PUBLISHING YOUR WORDS
We love receiving your stories.
To publish with us, please follow these steps:
Register on the site (see top-left hand side), and you will become a ‘subscriber’. Your status will be changed to’contributor’.
This will enable you to post directly to the site by going to ‘POSTS’ and then ‘ADD NEW’.
Write your story in the box. Or, if you have completed the piece as a Word document, copy your words to the appropriate box and INSERT.
Click on ‘SUBMIT FOR REVIEW’ in the right hand sidebar. That piece will remain ‘PENDING’ until the editors post it and add the link to the home page. Then your words will be entertaining and stimulating the world, or at least the Almanac world.
GETTING A GIG IN THE FOOTY ALMANAC BOOK
We will be publishing The Footy Almanac 2014 in late October this year. The book will have the same look as other years.
This year we will be commissioning some match reports.
We will be taking other match reports from the website.
ANYONE IS WELCOME TO WRITE A REPORT OF ANY AFL MATCH and submit it to the website. It may make the cut. It may also thrust your name before the selectors.
However, if you would like to be commissioned for a game…
You can nominate specific matches giving a hint at your story:
Round 2 Carlton v Richmond – I am going to the footy with my old mate Bruce Doull (which will probably get you the gig)
Round 5 Hawthorn v Geelong – I will be watching on a flat screen in the bar of Paradise Beach in Mykonos
Or, more generally:
I am available for all Gabba games.
I am available for all St Kilda games.
I am available for all games.
You are more likely to be offered a game if you nominate some. I will maintain a record of all nominations.
I am looking forward to hearing from you and to reading some cracking footy writing. firstname.lastname@example.org
Length, Format etc
You can write the match reports to the length you want, keeping in mind, though, that they will need to be edited to be 600-700 words for the book. If your piece is selected for the book, you will be asked to edit it to that length yourself. It’s important that happens as quickly as possible.
It should be presented in the specific Almanac format, and include the match details, YOUR OWN better players, your 3-2-1 votes for the Malarkey Medal.
Just follow this template:
Sing Along With the Common People (Title – may be changed by eds)
North Melbourne versus Collingwood
4.40pm, Sunday 31 March (local time, date)
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (venue, city)
Matt O’Connor (author)
Those who haven’t been to Etihad Stadium for a while, take note: it is rapidly disappearing into urban camouflage and may not be distinguishable from surrounding high rise for much longer.
Upstairs in an understaffed bar at the Coventry End, Melbourne Victory were choking on one screen while Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker was telling us “common people” his missus wanted to live like us on another.
In rolled bad news from the front. Copeland incumbent Dayne Beams was a late withdrawal, handing Josh Thomas his first game.
And when the team ran through the banner, it included the unmistakable blonde bonce of elevated rookie, Jack Frost, also now to play game number one in place of Heath Shaw.
One part of me should have been happy, as I had done what some might consider sacrilege: taken North as the second half of a multibet that had started with a juicy $4.40 Dogs win.
I thought the $2.70 North odds were terrific value, and they got considerably better with the late withdrawals. The Kangas were without suspended former skipper Brent Harvey, but just about every other key Roo was on deck.
But as with other treasonous bets, the moment the game started, I followed the Pies and not the dollars. I have yet to find out what sized collect would swing me the other way.
A breakneck first half ended with both sides on eight goals, the honours reasonably even. But the makeshift Magpie ship had held together, twice bridging small gaps to edge in front at the main break.
Frost had kept Robbie Tarrant quiet, and some ragged disposal aside, the newer Thomas had held his own at the stop plays. But it was at the top end of town that things were looking the most encouraging.
With an excess load to carry, Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Steele Sidebottom delivered with quantity and quality, adding marks and goals to their customary run.
Pendlebury in particular shone through the gloom, his play of the day a glorious shimmy through the middle of Etihad and a lace-out pass to the leading Travis Cloke. The big full forward complimented the service by converting from long range.
Quinten Lynch’s first half in the black and white ticked enough boxes for the recruitment to be deemed an early success. Two goals and a pass to Cloke for another, plus some relief ruck work to give Darren Jolly a breather, added up to a solid beginning.
Post-Contract Cloke appeared focussed and sharp. He had wrestled his way to an ascendancy over the impressive Scott Thompson, and had three goals to show for it by the time the players headed downstairs.
Others to impress in the first half were Harry O’Brien in a more attacking role on the wing and Alan Toovey down back.
On the punting side of the ledger, Todd Goldstein had combined with Jack Ziebell and new skipper Andrew Swallow to dominate the centre clearances, and Lindsay Thomas had fashioned four goals from limited opportunities.
There were no doubt other good contributors from the Kangas, but I still can’t tell my Cunningtons from my Bastinacs.
Sub Sam Dwyer’s first touch set Tyson Goldsack up for a goal, and he looked right at home haring up and down the western wing for the rest of the quarter.
Goldsack added another after Nick Maxwell pinned Michael Firrito on his defensive fifty, and a clever one-handed Sidebottom mark set Jarryd Blair away into an open goal a few minutes later.
The Pies were down to 20 men after 13 minutes when Lindsay Thomas planted a Liverpool kiss on an unsuspecting Ben Reid, but the defence held firm with Nathan Brown keeping Drew Petrie in check.
Swan marked a long O’Brien bomb over a couple of Roo defenders and converted from close in.
The margin was 21 points at the last change, and another strong Cloke mark and goal at the start of the final quarter, followed by an opportunist snap from Sidebottom, all but sealed the four points. The Roos had a belated dip, sparked mainly by Daniel Wells, but Brent Macaffer – playing his first game for more than a year – had the final say after an excellent one-hander in the goalsquare.
Having sung the song, we linked arms with the common people and walked north up Adderley Street to the car. No victory doughnuts though. I’d run out of money.
North Melbourne 5.2 8.4 9.7 13.9 (87)
Collingwood 3.5 8.6 12.10 15.13 (103)
goals Collingwood: Cloke 4; Sidebottom 3; Lynch, Goldsack 2; Pendlebury, Blair, Swan, Macaffer.
North Melbourne: Thomas 4; Hansen 2; Cunnington, Bastinac, Tarrant, Gibson, Goldstein, Mullett, Petrie.
best Collingwood: Pendlebury, O’Brien, Cloke, Swan, Sidebottom, Maxwell, Toovey.
North Melbourne: Swallow, Ziebell, Goldstein, Thomas, Mullett.
umpires McBurney, Bannister, Foot. crowd 41,040
our votes Pendlebury (Coll.) 3, Swallow (NM) 2, O’Brien (Coll.) 1.