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Almanac Country Footy: A Day Out At Gilbert Gordon Oval – Woodend-Hesket v Wallan

Allan Barden’s ground-hopping in the Victorian countryside continues as he reports on an amazing contest between the Wooden-Hesket Hawks and the Wallan Magpies.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Pervical and Terence Ogden

The focus of this week’s excerpt from Allan Barden’s essay ‘Sporting history in abundance at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery’ falls on the father/son duo of Percival and Terence Ogden.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Albert ‘Nuts’ Renny

Allan Barden recently visited the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Coburg where numerous sporting identities are buried. He will profile one each week for the next couple of months. The first is Albert ‘Nuts’ Renny.

Almanac Local History: Sporting history in abundance at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery

A while ago, Allan Barden discovered that his great-grandmother was buried in 1918 in the Coburg cemetery. In finding out a little more he met the Friends of Coburg Cemetery a small group of volunteers who look after the cemetery and also have done some research into those buried there. This piece by Allan reflects on the cultural and historical significance of cemeteries generally, and discusses what they mean to us, and tell us. He then considers the lives of a number of Australian sportsmen buried in the Coburg Cemetery. [Wonderful piece – Ed]

Almanac Soccer: Visit to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Allan Barden got a peek into the current workplace of ‘Big Ange’ Postecoglou and EPL pace-setters Tottenham on a recent trip to the UK.

Almanac (Running) Memoir: Once Was a Marathon Runner

Allan Barden takes Footy Almanackers through his amazing journey of nearly forty years as a long distance runner and all its trial and tribulations. [You’re an inspiration to us all Allan, well done! – Ed.]

Almanac Country Footy: Avoca Bulldogs v Lexton Tigers – Old foes do battle

Allan Barden’s footy adventures into the countryside kicked off with a visit to AVOCA Bulldogs’ home, a first ‘real’ home game of the season for the club after recovering from flood damages. They square off against an old foe that they haven’t beaten in the last 23 games, would the 24th time be the charm? Allan reports.

Almanac Country Footy – Central Highlands Football Netball League: Clunes (Magpies) v Buninyong (Bombers)

Allan Barden paid a visit to a game of country football here in Victoria and reports on a gruelling and highly emotional victory for the Clunes Football Netball Club against an opposition they had not defeated since 2005. Find out more as the magic of country football is articulately told within the article.

Tom Hafey: A chance encounter and conversation

Allan Barden recounts the time he and his wife met Tom Hafey on the No.96 tram and the wonderful conversation they had with him

Memories from an Old Wooden Box

Objects can provide a gateway to memory. While sorting through his study, Allan Barden rediscovered an old wooden box. Its contents took him on quite a journey.

A memory of Swansea Swans/Bulldogs – Gone, but not forgotten: Part 2 Photographs

Allan Barden follows up his history of the Swansea FC with a collection of photographs of teams gone by.

A memory of Swansea Swans/Bulldogs: Gone, but not forgotten

Every country footy club is someone’s footy club. The recently out of commission Swansea is Allan Barden’s. A story at once unique yet wholy familiar from the East Coast of Tasmania. [Exceptional – Ed.]

Memories of a Good Bloke, Football, Aboriginal Children and a Car!

Allan Barden reminisces about his time in Darwin, a great mate and their work with disadvantaged Aboriginal kids through footy. His car played a starring role! (A beautiful memoir – Ed.)

Memoir: Dodge’s Paddock – A country lad’s reflections

Allan Barden makes his Almanac debut with lovely memoir about his Tasmanian childhood. The Dodge family paddock was the sporting and social hub for a colourful cast of characters.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Reginald Bell (1899-1913) – Promising child jockey

Reginald Bell (1899-1913) was a promising junior jockey until a race fall unfortunately took his life. He is one of many sportsmen buried at the Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Peter James Martin (1875-1918) – Collingwood FC

Former Collingwood footballer Peter James Martin (1875-1918) is one of many sportsmen buried at the Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: James Francis ‘Jock’ McHale (1882-1953)

The legendary James Francis ‘Jock’ McHale is the focus of this week’s excerpt from Alan Barden’s essay, ‘Sporting history in abundance at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery’.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: George Launder

The next in the series of sporting characters buried in the Pine Ridge Cemetery at Coburg is George Launder.

Almanac Country Footy: The Dam Buster Ball (now with derby photo)

Tony Newport tells the story of a cracking derby between Rosebery and Toorak in which his astute coach started him at full forward where the result was decided by the rarest of kicks: the dam buster ball. [Brilliantly described – Ed]

AFLW Round 7 – Collingwood v Adelaide: Where’s Chelsea?

Dave Brown’s Crows went down in a devastating loss to the Pies at Olympic Park yesterday, missing a chance to defend their flag in another AFLW Grand Final. However, it was the loss of a key player in the second term and the commentary team’s oversight that really had him perturbed.