The Albatross Rules – Chapter 20 – Round 9, Nambool Ravens (away): Old Habits and Die Hards

by Richard Holt Nambool was an important match. The Ravens occupied the same middle rungs of the ladder as Albertville. Both teams still had a chance to force their way into the top two. There was also the likelihood of a meeting at some point during the finals, when having a bit of form over [Read more]

The View from Shepparton – Round 16

By Peter Schumacher Have been so traumatised by the ascent of Collingwood to the top the ladder that I have been unable to to sit down and think about footy at all. The only consolation I have is that every Magpie follower in the land will go through unbearable and long periods of insecurity as [Read more]

Sheldon, Diesel leaders of 1997 BFL All Stars

by Richard Jones NOW that the 2010 BFL Hall of Fame and Team of the Decade concepts are up and running, it’s perhaps timely to look back at an All Stars function held 13 years ago. In October, 1997, the VFL-aligned Bendigo Diggers Football Club hosted an evening in which 23 top players from Bendigo’s [Read more]

The Weight of Great Expectations

Like all the big Melbourne clubs, Essendon and Carlton maintain a fierce and abiding rivalry. As is often the case with great rivalries, there is much that is shared, as well as much that divides. With sixteen flags apiece they share a spot at the top of the premiership tally. Of the six Grand Finals [Read more]

Weather Poor, Roos Great

By Steve Healy Admittedly, this was an average game of footy. I was hoping for a good, close game, something akin to the last time these two teams played, which was also Round 16 last year. But it was much of a one-sided affair from quarter time onwards. It wasn’t the fierce, contested game that [Read more]

A Collingwood High Road?

By Suzy Lewis Collingwood versus St Kilda – Saturday 17 July 2010 “…In retrospect we sort of seemed to have it for most of the second half, but you never know, do you, what can happen.  It’s just been part of my football upbringing,  I don’t expect anything until it’s there and in reality and [Read more]

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]