Tuesday @ the Almanac



It’s September! Check out our Finals Blog HERE


Finals Week 3
Richmond 12.13.85 d Geelong 9.12.66
Collingwood 7.10.52 d.by GWS 8.8.56


VFLW Grand Final:   Collingwood 7.10.52 d Western Bulldogs 2.3.15
VFL Grand Final:   Richmond 8.10.58 d Williamstown 7.13.55
SANFL Grand Final:   Glenelg 11.7.73 d Port Adelaide 6.9.45


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Preliminary Final – Collingwood v GWS: Reasons to believe

Ian Latham reviews Collingwood’s loss against the Giants in their preliminary final acknowledging that GWS now have a real team.

St. Bernie of Traralgon

Shane Reid may well have you in raptures in this tale of two countries, two school teachers and two-club Superboot-cum-Saint – Bernie Quinlan [Count me in as a believer – Ed.]

The 2019 Brett Deledio Cup.

Earl O’Neill is rapt his Monaros will compete against the Tigers next weekend for the 2019 AFL Premiership Cup.

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Geelong: They Say Nobody Watches the Same Game of Football

Old Dog describes the Richmond-Geelong game that he saw, with his trademark description, analysis and respect for the players. [Kelly’s a bit stiff missing a vote – JTH]

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Geelong: The Pursuit of Mindfulness

John Green is trying to find calm, and be calm. Tough when your footy team is on the prowl.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2: Questionable decisions mar a mighty match

We’re down to the last four teams in the NRL while the NRLW featured its first stand alone fixture in New Zealand. Here’s the wash-up from the weekend as seen by Ian Hauser.

Almanac Tribute – Danny Frawley will always touch us

Japanese correspondent and St Kilda fan Yoshi pays a fitting tribute to former Saint great Danny Frawley after his tragic death.

SANFL Blow-ins 1960-1990 Part 3: Glenelg

With Glenelg winning the 2019 SANFL Grand Final, we re-visit Swish Schwerdt’s look at players who had a stint at the Bays.

One of the biggest names in Australian football (along with several obscure ones) appears in this next instalment of Swish’s list of Glenelg interstate interlopers during the SANFL’s black and golden years.

The Almanac Footy Finals Blog

The Finals are reaching their climax. How do you see them playing out? Have your say right here on the Footy Almanac Blog!

VAFA 2019 Premier C – Grand Final Seniors & Reserves: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

From the Grand Canal in Venice, Smokie waxes philosophically about the journey the Williamstown WCYMS club has taken as they vie for a premiership for their senior & reserve teams.

Preliminary Finals – Sal’s Preview (And the Ultimate Prize for the Friars!)

Sal Ciardulli’s back with his weekly column. Check out his report of the Friars wins, his thoughts for the preliminary finals, and of course a few racing tips for Caulfield and Royal Randwick.

#almanac280 writing competition ends – “Finals”

The #almanac280 winner is announced! Well, winners actually. Thanks for your fantastic response to the competition. Terrific reading all round.

Whatever happens, Collingwood, you already won

As we await the two preliminary finals, the outcomes of which will be measured by the score, E Regnans considers other metrics. Having watched the club’s deeply human ethos emerge and then been given a further lens – the documentary From the Inside Out – he concludes that whatever happens tomorrow night the Collingwood FC and Nathan Buckley have already won. We can learn a lot from them. [A mighty fine piece – JTH]

Henry and the Jets: Turning sour into sweet, a farewell.

Another Heathmont Jets team playing in a Final, another Henry Ballard report. Will it be third time lucky? Henry tells it all.

Almanac Footy (and Racing): The Benefit of a St Kevin’s Education

As revellers prepare for the SKOB’s Grand Final Luncheon and a weekend of VAFA grand finals, John Harms considers the benefit of a St Kevin’s education.

Almanac Writing Competition – #almanac280: Finals

The time-honoured #almanac280 story-writing competition returns. Write us a story inspired by footy finals. The story cannot be more than 280 characters long…

Almanac Flashback – The 2009 AFL Preliminary Finals: Cats v Magpies, Saints v Bulldogs

The 2009 AFL Preliminary Finals produced contrasting results, one a thrashing, the other a cliffhanger. Here’s your opportunity to re-live those two games and experience the pleasure or the pain associated with them.

“No rest for ‘Wobbles’…….” by KB Hill

Kevin Allan’s direct involvement in local football clubs spans almost 80 years! KB Hill talked to Kevin and records the story of a remarkable servant of the game.

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2: Total commitment

Total commitment – the fans demand and deserve nothing less. After one disaster last weekend, Ian Hauser thinks we can expect better this time around. Here’s his preview.

The Troy Luff Cup

Troy Luff has finally played in a premiership, at the tender age of 49. Earl O’Neill is pretty happy about that.