Thursday @ the Almanac


Read Ian Wilson’s account of two incredible stories
of survival and overcoming adversity HERE.



Brisbane v Melbourne
GWS v Fremantle
North Melbourne v Gold Coast
Geelong v West Coast Eagles
Essendon v Richmond
Port Adelaide v Adelaide
Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs
Carlton v Collingwood
St Kilda v Sydney


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Almanac Life: What is a gluten–free, organic, non–dairy, save–the–whale girl to do, on a cold Melbourne Saturday?

Jan Courtin slips away from the reality of a cold, wet winter’s day in Melbourne via her wonderful world wide memories of times past. [Ed: We reprise this wonderful article by Jan, one of around 200 she published on the site. Her writing will be sadly missed. RIP Jan.]

Round 22 – Sydney v Collingwood: Swans ruffle Pies’ feathers

Keiran Croker is back in Sydney after three years to watch his beloved Swans and to catch up with friends. This is his report of the match and his visit to Sydney.

Almanac Rugby League – 2022 NRL Round 23 and NRLW Round 1: can you ever have too much rugby league?

To paraphrase Roy and HG, too much rugby league is never enough! For the next 6 weeks or so we have both the NRL and the NRLW. Ian Hauser keeps you in the loop.

That was the season that was: rediscovering the joy of “going to the footy”

Lockdowns may have disintegrated the norms of outgoings and conditioned people to be more than comfortable to be confined in their homes. Ged however, illustrates of how his brother’s persuasion of going to the MCG to witness the bombers defeat the swans, reignited the excitement and love of attending football at Melbourne’s sacred venue which made it all worth the travelling and memories created with his sons.

Round 23 – AFL 2022 Footy Fixture

Round 23 is a crunch match for many clubs as they battle it out for a place in this year’s finals. Find out who, where, and when your team is playing.

Keilor Sports Club: ‘The Country Club in the City’ (Part 1)

Historian, footballer and community sport policy officer, Nick Marshall is this year’s Hayden Kelly Scholar. Hayden plays a significant role in the Keilor Sports Club and, along with the Almanac, invited Nick to look at the history of sport in the Keilor (country) area and its impact. This is the first of a series of articles.

A Season in the Country: 1975 in the Wimmera and Farrer Leagues – Episode 18

Peter Clark reviews match of the day between Collingullie v Culcairn in Episode 18 of ‘A Season in the Country: 1975 in the Wimmera and Farrer Leagues’. He highlights players Ron Murray and Colin Hounsell,

Almanac WAFL: Thunder claps and the five tightens

Les Everett reports on all the Round 17 WAFL matches from last weekend.

Almanac Bush: In Search of Old Growth Mountain Ash in the Otways.

Stan Kluzek heads off on his motorcycle in search of old growth mountain ash in the Otways. [Ed: Welcome to the Footy Almanac community Stan! Fantastic story from the history of the Otways.]

Almanac Life: Running up that Carrackalinga Hill

Mickey Randall is out for his daily run, this time in Carrackalinga, and it’s to the Forktree Brewery then back to his accommodation. Mickey describes the run, his thoughts and encounters along the way.

Cameron Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 22 – Review / Round 23 – Preview

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life contemplates the Pies loss against the Swans, and looks forward to a more positive result in the blockbuster against the Blues.

Odd Friday/Footy Almanac Lunch: Neil Balme and Anson Cameron 19 August BOOKED OUT

This lunch featuring footy legend Neil Balme and author/journalist Anson Cameron will be a cracker as they discuss Neil’s career and recently written memoir.

Almanac Books: History books indicating why sport matters

If you are looking for a good sports related book for your next read check out the suggestions from Wray Vamplew. Roy Hay, and his award winning book,  ‘Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere’ is one of the recommended titles. 

Round 22 – Richmond v Hawthorn: The Twelfth Dimension

John Green muses on the big picture questions around Richmond’s place in the universe…or at least the top eight and beyond following their huge win over the Hawks to cement a spot in September once more.

Round 22 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: Power shoot down Bombers

It’s that time of the year when pride is the main thing on the line for the sides out of the finals race; for Nick Kossatch’s Port Adelaide, their efforts more than met expectations against a poor Bombers outfit.

Almanac Teams: A Jolly Rohde trip to the Murray; Obscure 41s (1980- )

Rodney Boyd shares his second side of Number 41s since 1980, with some interesting names and stories including tv show participants and family ties (though not the tv show…)

Almanac Poetry: The Girl in the Giant Wombat Tourist Shop

Iconic Australiana: the BIG things. This week’s poem from Kevin Densley was inspired by one such ‘big animal’ tourism beacon he encountered as a kid on a family holiday. (The actual animal has been changed to protect identity of the person and place involved.)

Almanac Rugby: Week 2 of the Rugby Championship

Never count out the All Blacks…or Los Pumas for that matter! Brian the Ruminator gives us his insights into the second week of the Rugby Championship.

Round 22 – Sydney v Collingwood: Freaks to the front (Floreat Pica Society)

It’s a big game. After 11-wins-in-a-row, second placed Collingwood visits fourth-placed Sydney for Round 22. David Wilson reports for the Floreat Pica Society from the Builders’ Arms front bar.

Almanac History: Perspective Reminders

Getting old and feeling aches and pains is nothing like those experienced in two of the most incredible stories of survival and greatest examples of overcoming adversity explains Ian Wilson.