yvette Wroby and her daughter met a footy mad, Saints loving Japanese young man in a chocolate factory memorabilia museum in Sapporo. As you do. Things got stranger after that.
Sal Ciardulli provides an excellent summary of each club’s activity over the Trade Period, and offers his advice for those wading into the Caulfield Cup meeting.
Patrick Skene on The Auburn Giants – a women’s Muslim Australian Football team. [Excellent piece, and comments section worth reading as well - Ed]
Old Dog recalls a footy-less warm-up. [Ray Wilson and his Uni Blacks are onto something - Ed]
Brenton ‘Nose’ Eckert has what his life insurance and superannuation providers like to call a “terminal medical condition”. What will happen to his collection of football memories? (Now with bonus ‘Nose’)
Only from Tinsel Tony Wilson. A tale of the competitive juices which flow on Grand Final day. [More Tinsel madness - which somehow makes sense, and has a heart-warming denouement - JTH]
We think this is the first ever piece to be published on footyalmanac.com.au
And it was from Dips, who is still an advocate of entertaining direct football, and getting crankier and crankier about rubbish, trades, and sloppy surf.
Tim Butcher saw Footscray’s VFL flag and then his Hawks AFL triumph. The subsequent fortunes of both clubs shows that footy is becoming a tradeable commodity in the marketplace for talent and entertainment dollars.
Peter Goldsworthy’s fine poem about an end-of-career sportsman. [oustanding - Ed]