Almanac Lunch (with Matt Zurbo’s book launch): Ken Fraser, Lazar, Chicken and Me

Matt Zurbo’s new book, ‘Heart and Soul’, will be launched tomorrow at a lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. All welcome. Here’s a tasty morsel, written by Matt himself, of what’s in store. Do yourself a favour…

Almanac Flashback: Off Season Odyssey – Part 37: Blighty!

With Matt Zurbo lunching at the North Fitzroy Arms this Friday, let’s revisit his 2012 road trip, where he caught up with none other than Malcolm Blight.

Round 12 – Collingwood v Melbourne: One on one, Gawn v Grundy

Matt Zurbo turned on the TV on Queen’s Birthday to watch the battle within a battle. He gave the points to Max Gawn despite Brodie Grundy’s Collingwood winning the encounter.

Honestly…

Old Dog has had a gutful of the haters in the peanut (comments) gallery. Herein lies his opine on D.Rampe, characters and missed opportunities…

Almanac Anniversaries: A Quick Thank You from Matt Zurbo

Matt Zurbo looks at the clock and realises he’s been writing for the Almanac for ten years. He’s a do-er. But he stops for a minute to think about why. [Thanks Matt. It’s yours as much as anyone’s. – JTH]

Thirty Metres

Matt Zurbo’s back doing what he does best; writing from the heart, stories about footy and footy clubs, mates, good times, life and living, and being the best you can, all written in his own laconic style.

Round 3 – Melbourne v Essendon: Friday night home

Matt Zurbo has a TV! [Hard to believe – Ed] He watches Essendon and Melbourne – these are his observations. [All the best today too Old Dog as you start your own umpteenth season – Ed]

Unrushed, Unspoken

Old Dog kicks the footy in the bush.

Almanac (Thinking) Footy: The Greatest Footballer of All Time

Matt Zurbo and Elena and Cielo are in Venezuela. Matt is thinking about life and footy. This piece considers the concept of ‘the greatest’ and finishes wih a cracking photo.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: Pressure

We all know Old Dog loves footy and has a great eye and feel for it. When it’s Grand Final time he sets himself for a big performance. So when it’s an epic Grand Final he does it justice. “To watch the 2018 Grand Final,” he writes, “was a thing from Heaven.” [Do yourself a favour – JTH]

Kids’ Footy Stories

Some news from Old Dog and family who are still Up North, including a new project which has him writing and illustrating 365 kids’ stories in 365 days. [Remarkable – ed]

The Oasis

Old Dog loves the game, always has. Some things around the AFL, he doesn’t love so much. Here he highlights his oasis in a desert of opprobrium, our Footy Almanac.

The Numbers Game (Part 2)

The musings of Matt Zurbo on the how teams entangle with communities in the smaller towns of Australia.

NQ

Where has Old Dog been?

Aydan Marriner

Old Dog, on the importance of friendship and the simplicity of distance.

The Numbers Game

Old Dog has taken his family Up North here he’s work in the FNQ humidity. He’s been thinking. And in this piece, he’s thinking out loud. What’s the impact of the number of players in a team on community?

A sporting history of gastro

Matt Zurbo sympathises with Joe Root’s unfortunate ailment during the Sydney Test. Here’s why!

How to Lose Australia

Matt Zurbo, in sending his season’s greeting, makes his case for an inclusive Australia. Because it’s actually about giving everyone a fair go.

Almanac Family News: Cielo Zurbo

Old Dog Matt Zurbo and Elena have news. [Sensational. Congrats from all of us here at the Almanac – JTH]

Grand Final – Adelaide v Richmond: When it matters most

Old Dog looks at this Grand Final as a quintessential example of the one day in September. Richmond’s pressure beats the Crows’ silk. Full of emotion and action – and trademark Old Dog first principles analysis [Bloody amazing from off the TV Old Dog – JTH].