Round 8 – GWS v Adelaide: Benno’s AFL debut

Benno the Sturt supporting son of the Almanac meteorologist, aged four, chooses birthplace over birthright as he decides which AFL team to barrack for.

State of Origin 2015 Game 1 – What it’s all about

What the might Maroons are fighting for – the Queensland way.

Round 8 – Hawthorn v Sydney, MCG: Space Invaders / a Ben Affleck uplift.

Hawks supporter Paul Campbell reports on the close loss to the Swans and how the AFL is starting to become more of a defensive game.

Round 8 – Fremantle v North Melbourne: In Absentia

Roos supporter Rob was unable to watch his Roos on Saturday night and, as he’s discussed, it’s probably a good thing as the Roos had a disappointing loss against Freo.

Reminder – Almanac Event: Lunch with Luke Ball on the 29th of May

Join Luke Ball for lunch on the 29th of May at the Royal Melbourne Hotel. Read on for details. RSVP essential.

Round 8: St Kilda v West Coast Eagles: A reflection on a half-full glass

Despite her Saints’ second-half thrashing, it was a typical day at the footy for Yvette Wroby: fascinating people, happy thoughts and hope for the future.

Fearless Round 8: Salute to Kane Cornes…300 games and then retires a great

Fearless reminds us all that Bernie ‘Boxer Shorts’ Vince is still a very good player, along with other tidbits, in his succint review of Round 8.

Northern FL: Northcote Park fall agonisingly short of Macleod in a thriller

Northcote Park goes on the road as Stephen Marson writes on Northcote Park falling agonisingly short in a top of the table clash against Macleod.

Round 8 – Essendon v Brisbane: The View from Shepparton

Peter Schumacher gives his view on his Lions going down to the Bombers and calls out to his relatives to come home to Shepparton.

Hansard – House of Representatives: The Member for Wannon’s reference to The Footy Almanac

Yesterday, Dan Tehan, the Member for Wannon, named The Footy Almanac in federal parliament. We are in Hansard!

Crio’s Q? The player-umpire relationship quandary.

Players: let umpires do their job (and stay out of their space).
Umpires: the players are not your mates. Hands off. Shut up and do your job.
Crio suggests that the rules of engagement need to be clear…and enforced.

M. Malthouse or the Carlton Board: a simple survey

Vote: Carlton Board or Mick Malthouse?

A Frenzy of Sharks

Tony Robb gives the footy media a spray, as self-aggrandising nongs blowing smoke up each other.

VAFA Premier B – Fitzroy v St Bedes/Mentone: The Lay of the Land

E. Regnans has fallen in love with “Brunswick Street and her Oval” [What a phrase! Masterful, poetic – Ed] And the Fitzroy Football Club. Now he is showing her off to his kids. Terrific account of a wonderful afternoon when the Roys got more than the four points. [A must-read – Ed]

Mick Malthouse: A Good Ordinary Coach

Phil Dimitriadis ponders on the legacy of a great self-believer. It ain’t pretty. (Phil’s assessment of a month ago looks prescient in the light of Mick’s Carlton demise – Ed.)

Round 7 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: Finally a Home Game Victory

Lions supporter qldpies35 is full of joy as he gets to see his Lions pull off a great win over the Power.

Some WA events (May 28 and May 31) of interest to Almanackers and beyond

The uber-active Dennis Gedling brings a couple of Perth events to our attention: a sports history evening with Rob Hess and the Perth Cats dinner with Bluey McGrath, Brian Cook and Stephen Hawke.

Round 8 – Port Adelaide vs Richmond: A ticket for the long way round

Power supporter Cathryn McDonald discovers that football isn’t like the movies as Port can’t send off Kane Cornes on a high against the Tigers.

Grand Final 2014 – Hawthorn v Sydney: Upstairs Downstairs

Woodleigh student Tom Goldsmith revisits the 2014 Grand Final when he was given the red card for his noisy passion for his Hawkers.

Round 8: The 2015 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

It’s that time of the week again where Earl O’Neil gives his unique take on the games and the issues to come out of Round 8.