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The AFL season - one game at a time
Hannah Kuhar captures the obsessive madness of the footy fan, especially one who is preparing for VCE exams, swept along in the finals tidal wave. Life as a metaphor for footy. (Brilliant – Ed.)
Our very talented eight year old reporter Kaisha Thompson (our youngest so far) was at the MCG for the preliminary final. Here is her report. [And we love the photo too Kaisha]
Pour a cup of tea and settle in for a detailed and entertaining report of an utterly absorbing Under 11B Grand Final in Tarneit, featuring Marcus, Noah, Frank, Louis, Ayiu, Oliver, Felix, Kye, Macsen, Eddie, Rob and more.
Sasha Lennon celebrates The Gap Dragons’ footy club and the success of the annual round robin intra-club kids competition. He also thanks the Footy Almanac for getting behind the event.
Anna Pavlou, on her Dad, his jokes, and their world of [Geelong] football.
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]
I find myself more and more often sitting at the football with a workbook in hand, trying to figure out what the square root of 27 is. As a 13 year old, your life seems to get busier every day. You miss those precious times where you could actually sleep in, or the times where [Read more]
Kirsty Gosling was one of the young participants in last year’s Nallei Jerring at the Western Bulldogs. This is her footy story. Go Tiges!
John Harms has always loved footy – from when he was a little kid. This is his footy story.
Kelly Johnson has been a Roo-girl all her life so when she came to work at the Western Bulldogs she faced a big dilemma – and a Mum who made her feelings very clear.
[This is part of the My Footy Story series for Nallei Jerring (the Koorie Youth Program) at the Western Bulldogs - Ed]
Is momentum the most important factor of Aussie Rules at any level? Will Marcus’ Meadow become a long term game style? These questions, and more, arise as Joe Gillis casts his eye over a thrilling Under 12s epic.
Kate Birrell braves the cold, Sunday morning, junior footy circuit (from the safety of her old car) and adds a brilliant sketch of the game for good measure.
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]
St Kilda City Red play an important practice match where they learn a few things, get some fitness and enjoy the run around. They leave remembering to get the footy in their hands for at least half an hour a day, and keen for the next opportunity to run out. Edward Harken presents this comprehensive report.
For Dips O’Donnell, football is not just about winning – we must first go through footy’s depths of despair to really understand what the game is all about.
Jackson Kane (Geelong fan) went to see Luke Hodge, with his Dad Rick (Hawthorn fan) and they were mightily impressed. Here’s Jackson’s story.
Mathilde de Hauteclocque has some news about the Cygnet and his new sporting direction.
Mickey Randall’s sons embark on their footy careers in a different time and in a different country. Past and present. Hope and loss. Mickey poignantly weaves the threads of memory.
Simon Taylor travels to Bendigo to see dome of the kids he coaches represent Victoria – and they do it with skill and good will. [Reassuring - Ed]
Young Fraser Sutherland shares a poem that beautifully captures the temperament of the bowler.
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