Bush Footy: Ground Level 2017

Perhaps the most novel Season Review of the year – and certainly the most insightful. Yes Dogs [sic] you have told the story of a fair dinkum footy club. [Great stuff Old Dog – JTH]

Finals Week 2 – Preview: Geelong v Sydney

Jarrad McVeigh plays his 300th in the do or die semi-final clash against the Cats tomorrow night. Keiran Croker is confident the Swans will continue their recent proven record against the Cats and make it to another preliminary final.

Forever Grateful

And now for something different from the Old Dog…

Bush Footy Grand Final – Colac v Grovedale: Meeting in Chaos

“Bec was one of the netballers – small and wild! She out swore us, out brassed us, out drank us. A few of the boys were intimidated, for sure. She was going out with one of the Alvie footballers and knew her bush footy as good as anyone.”

The Hobart Reclink Community Cup: Looking back and forward

Old Dog played for the Ramonas against The Van Diemen Dogs in the Hobart Reclink Community Cup. Read his account. [Blundstone are a major sponsor of Reclink and this is their home Cup – JTH]

Once a Tiger

It’s timely, with the Tiges contending, to re-visit a terrific Richmond tale. Matt Zurbo caught up with Ron Branston in a little country railway station. This is an extended version of Ron’s words in Matt’s book Champions All.

The Underdog

More classic Old Dog with another heartfelt appreciation of a player who deserves it. Tom Goodwin is a Lilydale boy leading the way for Coburg, a club to which he feels tremendous commitment. [Super piece Old Dog – JTH]

Round 16 – Sydney v Gold Coast: The Dean Towers Cheer Squad have their say

The Almanac community has found one. Thanks to Jan Courtin for this match report which adds to the interest in Dean Towers established earlier by Matt Zurbo. And thanks to Dean Towers himself.

Round 12 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Barracking for Towers

Sometimes the little things help you see bigger pictures. The Old Dog watches Sydney play Footscray (as he calls them) in Sin City, from an empty Tassie pub… for friendship and footy.

Once a Tiger

Matt Zurbo wishes the Almanac community a happy Christmas. His gift is a transcript of his interview with Ron Branton, which captures the life of a 1950s footballer superbly. Sections of this interview appear in Matt’s book Champions All.

Martin Flanagan on Matt Zurbo (from The Age)

Martin Flanagan’s recent column from The Age on Almanac favourite, Matt Zurbo. Matt’s book Champions All is out now.

Local Footy and Mighty Wallpaper

Matt Zurbo is the subject of Martin Flanagan’s column in The Age today. Here is a piece he wrote in July 2012.

Off Season Odyssey – Part 42: South or West

The road is a hungry thing, calling, even when it’s made of nothing but sand.

[This piece was first published in late 2012. It was part of a series where Old Dog jumped in the ute and travelled from the south of Tasmania to far north Queensland and west to the Mallee in South Australia. Read more of Matt’s pieces by clicking on his name in the left sidebar.]

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.