Great players…Great nicknames

Peter Clark remembers some of the great nicknames of footballers past but wonders why nicknames for current footballers are not as forthcoming. Who can you add to the list?

International Cup – Grand Final: Why PNG beat NZ to claim the Division 1 Crown

Stephen Alomes reflects on why the PNG Mozzies successfully defended their crown at the MCG in the 2017 International Cup Grand Final! [Great piece, thanks Stephen! – JB]

AFL International Cup 2017 – Great Britain v Fiji

Jarrod Landells caught a bruising but entertaining encounter between GB and Fiji in Round 4 of the International Cup. The Brits road the hits to walk away with a win and a shot at a fifth-placed finish.

Round 22 – Carlton v Hawthorn: Mumma Mac and her Hawks

Peter Sweeney remembers a wonderful character, Mumma Mac, who barracked for Hawthorn long before they were any good.

Odd Friday Lunch: Peter ‘Wheels’ Bedford

Join us this Friday for lunch with South Melbourne legend Peter ‘Wheels’ Bedford.

All About The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017

The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 has hit the shelves. Check it out here.

Round 22 – Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide: Not the Best First Date

The first AFL game in Ballarat brought celebrations and excitement – everything but the result Dogs fans wanted. Nick Fredriksson reports.

Book Launch: The Origins of Australian Football: Victoria’s Early History Volume 5: Players and Clubs: The Complete Records 1858-1896

Join John Harms in conversation with Col Hutchinson and the author of this work, Mark Pennings. Tuesday 29 August at the MCC Library. Details here.

Seeing Ken Farmer

On Friday evening before the Crows-Swans match a statue of Ken Farmer was unveiled at the northern end of the Adelaide Oval. He is cast in perfect form – roosting the ball through for another goal. It was a dominant pose familiar to football lovers during the Depression. Michael Sexton wonderfully recalls the Bradmanesque career of South Australian goal kicking great, Ken Farmer. [Brilliant story of a son wanting to see his father – JTH]

International Cup Day Five – Is There Solace in Third Place?

Jack Banister caught the 3rd place playoffs at the International Cup, and some cracking commentary from Brian Barrish.

International Cup 2017: Women’s Grand Final Preview 

Having played against both finalists, GB Swans Captain Laura Turner previewed the IC17 Women’s Division Grand Final for our friends over at World Footy News

Have a Little Faith

Although a difficult year for North supporter Marnie, she’s still feeling alright. Her tip to surviving? Belief. Belief in her club and the future it’s promised. A true believer!

The Women’s Footy Almanac and Holly Greatwich are in The Barossa Herald

In the lead up to the celebration of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 at the Tanunda Footy Club, the Barossa Herald has had a chat to Holly Greatwich.

Once a Tiger

It’s timely, with the Tiges contending, to re-visit a terrific Richmond tale. Matt Zurbo caught up with Ron Branston in a little country railway station. This is an extended version of Ron’s words in Matt’s book Champions All.

Short Story: You can’t buy that (introducing Barry Mitchell).

Not every day a 200 game VFL/AFL player bobs up as a writer. Barry Mitchell makes his debut for the Almanac with this short story.

Harry Beitzel: Pioneer and founder of the Australian Irish connection 70 years on

Stephen Alomes is pushing for the AFL to recognise the efforts of Harry Beitzel for his passion and efforts with International Rules.

The Coach

It seems like footy is all the rage in Heaven. St Peter is coach. It’s team meeting time and the saints are having a good hard look at themselves. Anne Chomiak makes her Almanac debut with this amusing short story.

The GB Swans – An eventful semi-final week 

Despite their semi-final loss to Ireland, the GB Swans have been having a ball in and around Melbourne, including trips to Katie Brennan’s gym, an evening with the Suburban Footballer and a visit to Princes Park.

The Brisbane Reclink Community Cup 2017 – Brisbane Lines v Rocking Horses: Thrusting your name before the selectors?

Jamie Simmons went to the Community Cup in Brisbane (which is sponsored by Blundstone). He had an excellent afternoon – and he has come up with a cunning plan. [More great lines and Lines from Igor – JTH].

The photos are with permission. Thanks to Evo. But I would like to acknowledge specific photographers – if anyone can assist. JTH

AFL 1997 – Twenty Years On: West Coast Eagles (6th)

West Coast comes in (or more accurately, go out) at number 6 in Swish’s pictorial countdown of the 1997 AFL lists.

An angel in our corner

Bob Murphy was the sort of player who walked the walk as well as talking the talk. Neil Anderson has penned a thank you to the man they call Bob.