Old Woollen Footy Jumpers: Battlescars and Wonderful Wanganeen

An old woollen footy jumper, battle-scarred, takes Ged McMahon back to great days of Windy Hill, the MCG, and G. Wanganeen.

Crio’s Racing: One Season Closes and the New One Awaits

It’s the final day of the racing season and Crio journeys to Caulfield for the Bletchingly Stakes and then adjourns to the MCG Blockbuster. Sunday second helpings for the Grand National Steeple?

When White Was Not Cool

Raitman reminisces on the time he and a group of mates – the Lavender Hill Mob – turned out for the mighty Mudlarks. In their white guernseys.

Standing in destiny’s way – ‘Time Itself’.

Australian middleweight Daniel Geale will duck between the ropes at Madison Square Garden this weekend to swap punches with the toughest opponent of his career, the man known as GGG. Gregor Lewis ponders Geale’s chances, while also touching on the fabled boxing history of the famous New York venue.

Ten best state league performances from AFL players

Which young Swan racked up a cool 64 touches back in Round 8? Which former GWS player averages 12 tackles per game (yes 12) in the VFL? Jackson Clark gives us the low-down on state league fantasy football stats.

AFL Round 15 – Hawthorn v Gold Coast: Odyssey to Launceston

Pure Poetry. From Dave Goodwin. And his Hawks. And Gazza Junior. Pity about the Tassie weather. (Contains some great lines and advice – Ed.)

Tina Ongarello Reminisces

Following on from Bernard Whimpress’s piece (which discusses the place kick and significant ancients like Dave MacNamara) we were reminded of this piece by Tina Ongarello whose Uncle Tony is the last footballer to have used a place kick in a VFL game (v Geelong, Brunswick St Oval, someone will tell me the date).

This story is also timely – given it is multicultural round.

AFL Round 18 – Giants v Cats: A Step Back in Time

Dennis Gedling takes a step back in time to a 60′s style country pub to watch (no BT sound thankfully) his Cats sneak home over the Giants.

Bring Back the Place Kick

Bernard Whimpress recommends Mike Sexton’s reprint of the 1914 classic book “Football” by Dave McNamara. He laments that skill and quality has been replaced by speed and quantity in the modern game.

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode Lucky 13

This week Matty Q, The People’s Elbow and Stone Cold are joined by Ben Cuzzupe of Bound for Glory News to talk all things journalism. ‘yoof’ journalism and footy. And where are the footy computer games?

Melbourne Lunch on Friday with Simon Marshall and Mark Pennings

Enjoy an informal lunch with Simon Marshall and Mark Pennings.

AFL Round 18 – Greater Western Sydney v Geelong: Vale the Australia Network

Paul Spinks laments the demise of the Khmer Empire, the Corio Empire and the Australia Network. He fights through the monsoon in Cambodia to find a bar with AFL on tv. Unfortunately his Cats showed less dedication.

Every Saturday I’m Shuffling – Card Nights

For Swish, the cards night has become a thing of the past. Should he be mourning their loss?

Cat P*rn & the Ross Lyon Vortex

Damien Little examines the existence of a “Ross Lyon Vortex”, and throws a few statistical comparisons with Geelong into the mix.

Ned Wilson wins the David Zampatti Rio Tipping Competition

After receiving the all clear on his B Sample, Our Almanac Man in Hawthorn, Ned Wilson, has been declared the winner of The Footy Almanac David Zampatti Rio. He wins a 3-pack of Murrindindi Wines.

Jim Pavlidis Exhibition in Geelong

Jim Pavlidis’s exhibition /Accounts of my Dancing Evenings – Season 1914′ is on at the Geelong Gallery.

AFL Round 18 – Carlton v North Melbourne: A Chocolate in a Sea of Turds

Tony Robb finds a chocolate in Carlton’s season box of turds (soft centres? – Ed) Tony is sick of Mick, Daisy and the rest of the Collingwood rejects infecting his Blues. Cameron Wood can stay.

Walking a mile in their shoes: The case in favour of James Hird

Should a person who has given so much be hung by so little? Sean Curtain has a crack at an impartial view of the return of James Hird.

AFL Round 18 – GWS v Geelong: Don’t Mention the Game

Richard Naco’s first AFL game for this year will also be his last. “Never again,” he said at the end.

AFL Round 18 – Greater Western Sydney v Geelong: Monaros and V7 Cats

Earl O’Neil’s young Monaros held up well against a V8 Ford Cats not firing on all cylinders. Has the air gone out of the Cats tyres? When will the Monaros find the chequered flag?