Almanac TV (and Footy): How Poldark would greatly benefit from an Aussie Rules sub plot

Throughout AFL/VFL’s great history people of vision have pondered how to extend its influence into other areas of high culture, thus enriching both the sport and the host activity. Robert Allen presents some food for thought for our consideration and invites plot suggestions.

Footy teams have away strips – why not away anthems?

All clubs have their team song to sing after yet another win. But what about a club anthem – think Liverpool’s ‘You’ll never walk alone’ in the EPL. What about your club? Robert Allen starts a new discussion with the AFL in mind, but don’t let that stop you from including your code of preference.

Almanac Football: AFLX – Something old, nothing new?

Some of the rules of the new AFLX competition are not as ground-breaking as they may first appear, as Robert Allen muses.

Almanac Book Extract – Cazaly: Reappraising the Legend

Cazaly: The Legend is the first biography to examine the life and times of champion footballer Roy Cazaly. In this extract from his new book, Robert Allen recalls what Cazaly’s contemporaries said of his prowess, reveals the process of selecting the inaugural Australian Football Hall of Fame inductees in 1996 and discusses the challenges of identifying and ranking great players from across different eras.

Tassie launch details for Cazaly: The Legend

Robert Allen’s meticulously researched biography of Roy Cazaly is being launched and celebrated at a series of functions in Tasmania. Details in this post.

The gospel according to Harry

Robert Allen wrote a fascinating piece about Harry Bietzel a few years ago. This captures the man and his journey pretty well.

Greg de Moore at the Piney

Hi fellow footy fans,   Following hot on the heels of our recent launch of the Queensland Australian Football Forensics, I am pleased to advise you of our next function:   Greg de Moore, prize-winning biographer of early football and cricket pioneer Tom Wills, will be our guest speaker at the Pineapple Hotel on Monday 23 [Read more]

Football Forensics launch new sporting chapter

   by Robert Allen A new football group on the Queensland scene is keen to recruit new members with an interest in the history of Australian Rules Football. The Queensland Australian Football Forensics will be officially launched at the Pineapple Hotel on 30 March. The Forensics’ story began several years ago after a chance meeting [Read more]

Zen and the Art of Football

I recently bought a copy of ‘Skills of Australian Football’. It’s a good looking book, full of photos and useful advice for budding players on how to work on key aspects of their game, such as marking, kicking and hand skills, evasive tactics – even how to spoil, shepherd and smother. Each section features a [Read more]

QClash stunt enough to make you QEasy

The media alert was mysterious, intriguing and enticing. The CEOs and captains of the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns were going to make a joint ‘major announcement’ ahead of their NAB challenge match. Luckily, journalists had to endure only one sleepless night before they found out what this major announcement was. Could the [Read more]

Under Wimmera Skies

by Robert Allen The Wimmera Football League (WFL) is a nine team competition based on a string of towns along and adjacent to the Great Western Highway. For many years, the Minyip Double Blues and the Murtoa Kookaburras were bitter rivals in the League, and in its various antecedents dating back to the early 1900s.