Almanac Rugby League: NRL 2020 Grand Final: Panthers v Storm – Purple reigns over Panther parade

Melbourne Storm defeated the Penrith Panthers 26-20 in the 2020 NRL Grand Final. Guest writers Alan Whiticker (Penrith) and Jarrod Landells (Storm) give their take on the game.

Almanac Footy History – The 1967 Grand Final: Richmond v Geelong

As Saturday evening’s season decider looms, we look back at the previous Richmond v Geelong Grand Final encounters in 1931 and 1967. Sit back and enjoy!

Almanac Rugby League – 2020 NRL and NRLW Grand Finals preview: From a fan’s perspective

Guest writers Alan Whiticker (Penrith) and ‘Smokie’ Dawson (Storm) preview their teams’ chances in this weekend’s NRL Grand Final. Ian Hauser previews the NRLW match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters.

‘The new Ponsford…….’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recalls the football and cricket careers of legendary Wangaratta sportsman Alec Fraser who spurned ‘the big time’ to return to his roots.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Semi Final review

Cam Hooke applies the full stop to another season of Collingwood Life.

Almanac Music: Dave Kimber – Herb Alpert, Buffy St Marie, and deer antlers!

More wonderful musical tales from Dave Kimber during his time at the Guitar Centre in Los Angeles, including Herb Alpert and a deer.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ – Philip Larkin

‘The Whitsun Weddings’ is another much loved poem by Philip Larkin.

Almanac Art: A prelude to the 2020 AFL Grand Final from DJ Williams

They’re the last teams standing in 2020, but as the artwork of Darren ‘DJ’ Williams shows, Richmond and Geelong have been standing for a very long time.

Almanac Footy Life: Brad Boyd – Time to sing the praises of an unsung Fitzroy hero

Gabrielle Murphy is a big fan of Brad Boyd, who is sometimes forgotten. She states the case for greater recognition and acknowledgement of the deeds and leadership displayed by Brad Boyd, Fitzroy FC’s captain, during their final two tumultuous years in the AFL.

Almanac Rugby League: The 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture

The 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture will be an online event in 2020. The guest lecturer will be award-winning author Tom Gorman. See details for registration here.

‘Barrie Beattie’s sporting journey………..’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts the career of Barrie Beattie, a lad from Thoona who went on to play an important role at Footscray as well as forge an impressive career in town planning.

Almanac Music: Dave Kimber and the Palamino Club

Dave Kimber remembers The Palomino Club, world famous cowboy suit maker Bill Nudie and his cars, and ‘Tiny’ the bouncer.

Almanac Poetry: ‘In Memoriam’ by Martin Johnston

A new selection of poetry by Martin Johnston (1947 – 1990), ‘Beautiful Objects’ has been released on the thirtieth anniversary of his death.

FEARLESS 2020 Finals Week 1: 34 points separates 8 teams – AFL’s Covid Finals off to a flyer

In his review of AFL Finals Week 1 Fearless reminds us it was the closest in results since the final eight system commenced.

Finals Week 2 – Scores and Reports

AFL Finals Week 2 Scores and Reports.

Almanac People: Introducing Bruno Lettieri, a gifted interviewer of writers and artists

The Footy Almanac is happy to introduce and support Bruno Lettieri who calls himself a gardener but who is really a talented interviewer of writers and artists. He has that special gift of drawing out his subjects.

Almanac Cricket: The new season is underway

The Australian Women’s Cricket Team is off to a flying start to the new season, equalling a record in the process. The Marsh Sheffield Shield season gets underway this weekend. See all the details here.

Balcony Banter – Richard Murray: More than a game

In a recent article on ‘Balcony Banter’, Richard Murray pays tribute to his late grandfather, Lionel Murray, and reinforces the Almanac contention that there is meaning in footy.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Jensen Miles: Diamond Valley v Frankston Blues basketball

Jensen Miles got through school and nervously prepared for his Friday night basketball game against Frankston. With his precision shooting getting his team back into the match, the Grade 9 Parade College student had the chance to win the game for his side.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Philosophy of Movement’ – Michael Dransfield

Poet Michael Dransfield died far too young, ‘Philosophy of Movement’ is one of his many poems from the late 60s and early 70s.