Round 17 – GWS v Geelong: Arm wrestle at Manuka

Sports historian – and Cats fan – Bruce Kennedy was all too familiar with the Hoops’ record in Canberra, and approached the clash against the Giants with a degree of caution. Class and experience, however, won the day.

AFL Multicultural Round – An AFL Umpire’s Journey…via Cambodia

With the AFL Multicultural Round just around the corner from 7-9 August, Wesley Hull takes the opportunity to look at some lesser-known examples of how people with vastly diverse ethnic and multicultural backgrounds have contributed to the great game of Australian Rules Football. Meet Sampho from Cambodia.

Almanac Rugby: Hands Up If You Saw a Wallaby Flanker Put an Argentinian Merchant Banker on His Ass This Morning?

The sharp eyes of Archie Butterfly hail the “athletic prowess”, shall we say, of Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper during the Wallabies 34-9 rout of the Pumas [A beautiful right cross, but a SANZAR judicial hearing will have the final say on his availability for the rest of the Rugby Championship, after citing Hooper for foul play. – Ed].

VAFA – St Bedes Mentone v Fitzroy: Roys faint hopes Tyquinated in feint battle at Brindisi

The Roys found it mighty tough away to St Bedes but the warmth of the North Fitzroy Arms helped get things back on track. King George III was there.

Almanac Lacrosse – Under 19 World Championships: Australia 14 England 13 in quadruple overtime

Sudden victory or sudden defeat: coming to terms with a monumental struggle and its denouement.

Round 17 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Disappointing or disgraceful?

Five losses in a row is Cam Hooke’s tipping point. It’s time for change and there’s selection pressure coming from the VFL players. The axe? Swing it.

Round 17 – Brisbane v North Melbourne: The curse is dead; long live the curse.

As Almanackers will appreciate from previous years, for Matt Watson, this weekend was all about The Curse. Russ was in town. For a North Melbourne game…

Round 17 – West Coast v Sydney: Where to from here?

Craig Dodson weaves recent Eagles-Swans history, Leo Barry, text message banter etiquette, Peppa Pig and musings of Tasmanian woodchopping into his game day experience. But for the Swans: where to from here?

Round 17 – A tale of two AFL venues: ES and SO

Peter Clark juxtaposes the conditions at two venues for AFL in Round 17. All match conditions are not created equal. (Wonder how Port, Essendon, GWS and Geelong players feel about it?)

Round 17 Essendon v Port Adelaide: The season’s not over yet.

As Dan Hansen watches Port take the points over Essendon, he remembers a time when a lot of folk thought the season was over for Adelaide Uni Blacks Soothsayers in the 1989 South Australian Ammos season and wonders if all is not lost for Port in 2015.

Round 17 – Carlton v Hawthorn: One Supporter Has Been Blue since 2001

As Hawks supporter Bradley Thomas explains, the ‘Johnsy curse’ continued, as his Hawks had a massive win against the Blues on Friday night.

Round 17 – Melbourne v St. Kilda: Saints Out Tackle Demons Inside 50 (46 Points Actually!)

Not so much the Carl Ditterich Cup, but a “[fight] for the coveted 13th spot on the ladder…” (Braham Dabscheck’s words, not ours!) On a day for the footy purists, St Kilda’s continued development takes another step forward at the ‘G.

Round 17 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: Much a-boo about nothing

Chris Michaels hails Paddy Ryder’s character and effort as he fronted up against his former club on Saturday night. And as the footy gods would have it, Revis’ boy gets the last laugh.

Round 17 – Adelaide Crows v Gold Coast Suns: Adelaide one day, Surry Hills the next

The resilient and courageous Adelaide Crows get the job done against the Suns at the Adelaide Oval in style. Rulebook then heads off to Sin City for the Adelaide Uni Greys and Footy Almanac Sydney lunch, where The Harcourts and the ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup’s Earl O’Neill have our man entertained in fine style.

WAFL Round 18: A Royal announcement

Les Everett reviews Round 18 of the WAFL, as East Perth gives the rest of the competition clear message after thrashing South Fremantle on the weekend.

Round 17 – GWS v Geelong: Manuka sun…Canberra magic moments – Cats master the Giants of Two Homes

Steve Alomes venture to a typically Canberra day when it’s warm in the sunshine and frigid in the shade to see the Cats’ experience get them home.

Round 17 – West Coast v Sydney: Icing on the Cake

Peter Baulderstone closed his eyes and blew out all the candles. When he opened them after the fire brigade had left, his Eagles were 9 goal winners over a listless (and Buddyless) Sydney. No prizes for guessing his birthday wish.

Round 17 – West Coast v Sydney: Ten years of great rivalry mean little, as the Swans suffer another smashing

Swans supporter Jan Courtin chooses to reminisce on the past, rather than focus on the present as the Swans suffer another smashing at the hands of the Eagles.

The Ashes 2015 – Edgbaston Test: call for writers

What an Ashes series this is. The third Test starts on Wednesday (night for us), in Edgbaston. Get involved with our Almanac Cricket writing.

Round 17 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: ‘Baby Bombers Version 2.0’ go down to Port by 13 points in a shootout under the roof

If not for wayward kicking, the “Baby Bombers” could have stolen a win against Port Adelaide. Nick Weidmann gives an in-depth review of the pulsating match.