Almanac Footy History – Dan Minogue: a Bendigo boy huge in the VFL

There’s been a long stream of footy greats who grew up in Bendigo and played in the BFL/ BFA before going onto the VFL/AFL. Dan Minogue is one, the only player to coach 5 VFL/AFL clubs and he is profiled here by Richard Jones.

‘A master of his craft…’ KB Hill

KB Hill is the master of the memoir. Here he tells us about the life and times of Stuart Elkington.

Announcing the cover of The Eagles Almanac 2018

The Eagles Almanac 2018 cover has just been released. Pre-order copies of the book now, for delivery in mid-December.

“More of the Kangaroo: 150 Years of Australian Football in Queensland 1866 – 2016” New book release and launch details

Details of the new book release from Murray Bird and Greg Parker recounting the history of Australian Rules Football in Queensland over the last 150 years.

George Ogilvie Jnr: Echuca’s gun `30s centreman

You have to be a pretty handy player to be inducted into a footy league’s Hall of Fame. And if you’re one of 20 named in the very first Hall then you’re clearly an outstanding candidate: a star, to be exact. Such was the case with George Ogilvie jnr., Echuca’s gun centreman of the 1920s and 30s.

The death of Simon Shaw, ‘a grand little sportsman’

Roger Spaull is back with this piece about Simon Shaw a much-loved post-World War II figure of Yallourn and its footy club who died after a swimming accident.

Almanac Footy Tipping: We have some winners for Season 2018

The results of the Almanac Tipping Comp are finally in.

“A Passion for the Sport of Kings….” KB Hill

“And when the horses jump, he’ll imagine for a moment that he’s back in the days of his youth……..perched on the outsider; seeking an opening to push through the tightly-bunched field; just pondering when to make his move……..” Another entertaining sporting tale from KB Hill.

Almanac Book Review – The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018: Bobby’s banter is good for footy

Fourteen year old Grace Kerwin is a big Bobby Macumber fan. In this review of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018 she highlights Bobby’s contributions.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Nov 9: Gideon Haigh, and Sam Perry of The Grade Cricketer

With so much happening in Australian cricket, join Gideon Haigh and Sam Perry for lunch at The North Fitzroy Arms on November 9. Details here.

Almanac Footy History: Not one, but two famous George Ogilvies

Richard Jones recounts the football history of George Ogilvie Snr, named as one of the 20 inaugural inductees of the Bendigo Football Netball League’s first Hall of Fame created in 1986.

Almanac Lunch: The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch

All welcome at the Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch (Nov 5). Come along to hear Greg Carpenter and then help us pick a trifecta. Details in this post. Bookings essential.

Familiar faces among Assumption College Kilmore cricket greats…. KB Hill

KB Hill has a night out at Assumption’s 125th Gala Dinner, including the inducting of several famous Kilmore College’s high-achieving alumni to their Hall of Excellence, and the unveiling of their ‘Cricketers of the Century’. Some well-known names there!

“Meeting the ghost of local cricket….” by KB Hill

KB Hill recalls some fabulous cricketing tales from long ago related to him by an old timer he met while watching a local cricket match.

AFL Coach Approval Ratings: Your thoughts?

The AFL recently conducted a fan survey to ascertain the approval ratings of all  AFL coaches. How does your coach perform in the approval ratings?

AFLW: Deakin Uni and Geelong ready for AFLW

Deakin University will be a major sponsor of Geelong in AFLW 2019. Read more in this media release from the Geelong FC.

Almanac Lunches – The Odd Friday Lunch: Graham “Smokey” Dawson 19th October

The next Odd Friday Lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms will be on Friday 19th October with well known broadcaster Graham “Smokey” Dawson.

Almanac Cricket – 2nd Test, Pakistan v Australia at Abu Dhabi

Another test in the balance. Catch up on the overnight scores, and leave a comment if you wish.

“Veteran’s moment in the sun” by KB Hill

KB Hill has a story to tell about Noel ‘Bully’ Wise, noted as a tough, determined player in the Ovens and King league, recently awarded life membership at Wangaratta.

AFL Trades: What’s happened so far

Here’s the list of AFL trades to October 15.