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].

Grand Final Preview: When the crowd rises with you

Oh, to be in the belly of such passion. The Grand Final is about stories of your own. Old Dog writes about where he has been for Grand Finals. [Ripper – JTH]

Bush Footy: Ground Level 2017

Perhaps the most novel Season Review of the year – and certainly the most insightful. Yes Dogs [sic] you have told the story of a fair dinkum footy club. [Great stuff Old Dog – JTH]

Forever Grateful

And now for something different from the Old Dog…

Bush Footy Grand Final – Colac v Grovedale: Meeting in Chaos

“Bec was one of the netballers – small and wild! She out swore us, out brassed us, out drank us. A few of the boys were intimidated, for sure. She was going out with one of the Alvie footballers and knew her bush footy as good as anyone.”

The Hobart Reclink Community Cup: Looking back and forward

Old Dog played for the Ramonas against The Van Diemen Dogs in the Hobart Reclink Community Cup. Read his account. [Blundstone are a major sponsor of Reclink and this is their home Cup – JTH]

Once a Tiger

It’s timely, with the Tiges contending, to re-visit a terrific Richmond tale. Matt Zurbo caught up with Ron Branston in a little country railway station. This is an extended version of Ron’s words in Matt’s book Champions All.

The Underdog

More classic Old Dog with another heartfelt appreciation of a player who deserves it. Tom Goodwin is a Lilydale boy leading the way for Coburg, a club to which he feels tremendous commitment. [Super piece Old Dog – JTH]

What it takes to play finals

Gotta love Matt Zurbo’s take on footy and life. Much to consider in this piece.

Round 15 – GWS v Geelong: Game End (Far from a match report – this raises a number of timely issues)

How does the modern player respond to a draw, or to any result? What is the nature of a three quarter time address? Has the club tribe become a single football tribe of players drawn from the same pond. Should players be more gutted at the result, or their own performance. Lots to consider in Old Dog’s piece – in which he is really thinking through matters out loud.