Almanac Roadtrips: Two great clubs in two great days

The splendour of country Victoria is often worth a visit; the towns of Bright and Myrtleford are no exception. For Haje Halabi they’re more than worthwhile – it’s a return to the roots, a place of friends, food and the footy clubs that shaped him.

Dear Eurydice

Haje Halabi shares his poignant thoughts as he joins the vigil for Eurydice Dixon.

Almanac Family and Footy: My dear Uncle’s Jacket

This is a wonderful story of family and the passing of time – and a jacket and a grand final. Haje Halabi pays respect to his father and two uncles and is given a jacket. [An Almanac Classic – Ed]

A Dusty cut for me!

A moment of reflection as Haje visits the barber and sees a couple of kids getting the Dusty mohawk.

Round 15 – Port Adelaide v Richmond: The Richmond Hamburger of 2016

Haije Halabi while in Queenstown, New Zealand enjoying the sites and local food (especially the burgers) keeps one eye on his Tigers, as they go down in another disappointing loss to the Power.

What Do You Tell Your Son On The Eve Of His First Grand Final?

In his first season of footy for Inverloch U/11’s, Jack plays in a grand final. While marvelling at the spirit which abounds in country football, Haje Halabi manages to offer his son a few words of advice.

From OS to Koowee: an Aussie teacher comes home

Haje Halabi and family are back in the Australian bush. Here’s a superb story about battlers. [Absolutely magnificent Haje – JTH]

AFL Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: A box full of surprises

Haje Halabi is unpacking. But a surf and a night with the Tigers dominate priorities. What could be inside that last box..?

A good choice, Dad.

Haje Halabi is coming home. After years abroad he wants his family to know the opportunity and tolerance that Australia gave his parents when they emigrated from Lebanon in the 50’s. And there’s footy and even the Tigers.

They came for Billy Quirk: (When you lose a mate)

Haje Halabi mourns and celebrates a country footy legend.

AFL Round 17 – Richmond v Fremantle: Babbaganoosh, Pioneer Park and Tigers.

Richmond’s victory and a trip to his home town inspire mighty dreams in Haje Halabi of past glory with the Bright Under 16s. These Tigers really are intoxicating.

AFL Round 16 – Richmond v Gold Coast: Melting snow in sunny Cairns

Watching from Baw Baw, Haje Halabi does what he has to to do to stay in touch with the Tigers.

AFL Round 15 – North Melbourne v Richmond: A rebuild falls apart

Haje Halabi was happy with the Richmond rebuild, but against the Kangaroos, not only did the plumbing leak but the joint looks like it has to be completely rewired and re-stumped.

Great to get back to the footy again

Haje Halabi looks at his return to the footy spectrum and the enjoyment of being back involved in the greatest sport in the world.

Olyroos get buried in the desert

We got word that morning about the Olyroos playing the UAE here in Abu Dhabi. Olympic qualifier and all. I was checking my emails and Mo from Aussies aboard had sent an email out to the group. I yelled out to Lynda over breakfast who was getting the boys ready for school- “time to dust [Read more]

Tigers vs Roos: An Abu Dhabi Perspective

At 7.00 am on a Sunday in Abu Dhabi it is 34 degrees and the humidity is rising. My aim today is to survive working, as well as get a good live radio stream of the last game of the last round of AFL football for 2011, that of my beloved tigers and the kangaroos. [Read more]

Cleaning the boots: A father’s story

It was the night before the big game against Phillip Island. Our eldest son Sasha  (9) wanted to clean his soccer boots, he was totally excited. Sasha and cleaning don’t go that well together. I quickly reflected. This could be a time for father and son sharing- and a chance to teach him how to [Read more]

The Seafood, friendship and footy is great at Inverloch-Kongwak.

Haje Halabi   We had been back in Australia only 2 days- in our brand new house in Inverloch, by the sea. My wife Lynda had just rang her girlfriend Bron.  Straight of the bat Bron invited Lynda and I to a seafood night at Inverloch-Kongwak football club, and, without hesitating, protein loving Lynda replied [Read more]