Dave Warner’s Ode to Season 2017

Dave ‘The Suburban Boy’ Warner at his creative best. We didn’t get to hear this at the Almanac Grand Final Lunch (as the Swans didn’t make it) but here is the Youtube version and transcript.

Teenagers in Premiership Teams 1968-2017

Warren Tapner has put together a team of teenagers who won an AFL premiership in the last 50 years.

Jack takes down his old man

There is a point where every father relinquishes alpha male sporting status to his son. Craig did not expect this to occur when his first born was only five years old!

Pakistan Women’s Football: A football and a dream come true

Kashif Bouns put together a Pakistan team of 25 players and coaches in less than two months to compete in their first ever Women’s International Cup.

Almanac Family and Footy: My dear Uncle’s Jacket

This is a wonderful story of family and the passing of time – and a jacket and a grand final. Haje Halabi pays respect to his father and two uncles and is given a jacket. [An Almanac Classic – Ed]

Bobs v Barrys

The latest quirky contest from Phil Dimitriadis sees a team of Bobs take on a team of Barrys.

Yellow and Black Heart – An open letter to Richmond FC

The Tigers flag is the gift which keeps on giving. Damian Gibson pens an open letter to the Richmond Football Club.

EPL – Liverpool v Manchester United: Reds unable to break winless record against United

Now the AFL season is over, our Japanese correspondent, Yoshi, reports on a big English Premier League match.

Almanac (Fly) Fishing: ‘The Zone’ and other diversions

What a delightful Sunday afternoon meditation on ‘divertimento’ which may be a divertimento in itself. Some thoughts on fly fishing and the zone from Robbo. [Terrific – JTH]

Almanac Tennis (and life): Great Wall

A quirky tennis piece from Joey A. [Nice to have you back Joey – JTH]

Almanac Novels: Jeff Dowsing’s Undercurrents

Jeff Dowsing has released an e-novel. Read about Undercurrents here.

Guineas Day Preview: There’s only one Timmy Cahill

Sal Ciardulli sings the praises of Tim Cahill. Plus extensive previews of the Caulfield Guineas and The Everest meetings.

Almanac Racing – Guineas Day

Caulfield Guineas day is upon us. Four Group One races and a smattering of black-type makes it one of the marquee meetings of the Victorian spring. Sydney is trying to steal the spotlight by introducing The Everest – the richest race on turf in the world. Tom Riordan gives an overview of a blockbuster Saturday.

Almanac Music – Midnight Oil at Kuranda: Still burning

Smokie Dawson capped off a week long holiday in Far North Queensland by seeing one of Australia’s most popular bands of all time Midnight Oil. The beautiful Kuranda Amphitheatre surrounded by the rain forest and company made it a gig to remember.

1980 State of Origin Carnival – What KB Did Next

In 1980, too much footy was barely enough. Swish gives us this brief account of that year’s NFL State of Origin Championship, held in October.

The Family Team

What do you think of this team of family members from Noel McPhee?

The Yellow (& Black) Brick Road – The 2017 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Haiku Bob recounts the 2017 Grand Final in the running, as recorded by dozens of haiku poets on the day.

Grand Final Reflection: Tears for the Tigers

There was something different about this year’s Tigers. Right from the very start

Raving Rulebook No 8

Rulebook lives !!! This week he tees off on the AFL re State Leagues, laments footy politics, lauds Richmond, proposes a radical finals series, praises the Storm, queries the Socceroos, says g’day to Ben Stokes and gives the footy media a huge bake.

We Were Nearly There

Anne Cahill Lambert goes whack at Hawthorn’s handling of the CEOship of Tracey Gaudry