Balcony Banter Round 16 – Essendon v Sydney: Dour Dons do enough

Almanacker and MCC member Rod Oaten saw his Bombers claw past the Swans in a dour struggle.

Almanac Flashback: Song of the Zealot

We think this piece by Anson Cameron stands the test of time. What it means to be a footy fan.

Fitzroy Football Club – All-star line up for literary lunch: (NOW SOLD OUT)

The Fitzroy Football Club is an old friend of the Almanac. They will be hosting an upcoming literary lunch to be held at the Brunswick Street Oval Community Rooms on July 27th. Sounds like a beauty and features Almanac fave George Megalogenis. You’d better get in fast! Bookings close Monday 22nd July.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch: Matt Zurbo and his new book Heart & Soul (today)

Come and celebrate with one of the Almanac’s favourite sons, Matt Zurbo, as his new book ‘Heart and Soul: Footy Stories by those who played the Game’ is launched on Friday 19th July. Join us for lunch at the The North Fitzroy Arms Hotel,  296 Rae St, North Fitzroy for a day of ripping yarns and tales.

Almanac Footy History – Special offer on Roy Hay’s Book of the Month

Check out the special deal for Roy Hay’s recently released book about indigenous footballers and their involvement in the development of footy as we know it today.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: AFL Rounds 17 and 18

Cam Hooke and friends enjoy the great win in the West before getting down to the task of analysing the coming game against the Giants.

Matt Zurbo and his efforts profiled in the New York Times

Matt Zurbo and his project are profiled in the New York Times! “He’s Writing 365 Children’s Books in 365 Days, While Holding Down a Day Job – Matt Zurbo’s challenge, named after his daughter, Cielo, is an unconventional labor of love.”

‘Chewing The Fat With Chizza’ – by KB Hill

KB Hill recently spent time with former North Melbourne Kangaroos premiership player, Peter Chisnall, a true legend in the Ovens and Murray League zone. ‘Chizza’s’ story makes for great reading.

Balcony Banter Round 16 – Carlton v Melbourne: A comeback too far

Bluebagger David Southgate saw both comedy and tragedy in Sunday’s game.

Almanac Writers – Matt Zurbo: Some mighty fine writing!

Matt Zurbo has published many excellent stories on the Footy Almanac site over many years, so, do yourself a favour and check some of them out.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Round 16: That was not enjoyable! – Round 17 preview

Been a tough few weeks for Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life as the True Believers wonder what the future holds for their team.

Rare Book Week – Rare Sports Books and Ephemera (Wednesday July 10th)

The MCC Library’s Rare Book Week is in full swing – coming up on Wednesday (July 10th) is a panel discussion all about books and other items collected by the panelists, who include Gideon Haigh and Rusty Jackson. [This is a public event – you do not need to be an MCC member to attend. You just need to book. Ed.]

MCC Event – Rare Book Week: Roy Hay’s book launch (July 8)

The launch of Roy Hay’s book on Aboriginal footy in the nineteenth century is on Monday July 8 (today). Hear Roy with Greg De Moore. This is past of the MCC’s Rare Book Week. Bookings essential.

Odd Friday Lunch – July 5: Barry Davis

Barry Davis is the guest speaker at the next Odd Friday Lunch (July 5) at the North Fitzroy Arms.

Round 16 – Crunch time!: Who will win?

It’s a cut throat Round 16 of matches for some clubs this week. How will your team fare?

Book Extract – Derby: David Wirrpanda

With the Derby approaching this weekend, let’s revisit the book David Whish-Wilson and Sean Gorman wrote about this significant WA cultural event. This is an extract featuring an interview with David Wirrpanda.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Ode to jOe” by Andy Thurlow

Author and ex-teacher Andy Thurlow is visiting the Netherlands and is ‘absolutely fascinated with the way the Dutch use their bicycles’. This poem spilled out as a consequence. (I fear that Andy may have spilled out some other things after the Power’s loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday night! – Ed.)

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 15 Review; Round 16 Preview.

Cam Hooke reviews a very disappointing Collingwood performance and looks forward to next week’s game against Hawthorn.

Almanac Flashback – 2009 AFL Round 15: Collingwood v Western Bulldogs

We delve into the vaults and take a trip down memory lane to revisit this decade-old, amusing take on what could almost have been the story from last weekend. Jaci sounds like a younger version of Lou Cesa from this week’s KB Hill story.

‘Louie’s 87…….And Still Kicking……’ – by K B Hill

KB Hill brings us the delightful story of Lou Cesa who, according to his wife Roma, is still kicking on at 87 and can’t get enough off the footy! Lou is yet another Wangaratta-based personality who personifies the success of immigrant families who have contributed so much to both our country and our game.