Thursday @ the Almanac


Matt Zurbo is our guest at lunch this Friday July 19 as we celebrate his book Heart and Soul. He will be joined by some of his interviewees, including Ken Fraser and Lazar Vidovic. Bookings essential. More details HERE.
Photo: Matt Zurbo

Phil Dimitriadis has come up with a cracking team of injury-plagued stars. Check it out HERE
Check out more novelty teams HERE


Belinda Sharpe makes history tonight when she becomes the first female to officiate as an on-field referee in an NRL premiership match. It’s only taken 111 years! Congratulations, Belinda, from all rugby league fans at the Almanac.

Round 17
West Coast 12.5.77 d. by Collingwood 11.12.78
Sydney 8.14.62 d. by Carlton 9.15.69
Hawthorn 12.12.84 d. Fremantle 8.5.53
Essendon 12.14.86 d. North Melbourne 12.9.81
Gold Coast 8.8.56 d. by Adelaide 23.13.151
Geelong 12.12.84 d. St Kilda 8.9.57
Richmond 13.16.94 d. GWS 9.13.67
Western Bulldogs 10.14.74 d. Melbourne 9.12.66
Port Adelaide 6.13.49 d. by Brisbane 14.13.97


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Almanac Flashback: Off Season Odyssey – Part 37: Blighty!

With Matt Zurbo lunching at the North Fitzroy Arms this Friday, let’s revisit his 2012 road trip, where he caught up with none other than Malcolm Blight.

Almanac Time Capsule – AFL Round 14 2009: Observing the Saints fan

Saturday night wasn’t one to remember, so let’s revisit a happier day for Saints fans. Round 14, 2009, when two undefeated teams met in one of the best games in years. John Harms was in the crowd observing more than just the footy.

Balcony Banter Round 16 – Essendon v Sydney: Dour Dons do enough

Almanacker and MCC member Rod Oaten saw his Bombers claw past the Swans in a dour struggle.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 10-16 July 2019

Snatches of overheard conversation from the past week; observed by David Wilson.

Almanac Time Capsule: Some of my best friends are Saints (really)

It has been a very long decade for both St Kilda and Carlton. Back in 2009, John Butler ventured some opinions on the differing world views of both clubs. Both are now, once again, contemplating new coaches. How do both sets of supporters view things now?

Almanac Flashback: Song of the Zealot

We think this piece by Anson Cameron stands the test of time. What it means to be a footy fan.

Fitzroy Football Club – All-star line up for literary lunch: Tickets selling fast

The Fitzroy Football Club is an old friend of the Almanac. They will be hosting an upcoming literary lunch to be held at the Brunswick Street Oval Community Rooms on July 27th. Sounds like a beauty and features Almanac fave George Megalogenis. You’d better get in fast! Bookings close Monday 22nd July.

Almanac Flashback: Dangerman is a safe bet for a big future with the Crows

Who knows a player better than their own family? For those who didn’t know, the Almanac’s ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber has inside knowledge of one P. Dangerfield. This piece was originally posted back in 2009. You may find it explains a lot about what has transpired since.

Round 17 – Sydney v Carlton: The Winds of Change

Joe Moore completed yet another family trip up to the SCG for the rivalry between Sydney and Carlton. His account, already published on, details the fun-loving nature of what footy means to families.

Almanac Footy History – Special offer on Roy Hay’s Book of the Month

Check out the special deal for Roy Hay’s recently released book about indigenous footballers and their involvement in the development of footy as we know it today.

50 years on – a perspective on the moon landing: An epic journey of biblical proportion, but did it really happen?

Who do we believe? Michael Viljoen presents his compelling arguments with regards to the conclusiveness of historical events, asserting their believability is within the recorded evidence.

A Weekend in Sport

There was a lot to appreciate about the weekend’s multiple sports offerings. Ian Hauser provides his take on some of the amazing contests and looks for lessons from it all.

Almanac Music – Aussie album review: Tex, Don and Charlie – ‘Sad But True’

In the tenth of his occasional series looking back at classic Australian albums, Smokie revisits “Sad But True” – the debut collaboration of Tex, Don and Charlie.

Almanac Teams: A Team of Injury Plagued Stars

Phil Dimitriadis returns with another team, this one a little more heartbreaking than most. Read on for his list of talented players cut down by injury & feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

Round 17 – Geelong v St Kilda: An Open Letter to Gary Ablett Junior

No ordinary match report, but then again Gary Ablett Junior is no ordinary player – Anna Pavlou recounts her near life-long love affair with the deeds of The Little Master as he helped his Cats to a hard fought victory over a highly competitive Saints outfit.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 17: Action aplenty!

The odd upset, a draw, a send-off, personal milestones, and a coach sacked – there was action aplenty in the NRL’s Round 17. Here’s Ian Hauser’s take on what it all means.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: AFL Rounds 17 and 18

Cam Hooke and friends enjoy the great win in the West before getting down to the task of analysing the coming game against the Giants.

Round 17 – West Coast v Collingwood: One of those wins you’ll always remember

Under the pump, far from home and facing a foe who had their number, Sean Mortell’s Pies had him managing his expectations on Friday night – after a famous victory, his entire weekend had an extra glow!

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v England: A cruel end

Edgbaston and England got Australia once again, but Sean Mortell is trying to see some positive signs after Australia’s departure from the 2019 World Cup.

Round 17 – West Coast v Collingwood: Pies’ big win (Floreat Pica Society)

Shane Cashman had a feeling ahead of the game – and he brings us a healthy dose of feeling in this report for the Floreat Pica Society.