South African Lions Heading to Jamestown

James Lang previews the arrival of the South African team for the International Rules tournament culminating at the MCG on 23 August. They start at Jamestown in the Mid North of South Australia to see how the locals do it. (Updated with link to Mike Sexton’s ABC story and pix – Ed).

Who Booed Goodes: a discussion?

Saint66 discusses the discussion around the booing of Adam Goodes. [Saint66 presents a cross section of views held by others here, and gives a sense of the process of coming to some sort of position of understanding]

International Cup: UQAFC Red Lions players’ to represent their countries

A few UQAFC Red Lions players will run out for their respective countries in the International Cup which starts in a week’s time.

Story thanks to UQAFC Red Lions, Mike Swann, and Troy Thompson at World Footy News.

Debbie Lee joins the 300 club

Katie Lambeski celebrates Debbie Lee’s 300th game. Debbie is a legend of Australian footy. And Katie has emerged as a fine young writer who has tremendous energy and initiative. Katie is known to the Almanac community through her story in Footy Town (2013).

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 14

Journalist and author Warwick Green joins Matty Q, Stone Cold and JTH to chat about his friend Jim Stynes and their collaboration on My Journey, and how that biographical tome has been modified in an edition aimed at children. [Nice insights into Warwick's footy and writing career, Jim's life, and their friendship. Wonderful to be involved - thanks Warwick. JTH]

To Boo Must Become Taboo

Joe Moore argues that buying a ticket to a game doesn’t entitle fans to boo players. What sort of example does this set for the next generation of footy fans?

Thoughts, past and present, on Free Agency

in 2009, Sam Steele was unsure how free agency would play out. Five years on, he looks at some emerging free agency scenarios.

When Harry met Jacquie: Talking footy while purchasing a bull at the sales in Glen Innes

Nank, in the market for a decent bull, heads to the tablelands of New England where he talks footy and settles on the possibility of a Swans-Cats Grand Final. [The bulls are well-named up there - Ed]

Doing Good With Good Friday Footy

Liam Quinn sets out the case for Good Friday Footy. Mandatory novelty cheque included.

FIDA Bulls charge into flag contention

The business end of the FIDA season is fast approaching and the Bulls are charging.

Be a good parent at the footy please

What do you do when a parent at the footy is swearing his head off in front of his toddler son? Craig Dodson ponders such behaviour.

One Question for Max Papley

Daryl Baldock was a genius across many sports, not just footy. Warwick Nolan enquires if anyone has heard of Max Papley who partnered the great man to win a ‘double wicket’ cricket tournament in the 60′s.

A Vickery of Sorts

Callum O’Connor gives us some measured thoughts on the act of Tyron Vickery this weekend. Interpretation 1 or 2 see the likely exiting of Vickery for the year and perhaps from the black and yellow entirely.

Junior footy’s faux pa’s

Jeff Dowsing wonders where have all the fathers gone? The increasing role of women in footy is welcomed, but is it because men have vacated the role? (Raises important issues for our society, not just our sport – Ed.)

Friday Night; Bright Lights

Parents huddle in their cars on a cold evening at junior footy training, hoping to avoid the dreaded Team Manager’s allocation of game day tasks. Kate Birrell’s glorious art and wistful words capture it all.

We have just witnessed the Grand Final preview

Jackson Clark watched the brilliant match between Hawthorn and Sydney last night and concludes that they are easily the best teams – and two very, very good footy teams at that.

Future captain Rockliff in dominant form

Jackson Clark has been watching Tom Rockliff and says there’s a strong case for the Brisbane leader to be place in the elite class.

Women: Bringing Game To Sport

Longworth tells how he came to appreciate ‘women’s sport’ as ‘sport’ not gender. Funny what ancient 1990′s computer games can teach you.

When White Was Not Cool

Raitman reminisces on the time he and a group of mates – the Lavender Hill Mob – turned out for the mighty Mudlarks. In their white guernseys.

Ten best state league performances from AFL players

Which young Swan racked up a cool 64 touches back in Round 8? Which former GWS player averages 12 tackles per game (yes 12) in the VFL? Jackson Clark gives us the low-down on state league fantasy football stats.