View From Shepparton: Magnificent match reminds me of Kline-Mackay final-wicket partnership in Adelaide

To all of you Almanackers and everyone else, as the self-appointed writer of the “The View” I always try to  think about John Harm’s idea on writing, which as I recall is to the effect of: write something that others will find interesting and that you would want to read yourself. As I sit here [Read more]

The Wrap: In the words of the Velvet Fog, they stood up in the tackle

THE FINAL WRAP Where Life Imitates Sport What a year it’s been in Footy Eddie. First we must congratulate The Geelong FC for their 2009 Premiership win.  They hung tough when they had to, and were able to find that bit extra when the contest was there to be won.  In the words of the [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap: Gownlow count goes down a treat

THE PRE WRAP – THE LAST SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER Where Life Imitates Sport What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie. The Gownlow was a raging success and the running scoreboard kept everyone in the picture.  At last we were saved the quivering of Football’s most famous bottom lip and didn’t Lauren look an absolute [Read more]

Footy Weather: Grand Final conditions to resemble Kardinia Park in July

By Brett Dutschke Strong winds are not only transporting soil to other parts of the country they are also making some places feel quite foreign. Just three days after a dust-blown Sydney resembled Coober Pedy, the Melbourne Cricket Ground this Saturday will be cold, wet and windy – more like Kardinia Park in July.

General Footy Writing: Watch out for the termite mound!

I’ve recently moved to Galiwinku, which is the second largest Aboriginal community in Australia. It is based in a place called Elcho Island, which is a part of Arnhem land and situated about 500 kilometres east of Darwin. There are only 3,000 people in the community, but surprisingly there are eight football sides that make [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Wayward kicking provides just one of several twists in dramatic 1948 Grand Final

Most footy fans are familiar with the epic VFL drawn grand final of 1977. It was televised live into millions of loungerooms and has been replayed constantly since. Television has allowed us to relive the drama of that sun-drenched afternoon at the MCG, and fans too young to remember can still experience the historic moments [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Cold reception suits Saints and Cats just fine

Andrew Gigacz’s Finals Week 3 Stat. Declaration SAINTS CAUSE FAINTS WHILE CATS PILE UP STATS Now that it’s all over bar the shouting, it remains only to be seen who’ll be shouting the bar – Saints supporters or Cats clappers. Let’s see what could be gleaned from the two games. LAKE, BLAKE AND DOGGY HEARTACHE [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Black and White through shades of Blue

Warning: the following will contain biases which are impossible to conceal. Another Magpie campaign has come-a-gutsa at the hands of the formidable Cats. Once again the black and white army is left to its disgruntled contemplation of what might have been … My heart beats Old Dark Navy Blue, and seldom will I be seen [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I love the Brownlow Medal

It’s one of my favourite nights of the year, the speculation, the over-achievers, the under-achievers, and the night where heroes are made. It’s Brownlow medal night. I can remember every Brownlow medal from 2000 onwards, mainly because Wowoedin won that year. That was the good old days when my whole family loved footy. At the [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Tales of Krakouer brothers and Cockatoo-Collins confirm rich contribution of indigenous players to Australian football

A keen audience gathered at the  National  Museum of  Australia in Canberra , to attend the recent FORCE FOR GOOD seminar. Presented by the museum  in  conjunction with with Manning Clark House and hosted by John Harms, the seminar focused on how indigenous Australians have enriched football. Dr Sean Gorman (an Almanacker) spoke about his book Brotherboys, which [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Full points for my mate the goal umpire

by Darren Dawson The Saints v Bulldogs prelim final was a cracker of a game. It was impossible even for the impartial viewer not to get caught up in the romance of two historically unsuccessful clubs battling it out for a spot in the grand final. The game itself did not disappoint. However, for me [Read more]

View From Shepparton: Good on you, Gazza, and thank goodness Judd fell short

Well Gazza got up and good on him. I recently became aware that some commentators have criticised him for standing clear of the play to receive easy handballs or kicks but I must say that this has never been obvious to me. I would just go to a game to see him play. The other [Read more]

General Footy Writing: No flies on Carlton’s Bulldog Gilbert; he just loves his footy club

By Pia Abrahams I didn’t expect to be sharing laundry tips with a footy club legend and a pesky lorikeet on a frosty winter morning. But construction at the Carlton Football Club’s elite training facility has landed my meeting with its property steward in the shadow of a gum tree on a Princes Park bench. [Read more]

The Wrap: Now for the big one

THE WRAP Where Life Imitates Sport What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie. The Feeling Faints toughed out an absolute thriller as The Dogs get boned once again at the last hurdle.  The Saturday night event was a fizzer, with Carringbush doing most of the fizzing. Forget Derby Day and Cup Week.  Don’t you [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Alas I’ll have to rely on my sister again for a Brownlow update

A national game it’s supposed to be But alas the Brownlow count I’ll again not see It’s that time of year again, when all thoughts head south. The Brownlow Medal count isn’t screened into the states that the AFL can’t get to quickly enough. Hmmm….? Not screened live that is. Past bed time screening doesn’t [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap: A salute to Lloyd for memorable career

For the Philosophical Marngrook Follower What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie. Now here’s some Breaking News.  Lloydy may have played his last game in the Red & Black of Whingy Hill.  The story going around is that Coach Knighter wants him to play further up the ground (about fourth row in the W.H. [Read more]

General Footy Writing: The Footy Almanac is like the ravens that feed me in the desert

By Michael Viljoen Gadala, Cameroon When I came to work as a linguist in rural Cameroon in 2002, I knew the land was an Aussie Rules wilderness. Internet connections were feeble and fluky. The first Grand Final cassette sent to me was lost in the post. Occasionally I went weeks without hearing a result. My [Read more]

Local Footy: Serong’s two seasons in Bendigo league rank him among the best

My fellow Almanacker Richard Jones is a keen observer and promoter of the Bendigo Football League. He has compiled two separate lists of the 10 greatest players from different eras. I saw several of the players he had on his list from the 70s play and that’ll brook no argument with me, all great players. [Read more]

General Footy Writing: How does the AFL expect the code to expand in Sydney?

I have constantly railed against the TV scheduling of football telecasts, as have all footy supporters. For those who get The Oz I refer them to Imre Salusinszky’s column “The Wry Side” in which he discusses the reason why he was not thrilled by the Adelaide-Collingwood game. His comments encapsulate exactly the frustration felt by [Read more]

Top Ten: The best dummy spits in sport

1. Jeff Tarango, 1995 The American hot-head spat the dummy in the ultimate fashion by becoming the first tennis player to walk out on a match at Wimbledon. After losing a point that had been replayed during his third-round match against Alexander Mronz, Tarango told heckling spectators to “shut up”. A subsequent warning for an [Read more]