Almanac Footy Teams: A team of fleas, skeeters and pip-squeaks.

Dips has picked a team of little blokes – really little. Being knee-high to a grasshopper himself, he has little time for the lumbering logs. Add a nomination.

Second Hand Ablett

Dips O’Donnell likens his 1970s Christmas gift to the return of Gary Ablett Jr to the Cats. Not perfect, but still sublime.

AFL Trade Period: Free Madness or Regulated Tyranny?

Dips O’Donnell reckons that Pope Leo XIII was on the money when it came to AFL labour laws

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Richmond: The game threw up many questions. The Cats had no answers.

When Geelong were faced with choices they inevitably chose the wrong one. Dips O’Donnell has a few observations from the Richmond-Geelong clash and pots a few Cats along the way.

Footy Almanac Plebiscite

Geelong will be forced to play at the MCG instead of their home ground, Simonds Stadium, in this weekend’s second qualifying final. Dips asks does the team that finishes second deserve a home final, no matter the ground capacity.

Round 20 – Geelong v Sydney: Caecilius est iratus

Dips uses logic to help him understand the Geelong coaching panel. But can anyone tell us what that phrase means. It could be a rare Montmorency dialogue.

Round 15 – GWS v Geelong: Theseus and the Minotaur

A touch of mythology from Dips as he looks at GWS (‘the Minotaur of the modern AFL’) and Geelong (‘Theseus’). Can the Minotaur be beaten in September?

AFL: Surfing the bye

Dips took the opportunity to embrace the healing qualities of a road trip, music and the sea while his Geelong had the bye this round.

Almanac Surfing: Surfing and the middle-aged accountant

Following Dips O’Donnell’s excellent Queen’s Birthday weekend surfing piece, we thought we’d let you know where it all started. Here’s Dips’ first crack at the caper, a piece which was published in Long Bombs to Snake I.

AFL: How the Match Review Panel Works

Confused? Dips O’Donnell is here to clear up the workings of the Match Review Panel.

AFL: The engineer and the artist

Dips O’Donnell sees that AFL football now sadly focusses on risk reduction, rather than on individual and collective enterprise. We should celebrate human imagination, art and wisdom.

VFLW – Geelong Cats v Box Hill Hawks: Kardinia Park Conundrum

Dips O’Donnell was caught between his unconditional love and support for his daughter and for his Cats as she donned a Hawthorn guernsey for Box Hill.

Special Olympics – Swimming: Please Let Me Win

Kate’s sporting kite crashed at the Special Olympics Victorian State Games on Saturday, but Dips helping out at the games, says, his daughter can learn from her experience and recover from her loss to once again fly her kite high. [If you do nothing else today, read this – JTH]

Women’s Footy: Be Careful What You Wish For.

Wise ole Dips O’Donnell observes women’s footy in the light of economics. We loved Friday night he says, because it was real and we were close, but he wonders how that will survive once commerce and economics puts a distance between the fan and the player. [Thoughtful. Cautionary. – JTH]

Tennis and Eternity

Under the glorious elms at Yarrawonga, Dips ponders the essentials of life; generational change and mortality, tennis, music, and realising, as Shakespeare wrote, that “life is but a walking shadow.”

Cricket. It’s child’s play.

An allegory. Of sorts. [Nice – Ed]

Almanac Cricket: Cricketus Horibilis

What can an Astronaut teach the Australian Test team? According to Dips O’Donnell it’s more than seeing the stars and it’s not rocket science.

VWFL Grand Final – Kew Bears v Darebin Falcons: Bears storm to victory

Dips O’Donnell marvels at the great strides of woman’s footy as the mighty Kew Bears, led by Sarah McKenna, defeat the gallant Darebin Falcons in a magnificent VWFL Grand Final.

VWFL Division 1 Semi Finals: There’s a Bear in There

Finals are different. Dips on VWFL Division 1, skill, effort and the shifty shadow of luck.

An Open Letter to the Almanac Community

A note of thanks from Dips O’Donnell to the Almanac community. [You might like to also read Dips’ eulogy of his father John O’Donnell – JTH]