AFL Round 6 – Essendon v GWS Giants: Mind games, magic tricks, martian moves

Caught between two teams, Pamela Sherpa barracked for the Giants in the first half. Inspired choice that.

AFL Round 5 – GWS Giants v Gold Coast: A football education

The defeats the Giants are copping now are all part of their football education, writes Pamela Sherpa.

AFL Round 3 – GWS Giants v St.Kilda: Giant hunger

It’s school holiday time in NSW and the Giants must feel like naughty kids sent to bed without with their dinner, writes Pamela Sherpa.

NAB Cup – GWS v Essendon: Brushing off the cobwebs

After a lazy summer, Pam Sherpa gets back into it with a match at Manuka Oval in Canberra which, serendipitously features who two footy teams.

Third Test – Day 1: Ricky’s Garden

Thanks to Ricky Ponting, Pamela Sherpa took up gardening a couple of years ago and named the far back corner of her yard the ‘Ricky Ponting Memorial Garden’.

Melbourne supporters at home in snow

It snowed in Canberra on Friday. Rugging up is required today. I’m wearing a singlet, skivvy, Giants t-shirt, bottom thermals, long winter pants, a polar fleece jacket, polar fleece lined waterproof  coat , beanie, scarf, gloves, shoes and socks. I also have a warm blanket in my bag. One woman sitting nearby is wearing three pairs [Read more]

Chasing the Giants in warmer climes

As the winter  weather had been particularly cold in the Snowy Mountains, when I saw cheap flights to the Gold Coast, I didn’t think, I booked, ($30  one way Sydney to Gold Coast) .The Giants were playing the Suns at Metricon Stadium in round 20.After  a pleasant morning relaxing in the sunshine and wriggling my [Read more]

Kicking a bag

It’s the 60th anniversary of a bag of 12 goals from Doody McGillivray, uncle of Knacker Pamela Sherpa. Pamela dug out this report from an old Bendigo Football League record. ECHUCA EXCERPTS We are still slightly dazed in Echuca concerning Monday’s game. After seeing a junior match on Saturday on the park Oval, no one [Read more]

State of Origin 1982 (a reality check for today’s footballers)

Look what Pamela Sherpa found in her old scrap book: The Big V in a ‘crook’ state By Tom Prior the Sun Thursday July 8, 1982 Victoria will have to find at least two, possibly as many as four or five, new players for its team to play Western Australia in the state –of- origin [Read more]

A GWS win to stir the soul

Round 7 GWS Giants versus GC  Suns Manuka Oval, Saturday, May 12. What better place for the two newest teams in the national competition to play each other than in Canberra, the nation’s capital. Neither team has won a game this season so today’s game will be keenly contested. The season may be just cranking into [Read more]

Anzac Day 2012

In 2008 I went to my first Anzac day game with my mother. We were beaten by the Pies. It was the last footy game mum was able to attend. On the way back to catch the train she was short of breath. Later, I would realise, that was the first sign her health was [Read more]

I Was There

In the finest Almanac tradition, I can say- “I WAS THERE.” Matt has chatted with Malcolm in the far north, Flynny’s been bedazzled by Bubba at Augusta, Dips has saluted the winner at Stawell, and now I can declare that ‘I’ve been to Blacktown.’   I knew Blacktown was somewhere between Sydney and the Blue [Read more]

From the BFL: 60 Years Ago

From the Bendigo Football League Records 1952  A reflection on how much things have, or haven’t  changed in 60 years Season start April 26  1952, Editorial- B.F.L football made an auspicious start for 1952-the total revenue of 534 pounds set a new high for the opening round; the weather was kind after threatening wet conditions [Read more]

Giant Buzz

Everything comes to those who wait. Living in NSW for nearly 25 years has caused much angst where football is concerned. Telecasts at unreasonable hours despite having a so called national game has been frustrating. But with the introduction of GWS now I have an AFL team to follow in this state. I haven’t followed [Read more]

Giant Break

It’s been my lucky week. I work as a casual relief teacher in NSW and the ACT and I’ve endured my fair share of visiting speakers and sports clinics. This week I happened to be in a school that the GWS Giants were coming to and I had a grade that was attending their talk. [Read more]

No Footy

  No footy please! It’s summer. I’m old fashioned. I like my seasons- without the mixing  or mangling thank you. The weather may be beyond control but the dates on the calendar are not.

Never too far away

by Pamela Sherpa Towards the end of last football season, my daughter, Tashi, feared that stress was adversely affecting me. She suggested that I should go on a relaxing holiday and get away from the frustration of sport.  What a good idea ! We planned to meet in Cambodia in January after she had been [Read more]


  Boxing day, aah! Official rest, Blissful relaxation, I’m going to watch the Test. Christmas recovery is underway Time to put my feet up and watch the Aussies play. No orders, demands or chores from the boss Why, I was even asked, if our captain won the toss! The kids are outside, occupied with new [Read more]

Almanac keeps Canberra rocking

The big names just keep on rolling into town. In the last couple of months in Canberra we’ve had the Queen, Barack Obama, Princess Mary and today Sachin Tendulkar arrived.  Plus JTH is here for the Footy Almanac launch, which is on at the National Press Club. There’s no stopping the excitement in the national [Read more]


  I’ve got a strange affliction that’s always on my mind. It’s such a strong addiction it takes up lots of time.   Morning, noon and night and when I should be fast asleep I get the urge to read or write and can’t resist a peep.   Footy yarns, opinions Belly laughs and thoughts. [Read more]