Junior Almanac

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Welcome to the Junior Almanac.

We’d love to publish your stories – about anything.

WRITE FOR THE  JUNIOR ALMANAC

School Visits – The Almanac community includes many established writers, artists, musicians, comedians, thinkers, historians, journalists, broadcasters, film-makers, a mathematician or two, spin doctors, a couple of meteorologists and many others. You are welcome to dip into this pool of talent and pluck out someone to visit your school or organisation. To find out more click here.

Junior Almanac: ‘Yumoon Flat’ and ‘Super Fart Face Never Wins’

We’re always looking for our junior almanackers to come to the fore. Some superb junior almanac submissions from Buddy Oon and Buddy Yum.

An age-old debate: is dance a sport?

Bridget Schwerdt finds the parallels between sport (footy) and dance (ballet) in her entertaining debut piece and is rather persuasive in responding to an old question. [Bridget is our Grade 10 work experience student this week – JTH]

Afghanistan: making us think about cricket

Max Wiggins (aged 15) tells the story of Afghanistan’s first victory in the ICC World Cup, placing the moment in its broader historical and social context. [Max has researched and written this story while on work experience at Almanac headquarters. His second piece will be published on Friday – JTH]

How the dinosaurs got extinct

Anna Harms has drawn her first cartoon strip

Little Local Larrikins – Part Two: The Long Awaited Conversation

On what turns out to be a blisteringly hot Saturday, Sean Mortell and his Eltham Tennis Club teammates clash with St John’s Catholic on the hallowed en-tout-cas of Banyule. Leading 5-4 in the deciding set, it’s up to Sean to serve for the match and a win for Eltham.

Little Local Larrikins – Part One: Meeting the Scot and the Beard

Another season of competition tennis gets under way for Sean Mortell on the hallowed en tout cas courts of Grace Valley Tennis Club in the first instalment of Little Local Larrikins.

Summertime Sadness

Summer holidays. One of the most joyous times for many children and adults alike. Filled with fun activities and kicking back in the sun. But what does summer mean to us footy fans? It means sitting on the couch celebrating a great season or trying to figure out what went wrong. “How could we let [Read more]

The Final Exam – a Hawks fan’s hopes and dreams

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.)

AFL Preliminary Final – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: In a tense finish, the mighty Hawks win the day

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]

Under 11B Grand Final: Flemington Colts v the Red Devils

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.

Footy Town in The Gap

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.

Dad Jokes, Geelong Cats and Footy Talk

Anna Pavlou, on her Dad, his jokes, and their world of [Geelong] football.

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]

The Age of Transition

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]

Nallei Jerring – My Footy Story: Kirsty Gosling

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!

Nallei Jerring – My Footy Story: John Harms

John Harms has always loved footy – from when he was a little kid. This is his footy story.

Nallei Jerring – My Footy Story: Can a Kangaroo become a Bulldog?

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]

St Kilda Red pipped at the post by a point

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.

Cold Morning; Best Seat

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.

Local Ground

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]