Almanac (Footy) History: Before Tomahawk there was Jumping Jack

Jack Hawkins has been nominated to the inaugural AFL NSW Hall of Fame. Rod ‘Rocket’ Gillett caught up with him recently.

Almanac Football: Carey-Bunton Medal – Round 16 update

Rod Gillett updates the Carey-Bunton votes for Round 16 before voting goes into camera for the remaining rounds. It’s tight at the top!

Almanac Book Review: The Maffra Football Story – A Sequel by Bill Traill

Read Rod Gillett’s review of Bill ‘Tracker’ Traill’s new book, ‘The Maffra Football Story: A Sequel’ to follow up his previous book about the club.

Almanac Football: Carey-Bunton Medal update – Here comes the Big Cat!

Tom Hawkins heads the leaders board for the Carey-Bunton Medal as Rod Gillett updates the votes from the Round 15 and 16 matches.

Almanac Football – Carey-Bunton Medal: State of Origin team to be selected

Rod Gillett advises selectors are in the process of naming the 2020 NSW AFL State of Origin team, and the votes are in for Round 14 for the Carey-Bunton Medal.

Almanac Football – Round 13 Carey-Bunton Medal: Giant’s Harry Perryman still in contention

Rod Gillett updates us on the votes for the Carey-Bunton Medal after Round 13.

Hard as Cement

Rod Gillett profiles the much-traveled football career of Laurie Pendrick, who represented both NSW and Queensland, and had an influence on the early careers of both Wayne Carey and Jason Dunstall.

Almanac Footy History: Sir Doug Nicholls and a surprise (for some)

This weekend would have been Indigenous Round in the AFL. It’s named after Sir Doug Nicholls. Historian (and the ultimate footy person) Rod Gillett reminds us of Sir Doug’s story – and tells us that he’s actually eligible for a significant New South Wales side. [Beaut piece Rocket – JTH]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 8 – Sydney v Port Adelaide: All the signs were good!

An enjoyable day in the corporate box for Rod Gillett as the Swans account for the Power in their Round 8 clash at the SCG in 2007. Rod’s report appeared in ‘The Footy Almanac 2007’.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 5 – Sydney v Melbourne: The Ron Barassi Cup

Rod Gillett reports on Sydney’s easy win against Melbourne in their 2007, Round 5 clash for the Ron Barassi Cup. This report was first published in The Footy Almanac 2007.

Riverina Wool Team Inspires Selection of NSW Greatest Team

Rod Gillett has been involved in the selection of the NSW Greatest Team of All Time. It was announced today (May 9, 2019) in Sydney. Take a look!

Almanac Book Review: Behind the Goals: The history of the Victorian Country Football League by Paul Daffey

Rod Gillett has reviewed the latest book by The Footy Almanac co-founder Paul Daffey. Behind the Goals: The history of the Victorian Country Football League is out now.

Southern NSW Stars

The Barassi line starts at the Murrumbidgee River, not the Murray explains Rod Gillett. A very impressive crop of current AFL players hail from the Southern part of New South Wales.

Ultimate Wool Team – Riverina: A better side from historian Rod Gillett?

How does this compare with the Riverina team picked so far? Rod Rocket Gillett, the boy from Rochy, has added a few names and gives some excellent detail about the players. [Thanks Rocket – JTH]

AFL Round 2 – Sydney v Gold Coast: Proudly Sydney

Rod Gillet travelled from Sydney’s south (where 12.6% of supporters live) to the SCG to watch the unfurling of the premiership flag.

Robertson Oval – where Terry Daniher was king

The AFL grounds onslaught into NSW continues with the unveiling of a revamped Robertson Oval in Wagga on March 2 when the Giants play the Brisbane Lions in a NAB Cup game under lights. Rod Gillett says the oval has a rich history.

50 years on – Square and Rochy resume the rivalry

  by Rod Gillett Last year the Golden Square Football Club went through the Bendigo Football League unbeaten to win the premiership. It matched the feat of the Rochester “Invincibles” who were premiers and champions in the same league in 1962. Rochy beat Golden Square in the grand final that year. Both clubs are understandably [Read more]

How the West is being won

  by Rod Gillett AFL football will be played at four different venues in Sydney this season. Three of those are in western Sydney. Only one is in the city, the traditional home of the game, the Sydney Cricket Ground. Footy has been played at the SCG since the 1880s and hosted VFL matches as [Read more]

The birth of the UWS Giants

  by Rod Gillett When Sydney University play the UWS Giants in the eastern conference of the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) this season it won’t actually pit two uni teams against each other. The UWS Giants are not necessarily representing the University of Western Sydney, they’re just playing under their name. That’s because [Read more]


The final session of Gaelic football for kids in Abu Dhabi last Sunday involved a match against the parents at the British School – delicious irony in that given the history between the Irish and the English. But that’s another story. The kids call it “Gaelic”, but the parents call it football, after all, its [Read more]