Almanac Flashback – The Melbourne Cup: Matt Zurbo

In an Almanac Flashback from 2014, Matt Zurbo reflects on the traditions of racing, from about as far away from the glamour of Flemington as you can get.

Almanac Flashback – A Story-Teller’s Story Can Be A Beautiful Thing

Here is a fabulous Footy Almanac Flashback from Matt Zurbo about his good mate Bruce Pascoe. Ripper read!

Grand Final – Richmond v GWS: Damage

Old Dog’s Grand Final thoughts have been a must-read on the Almanac site for years. And this one on Richmond’s thrashing of GWS is no different. He describes and analyses and thinks about what it all means from a shed in south-east Tassie. [Thanks Old Dog – JTH]

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Geelong: They Say Nobody Watches the Same Game of Football

Old Dog reviews the Richmond-Geelong game that he saw, with his trademark description, analysis and respect for the players. [Kelly’s a bit stiff missing a vote – JTH]

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v West Coast: Blind-sided

When Damien came to Tassie to interview Old Dog for The New York Times, he was given a pair of boots and a training jumper so he could have a kick. Old Dog and Damo (as he became) stayed in contact with each other and got together via the phone to watch Geelong play the Eagles. Old Dog conveys Damo’s observations while making a few of his own.

Colts

A terrific piece by Matt Zurbo on the inception of the Dodges Ferry Colts (in Tassie), a side that has given the senior club a youthful boost.

Ken Fraser, Lazar, Bourke, Winmar and Ricky

Old Dog was recently the special guest at an Almanac lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms where we launched his book Heart & Soul. He brought some guests whom he’s met along the way. It was a memorable day, as he explains.

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.