The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017: the story of the inaugural AFLW season.



The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 is a book which gives an account of the first AFLW season while also offering comment on women’s’ and girls’ football.


It is a collection of match reports (by our squad of Almanac writers), and also includes a number of forewords:


A welcome from Yvette Wroby
Words from women’s footy stalwart Leesa Catto
Gill Dite’s essay based on the cover
A reflection from comedian Bobby Macumber
Brisbane student Bonnie Norman’s piece about being an Auskicker and now under age footballer.
Anne Myers‘ wonderful piece on the significance of the moment.
Kate O’Halloran’s Season Review


The game by game account of the season follows – with two or three pieces on each game from our squad of contributors.


The Grand Final section is exceptional, featuring John Butler, Anne Cahill Lambert, Jamie Simmons, Dave Brown and a piece which marries memoir and match report from Holly Greatwich.


John Harms has written an epilogue.


We love the cover (designed by John Kingsmill). Huge thanks to Kate Birrell for her wonderful painting (entitled Girls; First Season) which captures Sabrina Frederick-Traub, Erin Phillips and our Everygirl ten year old footballer, Jasmine Conrad.


We hope you enjoy the book.


The book was launched by Bobby Macumber at The North Fitzroy Arms Hotel in late July, 2017.


You can order copies now. $25 which includes postage.


You can pay $25 by

To Malarkey Publications
BSB   633000
A/C   154103428

and EMAIL us your postal address.


Or purchase via The Almanac Shop.
Or contact us directly via email to place an order.


  1. Rick Kane says

    Love the front cover, can’t wait to dive into the book. What a great effort from Yvette, Stephanie and John. And everyone involved. See you at the launch.


  2. Dave Brown says

    Well done everyone! Can’t wait for that new book smell.

  3. Wow … fantastic !!!
    Can’t wait

  4. Chris Rees says

    Great cover Kate, well done everyone.

  5. Sean Gorman says

    Such great news on a week footy has taken so many hits (no pun intended). Brilliant well done to all.

  6. Massive congratulations to everyone involved! This will be such a special publication to celebrate women’s footy. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  7. Chris Daley says


  8. Cheryl Critchley says

    Looks brilliant! Well done to all involved…

  9. Dianne Waddingham says

    A big THANKYOU to everyone who has been involved and made this project come alive. It was so exciting to have a report included in the book. I am looking forward to the launch.

  10. How exciting! Jas can’t wait to read the book…an excited 10 yr having HER first season.
    Thanks Kate, LOVE the cover xx

  11. The original and still the best. Great work team.

  12. Congratulations!

  13. Melissa Patocs says

    Awesome! And what a fantastic cover!!

  14. John Butler says

    Well done Malarkey, home of fine footy publications. Well done JTH, Yvette, Stephanie, et al.

  15. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Super stuff folks. Congrats to all involved. Brilliant work on the cover Kate !!

  16. Thanks so much to all at the Almanac for the opportunity to do the cover art for this first ever Women’s Footy Almanac. It was a real pleasure to be able to participate in this celebration of women taking to the grounds, boots’n’all!
    A massive but welcome effort to have made it all happen on both the AFL front and at the grassroots level, where many of our suburban clubs have been inundated.
    And I’m sure, a massive effort for the Yvette, John and Stephanie in putting together this latest publication.
    I look forward to reading through all the pieces as soon as I can.

  17. Rick Kane says

    Is it Thursday yet? Still (or only) 3 more sleeps until the big day and launch. To quote The Replacements (not the dreadful movie but the great 80s band), I can’t hardly wait. Cheers

  18. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Grabbed mine today. I thought that the acknowledgement of each listed player was a very thoughtful touch. Well done all round.

  19. I got it on Sunday from Dave, would recommend on buying it, amazing.

  20. Great to see Harmsy on AFL360 tonight

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