Roos 8-8, Barnstable 5-0

It was grey, it was cold, it was 8:30 in the morning, and I was standing around behind the Waaia goalposts waiting for the bus to arrive. We were going to the footy. Finally, it did arrive, and we all piled on. I was nervous, not because I didn’t fancy North’s chances, but the plans [Read more]

Pies and Zhivagos Dominate a Full Cultural Menu

Weekends which encompass time at the MCG combined with time at the Corner Hotel, are weekends well-spent, even if they are not very productive. Productivity is further compromised if the weekends are bookended by liberal doses of red wine. Juicer and Nicole arrived from Warragul Friday evening.  As St Kilda supporters, they are really not [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES FOOTBALL What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Chardonnays popped their cork and sent The Sleepy Hollow Millionaires home from the City of Churches with a hangover.  The Boilovers continued on the Saturday.  The Mighty Maggies monstered The Decidedly Feeling Faints and The Gliders were shot down in flames over [Read more]

Changes at the Crows vs Cats

Changes – sometimes good, sometimes bad, always inevitable.

Crio’s Q: Trigger Moments

Although Historians insist that matters are always more complicated, it is easier for us to declare a certain instance as the trigger for calamitous events – the shooting of Archduke Ferdinand as starting WW1 is a famous example. So, too, in sport. Warwick “The Wizz” Capper’s late goal at Princes Park put the full stop [Read more]

Saints Loss leads to heavenly love

“Girls, you do know that you can have your heart broken without being in love don’t you?”- asked my History teacher yesterday during period five. “Yep, Defiantly” I respond, nodding my head and thinking back to the Pies Vs Lions Grand final losses. In the past few years we and have not been able to [Read more]

Geoff Sinclair’s Home and Away Games- Rd. 16

Round 16 Essendon versus West Coast Eagles Saturday, July 17th.,  Etihad Stadium (N) Tommy’s made a batch of cumquat marmalade, 14 recycled bottles’ worth, courtesy of the bounty from a tree on the lower terrace.  (He’s a clever little vegemite.)  It’s a lot easier to do a post mortem of the football when he eats [Read more]

Insipid Dons Leave Fans Riled

It’s been a puzzling few weeks for us Don supporters. Just a short time ago , well six weeks actually, we had strung a few wins on the run against some pretty good opposition sides and looked like  we might even be pushing to stay in the top eight, then the wheels fell off. Listening [Read more]

Crows Charge Continues

While watching the Thursday night Footy Show, I told myself that I would decide on whether to go to school or not in the morning, depending on how I felt when I woke up. So when I wake up at 7:00 in the morning in a toasty bed with frost covering your windows, your first [Read more]

Book Launch: The Family Behind the Football

By Vin Maskell The Family Behind The Football by Syd Sherrin was launched at the original Sherrin factory in Collingwood on Wednesday evening, 14 July. Guests included Ron Barassi, Peter McKenna, Ray Shaw, Heath Shaw, Alan Didak, Ken Fraser, umpire Denis Rich and members of the extended Sherrin family. I played a key role in [Read more]

Almanac Racing- Racing Year Drawing to a Close

The Accountants have had their financial year fun, now it’s the RACING YEAR DRAWING TO A CLOSE… There is a fortnight left in this racing season and, though the thoroughbred stars are munching grass, jockeys and trainers are still competing for available honours. Sometimes this can lead to high public interest – witness Douglas Whyte’s [Read more]


FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  What goes around, comes around.  In a scene that would be familiar from his playing days at Tigerland when La Geisha was coaching, the Playing Group fronted the Essendon Coach with a few items that they felt was tearing at the fabric [Read more]

Well played that man

I hope that Almanac community can allow a little indulgence on my behalf as I share with you a story that I’m sure many of you have similarly experienced as parents. It might also go some way to explaining to the uninitiated why golf is the most addictive sport ever invented. I’ve got two kids, [Read more]

Perhaps footy isn’t the answer to everything?

Music’s coming out of the speakers; the dog is stretching out behind me making funny noises, I’m sipping from my bottle of lemon ice tea and I am bored. And sick. I’ve been sick for a couple of weeks now, the day of the Thursday night Carlton v Brisbane Lions game was the first day [Read more]

Dees prosper in the winter sun

I woke up to the sad realisation that I’m sure many other teenagers would share with me. It’s the last day of school holidays. But it doesn’t feel like it. It feels like an early spring day, feels like the weekend seven days on from the Grand Final. But thankfully there is some footy action [Read more]

Haiku Bob: round 15 – holes in the night

first quarter gloom Swan weaves light through the darkness the wind pierces my body another goal behind the cold – Ball lays another tackle to keep warm icy wind the pack splinters in Didaks’ wake Swan’s thirty-nine touches no two the same non-scoring end a gull turns its head on play by hand or foot [Read more]

Cats dealing with history

I am sitting at the desk of Manning Clark. It’s where he penned the six volume History of Australia, and many other books and papers, essay and newspaper articles. If I turn around I can almost reach the filing cabinets, which are full of letters from Patrick White and others for whom the life of the [Read more]

Another Power team loses, this time to the Superdogs

ROUND EIGHT AFL MASTERS OVER 35’S by Nick Kossatch The Power lost another match; however it was in the form of Portland Power, this time to the Riverland Superdogs at Rosewater Oval on Sunday by eight points. The visitors welcomed new players Dean Romeo, Barry Gavranich and ex-Superdog and Central Districts and Hawthorn player Robert [Read more]

Great Scott! It’s the end for Choco!

Port Adelaide v Collingwood by Josh Barnstable “Allan Scott, you were wrong!” Those were the words that were scratched into Port Adelaide history by Mark Williams, now former coach of the Port Power after his 2004 victory over the Brisbane Lions in the Grand Final. Allan Scott, head of the main sponsor of Port Adelaide, [Read more]

Geoff Sinclair’s Home and Away Games – Round 15

ROUND 15 Melbourne versus Essendon Sunday, July 11th.  M.C.G. Arnold, the Human Question Mark, is back on Monday, bright and early.  His beloved Saints have had a gritty, 35-point win over the Melbourne Demons.  Is he happy about that? he asks me.  I tell him he probably is, and he agrees.  Is he also happy [Read more]