A hard rain’s gonna fall!

Bomber bombs, Bombers overshoot runway, it can all get a little too much for Col but he will still be there cheering for his team against the Hawks.

Critical round of footy this weekend. 

Round 6 will be a do or die round of footy as teams desperate for a win will be fighting this weekend to keep their finals aspirations alive.

Round 5: Nine games over five days

Footy over five days! Col picks his winners.

Round 4 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: Power supply cut off by Bombers!

Bombers flick the switch and turn off the Power!

Round 4 Preview – Essendon v Port Adelaide: Do the Bombers have the Power to switch on?

Can the Bombers switch on against the Power on Sunday? Col certainly hopes so!

Grandkids and Bombers

What a delight taking the grandkids to the footy!

Ball tampering at a time of renewal and forgiveness

At this special time of renewal and forgiveness, with regards to the ball tampering issue, we can only hope that time will prove to be the healer it is.

AFL Preseason – Geelong v Essendon: JLT Community Series hits Colac

Bombers fly high in historic match at the Colac Central Reserve on Sunday.

Almanac Swimming: Lorne Pier to Pub 2018

Col reports completing the annual Lorne Pier to Pub ocean swim.

What a ball!

Late Saturday afternoon, Mitchell Starc bowled a brilliant, brutal, and game changing ball.

Memories Almanac

Col has suggested the idea that an almanac of memories, of growing up and rites of passage of almanackers to be considered for publication. What do you think?

A family full of Merrett

An inspiring read about Zach and Jackson Merrett’s family especially their mother’s battle with MS.

Round 1 – Essendon v Hawthorn: Boy, am I proud to be an Essendon supporter!

Col had a great day cheering his Bombers on to a fantastic win at the MCG in their “Comeback Story”.

The Footy Almanac: AFL 2017 Season Launch and Lunch

Season 2017 for The Footy Almanac was launched today with lunch at The North Fitzroy Arms.

The Ripview Swim Classic in Point Lonsdale is over for another year

Anyone for ocean swimming? Col takes us through some of the trials and tribulations of the sport.

Almanac Cricket (Book Review) – Benaud, an appreciation: A marvellous book, that.

Col Ritchie reviews Brian Matthews appreciation of Richie Benaud and gives it the thumbs up.

Victor Trumper and Gideon Haigh

Col had a great night with fellow Almanackers at the dinner with Gideon Haigh speaking about his book, “Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the shot that changed cricket.”

Round 21-Essendon v Gold Coast Suns : Relief for Bomber fans.

Call it karma, or call it whatever you like, but the good vibes were coming Col’s way when he heard the news regarding Zach and Jake for Sunday’s game against the Gold Coast Suns.

Marngrook, Tom Wills and the Continuing Denial of Indigenous History

Colin Ritchie shares a link to an article that provides an in-depth analysis and historical overview of all aspects of the origins of Australian football. Very much worth a read.

Richie Benaud

Richie Benaud was Colin Ritchie’s hero as a boy, then something earth-shattering occurred.

[This piece was first published in 2012 – it is timely we reprise it. Vale Richie. – Ed]