Tell me about ‘Polly’

Anna Pavlou reverts to family and memories to pay her respects to the passing of Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer, the revolutionary Geelong ruckman and footballing figure.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: Has Steve Smith Won Our Aussie Hearts back?

After Steve Smith’s century making heroics in the Ashes 2019 First Test, Anna Pavlou wonders whether he has won back the hearts of Aussie cricket lovers.

Round 19 – Sydney v Geelong: Tomahawk’s 250th

Tom Hawkins – big game player – put on a clinic in his momentous 250th. His mates in the hoops were too good for a youthful Swans outfit too. Anna Pavlou on that game and the game’s most powerful forward, Tomahawk.

Round 18 – Geelong v Hawthorn: It’s High Time for a Change

Anna Pavlou had an uncomfortable day at the footy as her Cats were disappointing. She thinks it might be time for a change; time to do the very thing that started the run of early season success.

Round 17 – Geelong v St Kilda: An Open Letter to Gary Ablett Junior

No ordinary match report, but then again Gary Ablett Junior is no ordinary player – Anna Pavlou recounts her near life-long love affair with the deeds of The Little Master as he helped his Cats to a hard fought victory over a highly competitive Saints outfit.

Rosie and Me: Geelong Cats Open Training

Keen Cat Anna Pavlou lingers longer than she expected at Kardinia Park watching her beloved Cats train, and meets Rosie as she explains.

Round 15 – Geelong v Adelaide: Voices

The voices at Kardinia Park provided encouragement for Anna Pavlou to get through the game as the Cats redeem themselves with a good win against the Crows in their Round 15 clash.

Round 12 – Richmond v Geelong: Constantly Moving On

The air of apprehension gradually gave way to the sweet smell of satisfaction — and a good feeling about the future — for Anna Pavlou as she watched her Cats on Friday night.

Round 11 – Geelong v Sydney: Winter wonderland and muddy jumpers

Anna Pavlou transitioned from the local Power House match to home while following her beloved Cats and relishing the winter weather.

Round 9 – Geelong v Western Bulldogs: Wiser with Time; Dad, Uncle James and Tom Hawkins

Anna Pavlou, her dad, Tom Hawkins, and a Coke, are just a small part of a day at the footy as Anna’s report shows.

Round 8 – North Melbourne vs Geelong: Why Tim Kelly has our Cat hearts

Anna Pavlou has a soft spot for Geelong’s Tim Kelly as her report shows.

Living On: A Tribute to Fitzy

Anna Pavlou remembers her dear friend Fitzy who was a stalwart of Power House FC.

Teacher, Preacher – Tom Atkins: Round 1 Hope

After an emotional week, Anna Pavlou finds inspiration in the journey of Geelong debutant, Tom Atkins, to help her realise things are not always as bad as they may seem.

Almanac Footy Memoir: Patience wins

Forty-four years of patient waiting it took Anna Pavlou’s dad to witness a Geelong premiership. The heartbreak and pain were finally over as Anna Pavlou reports.

Almanac Football – Tom Freeman: Balancing Act

At 19 years of age, Tom Freeman has committed himself to professional football, as well as balancing his family, friends and life outside the 120 minutes on field as Anna Pavlou reports.

2018 AFL Player Previews: Revisited

How did they fare in 2018? Anna Pavlou revisits the player previews she made at the beginning of the 2018 AFL season to present an assessment of their performances for the year.

Interview: Brett Goodes – Accidental Destination

Anna Pavlou speaks with former Western Bulldog player Brett Goodes about taking his 22-game AFL career as the start of his passion for the AFL Community and the rights of the people involved.

VAFA Veteran acknowledged by AFL

VAFA Veteran and Power House President Nic Pavlou has been awarded the prestigious AFL Victoria State Metro Volunteer of the Year Award, for his 38 years of selfless service to his club, at the 2018 AFL Victoria Community Football Awards.

Almanac Footy History: The Zedders, ES&A and the emergence of Albert Park FC

Grade 11 student Anna Pavlou follows on from her first piece about workplace footy in Melbourne with a look at a team which emerged from the footy teams of two banks, the ANZ Zedders and ES&A which these days has become Albert Park FC. Anna was encouraged to undertake this primary and secondary research and complete this substantial history by Almanac supporter Peter Stirk.

Workplace Football: An introduction and overview

What modern Australian workplace would be without footy chat? But the Australian workplace has a connection to Aussie Rules that goes way back. Anna Pavlou introduces a fascinating look at the history of workplace football. Contains traces of Captain Blood. (A project generously supported by Peter Stirk – Ed)