Almanac Footy Tipping in 2021

We have three tipping comps for the 2020 footy season: the standard AFL tipping comp where you pick the winner of each game, and the ever-intriguing, time-honoured AFL Tip the Top 8 competition and the AFLW tipping comp (which is underway of course, so entries are closed). Join now. All welcome. Spread the word.

Almanac Fans: The Important Things in Life

There are times when a seemingly simple and innocent photograph tells a beautiful story. This is one of them. (The Almanac highlight of the day! – Ed.)

Almanac Rugby League – The Footy Almanac 2021 Rugby League Tipping Competition

The Footy Almanac invites all members of its community to join in the 2021 Rugby League Tipping competition. With just one week to go to kick-off, sign up now to have a chance to share in cash prizes at season’s end.

Almanac (and Odd Friday) Lunch: The Blessing of the Season

After a long Covid-enforced absence the Footy Almanac Friday lunch returns to the fabulous North Fitzroy Arms Hotel, on the 19th of March. The special guest will be a treat for Tiger fans. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Almanac Rugby League: The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup 2021

Rugby League enthusiast Glen Dwyer provides us with news from the NSWRL about The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup 2021. After the disruption of Season 2020 by the Covid pandemic, it looks like a return to something approaching ‘normal’ in this new year.

Book Preview: A Season Like No Other by Ashley Browne

Long-time football scribe Ashley Browne has written an account of the 2020 AFL season, which was dramatically impacted by the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. The book will be published by Hardie Grant on the 17th of March. As a teaser, you can read a preview extract here.

Almanac Footy – SAPSASA Football Team 1973: Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson was selected for the SA Primary Schools footy side in 1973. He wants to find out who else was in this team photo. Can you help?

Australian Cricket Society Lunch – you’re invited!

Almanac readers are invited to attend The Australian Cricket Society’s annual football lunch to be held in late April.

Almanac Cricket: A day of two significant anniversaries

Sir Donald Bradman passed away twenty years ago today. Is the legend standing the test of time? It’s also the anniversary of the birth of commentating great John Arlott. The Footy Almanac invites your responses.

‘……A Class Act……’ by KB Hill

Kevin Hogan, a sports prodigy from Violet Town, had a long and successful career in both football and cricket. KB Hill recounts the life of yet another local legend.

Almanac Running: Recollections of Marathon Running and Triathlons from an Old-Timer

If you have ever wondered what it is like to compete in marathons, triathlons and ironman events Wayne Matthews has some answers for you. [Welcome to the Almanac Wayne – cracking read! Ed.]

Almanac Poetry: ‘Blue Wren’ – Tommy Mallet

The beauty of a blue wren singing is so perfect, pure and precise to Tommy Mallet’s ears as his poem clearly relates.

Almanac Footy – AFL ticketing in 2021: View of the AFL Fans Association

With the 2021 men’s season just around the corner and Covid-19 still able to wreak havoc on footy crowds, the AFL Fans Association (AFLFA) have released their view on the issues of equity in accessing limited tickets to games.

The Tent Hill Tennis Club

A beauty from Glen Natalier; memories of tennis in the Lockyer Valley [One of the kids in the photograph c1948 is Cecil Logan, my (late) uncle. He was as big a character as Uncle Stan. Glen Natalier, is a former teaching colleague of mine – he grew up on the farm just up the road from my grandparents’ spud and watermelon farm. You haven’t played tennis until you’ve played on antbed – JTH]

Almanac Poetry: ‘Woodcutting’ – Tommy Mallet

Working in the bush can be tough but a change of weather is welcome as Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Woodcutting’ suggests.

‘The Surrey Boys – among Beechworth’s sporting elite…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill profiles the Surrey clan from up Beechworth way. Philip and his sons Brendan and Kayde have been wonderful servants of their home teams for many years.

Almanac Tennis: The last Aussie champ

With Ash Barty’s defeat this afternoon, can you remember the last Australian to win an Australian Open singles title?

Almanac Tennis: Just what do we make of Nick Kyrgios?

Last night’s amazing win at the Australian Open showcased the enigma that is Nick Kyrgios. Just what do we make of him? We invite your thoughts.

‘….A Sporting Fanatic on the Other Side of the Fence….’ by KB Hill

After a short break, KB Hill returns to profile Graeme Taylor whose many wonderful achievements in sport in Wangaratta took place ‘on the other side of the fence’.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Air and Blood’ – Tommy Mallet

It’s hard yakka working in the the bush as Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Air and Blood’ suggests.