Local Footy: The club where Blunnies mattered

Matt Zurbo’s first footy club (many years ago) was a suburban club where the blokes worked hard and played hard. Young Matt Zurbo was made welcome because of his Blundstone boots. Not footy boots. His work boots.

Almanac Newsletter: Rulebook’s Macca Record, Old Dog plays Queenstown and the Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch

Today’s e-newsletter with a few of the week’s offerings.

The Unconformity Cup – Nowhere Footy

Old Dog goes to Queenstown where he plays a fun (but proper) footy match on the famous gravel oval during the Unconformity Festival. [This is an Old Dog special – JTH]

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – Players on Players

What do players say about other players? Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt from the Chapter: Players on Players 2010s.

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – 1976 Grand Final

Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt featuring the 1976 Grand Final.

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – 1970 Grand Final

Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt featuring the 1970 Grand Final.

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – Grand Finals 2000s

Champions All is finally out. 700 pages of punchy stories from 171 legends of the game over 8 decades of AFL/VFL footy. Today’s extract has players discussing the Grand Finals in the 2000s.

Almanac Books: Champions All Extract – Ken Hunter on depression

Old Dog’s book, Champions All is finally out. 700 pages of punchy stories from 171 legends of the game over 8 decades of AFL/VFL footy. The honesty in it is often overwhelming. History often looks very different from the inside. Today, Ken Hunter on Depression.

Sound. (or This is still Australia: they’re utes not trucks)

Matt Zurbo thinks his way through some recent footy moments – life moments – and listens for the sounds, and observes the silences.

Almanac Authors featured on Sunday’s ABC Grandstand

Listen to a replay of Matt Zurbo and Jan Courtin on ABC Grandstand.

Almanac Books: Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Player’s Own Words Part 2

Part 2: Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Player’s Own Words by Matt Zurbo. In this extract players talk about the clubs in the 2010s from Hawthorn to Western Bulldogs.

Almanac Books: Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Players’ Own Words – Part 1

Matt Zurbo has a new book published called Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Players’ Own Words . In this extract players talk about the clubs in the 2010s from Adelaide to GWS.

Almanac Local Footy: Small Time

With his book completed and footy season at a close, Matt Zurbo keeps his AFL watching to one game a week.

Round 13 – North Melbourne v Hawthorn: You open your mouth one week

Old Dog watches Friday night footy and has some observations about physicality, umpiring, electric energy and bar crowds.

Round 12 – Greater Western Sydney v Sydney: Giant Swan Dicks

Old Dog is in a Melbourne pub with his girlfriend. He’s impressed with the Giants but less impressed with how self-absorbed footy fans are in the city. [Interesting life and footy observations – Ed]

Almanac Umpiring: A Tough Gig

Matt Zurbo loves it when umpires come across as real and genuine. [And he’s inviting them to pop in for a beer – Ed]

Everyday Obits: Foundation Blokes

Bryan, a mate of Matt Zurbo’s, died in an accident the other day. He was a great fella as Old Dog explains in this tribute.

A Footy Season Greeting from The Old Dog

The Old Dog finds Christmas in March, with a pre-season message for everyone.

Training for Six

Matt Zurbo continues his training series – Training for 6

Training for Six: When four turn up!

Another skillful set of training drills from the master trainer Matt Zurbo.