Thursday @ the Almanac


The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday lunch with Ron Reed is on tomorrow (Friday 23/4).

Tickets still available. Details here.



Round 5

St Kilda 7.6.48 d. by Richmond 20.14.134
West Coast 16.7.103 d Collingwood 11.10.76
Western Bulldogs 17.16.118 d Gold Coast 8.8.56
Sydney 10.9.69 d. by GWS 9.17.71
Carlton 9.14.68 d. by Port Adelaide 15.6.96
Brisbane 15.12.102 d Essendon 6.9.45
Adelaide 11.6.72 d. by Fremantle 12.12.84
Hawthorn 8.6.54 d. by Melbourne 15.14.104
Geelong 10.17.77 d North Melbourne 7.5.47



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Almanac Poetry: Annabelle – Tommy Mallet

Tommy Mallet, with a poem about Annabelle. And Tibbie. (Contains adult content – Ed)

Almanac Book Preview – ‘War Games’ by Ron Reed – excerpt two

To whet your (reading) appetite further, we present a second except from Ron Reed’s forthcoming book, ‘War Games’. It will be launched at the next Odd Friday/Footy Almanac Lunch on April 23 at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 5 review, Round 6 preview

Cam Hooke gives the Collingwood Life review of the loss to West Coast. He then looks toward the big Anzac Day clash with Essendon.

Round 5 – Brisbane v Essendon: A soggy family debut

Daring to mix footy with a family holiday, Andrew Else then had to contend with the rain. ‘Real rain. Not Melbourne drizzle. Queensland rain.’

Round 5 – Sydney v Greater Western Sydney: Sport. Sport. Sport.

Jan Courtin is back the SCG for the first time since June 2019 to see her beloved Swans in action on their home ground. While Sydney didn’t get the win, another of her favourites, the Queensland Bulls, triumphed in the Sheffield Shield final.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Great War – AIF Suite’

In keeping with Anzac Day, Kevin Densley’s ‘The Great War – AIF Suite’ is a moving series of eight poems about Australian soldiers who fought in World War 1.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 7: Welcome back Harry and Turbo

Ian Hauser comments on Round 6 and then has a look at the games of Round 7.

Almanac (Local) Footy: Ainslie Women’s Division 2 – Round 1

The Div 2 Ainslie footy side is on the improve.

Almanac Soccer: A Super League For Football

Braham Dabscheck tried to make sense of the Super League of Football yesterday when he wrote this piece. Then things changed overnight. Read his initial thoughts, and add your own.

Seve – Part 6: The Ryder Cup

Seve at The Ryder Cup, as told by Deakin University student Connor Schmidtke in the sixth of his eight-part series on one of the most-loved golfers of all time.

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 13, 1952: Geelong v Melbourne – Geelong in full flight

Peter Clark continues his series on Geelong’s unbeaten run in 1952-53. Today it’s the Round 13 clash against the Demons at Kardinia Park, with profiles of debutant Harry Herbert and Melbourne’s Stuart Spencer.

Almanac (Military) Life: Expect to be shocked

Greg Andrew served in the Australian Army for four years, straight from school. He offers his personal insight into how military life impacted his sense of identity as a young man, in particular in the years after he was discharged and how he and his loving wife worked through his lack of identity. He explains why he thinks he was one of the lucky ones.

Almanac Golf: An average golfer visits Barnbougle Dunes

Craig Dodson is an occasional golfer (after all, he and Mrs D have got young kids) but he dusted off the clubs and took his 18 handicap with him to Barnbougle in Tassie. He was impressed.

Almanac Poetry: Melbourne’s Not Yinnar

Reprising a poem that we featured on the Almanac site way back in 2011.

Almanac Rugby: Super Rugby AU Rd 9/Aotearoa Rd 8

Brian the Ruminator observes a couple of teams playing good rugby, one all too late, the other in serious contention after rolling the title-holders.

The Unsung – Round 5: Atu Bosenavulagi and James Rowe

Deakin Uni student Chris Mangos’ fifth weekly column ‘The Unsung’, featuring young, up-and-coming footy stars Atu Bosenavulagi and James Rowe.

Almanac Soccer: Geelong 1 – 1 Western United

Roy Hay reviews the Geelong v Western United game held at Stead Park.

The Beeaanly Bugle: Back On The L’s

Deakin Uni student Connor Hoetzel continues his weekly column about his local basketball team, The Beeaans.

Almanac (and Odd Friday) Lunch – Friday, April 23: Ron Reed

The next Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch is on the 23rd April. It will feature veteran sports journo Ron Reed. Ron will be discussing his latest book, War Games, as well as yarns from his long career.

Almanac Poetry: Forget the Metaphor

In this Tuesday’s poem, Kevin Densley points out the basic ‘error’ in Aesop’s famous fable involving the tortoise and the hare.