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Round 9

St Kilda 5.17.47 d by Geelong 10.8.68
Sydney v Collingwood
Hawthorn v North Melbourne
Gold Coast v Brisbane
Richmond v GWS
Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs
Essendon v Fremantle
Melbourne v Carlton
West Coast v Adelaide


The Tigers (Covid) Almanac 2020 will be published in 2021.
It will have all the usual features – a game by game account of the Tigers season – and will also include some of the best Almanac writing from the Covid winter.
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Almanac Tribute: Gareth Andrews remembers Frank Costa

Frank Costa was Geelong through and through, the driving force behind the Geelong Football Club becoming the on-field powerhouse it has been in recent times. Gareth Andrews remembers Frank Costa’s passing with a fitting tribute that was recently published in The Age.

Round 9 – Sal’s preview: Another great round of footy

Sal Ciardulli has cast his experienced eye over the form and has made his predictions for the Round 9 matches this weekend.

Almanac Health: What to do when having a heart attack and you’re alone

Heart attacks occur on average every nine minutes in Australia. Here is some helpful advice if you are having an attack and there is no immediate help around.

WAFL: Round 7 – Contrasts and comebacks Schoenfield, Schloithe and Schlensog

Les Everett reports from Western Australia with the latest news and results from Round 7 in the WAFL.

Keith Thomas: Redlegs champion

‘Rulebook’ is back! After a long absence, by his standards, Malcolm Ashwood returns to the Almanac with a profile of Keith Thomas, a member of the Norwood ‘Team of the Century’.

Almanac (Football) Humour: The Artist from Port Adelaide

Footballers’ nicknames aren’t as interesting and colourful as they used to be, KD laments. In a creative mood, he invents a new one for a Port Adelaide player, as an example of the way ahead.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch: Guest speaker – Ashley Browne: footy scribe

Respected footy journo Ashley Browne will be guest speaker at The Odd Friday/Footy Almanac lunch on 21 May at the North Fitzroy Arms where he will talk about his new book AFL 2020: A Season Like No Other.

Balcony Banter – Soaring high for a while

Tiger fan Dave Campbell feared that Shai Bolton’s screamer might be the highlight of the night. He wasn’t wrong. He shared his thoughts on the MCC Members’ blog ‘Balcony Banter’.

A Hoppy Trinity of Outback Pubs

Claire and Mickey continue their honeymoon meander through regional South Australia, enjoying the array of wide experiences on offer at three local pubs.

Round 8 – Western Bulldogs v Carlton: When you risk becoming the problem…

Yes, the last quarter was grim. But John Butler has found much of what followed in the days since the game equally frustrating.

Bruny Island oyster grower loves a furphy

Self-confessed ‘frustrated writer’ Lee Macefield entered the Furphy Literary Award competition and his story was chosen for the Anthology. He was interviewed for the ABC’s ‘Tasmanian Country Hour’.

Tongue in cheek?

Rick Trewavas, perhaps with tongue in cheek, gets creative on how to resolve questionable on-field physicality (ie, ‘the biff’).

Almanac Life – Callignee: A Love Song

Shane Reid rolls back the years to remember out-of-the-way Callignee and the special place it held in his father’s heart. (A beautiful reminiscence – Ed.)

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 10: Magic Round at Suncorp!

It’s the NRL’s Magic Round in Brisbane this weekend. Rugby league editor Ian Hauser can’t see anyone pulling a rabbit out of the hat to spring a surprise – he’s gone with the favourites all the way.

Balcony Banter: ‘Crimmo’ – the ‘real’ hard way

In a recent post on the MCC blog ‘Balcony Banter’ Grant Fraser explained the centrality of Peter Crimmins to all that is great about the Hawks.

Book Review – Merger: The Fitzroy Lions and the tragedy of 1996 by William Westerman

Craig Horne reviews William Westerman’s book, Merger: The Fitzroy Lions and the tragedy of 1996.

Book Extract – Merger: The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996

Another extract from William Westerman’s book, ‘Merger: the Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996’. Was this day the worst of a very grim season?

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 16, 1952: Cats race away from Gorillas

With finals a month away, Geelong faced a red hot Fitzroy team at Kardinia Park. Peter Clark’s series on Geelong’s amazing unbeaten run through 1952-53 continues.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 8 review, Round 9 preview

Cam Hooke gives the Collingwood Life perspective on the victory over North Melbourne, then he looks to the Pies’ prospects against Sydney.

Round 9 – AFL fixture 2021: Details for matches this round

Round 9 match details of who, where, and when your favourite team is playing.