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Almanac contributor Jim Johnson played under Herb Matthews at Ringwood in the early 1950s. Sean Mortell tells the story HERE.


Round 11

Port Adelaide 13.15.93 d Richmond 11.6.72
Brisbane 14.12.96 d  Western Bulldogs 11.6.72

West Coast 11.6.72 d Carlton 7.8.50
Melbourne 13.14.92 d North Melbourne 5.5.35

St Kilda 4.10.34 d by Geelong 14.9.93
Fremantle 7.6.48 d Hawthorn 4.8.32

Adelaide v Collingwood
Gold Coast v Essendon

Byes: GWS, Sydney


Round 10 Scores and Reports


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Round 11 – Sal’s Preview (Vol 2): – Into the stretch

Sal Ciardulli makes his selections to complete the Round 11 matches.

Almanac Ditty: Hello there, you nervous Cat

Joc Ledwidge, Sainter through and through, penned this little ditty for her Geelong mate,which she also sent to John Harms.

The fourth jumper

Vin Maskell’s trio of particularly personal football jumpers is now a quartet, courtesy of a recent gift from a coach.

Round 10 – Essendon v GWS: Disney or the footy?

Rod Oaten has a take on the latest Bombers game…or at least he would if he didn’t get distracted by a doco on SBS

Almanac Poetry: Lockdown Limericks

John Green has turned to that most accessible of poetry forms, the limerick, during lockdown. Feast away, Tiger fans!

Round 10 – Geelong v North Melbourne: Cats fend off wilting North up North

Hamish Townsend has been soaking up the sunshine that is wall-to-wall footy in Queensland; rays of light from the two Lachlans and North’s woes might need more sunlight as the Cats got the job done.

Is the Brownlow ‘fair’?

After some time ruminating and a recent incident putting things into perspectve, Stephen Whiteside proposes an interesting re-interpretation of the Brownlow Medal process.

Rounds 8-10 – Haiku Bob: footy frenzy

There is a frenetic pace of the so called “footy frenzy” amid the mess and noise of a pandemic, Haiku Bob can naught but think of the son who recreated a highlight of a gun.

Almanac (Footy) History: A season under the great Herb Matthews

Sean Mortell caught up with octogenarian (and Almanac contributor) Jim Johnson to findout about his footy career under South Melbourne legend Herb Matthews.

Round 11 – Brisbane v Western Bulldogs: The Fitzroy Bulldogs and a 1.21 gigawatt win

A time of film education and reminiscing led Shane Reid to the Lions v Bulldogs clash on Saturday night. When Brisbane shone to rise up to second place, Shane began to wonder what the time ahead held for his young side.

Round 10 Review, Round 11 Preview: Who wants to be a tipster?

Sean Mortell makes sense of Round 10 and previews Round 11 with this comprehensive look at all things AFL footy.

Almanac Life: A West Australian Out Of Water

When West Australian Poppy Penny landed a nice (temporary) job in radio in country New South Wales, she thought she’d be back home to watch her beloved Freo by the middle of the year. Travel restrictions have changed that. [Hang in there Poppy – JTH]

Round 10 – Collingwood v Sydney: The steel stud affair

It was a tight game between Collingwood and Sydney. Richard Davis was impressed by his young Swans effort, but was critical towards the choice of footwear from his team.

Almanac Life: One of those Melbourne lockdown Saturdays

A day in lockdown quickly evolved into an emotional reflection on Jan Courtin’s parents. Whilst typing out some letters from years gone by, Jan discovered her family history, making the day worthwhile.

Round 10 – Essendon v GWS: Stuck in the back pocket

Andrew Else, Bombers man, is in Lockdown with his family in Melbourne. His report of the Essendon game against the (confident and good-looking) Giants boys is a comment on COVID life, politicians, journalists, press conferences, social media, parenting and even football. [Timely – Ed]

Almanac Life: The Crystal Pool

Smokie Dawson longs for the summer, and a visit to the Crystal Pool. Its charms have been passed down through the generations of his family.

Round 11 – Sal’s Preview: They Keep on Rolling

Sal presents his preview and tips for Round 11, and his thoughts for the first group race of the season at Flemington.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 10 Review and Round 11 Preview

True believers, Cam Hooke reviews the Pies Round 10 match against the Swans, and previews the Round 11 match against Adelaide.

Round 10 – Collingwood v Sydney: A magical moment breaks through the buffering

Problems setting up the live stream, problems with Collingwood’s game, not a great start for Sean Mortell and his Magpies against the Sun In their Round 10 match. However, perseverance is rewarded in the end for the Pies as they win a close one.

Round 10 – Gold Coast v St Kilda: Saints and Suns in a classic under the stars at Metricon

In an exciting game where the fortunes of both teams ebbed and flowed, Braham Dabscheck was more than happy when the Saints ran out eventual winners over the Suns in their Round 10 match.