Almanac Footy: Maybe the name of the school is important

In response to some opinions shared on social media about commentators highlighting the schools of certain players, Andrew Fithall takes the somewhat righteous rage and guides it in another direction: junior football pathways to the AFL are of interest to the listening and watching public – not just the elite private schools.

Round 7 – Collingwood v Gold Coast: Zero. Zilch. Nada. (Floreat Pica Society)

Andrew Fithall gave it his all for the FPS this week – for those Pies fans who would rather not relive the game in all its detail, Andrew’s provided a couple of anecdotes to smooth over the rough edges.

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Collingwood: Outnumbered at home (Floreat Pica Society)

A history of Collingwood and Geelong rivalries led to last night’s semi final clash for Andrew Fithall. He was gifted a horrific performance, which he broke down to nightmarish details in his FPS report.

Round 13 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Zooming

Like everyone at the moment, Andrew Fithall caught up with some old uni mates via Zoom to watch his Pies play North. And like all good uni mates, his only have nicknames.

Round 4 – GWS v Collingwood: Two big losses in one night (Floreat Pica Society)

Andrew Fithall has the FPS report for this week, as he laments Jeremy Howe’s horrible injury and a stop-start effort from his Pies.

Balcony Banter, Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: A test of family unity

How did the Fithall family negotiate their divided loyalties on Friday night? Read Andrew’s Balcony Banter piece to find out.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: Pies umbrella or Geelong wife?

The qualifying final was supposed to be a family affair. But Magpie Andrew Fithall mucked up his MCC booking (so he says) so he had to sit on his own rather than with the Geelong-supporting part of his crew..

Balcony Banter Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood: Observing (almost) 25 years of ANZAC Day at the ‘G

Andrew Fithall and the Anzac Day game go back a long way. He was pleased to share the occasion once more with family. And not too disappointed when the Pies snuck home.

Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): ANZAC Day 2019

The crowd was in early for the traditional ANZAC clash and Andrew Fithall and crew were very much part of it. The arithmetic progression of Pies goals was becoming a worry, but sometimes Maths can be beaten. [I agree on Darcy Moore and the reasoning – JTH]

Almanac Music: 10 Favourite Austral(as)ian Albums of 2017

Andrew Fithall knows his music alright. If you aren’t familiar with any of these, check them out and be rewarded.

The Cup Day Quaddie

A Cup Day tale from Andrew Fithall that many of us can relate to.

Almanac Music: Ten Favourite Australian Albums of 2016

Andrew Fithall is a true music lover – and will sniff out new talent and take a tip and suss out anything and travel anywhere and has his finger on the pulse. Just like Luke Reynolds who was part of the inspiration for this piece.

Father and Son: Mark and Lachlan Hunter

Andrew Fithall traces the journey of Lachlan Hunter, hoping to be named as a father-son selection for the Bulldogs where his father, Mark, played 130 games.

Round 10 – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: I hate hypocritical me

‘Never look a gift horse in the mouth,’ goes the saying. Despite knowing this, Andrew Fithall takes several long, contemplative inspections. [And you didn’t read of Lachie Hunter here – Ed].

Round 22 – Geelong v Collingwood: Border force and hope without finals (Floreat Pica Society)

Andrew Fithall, on behalf of the Floreat Pica Society, finds perspective in a house unaccustomed to life without finals football. The young ‘uns are going to be alright.

Almanac Lacrosse – Under 19 World Championships: Australia 14 England 13 in quadruple overtime

Sudden victory or sudden defeat: coming to terms with a monumental struggle and its denouement.

Bec Lane Prepares to Take On the World

Scotland hosts the under 19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championships in July this year. One of Australia’s stars, Bec Lane, needs your help to get there. Andrew Fithall brings Bec’s story to the Almanac. [Hear Bec and others on 774 ABC Melbourne tonight – March 31]

Almanac Music: My Favorite Australian Albums of 2014

On this Australia Day weekend, Andrew Fithall – that most ardent fan of Australian music – lets us in on his favourite Australian albums of the year just gone.

Upcoming lacrosse finals around Melbourne

With footy finals going on all over the place, I thought I would bring to your attention another sport which has finals scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Lacrosse. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be lacrosse finals played all over Melbourne. Check out the roster to see if they are playing near you.

The Non-Aligned Supporter

The non-aligned supporter is a ghastly beast. The AFL Grand Final attracts them, but they can also be found at barbecues and pubs on the day. Andrew Fithall hates them, possibly because he is one of them.