Round 7 – Adelaide v St Kilda: Some Prayers not answered in the City of Churches yet the Sun still shines

Another fantastic chapter from Yvette Wroby’s (unofficial) tour diaries. After a trip to the Gold Coast in April, Yvette finds herself in the City of Churches as the Saints prepare to meet the Crows.

Round 7 – Richmond v Collingwood: A Write-up Purely Dictated by Crowd Comments

Here’s an idea for an Almanac match report: Sarah Black represents the entire Richmond v Collingwood game with nothing but the yells, quips and laments of the mad beast known as the MCG crowd.

VAFA – Fitzroy v Old Melburrnians: Arise Sir Gator

The Mosquito Fleet of the Fitzroy FC give their all, but they have been waiting for another big man to rise, as King George III explains [while having a crack at another club stalwart – Ed]

Country footy: Leitchville-Gunbower put on a premiership reunion weekend

The Leitchville-Gunbower Football Netball Club reunion went off with a bang. The footy team knocked over Elmore, the lamb was cooked perfectly, the jumpers were auctioned, the piano accordion came out, a sheep was sheared and many stories were told. All in all a great weekend.

Confessions of an MCG Pie-girl

After feeling the pressure to find a job, Bridget Schwerdt is employed at the MCG as a Pie-Girl. Here’s the story of the process and of her first sessions on the job when, possibly because of her mathematical skills, she is sent to become a Wiener Girl. [Very funny Bridget. We’ll be looking for you – Ed]

Round 7 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: The Hawk Explosion

Junior Almanacker Louis Hodder makes his Footy Almanac debut with a very happy Hawks fan’s view of their ‘shellacking’ of Melbourne.

Crio’s Racing – Super for Superannuants

Gloom but not doom awaits punters challenging the time-honoured Doomben 10,000 meeting this Saturday. Tips please.

Footy History: On finding a holy (South Melbourne) relic

Jan Courtin has discovered a letter she wrote after some Geelong comments in an article in Footy Week stirred her up (terribly). Her Swans had enjoyed a brilliant victory over the fancied Geelong side. It’s actually the 50th anniversary of that letter! [Kids, check out how we used to send letters: typed out – Ed]

Northern FL – Northcote Park v North Heidelberg: Under 19’s overshadow seniors in a big day of wins for the Cougars

      As my thousands of readers would know (or at least that’s how many I hope I have), usually my articles just cover the seniors, and I only give the result for the under 19’s and reserves.   This week however, it’s impossible to write this without mentioning the under 19’s game. How can [Read more]

Footy History: The tragic tale of Alf Dear

A story from deep in the early days of VFL, when there were no lines between family tragedy and footballing career. John Donegan writes the story that needed to be told of Alf Dear.

Round 7 – Fearless 2015: A Saturday of shellackings and a Sunday of shocks…

There was a lot of genuine talking points to come out of round seven. Fearless shares his take

Crio’s Q? – “Character development” ; is it better to win or lose?

This week Crio asks; When does ‘learning how to win’ become a culture of failure? How much does the attitude to succeed play in learning from loss?

2006 – The (Almost) All-Australian SSA Team: Top End Talent

Santa never made it into Darwin, but these kids did. Bastinac, Duncan, Ziebell, B Jacobs, Scully plus more, take us back to the good old days of bad haircuts and no tatts.

Freophile Corner: Dave Warner’s East Freo team of 2015

Each year, muso, footy fan, Freophile and lover of the good things in life, Dave Warner, picks a team made up of east Frementle players. It’s always pretty handy. Check the 2015 team.

The growing legend of Matthew ‘Gator’ Gaite

“Gator is said to be a man who constructs buildings by day and leaps them by night.” Rees Quilford on the growing legend of Fitzroy big man Matthew Gaite.

Round 7 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: Hawklings’ MCG Debut a Dee-Light

You couldn’t ask for an easier match to begin your AFL (spectator) career: Hawks home by 100 and a bit.

The 2015 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round 7

And this week’s winner for most ground-breaking, speculative piece… Earl O’Neill puts in his two cents on, well, everything from Neale Daniher to the proposed new fixture system.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the A-League Grand Final

Melbourne Victory are the 2014-2015 A-League Premiers. and to the victors go the spoils… and the opportunity to give Graham Arnold a decent old whack (a-la Mark Williams after the 2007 AFL Grand Final). [Have loved reading Dennis’ ‘Good Bad, Ugly…’ all season and the Grand Final edition doesn’t disappoint. – SCB]

Round 7: Essendon v North Melbourne: A Win’s a Win, Especially Against Essendon.

We should not underestimate the wisdom and counsel of the local greengrocer in this day and age. Andrew Starkie leaves the Docklands less than thrilled with the Kangaroos defeat of the Dons, then receives a zen-like interpretation of the victory amidst strawberries and tomatoes at Preston Market the next day.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Round 7 wrap-up.

Trying times for Cam Hooke and his True Believers, but the panic button is far from being pressed.