An Easter trip back to his hometown of Warrnambool sees Andrew Starkie reminiscing about past Old Collegian glory whilst watching North Melbourne go down to the Pies at Mac’s Hotel. He still loves home and the smell of the hot cross buns.
Kate Birrell is part of a dob in the park which the kids turn into far more than kick to kick. And a red moon for the walk home. [What Haiku Bob would give for a red moon - Ed]
Re-writing the laws of Maths: The bare-faced cheek and bulldust spin doctoring about names on jumpers
Maths is an exact science, says Sean Curtain. He’s not fussed either way by player names on the back of jumpers, but doesn’t like being bulldusted to by the AFL.
The AFL has become all about process. Even insofar as the employment of club mascots is concerned. This is mind-boggling, and very funny. Ged McMahon is in the running to be the Bombers’ mascot. [Love the encore with your beloved - Ed]
Earl uses all technology at hand to help predict the final 8.
The children’s sporting foundation Footys4all, which delivers hope and a sporting opportunity to children in need across Australia and around the world, has delivered its 8,000th new ball in only 2 years of operation. Be inspired by some good news stories locally and globally.
Melbourne traded selection number two (Josh Kelly) to Greater Western Sydney in exchange for selection number nine (Christian Salem) and talented, yet injury prone youngster Dom Tyson. Right decision? Too early to call? Jackson Clark considers the situation.
The AFL Fans’ Association is gaining a lot of traction. They gathered over 900 signatures outside the MCG yesterday as fans (especially Geelong members) were frustrated by the ticketing situation. Check out the petition here.
This is the most important piece Old Dog has ever written for the Footy Almanac. Everybody should read it.
Les Everett reports on Round 5 of the WAFL.
The case for; the case against. Tony Robb remembers Good Fridays past and wonders what to do with the day. He concludes that the AFL will probably have a crack at Good Friday footy by giving Collingwood a trial – for 30 years.
Ironmike reacts to the “Poor Us” cry from the Sydney Swans.
Step right up. Easter Monday’s clash between the Hawks and the Cats under the big top promises all the fun of the fair. [slightly bizarre and other worldly but I think I get it - Ed]
Catherine Durkin saw a couple of games last weekend – and can hardly believe the contrast. They set her thinking.
Haiku Bob on Friday night’s rain-soaked game
Fearless reports on a round that saw 7000 vulcans attend StarTrek Oval and a win-less Melbourne finally sort out their structural issues – but Jumping Jack was once again nowhere to be found.
In this weeks wrap-up, Earl O’Neill introduces you to your new favourite band and ponders why so many good players have forgotten how to play.
A Latrobe seminar involving Mick Malthouse and a chance conversation with Mark Stevens have Danni Eid thinking. [Thoughtful piece - Ed]
Call him a rusted on, Bartlettesque barnacle on the traditions of the game, but the addition of names to the back of players’ jumpers is a bad idea, says Ged McMahon.