Friday @ the Almanac


South Australian footy legend Neil ‘Knuckles’ Kerley has died in a car accident.
To read Michael Sexton’s 2014 interview with Kerley click here.
To read a tribute from The Guardian click here.



Brisbane 16.12.108 d Western Bulldogs 9.13.67
Carlton v St Kilda
Essendon v Sydney
Adelaide v Melbourne
Geelong v North Melbourne
Gold Coast v Collingwood
Richmond v West Coast
 GWS v Hawthorn
Fremantle v Port Adelaide


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Almanac Footy: The AFL’s ‘missionary’ work

Punxsutawney Pete discusses and succinctly presents his viewpoints on many of the issues surrounding the expansion of the AFL into non AFL areas through the creation of new teams and vast amounts of money spent promoting Aussie rules.

Almanac Music: The Doctor Will See You Now – Five Oz Rock Classics by The Angels

KD salutes iconic Australian band The Angels, originally headed by dynamic frontman, Bernard ‘Doc’ Neeson.

Round 16 – Sal’s Preview: I See Red

Sal is seeing red over the AFL’s reluctance to introduce a self off rule.

Round 15 – Haiku Bob: the ruckman’s reach

Collingwood’s run of success and the creature comforts of home are enough to keep both Haiku Bob and his dog happy.

The prehistory of Neil Kerley

Following the death of Neil ‘Knuckles’ Kerley, we revisit Mike Sexton’s interview with ‘King’ when they sat by the Murray River at the time of Kerley’s 80th birthday in 2014.

Almanac Rugby League – 2022 NRL Round16 Preview: Crucial ladder spots on the line

The NRL returns this week with Round 16 which features several crucial, ladder-shaping clashes. Ian Hauser looks for his winners.

FEARLESS 2022 – Round 13: The Big Freeze – pushing MND into the foreground of awareness

FEARLESS is full of praise for Neale Daniher and the campaign to conquer MND. Round 13 comes under scrutiny.

‘The life and times of a football journeyman…’ by KB Hill

Norm Hamill wasn’t the greatest kick in footy but he sure made a good life out of the game anyway. KB Hill profiles the ex-Rovers player.

Round 16 – AFL 2022 Footy Fixture

Check out the Round 16 AFL Footy Fixture to find who, where, and when your team is playing this week.

Almanac Football (History): Alex Jesaulenko

A recently discovered three minute, black and white film featuring Alex Jesaulenko in just his fourth VFL game has Michael Sexton enthralled. It took him back to a time full of rich and rewarding memories.

A Season in the Country: 1975 in the Wimmera and Farrer Leagues – Episode 11

The Rock-Yerong Creek v Holbrook is the featured Match of the Day in Episode 11 of Peter Clark’s series ‘A Season in the Country: 1975 in the Wimmera and Farrer Leagues. Bob Driscoll (The Rock-Yerong Creek) is this episode’s featured player.

Almanac Mates: Paddy and the Doc

Citrus Bob Utber relives many past memories of footy and cricket playing days with his old mates Bill ‘Doc’ Doherty OAM and Paddy Shelton.

Almanac Tennis: Wimbledon 1973 – A lob back over the net

Glen!’s recent story about Wimbledon 1973 brought memories flooding back for Peter Crossing – he was actually there at the event! And, this is his account of that day at Wimbledon in 1973.

Almanac Books: ‘Hard Wired’ – Emma Carney Media Release

A new book about the life and sporting career of former champion triathlete Emma Carney has been published. This media release provides background details and information about Emma and her book. Emma Carney will be the special guest speaker at the forthcoming Odd Friday/Footy Almanac lunch on July 15. All welcome.

Round 15 – Collingwood v GWS: Floreat Pica Society – Report: No Standing

In this week’s report for the Floreat Pica Society, Andrew Fithall expresses his disgust at both the AFL’s ‘Stand’ rule and the NRL’s ‘6 Again’ rule.

FEARLESS 2022: Round 12 – Not so easy to flick the Dimmer Switch…and it may not be the answer anyway.

FEARLESS 2022 is catching up with his match reports. Here they are for Round 12.

Almanac Footy (Opinion): A Matter of Will

‘One of the most underrated qualities that AFL recruiters overlook is the capacity of a player’s will.’ So says Ian Wilson in an argument that is hard to refute.

Almanac Music: ‘Not Quite Bob’ – Different Folkies: Bill Callahan (Smog), Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie, Palace Music), Sam Beam (Iron & Wine)

More ‘Not Quite Bob’ from Trevor Bailey, this week featuring some artists who are more in the ‘folkie’ genre, Bill Callahan (Smog), Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie, Palace Music), and Sam Beam (Iron & Wine).

Round 15 – Port Adelaide v Gold Coast: Power hang tough

It was a closely fought, nail baiting finish to the match but the Power were able to ‘hang tough’ against the Suns for a two point win reports Nick Kossatch.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Wild Iris’ – Louise Glück

Louise Glück is an American poet who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. ‘The Wild Iris’ is one of her best known poems.