Junior Almanac

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Students from Nallei Jerring will be posting their footy stories here at the Almanac

 

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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]

Under 12 Footy: St Kilda City Red v South Melbourne

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.

Playing the Game

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.

Meeting Luke Hodge at East Coburg Cricket Club

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.

Plus Ça Change

Mathilde de Hauteclocque has some news about the Cygnet and his new sporting direction.

Football Islands

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.

Junior cricket: Vic Under 13s take the national title in the very best spirit

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]

How to play Cricket

Young Fraser Sutherland shares a poem that beautifully captures the temperament of the bowler.

Footys4all North Queensland Road Trip

What price the smile on the face of a kid with a new footy? Priceless. What price also a kid’s ability to run and chase with purpose with their own brand new ball in their possession? Again, priceless, says far North Queenslander Wesley Hulls. [Terrific story and ripper photo - Ed]

Rising Reporter: Goddard!

Leigh Sullivan remembers the 2010 Grand Final, when he was in Grade 2.

AFL Round 20 – Essendon v West Coast: A day at the footy

Essendon may have lost but it was still a day at the footy, says Max Wiggins, who is tired of the focus on his team’s off-field exploits.

The Rising Reporters of Scotch College

John Harms is a guest of the 2013 Scotch Literature Festival. Today’s workshops are with the Grade 9s. This is the outline of the workshop. We look forward to reading the stories of these Rising Reporters very soon.

Great Moments in Sport: Australia v India, Second Test, SCG, 2008

Fraser Sutherland re-creates the tension of the final overs in the SCG Test of 2008.

My Swans Family

William Pascoe is part of a very happy Swans family. He tells the story of his grandmother and the tribe of uncles and aunties and grandchildren who have followed the Bloods with great passion. The 2005 premiership was a special moment for them all.