Maximising the benefits – the economics of the Brisbane 2032 Olympics

With Brisbane recently announced as the host city of the 2032 Olympic Games, Tim Harcourt from the University of Technology Sydney looks at the economic risks and benefits on offer when hosting the Olympics.

Gravel & Mud: Geoffrey Blainey

Historian Geoffrey Blainey has had rich experiences with Australian mining, society and football. This story is from the anthology ‘Gravel & Mud’, a wonderful look into how western Tasmania approached its footy, from conditions to crowds to players.

Balcony Banter: The luck of the draw

How do you feel after a drawn game? Should there be a method to determine a winner – extra time? a penalty shoot-out? Lynda Carroll addressed these questions this week on the MCC Members blog ‘Balcony Banter’.

Almanac Life: Vale John ‘Strop’ Cornell

John ‘Strop’ Cornell has died at the age of 80. The Footy Almanac pays tribute to an iconic figure in Australian television and sport.

Almanac (Footy) Memoir: “Come on Cliff!”

Richard Griffiths has slunk away from Hawthorn of the late `70s and finds a new footy home – with his brother at Queenscliff. Here’s his story of happy years with the Coutas. [Accommodation deal is a cracker – Ed]

Round 19 – AFL Footy Fixture: Who, where, and when your favourite team is playing

It’s crunch time for a number of teams this round. Check out all the details of who, where, and when your team is playing in Round 19. [These details are subject to change – Ed]

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 18 Review, Round 19 Preview

Losing to Carlton hurts says Cam Hooke as he reviews the Round 18 match, and looks ahead to the Round 19 clash against the Power.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Scratchy Greys’

Awaking from the stupor of deep sleep can leave the mind with the fear of dread as Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Scratchy Greys’ implies.

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Gideon Haigh (July 23) [at this stage still going ahead]

Almanac/Odd Friday lunches are back on the menu in 2021 after a brief pause – next up on July 23 acclaimed author and South Yarra CC strokemaker Gideon Haigh will be talking about his latest book on the intriguing mid-20th century figure that is ‘Doc’ Evatt. [Going ahead until further notice – Ed]

Almanac Rugby League: Newtown RLFC ‘characters’

Newtown RLFC, the Jets, have a long and proud history. Here is a collection of photos of some of the characters who pulled on the famous blue jersey over the years.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 17 Review and Round 18 Preview

Cam Hooke’s confidence in Collingwood paid off last week. He’s doubling down for this week’s clash against Carlton, as he reviews Round 17 with a hopeful eye to the MCG. (Let’s hope we get there – Eds).

‘The ten centimetres that changed Baden Cooke’s life……’ by KB Hill

KB Hill profiles ‘one of Benalla’s finest sporting products’, Baden Cooke who rode in the international peloton for well over a decade.

Almanac Footy History: The Lexton Football League and Lexton Football Club – Part 4

In Part 4, the final part of Roger Spaull’s account of the history of the Lexton Football League and the Lexton Football Club, he highlights some of the great footballers who played at the various clubs in the Lexton Football League.

Round 18 – AFL Footy Fixture 2021: Who, where, and when?

The AFL Footy Fixture 2021 for Round 18 is available to check out who, where, and when your favourite team is playing.

Almanac Footy History: The Lexton Football League and Lexton Football Club – Part 3

Part 3 of Roger Spaull’s history of the Lexton Football League and Lexton Football Club highlights many of the great players that have represented the club throughout the club’s history.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Irish Girl’ Part 3 – Tommy Mallet

Tommy Mallet’s epic poem ‘The Irish Girl’ comes to its conclusion in Part 3. Does Tommy stay, or does he go? [Warning: mature themes are contained in the poem – Ed.]

It’s been a while – Roy Hay on Jamarra Ugle-Hagan’s debut and Ash Barty’s triumph

Two relatively rare sporting occasions happened this week: top draftee Jamarra Ugle-Hagan made his Dogs debut as a Gunditjmara man from Victoria and Ngarigo woman Ash Barty won Wimbledon 50 years after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’s famous victory. Roy Hay shares his thoughts on what makes both special.

Almanac (Hobart) Lunch – July 30: Invitation

Life goes on, and so we’ve scheduled our annual Hobart lunch for July 30 – to coincide with the North Melbourne – Geelong game. We hope mainlanders can get there, but at least the Fossils will be able to lunch! [Update – the Tassie Fossils are going ahead with this. It’s normal life there.]

Almanac Footy History: The Lexton Football League and Lexton Football Club – Part 2

Roger Spaull continues his history of the Lexton Football League and Lexton Football Club as he examines the formation of both. Roger also looks at the ‘golden era’ of the club, and presents his observations of one of the legends of bush footy, Howard ‘Plugger’ Lockett.

Almanac (Country) Footy and World Records: Yeppoon Swans’ one hundred winning A Grade games in a row

This is a remarkable feat from a bush footy club in Queensland. [Well done to the mighty Yeppoon Swans – Ed]