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?

Girls (and Boys) of Summer

Paddy Grindlay previews this year’s summer of football, with AFL Women’s taking centre stage. [Yes, summer of footy – Ed]

Almanac Poetry: A greeting from Bruce Dawe

John Harms has just received a beaut greeting card from Bruce Dawe. Here’s why.

Inspiring story of Amanda Farrugia

Yoshi starts 2017 in ripping form with a story from the AFLW.

Almanac Summer – Footy History: A Bear is Born

The Brisbane Bears were constructed in the mid-1980s. Their first season was 1987.

Those Carrara days were classic.

Sit back and enjoy the memories.

Almanac Wine and Footy: Rockford, Tanunda and how to cope with winter

Smokie and Marg have been in the Barossa where they visited Rockford just outside Tanunda. As Smokie noted, this is one of John Harms’s favourite places on the planet. Here’s a story about Robert O’Callaghan and Rockford from 2009. [I love this place – JTH]

Almanac Cricket: Party Pies with Stuart Broad

From a young raw, cricketer learning his craft in Australia, Stuart Broad has turned into the Test cricketer he is today. Craig Dodson played his part in it all.

I Barrack for the Dees

Why is Hawker Rick Kane now following the Dees? He’s got some very good reasons, none of which involve velcro. Daisy Pearce is just one of them.

Hawkology Part 1: I used to rule the world. ‘Cyz’ would rise when I gave the word.

Paul Campbell starts his review of Hawthorn in 2016 with his story of the pre-season. It’s encouragingly left-field. Who knows where it will go from here!

Once a Tiger

Matt Zurbo wishes the Almanac community a happy Christmas. His gift is a transcript of his interview with Ron Branton, which captures the life of a 1950s footballer superbly. Sections of this interview appear in Matt’s book Champions All.

My response to Jared about the ban of third man up

Yoshi weighs into the debate over the AFL’s recent rule change over the third man up in the ruck.

Tigers in the northerly

Paddy Grindlay is bullish about his Tigers in the future, despite their horrific 2016 output.

Discouraging third man up is discouraging mediocrity

The AFL’s ban of the third man up was bound to polarise the greater football community. Jared Newton sees the positive side of the rule.

Almanac Book Review: The Game of Their Lives

Australian Rules football was the great love of the subjects of “The Game of Their Lives” but it was in the “greater game” that their ultimate fate would be decided writes Nick Richardson.

Champions All: Have a look at this video montage of players explaining what Matt Zurbo’s book is about

Classic short video which includes Francis Bourke, Joe Misiti, Leo Barry, and Lazar Vidovic (classic) talking about Matt Zurbo’s book Champions All. Who better to explain what this book is about! Thanks to Mike Wilson.

Off Season Odyssey – Part 42: South or West

The road is a hungry thing, calling, even when it’s made of nothing but sand.

[This piece was first published in late 2012. It was part of a series where Old Dog jumped in the ute and travelled from the south of Tasmania to far north Queensland and west to the Mallee in South Australia. Read more of Matt’s pieces by clicking on his name in the left sidebar.]

Being a good coach – the possibility of being both good player and coach

Following examinations of Premiership coaches Luke Beveridge and Alastair Clarkson, Yoshi explores the possibility of great players blossoming into good coaches.

In the tree tops with the ruckmen

Carolyn Spooner finds a perfect relationship between the very best of football’s big men and, thanks to a trusty copy of Shrubs and trees for Australian gardens, many particularly characterised Australian trees.

Book Review – Kings of the Game

Modelist reviews ‘Kings of the Game’, by Lachlan Waterman, in search of what makes a great Aussie Rules Football Coach.

Wrestling with Reality – Part One

Mario Milano passed away on the weekend. Our sympathies go to the Milano family. No doubt many will remember him and his wrasslin’ opponents. It reminded us of Phil Dimitriadis’s piece from a few years ago. There are many memories in the piece and in the comments which follow.

St Kilda Boys Taking Challenges in New Zealand

Yoshi give us a blow by blow description of St Kilda’s pre-season camp in New Zealand.