Friday @ The Almanac


60 years ago The Beatles toured Australia.
Watch a clip of their tour HERE



Carlton v Geelong
Port Adelaide v Brisbane
GWS v Sydney
Melbourne v North Melbourne
Essendon v West Coast
Fremantle v Gold Coast

Byes: Adelaide, Collingwood, Hawthorn, Richmond, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs


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Almanac Music: The Beatles – Concert tour of Australia 1964

It is hard to believe sixty years ago The Beatles toured Australia!

NRL Round 15 – Rabbit in the Vineyard: A brush with the SA police, a burger at the ‘Stockie’ Hotel, and three consecutive wins!

Rabbit in the Vineyard had a pretty eventful Friday evening made all the more palatable by the renewed enthusiasm his beloved Souths are showing in attack and, especially, defence.

NRL Round 16 – Prop in the Canefield: You’ve gotta love footy!

Prop in the Canefield still can’t back a winner at the nags – but his season’s predictions for the NRL are making progress. He’s worried about this week’s NRL matches because of the Origin outs. He’ll be keeping an eye on the games as he packs his bags for Melbourne and Origin – and a meeting of the minds.

NRL Round 16: Origin season lucky dip (continued)

The lottery of tipping NRL winners during the State of Origin period continues. But ‘we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past’. Or something like that.

Almanac Lunch: With legendary sports writer John Craven in Geelong (June 28) – Limited places left

You are invited to lunch with celebrated author and journalist John Craven at the Petrel Hotel in Geelong on June 28 as he talks about his new book ‘The Conquerors’ the stories of 100 of Geelong’s greatest sportsmen and sportswomen. [Limited places left – bookings close this weekend]

Round 15 – AFL Footy Fixture Season 2024: Who, Where, and When

Find out who, where, and when your team is playing in AFL Season 2024 Round 15.

Tasmanian Football Days – Some Memories and Reflections (including the occasional rant!)

Allan Barden is excited about Tasmania entering the AFL competition. Here, he provides us with some personal history, as well as looking into the future of footy in Tasmania.

Revelling in the Riverina: Episode 9 – Country roads and the canola way

In Episode 9 of ‘Revelling in the Riverina’ Peter Clark takes readers along country roads and the canola way to Ganmain and the ‘highest paid footballer in the country’ in the mid 1950s.

Almanac Footy: My Favourite 300 Gamers

With Dustin Martin playing his 300th game last weekend Ian Wilson decided to come up with a list of his favourite 300 gamers.

Dunstall and Lockett 1989

Jason Dunstall and Tony Lockett feature in a poem from Damian Balassone

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 14 Review / Round 15 Preview

After a huge scare from bottom side North Melbourne, Collingwood move to third on the ladder. Round 15, is the bye for the Pies.

Percy Cerutty and Harry Hopman – Half-Loons

The sheer will and determination of coaching/motivational masters Harry Hopman and Percy Cerutty gives Michael Sexton cause to claim them as the greatest of their kind this land has produced.

Round 14 – North Melbourne v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society)

How do they keep doing it? Steve Fahey witnessed the Pies’ own version of the miracle on grass (miracle under the roof?) after his side came back from 54 points down in the third quarter to eke out a win by the slimmest of margins over the Kangaroos.

Almanac Hikes (and Pubs): Climb Mount Remarkable, collapse in the North Star pub

Mickey Randall recounts a remarkable afternoon spent climbing great heights and descending into a comfortable chair at the North Star Hotel in Melrose.

Almanac Lunches: ACS Winter Lunch with Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh is the special guest at the next Australian Cricket Society lunch on 19 July at the Royal Melbourne Hotel.

Almanac (Community) Footy – Reclink Community Cup 2024: Feel so free

E.regnans attended (attended? was part of? participated in? experienced?) the annual Reclink Community Cup between the Megahertz and The Rockdogs.

Round 14 – Sal’s Preview: To the Dustman!

Sal Ciardulli presents his thoughts and tips for the AFL Round 14 matches.

Almanac Memories: Drinking with Billy Serong Part 2

Bill Serong, who died a month ago, drank at the North Fitzroy Arms. John Harms had a few beers with him over the years.

Almanac Memories: Drinking with Billy Serong Part 1

Rod Gillett will never forget Bill Serong, who died in Melbourne on May 20. Here he recalls having a drink with him (as a nine year old!) in 1964. Vale Bill Serong.

Almanac Fiction: Swifty Taylor and the Dead Coach (Episode 8)

This week, private sleuth Swifty Taylor comes face to face with his nemisis, big Jack