Almanac People: Mitch Hannan

Paddy Grindlay remembers the day Melbourne Football Club’s new recruit, Mitch Hannan, ripped in a few quick overs for Woodend’s thirds.

2016 AFL Draft Preview

Paddy Grindlay has put forward his round 1 top 20 picks for the AFL Draft. What are your selections and has Paddy nailed them?

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 4: Where’s the moustache?

Paddy Grindlay is a frustrated young Australian cricket fan. He’s resorted to YouTube highlights of Mitch Johnson. [You should try Lillee and Thommo as well Paddy – Ed]

Diggers and Riddell battle out a Grand Final for the ages

Paddy Grindlay reports on the RDFL Grand Final, where Diggers Rest scarped past Riddell’s Creek in extra time.

Finals Preview: Here come the Giants

Young Paddy Grindlay considers what he’s seen this weekend and runs through the possibilities for the coming weeks. Lots of observations and questions, but have you got a prediction Paddy? Or should we be reading between the lines?

Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Western Bulldogs: Preview – Bontempelli and the Bulldogs

Paddy Grindlay reckons there is something about these Dogs. Amid catastrophic injuries, 2016 has seen a “Bontempelli-lead renaissance (had to be said).” [How old is the Bont, Paddy?]

Almanac Season Review: Richmond renovation (plus Round 23) report

Paddy Grindlay doesn’t like what he sees at Tigerland. It’s time for wholesale change.

Round 22 – Richmond v St Kilda: When does the cricket start?

Paddy Grindlay has had to endure another winter of Richmond discontent and a final home game with very few highlights.

Round 19 – GWS v Richmond: The final insult

Paddy Grindlay begins reading “Finding Jack Dyer” but he’s nowhere to be found in Canberra

Round 18 – North Melbourne v Collingwood: Meh-ness under the roof

Was there much point to this game for the general footy fan? Friday night and who cares. Young Paddy Grindlay reports. [That ‘meh’ word is gaining currency – never saw it when the Almanac first started. – Ed]

Legendairy Farmers’ Day To Bring Fierce Rivals Together (on Aug 20)

Stanhope to play Girgarre to celebrate Legendairy Farmers’ Day.

Round 17 – Sydney v Hawthorn: Houdini Hawks Do It Again

Paddy Grindlay can’t quite believe his young eyes as the Hawks escape once more.

Round 14 – Richmond v Brisbane: Happy Days

Rather than head to the G with his father and brother, Paddy Grindlay stays home with mum to cook eclairs and listen to the Tigers win on the radio

Round 11 – North Melbourne v Richmond: Seventy points, three stretchers and plenty of questions

After a dismal Tiger performance in Hobart, Paddy Grindlay can see it coming. You know what it is.


Watching the Hawthorn v Sydney clash on a winter’s Friday, there is only one word for 15 year-old Paddy Grindlay: Buddy.

Round 5 – Melbourne v Richmond: Being with footy

Paddy Grindlay, in navigating a way through the fog of a desultory start to Richmond’s 2016 season, has found wisdom playing, training and umpiring around Woodend: “The brilliance of footy will save us all.”

Almanac Cricket: The BBL and Test Cricket

The voice of youth as Paddy Grindlay reflects upon the lessons to be drawn from the summer of cricket thus far and argues for more day/night tests please, Cricket Australia


Paddy Grindlay gets to play with a Richmond legend, Trout (from Woodend). [Batting against Paddy is no picnic either-Ed]

Australia v New Zealand – Gabba Test, Day 1: Davey Warner and Dodgy WiFi

Paddy Grindlay battles to follow Day 1; his best-laid plans are frequently thwarted. Am mp3 player is no match for Melbourne rain.

Reflections On Another Wasted Year

Dr Cruel is maintaining the faith. Sarah Black’s tried but can’t hate the Tigers (not even a little), while Paddy Grindlay just sees another wasted year…