AFL Round 11 – St. Kilda v Collingwood: Junktime at The Dome

Ramondobb’s report on Friday night’s Pies v Saints clash, including a nice touch to mark indigenous round.

AFL Round 11 – St Kilda v Collingwood: Gathering storm

Wild horses wouldn’t drag David Wilson to Docklands, unless they were accompanied by golden syrup dumplings and the rest of the circus troupe. Still he settled in with Bruce, Dennis and the two Buds to watch proceedings.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 19-Ronaldo Finds Redemption. Kahn Finds A Place To Hide (2002)

The 02 World Cup final in Japan featured South American powerhouse Brazil against European titans West Germany. Dennis Gedling tells the story of a dramatic contest.

AFL Round 10: Match Reports

List (with links) of the Round 10 match reports.

AFL Round 10 – Gold Coast v Western Bulldogs: Half the distance to the goal…..5th down?

Mick Jeffrey made his annual pilgrimage from North Queensland to see his Bulldogs in action at Carrara. He enjoyed the first half.

Don’t do a Polkinghorne

Matt Watson reviews the players code of silence when testifying before the Tribunal. When is a lie a convenient memory lapse?

Almanackers at the Willy Lit Fest

The Williamstown Literary Festival is on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. Several Almanackers will be panelists. Gideon Haigh will be there. Don’t miss it.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 20-Alcidis Chiggia. The Man Who Made Brazil Cry (1950)

The Uruguayans refused to bow to the Brazilians (imagined) superiority, and reaped the reward in a classic World Cup Final.

Round 11 Preview – The Gazza Football League

Sal Ciardulli looks ahead to the weekend, with some footy tips, racing tips, and hopes for the Friars.

Caging Perfection

Like thieves in the night, the AFL took our game to the slaughterhouse, condemning us to Thursday nights, Monday nights and Sundays at twilight. But Damian “Dips” O’Donnell can still remember perfection.

Podcast: Episode 7

The Wandering Eye of Jake Norton is back, joining The People’s Elbow, Matt Q and Stone Cold Steve Baker on the couch for the Adam Bentick edition of The Footy Almanac Podcast.

AFL Round 11: The Pre-Wrap

There is plenty of “gabbin” from the Wrapster in this week’s pre-wrap, and he leaves no-one in doubt as to his thoughts on the improbability of fixing an AFL match.

State of Origin: Brilliant

“For minutes Loz Daley and crew had been pacing the coaches’ box drawn into the contest with a deeply satisfying un-professionalism. This was raw emotion. And tension will change us all.” writes JTH on another classic Origin.

A not so hair-brained idea to revive the torp (or is it?)

T-Bone has a plan to restore the romance of the shot on the siren. Does your side have a “torp specialist”?

Lismore Swans – A Footy Team On The Frontier

There are plenty of obstacles for a club in a region where Aussie Rules is a poor relation. But, as Liam Quin reports, there is no shortage of camaraderie at the Lismore Swans footy club.

Footy Jumper: Elizabeth High School 1975-77

Swish Schwerdt still has the maroon and gold woollen jumper from the day when he snapped 11 big ones from the forward pocket on Elizabeth Oval (over 3 games – it was a school carnival).

Crio’s Racing

Some tips from Crio for the last Saturday in Autumn at the Sandown and Eagle Farm meetings.

AFL Round 10 – Port Adelaide v Hawthorn: Chaddy Wingard and the Deathly Handballs

With his 6 year old son watching Harry Potter on the big TV, Dave Brown retreats to the bedroom to watch the Power continue their great form at a packed Adelaide Oval. While Harry could well be a Power fan, Chad Wingard is a wizard in his own right.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 21-All Hail The Holy Grail and Jimmy Mackay Who Did Not Fail (1973)

On the 13th of November in 1973 Australia, for the first time, qualified for the World Cup. Dennis Gedling tells the tale of the Socceroos qualifying games that led to a maiden World Cup appearance in 1974. An often overlooked story of one of the greatest moments in Australian sport.

AFL Round 10 – The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

Earl O’Neill considers the state of the ladder and the premiership prospects of the early leaders. [Includes an excellent moniker for the Gold Coast team: The Schoolies – Ed]