Monday @ the Almanac


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Almanac Music: Midnight Oil in 2021

There was power, passion and a more than a few grey hairs at the most recent Midnight Oil gig at Womadelaide. Greg Andrew reviewed the show, his latest since first watching the iconic group live in 1990.

AFLW Round 6 – GWS v Brisbane: Capital Punishment

How good is footy in Canberra? William Westerman had the chance to support his Brisbane Lions in the flesh for the first time since moving to the ACT years ago. He watched an entertaining game with team performance the key.

Almanac Teams: The (not-so) Magnificent Seven (1980- )

From myopic sharpshooters to cross-code game winners, there’s plenty in Rodney Boyd’s team of more obscure Number 7s since 1980 this week.

Almanac Footy Tipping in 2021

We have three tipping comps for the 2021 footy season: the standard AFL tipping comp where you pick the winner of each game, and the ever-intriguing, time-honoured AFL Tip the Top 8 competition and the NRL tipping competition. Join now. All welcome. Spread the word. (The AFLW tipping comp is underway of course, so entries are closed).

Almanac Soccer: South Melbourne plays an old foe on a neutral battleground

South Melbourne, after a strong pre-season, came up against arch rivals Heidelberg United to open their 2021 season. Luke Radzminski was there, camera in hand, to capture the big moments and profile Heidelberg.

Almanac Music: Australia’s Best Song Revisited

When it comes to listening to music, many people are “mood listeners”. In this vein, KD revisits his “Best Australian Song” Footy Almanac piece, to ask Almanackers what songs may have slipped through the cracks in the extensive discussion that followed it. He also provides a new song nomination of his own.

Don’t Quit the Under 16s: An open letter to Webby

Michael Nichols makes an impassioned plea to a talented youngster to keep playing the game. There’s too much at stake to walk away early.

Almanac Fans: The Important Things in Life

There are times when a seemingly simple and innocent photograph tells a beautiful story. This is one of them. (The Almanac highlight of the day! – Ed.)

Almanac Rugby League – The Footy Almanac 2021 Rugby League Tipping Competition

The Footy Almanac invites all members of its community to join in the 2021 Rugby League Tipping competition. With just one week to go to kick-off, sign up now to have a chance to share in cash prizes at season’s end.

Almanac (and Odd Friday) Lunch: The Blessing of the Season

After a long Covid-enforced absence the Footy Almanac Friday lunch returns to the fabulous North Fitzroy Arms Hotel, on the 19th of March. The special guest will be a treat for Tiger fans. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Almanac Rugby League – The Charity Shield and NRL Trials

After last weekend’s Charity Shield match and several NRL trials, our rugby league editor Ian Hauser thinks he can see what we’re in for in the NRL’s Season 2021.

Almanac Rugby League: The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup 2021

Rugby League enthusiast Glen Dwyer provides us with news from the NSWRL about The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup 2021. After the disruption of Season 2020 by the Covid pandemic, it looks like a return to something approaching ‘normal’ in this new year.

Almanac Football: The Lienert legend continues

A father-daughter football lineage was continued when Sadie Lienert made her SANFL women’s debut for West Adelaide, following in the footsteps of father Kym. Peter Argent provides the story and pictures.

Book Preview: A Season Like No Other by Ashley Browne

Long-time football scribe Ashley Browne has written an account of the 2020 AFL season, which was dramatically impacted by the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. The book will be published by Hardie Grant on the 17th of March. As a teaser, you can read a preview extract here.

Almanac Music: A musical journey (in praise of Fred Eaglesmith)

Warren Tapner has had plenty of years filled with enjoying great music. But his wonderful journey reached its peak when he came across the crooning of Fred Eaglesmith.

Almanac Cricket: Getting out of jail – Lower Eltham’s relegation fight

Sean Mortell is a member of Lower Eltham’s first XI team in the Diamond Valley Cricket Association. He has the crazy tale of a rollercoaster season that ended in Lower Eltham fighting to avoid relegation in order to keep a proud tradition alive on the final weekend of matches.

Almanac Footy: AFL Practice Match – Cats v Pies

Dips O’Donnell took his time to watch the Geelong v Collingwood practice match last week. With his eye on the next new thing out of the Cattery, he was impressed by an array of players and tactics.

Almanac Soccer: Barnsley Football Club

A great joy of English soccer is keeping an eye on scores from afar. Rod Oaten has picked Barnsley as his team, and has had an intriguing few seasons following them from across the globe.

Almanac Poetry: Bob Craig’s Funeral

In this Tuesday’s poem, Kevin Densley recalls a small, particularly sad funeral he attended (the real name of the deceased has been changed), many years ago, where a notable local sportsman gave a memorable eulogy.

Almanac Rugby – Super Rugby AU Rd 2/Aotearoa Rd 1: Reigns of the champs continue

The competition over the ditch has started up a week after the local iteration of Super Rugby kicked off. The stories so far are familiar to those who followed last year according to Brian the Ruminator, with the Brumbies and Crusaders seemingly on a level above the rest.