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)

Real Recognition: AFL Players’ Association MVP

Anna Pavlou reports from the AFLPA Awards function.

Round 23 – Geelong v Gold Coast: Giving Up?

There was a point earlier in the season when Anna Pavlou had almost resigned herself to the Cats not playing finals. It’s a different story now.

Parkinson’s Disease: To understand

A touching reflection from Anna Pavlou following the diagnosis of her second grandparent with Parkinson’s Disease

Daniel Giansiracusa: Devoted Dog

In today’s fickle world of AFL, it’s refreshing to know that Daniel Giansiracusa is a Bulldog through and through and is invested in the game of Australian Rules and the only club he has ever called home.

Fletcher Roberts: Just A Suburban Boy

Anna Pavlou interviews Fletcher Roberts of the Western Bulldogs, taking us on his journey from the Murrumbeena Under 9’s and having Richmond’s Matthew Richardson as his idol, to AFL Premiership defender and beyond.

Nathan Buckley press conference: Anzac Day clash important in more ways than one

Anna Pavlou transcribed Nathan Buckley’s take on the importance of playing on Anzac Day in general & what the Magpies hope to do this Wednesday against old foes Essendon

Round 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: There is always hope in football

There were few dry eyes for the Geelong faithful as a favourite son returned in the hoops; Anna Pavlou shed tears of a different kind in 2010, when hope seemed all but lost…

AFL Player Previews 2018

Who’s the one player that could make all the difference for your side in 2018? Anna Pavlou shares her take for each club

AFLW Round 7 – Collingwood v Adelaide: Here to spoil the party

A win to Adelaide would mean a grand final berth. But the Pies were party-poopers

AFL Preseason – Geelong v Essendon: AFL meets Colac

It was a celebration of footy in Colac as the Dons snuck home against Geelong.

AFLW Round 6 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Putting it into Perspective

Anna Pavlou’s plan to sit down and enjoy the Brisbane v Collingwood AFLW match didn’t go quite to plan when a trip to the hospital was required, but missing the footy was the least of her worries. She needed to focus on looking after Mum who had a nasty fall. [Wishing your mum a speedy recovery Anna – KS]

AFLW Round 5 – Fremantle v GWS: Donnellan v Eva (Staunton steals the show)

With two high quality mid-fielders, the Dockers and GWS go at it in the AFLW. Anna Pavlou takes us through the action.

AFLW Round 4 – GWS v Adelaide: The Journey Continues

Anna Pavlou reminisces her last drive up to Sydney with her family on a sporting road trip as she watches Sunday’s AFLW clash between GWS and Adelaide in the dry comfort of home.

AFLW Round 2 – Melbourne v Adelaide: It’s a Melbourne Thing

In a busy weekend for sport in Melbourne, Anna Pavlou found the AFLW clash between reigning premiers Adelaide and the premiership favourite Demons a great addition to the action in the sports capital.

AFLW Round 1 – Melbourne v GWS: A Giant Future

Melbourne played like the quality team that they are, but last year’s wooden spooners, GWS, showed they’ll be no easybeats this season as Anna Pavlou reports.

Almanac Footy History: Jim McShane – The Accidental Pioneer

Jim McShane was the first VFL/AFL footballer to kick a double-digit bag of goals in a game to make a history that is now a mere statistic in the history books. Anna reflects upon this achievement and ponders some questions.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 3: The Rivalry of the Century

Anna Pavlou gets her first look at Ashes cricket, from the MCC Members of all places. With a trip to the MCC Library included, she’s off to a great start! (Sounds like the perfect day to me, Anna – great stuff – ED)

Dear Mum… Thank-you

Ode to a mother. A wonderful, heartfelt message of love and thanks from Anna to her mum.