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Aug 23 Footy Almanac Tassie Lunch in Hobart. More info HERE
Aug 30 Electrifying `80s Lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms with Mike Sheahan, David Parkin and Geoff Slattery. More info HERE

Round 22

Melbourne 5.12.42 d by Sydney 15.5.95
Carlton 11.12.78 d St Kilda 10.8.68
Brisbane 10.15.75 d Geelong 10.14.74
Adelaide 6.12.48 d by Collingwood 17.12.144
North Melbourne 22.12.144 d Port Adelaide 8.10.58
Fremantle 7.13.55 d by Essendon 13.9.87
Richmond 13.10.88 d West Coast 13.4.82
GWS 9.11.65 d by Western Bulldogs 19.12.126
Hawthorn v Gold Coast

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Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Round 22 review & Round 23 preview

According to Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life, the Pies win against the Crows in their Round 22 match was one of their best wins for the season. Read his report of the game and his preview of the Round 23 match against Essendon.

Round 22 — Fremantle v Essendon: Optus Stadium magic

Though not without some anxious moments, the Bombers came through for Caspar McLeod against the Dockers to solidify their quest for a finals berth.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test: The Lord’s blog

Australia come to Lord’s full of confidence. England must regroup. What are your thoughts, Almanackers? Have your say on the blog.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 3: SPD Smith transcends to Wonderland

SPD Smith is 13 not out at Lord’s. David Wilson says: “It’s fair to say that SPD Smith now operates beyond the reach of human influence. He bats now in a kind of “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” Double A Side zone.”

Almanac Teams: 100 Games – No Finals: A Team of Star-crossed stars

As finals time approaches, Phil Dimitriadis spares a thought for those players who never experienced finals action.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 2: Swings, tension and everything good about test match cricket

As the rain continues to exert a major influence on proceedings at Lords, Sean Mortell recalls the fluctuations of a scheduled Day Two that actually became Day One in playing terms.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: Five days of glorious madness

A ripping ‘Boys on Tour’ yarn from the self-depracating Kieran Fernandez as he and his posse lob at the Edgbaston Test. [I feel hungover just reading this – JTH]

Round 22 – Sal’s Preview: Tough tipping round

In what is the toughest tipping round for the season, Sal Ciardulli has some observations if not advice.

Almanac Beer: Coopers Sparkling Ale – it’s just a shot away

Mickey Randall pays tribute to the cult of Coopers Sparkling Ale by making some big comparisons (and statements).

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 7-13 August 2019

ER continues his weekly #hourlydaily of catching snippets of conversations heard here and there to provide an interesting backdrop of everyday life.

‘The Object Of My Desire………’ by KB Hill

‘I’m propped under the giant gum-tree which has probably hovered here longer than the 160-year existence of this sporting Oval.’ KB Hill always tells a wonderful story. Today, he’s in peak form with this beautiful account of the development of his ‘object of desire’, the Wangaratta Rovers, and their home ground (which has a worthy history of its own!). (Feel the love and the passion in this moving piece – Ed.)

The Ashes 2019 – Pick the teams for the Second Test: he’s on a roll!

Our competition to name both teams for the Second Ashes Test attracted a modest but high quality field of punters with the winner correctly naming all 22 players! Where have bragging rights gone this time?

Invitation: Col Abbott’s book launch – ‘Waiting under southern skies’

Almanac member (and luncher) Colin Abbott has been a photographer since the early 1970s when he came to Melbourne (from Sydney) to study photography at the College of Arts. This superb collection of photos spanning the years, beautifully presented, will be launched on Aug 29 at Magnet in the Docklands district.

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Aug 23: With special guest Robert Shaw

Our guest at the next Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch on 23rd August will be Robert Shaw, former AFL coach at Essendon, Fitzroy and Adelaide Crows. One of the better thinkers in the current footy scene, Robert is sure to share both his experiences in and insights into the game. Bookings essential.

Round 21 – Melbourne v Collingwood: Haiku Bob – still some dreamers

Cold night. But the dreamers keep dreaming. Haiku Bob is one of them.

Round 21 – GWS v Hawthorn: Records Tumble

Multiple records tumbled, along with the snow, at the Giants v Hawthorn match in Canberra – both on and off the field. The observant Edward P Olsen ensures that we appreciate their full array, even if not all of them will find a place in the official records.

Henry and the Jets: Ticking Boxes

Henry Ballard’s Heathmont Jets must continue to tick off the boxes if they are to feature in the Eastern Football League’s finals series. Henry tells us how they fared against the Mulgrave Lions last weekend. Go Jets (the Almanac’s latest fab team)!

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test: an Australian Lord’s XI

Dave Brown searches the records to compile an Australian Test team made up of our best performers at Lord’s. You’ll find one or two surprises here.

“These shall not be forgotten years” Richmond: 1981 – 2016: An occasional series of reflections on the triumphs and tragedies that made 2017 so worth the wait.

Stainless continues his story of Richmond’s struggle and lack of success between the years 1981 to 2016, this time he reviews some of the clashes against the Eagles.

Almanac (Footy) History: 1963 Grand Final – Geelong v Hawthorn, final quarter

Peter Flynn has found the YouTube of the final quarter of the 1963 Grand Final. The link is here. This is an excellent way of paying tribute to Polly Farmer at the time of his passing, Aug 14, 2019. [Includes some observations from JTH. Add yours – Ed]