Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Round 22 review & Round 23 preview

According to Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life, the Pies win against the Crows in their Round 22 match was one of their best wins for the season. Read his report of the game and his preview of the Round 23 match against Essendon.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test: The Lord’s blog

Australia come to Lord’s full of confidence. England must regroup. What are your thoughts, Almanackers? Have your say on the blog.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: Five days of glorious madness

A ripping ‘Boys on Tour’ yarn from the self-depracating Kieran Fernandez as he and his posse lob at the Edgbaston Test. [I feel hungover just reading this – JTH]

‘The Object Of My Desire………’ by KB Hill

‘I’m propped under the giant gum-tree which has probably hovered here longer than the 160-year existence of this sporting Oval.’ KB Hill always tells a wonderful story. Today, he’s in peak form with this beautiful account of the development of his ‘object of desire’, the Wangaratta Rovers, and their home ground (which has a worthy history of its own!). (Feel the love and the passion in this moving piece – Ed.)

The Ashes 2019 – Pick the teams for the Second Test: he’s on a roll!

Our competition to name both teams for the Second Ashes Test attracted a modest but high quality field of punters with the winner correctly naming all 22 players! Where have bragging rights gone this time?

Invitation: Col Abbott’s book launch – ‘Waiting under southern skies’

Almanac member (and luncher) Colin Abbott has been a photographer since the early 1970s when he came to Melbourne (from Sydney) to study photography at the College of Arts. This superb collection of photos spanning the years, beautifully presented, will be launched on Aug 29 at Magnet in the Docklands district.

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Aug 23: With special guest Robert Shaw

Our guest at the next Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch on 23rd August will be Robert Shaw, former AFL coach at Essendon, Fitzroy and Adelaide Crows. One of the better thinkers in the current footy scene, Robert is sure to share both his experiences in and insights into the game. Bookings essential.

Round 22 – Footy Fixture: It’s getting cutthroat!

It’s getting down to the wire as teams scramble to claim a place in the final eight with two rounds to go. How the results for Round 22 fall will be critical for a number of teams if they are to claim a spot in the finals. So, who will they be?

Balcony Banter Round 21 – Richmond v Carlton: I wish I had a river

Despite the horrendous conditions, Joe De Petro braved the elements for his winning Tigers.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Round 21 and 22: Better and better.

Things are on the up and up for the Pies – Cam Hooke’s back with his usual dose of analysis and fanaticism.

Round 21 – Footy fixture for this round: Must win games for Finals aspirants!

So much at stake for a number of teams this weekend in the Round 21 matches. Who will be in the 8 after this weekend?

The Ashes 2019 – Pick the teams for the Second Test

Let’s keep Roger Lowrey’s Ashes initiative alive by offering up bragging rights to the person who can come closest to naming the teams that will line up for the Second Test at Lord’s – yes, both teams!

Almanac Lunch: Aug 30 with Mike Sheahan, David Parkin and Geoff Slattery

All welcome at lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel on Aug 30 – with Mike Sheahan, David Parkin and Geoff Slattery – to celebrate the recently released Electrifying 80s, which is a collection of footy’s finest writing from that much-loved decade.

Balcony Banter Round 20 – Melbourne v Richmond: A fresh outlook on an old tradition

There’s no place Michael Allan would rather be on the weekend than amongst the crowd on the MCG members’ balcony..

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Round 20 and 21: Better

Cam Hooke was much happier with the Pies’ efforts against the Suns. But the need to keep winning remains.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: The Edgbaston blog

Check out what our readers have to say and add your observations on the Edgbaston Test.

Almanac Tassie Lunch: Aug 23 in Hobart.

The Footy Almanac Tassie Away Lunch is on August 23 in Hobart. Details here. All welcome. [Always an excellent afternoon – Ed]

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Aug 9: With special guest Bryce McGain

Another cracking Footy Almanac/The Odd Friday Lunch coming up with special guest, former Australian Test cricketer, Bryce McGain, on Friday 9th August at 1:05pm at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. Should be a beauty!

Support the Almanac on Five Day: $5 on the fifth.

Happy Almanac Five Day (for Aug 5). It would help enormously if you made a $5 contribution towards ensuring the Almanac is sustained.

Almanac Footy: Remembering former St Kilda player Ian ‘Goalsy’ Drohan

David Clerehan grew up round the corner from `50s St Kilda footballer Ian ‘Goalsy’ Drohan who passed away recently.