2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 1 of 8

By Domenic Favata This is the first part of eight of my 2010 FIFA World Cup preview. The biggest sporting event on the planet which kicks off on the 12th of June. Last time it was Italy who took the chocolates and held the title of champions. This time it could be anyone; the field [Read more]

LINK: Mascot Hall of Shame

The Alamanac editors once knew of a St Kilda Ruckle who got into a fully fledged punch-on while still in uniform (although the head fell off during proceedings). But this pales when compared to some mascot misadventures overseas. The Independent has compiled a photo gallery of the Mascot’s Hall of Shame. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/the-best-and-worst-sporting-mascots-1977011.html?action=Popup&ino=1

LINK: The True Cost of Sporting Festivals

As governments around the world clamour to host the world’s great sporting events, do we ever stop to consider who really wins from these deals? The Guardian Sportblog takes a disturbing look at the social dislocation resulting from New Delhi’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2010/may/25/commonwealth-games-delhi

Pay Up

On Thursday, 24th January 2002 , Derek Guille broadcast this story on his afternoon program on ABC radio. In March 1999 a man living in Kandos (near Mudgee in NSW, Australia ), Received a bill for his as yet unused gas line stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away. In [Read more]

LINK: Possession Possession Possession

Possession. As possession footy becomes an increasing talking point in AFL circles, soccer has generally looked at the issue differently. Inter Milan’s recent Champions League victory over Barcelona has brought this question into focus once again. Almanacker Rick Kane brought this Guardian piece to our attention.  It is a fascinating dissection of the topic . [Read more]

Race Call Gone Wrong

“I think we’re gone here”. That about sums it up, as veteran race caller Jimmy Jacques has a tough day at the office. One man’s discomfit is another’s entertainment. http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/9raw-race-callers-voice-goes-lame/xrh8vf

AFL Round 8 – Fremantle v Collingwood: What if?

by Andrea McNamara Haven’t felt this nervous before a game in ages, maybe since that final in 2007 against West Coast, the one that went into extra time. I was there, I flew over to see what could have been Bucks’ last game, if we’d lost. What a win at the House of Pain – [Read more]

Link: Sometimes the good old days are best left behind

Remember when the first quarter of every grand final featured an all-brawl? As this clip from the 1990 Ovens and Murray league grand final shows, in many ways we should be glad that the good old days have been left behind. The teams are Wodonga in the maroon and white stripes and Lavington in the [Read more]

Another Cakewalk!

Despite the headline I’m not thinking as far ahead as many in the media. The Mothers’ Day round saw the 4th 50+ points win for the Pies on the trot, and apparently the 1st time since ’97 (according to Radio 774) that we have kicked 150+ in successive weeks. However when I mentioned that to [Read more]

Link: Try this for progressive

You want a progressive football club? Try German club St Pauli, as depicted superbly in this Crikey blog. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/sports/2010/05/05/how-to-run-a-football-club-101/

Soccer: A peek into grass-roots soccer in South Africa

The Guardian website often runs wonderful picture essays. Here’s one, in the lead-up to next month’s World Cup, on grass-roots soccer in South Africa. http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2010/may/01/photography-worldcup2010?picture=362016914

FPS: ANZAC XVI Pies surge to equal top!

By Mark O’Connell The 16th annual clash between Colingwood and Essendon was, as always, eagerly anticipated. Unfortunately we had to again put up with the annual whingeing about the right of these two teams to have this fixture. Let me re-print something from a previous ANZAC day report Anzac day, as a commemoration of those [Read more]

Book Review: Cats In Command

Book: Cats In Command Authors: Bruce Kennedy and Bruce Coe Publisher: self-published, Melbourne, 2010, $19.95 Reviewer: Michael Rogers What do you do when the team you barrack for hasn’t won a premiership since the early 1960s and doesn’t look like winning another one? Maybe ever.  If you are two long suffering supporters of that team, [Read more]

Question: The Storm over The Storm

What does the Almanac community think of the Melbourne Storm drama? Just deserts or overly harsh? Is this the end of NRL in Melbourne? If so, do we care? Are there any AFL implications? Fire away folks.

AFL Round 4 – North Melbourne v Sydney: Memories of old Swans collide with visions of new

by Keiran Croker The Swans are back in town for the first time this season.  It’s Round 4 and we are off to see them play North Melbourne at the Docklands Stadium.  This is the lot of loyal southern supporters since we headed north to Sydney.  Particularly since the inclusion of the other interstate teams [Read more]

Leesa Catto previews the 2010 women’s footy season

VWFL Premier Division preview 2010 Berwick:  6th in 2009 Coach: Norm Berry Captain: TBA Comments: The Berwick team are a very proud club who have been very successful since joining the VWFL. The Berwick teams will field seniors and reserves for the first time in 2010 and have a good relationship with the Youth Girls [Read more]

AFL Round 3 – North Melbourne v West Coast: Naitanui and Harvey make the day

 by John Warhurst 2.10pm, Saturday, 10 May Etihad Stadium, Melbourne It is always easy to get a seat when one of the non-Victorian teams play in Melbourne; especially when one of the weaker Victorian clubs is involved. Only 18,394 turned up at Etihad Stadium to watch the Roos play West Coast. Neither club had had a [Read more]

April Almanac Lunch sponsor: Peter Lehmann Wines

The Footy Almanac is proud to announce Peter Lehmann Wines as the sponsor of the forthcoming Almanac Lunch, to be held at the Clyde Hotel on Friday, 30th April at 12:30pm. If you would like to attend, please contact Paul Daffey at pauldaffey@hotkey.net.au Peter Lehmann was born a fifth generation Barossan in Angaston in 1930, [Read more]

AFL Round 3 – St Kilda v Collingwood: Humble pie not on Mick’s menu

Welcome to Café Mick (“Nothin could be finer than to be in Micky’s Diner”), where every unhealthy white-man dish can be procured – except Humble Pie. Even after being humiliated by the injury-ravaged Sainters, head chef Mick Malthouse (King of the Pampered Pies) used the excuse of bad luck in shooting for goal for losing [Read more]

Late starts all round as Cats eventually triumph

Geelong VS Essendon Melbourne Cricket Ground 7:40 26th March By Steven Ingham There is nothing quite like the feeling you get through your spine when the umpire holds the ball up and the siren to start proceedings on your team’s season sounds. Unfortunately for me, I enjoyed this on the radio while stuck in traffic, [Read more]