Almanac Footy: Season 39

It all started Round 4, 1983! Old Dog takes a funny look at the start to his 39th season of adult footy. As well as a love of family and football.

Who’s the Furphy?

Old Dog looks at how stats are often a furphy, and don’t tell the real story, and takes up Brodie Grundy’s 64-4 win in the ruck on Thursday night to illustrate his point. [Fine analysis – Ed]

Heroes of Footy

Old Dog has a New Year’s hope: that the Otway Districts Footy and Netball Club will have an Under 18s again and that the young people of the area will have a chance to feel what it is to be part of this club and community and to get to really know the people at the heart and soul of it all and fully understand what it all means.

Almanac Footy: The Best Fullback of All Time

Matt Zurbo presents his thoughts on the best fullbacks of all time; those he has seen, and those from a historical perspective.

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Dynasties

Old Dog reviews the Grand Final from the rainswept Otways. With Bourbon.

Almanac Footy History: The `67 Grand Final

Grand Final today. Old Dog looks back at the last time Richmond and Geelong played in the Grand Final, in 1967, through the eyes of some of the players who ran out that day.

Almanac Footy Memoir: Fred Wooller and Bowl-o-matics.

Fred Wooller captained the Cats to premiership victory in 1963. Old Dog caught up with him.

Nankervis

The Old Dog knows a thing or two about ruck work. He also knows a few things about Toby Nankervis, who he coached as a youngster. He was very proud on Friday night.

Finals Week 1 – Port Adelaide v Geelong: Yesterday and tomorrow

The first 2020 final was a brutal clash. Old Dog saw the old and the new. He observes the differing playing styles and how they stood up under finals pressure.

Dark Blue, Maroon & White

Old Dog shares a video clip he’s seen of the boys from old Fitzroy, playing at Glenferrie in 1958. It has many characters of the club, colour and movement of the time, fading “What if?” questions and a jumper better than any other in the world. [Magic stuff – Ed.]

Off Season Odyssey – Part 14: Kicking Over Wheat Silos

Remember when we could all travel around?

One of the great troubadours of footy life, Matt Zurbo embarked on an epic tour some years ago. Here’s just one of the many highlights – from wheatbelt country close to the meeting point of three states and a lot of sunshine.

Round 8 – Port Adelaide v St Kilda: A ten minute doorway to football heaven

A 10 minute period on Saturday night caught Matt Zurbo’s eye. He thinks it represents much about what is great with the modern game. Relive those minutes with him (with a detour into the Friday night efforts of Dusty and Toby Greene).

Almanac Reviews: These Treasures – Old Dog on the joy of a book

Find out why Damian Balassone’s recent book, ‘A Strange Game in a Strange Land’ is a treasure trove of delights for Matt Zurbo.

‘Hawthorn’: In the words of John Kennedy Snr

From Old Dog (Matt Zurbo):

“I present to you, lovers of footy, in memory of a great coach, footballer and genuine family man, a quote from Ray Wilson, followed by my full, 10,000 word chat with John Kennedy Snr… A transcript I could only title: ‘Hawthorn’.”

This is a must-read.

Life Speeds Up

Time has changed for Old Dog. But some things remain the same.

(Covid) Training for Two

Old Dog has been busy – he’s turned his formidable experience on footy grounds to a guide for training when coronavirus has got you down or even just distanced. All you need is a footy and a mate. [A variation of ‘three-drop’ has always been one of my faves too – Ed.]

Almanac Life (and training): It’s 10.30pm

Old Dog has been out late, running to get the kilometres into his legs, sharing the night with an owl, also sharing some insights into training in the age of coronavirus.

Half time

Oh to be a fly on the wall in Round 1 – Matt Zurbo takes us into the “fictional” inner sanctum of a club in the time of coronavirus.

Nick

Old Dog has been tidying up his laptop. He found this piece about Nick Kyrgios, written during the Australian Open.

Season 38

Saddling up for footy season 38, Old Dog has road trips on the mind, along with a few other matters.