Local footy and netball (and other sports): tell us where and when your side is playing finals

With so many of our readers and writers involved in local sporting clubs, I thought it would be a nice opportunity for you to let us know where your side is playing finals – whether you be a player, coach, helper, fan. [Add the details as a comment in this post - or write us a whole yarn]

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 16

Nice and early for you after an unavoidable hiatus, the podcast crew are back on the couch with this week’s guest; sportswriter and Almanacker, Jill Scanlon.

Zimbabwe Triangular Series Game 1- Zimbabwe v Australia: Return to Harare

Luke Reynolds reports on the one-day game between Australia and Zimbabwe, including footage of Mitchell Johnson smashing the television commentary box with a straight six.

Round 22 – Haiku Bob – filling holes

Haiku Bob is (pleasantly) surprised to find himself penning a winning Haiku for his Magpies in the wet in Sydney.

Overheard at Essendon again: A post Cronulla deal chat between a worried player and EFC official

Sean Curtain has been hanging around Melrose Drive again, which is nothing like Cronulla.

AFL Round 22: Geelong v Hawthorn – the mind is a prison

Rick Kane sneezed and spluttered and bellowed while watching the Hawks trail the Cats. He sent bile hurtling from the depth of his liver’s bum. And then the Hawks starting kicking goals. Ten of them.

AFL Round 23 – to the wire we go!

Our Fearless correspondent wraps up the ramifications of Round 23, with a rap on the knuckles for finals at Homebush.

AFL Round 22 – Saturday night

JTH on an evening at the Waterside Hotel watching the Bledisloe Cup, and the night working out what happened at the MCG. [Contains traces of P. Flynn analysis - Ed]

VFL & AFL footballers from Aoteaora

Aoteaora is home to many fine musicians and actors. What about Australian Rules footballers? Glen picks a side from The Land of The Long White Cloud.

How’s that equalisation working out for you?

E.Regnans charts the performance of clubs over the last 16 years to gauge the effectiveness of the AFL’s equalisation policy. There are a couple of outliers on the high side, and then there are the Tigers and Demons. Why is it so?

AFL – Round 22: Port Adelaide v Carlton: Restored Focus

The Power cruise to a massive victory: heads up, these boys are just warming up for the finals.

Crio’s Question: The Year of the Fan?

Crio questions the many different types of fans who follow the footy, and questions whether the AFL’s new found commitment to fan’s interest is more than spin-deep.

AFL Round 22 – Richmond v St. Kilda: An old and a new Saint shine in the gloom of a loss to the Tigers.

It’s been a tough year for Sainters as Braham Dabscheck points out, but there’s always something to cling to.

The People’s Elbow: Shake It Off — Mick Malthouse Doesn’t Care What You Think

The People’s Elbow thinks “Grumpy Old Mick” is a tired trope and a lazy stereotype. Just like Taylor Swift’s transformation to pop star, Mick doesn’t need to change a thing if he’s to transform Carlton’s list.

Footy Town in The Gap

Sasha Lennon celebrates The Gap Dragons’ footy club and the success of the annual round robin intra-club kids competition. He also thanks the Footy Almanac for getting behind the event.

Football enigmas

Steve Hodder looks at the artwork of the 1970′s South Melbourne players created by Chris Rees.

AFL Round 22 – North Melbourne v Adelaide: Free settlers play without conviction in Van Diemen’s Land

In a finals like match for the Adelaide Crows, duffer watches on hoping that his Crows can secure their spot in September in unlikely Tasmanian territory.

AFL Round 22, SANFL Round 18: The Crows – starting the autopsy while the heart still beats

Dave Brown saw the Crows twice on the weekend. He was disappointed but not surprised at the AFL team’s loss to the Kangaroos. He was overjoyed when the SANFL Crows showed similar heart and skill to grant his Norwood Redlegs 2nd place for the finals.

AFL Round 22 – Brisbane v Fremantle: Tupperware or tribute to Ash?

Glenda Ellis, when handed the great conundrum, turned her back on a Tupperware party. Come on; it’s the Lions’ last home game of the year.

AFL Round 22 – GWS v Collingwood: Sitting on my watch

Damian Balassone gets his Pies home at the Templestow Hotel (some nice observations and descriptions which we’d expect from the poet D. Balassone – Ed)