Round 7 Preview – Victoria, a state of disarray!

Sal with his take on the week in footy and his preview of the nine games in Round 7. He finds the value? And in the A-League final he thinks it will be a very tight and hence his cash is heading in the direction of the longer price of Sydney FC.

Grand Final day 2010: London

What happens when you have to watch the Grand Final from half a world away? Grown men in sheep costumes, apparently. Brenton Shaughnessy braved the 3am start, the Fosters cans and the expat Collingwood fans to experience a beloved ritual from foreign turf.

Geelong’s Lament

By Rod Klein   Nothing was lost until the moment when cursed coin was tossed, and then for Cats, all time stood still whilst Collingwood applied their noisome drill.   The tide, for men hooped in blue and white, has flooded from the shore with premier-ship astride. In quickening sand and on the muddied strand [Read more]

Pies, Joffa and Barry Manilow on Grand Final day in Vegas

How Nick saved me from Mandy In many years to come football fans around the globe will remember exactly where they were when the siren brought down the curtain on the 2010 drawn AFL Grand Final. That’s the way it is with drawn grand finals. I recall officiating over Bay 13 in a green coat [Read more]

When Dog Hopes Were High

Round 12 2010: Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Lions -Sunday 13tf of June -Etihad stadium By Cam Hargraves Living in the ACT, I’m usually limited to 2 to 3 (providing we can make the finals) live games a year in Melbourne. And on Friday the 11th of June my mother, father and I (all diehard dogs [Read more]

Andrew Fithall’s Top 10 of 2010

There was a recent reference on this site to the Kanye West album which seems to have reminded people that he can do things other than be an irritating moron at awards events. However, I am still not a fan. But each to their own. With the Ashes lost and football yet to re-commence, I [Read more]

2010 – The Year of the Tight Tiger

The title above does not refer to the Richmond, Glenelg or Hull City Football Clubs nor to a constipated Siberian in Melbourne Zoo but more so a poor/clumsy alliteration on what has been one of the closest run years in sport (& politics) for a long time. So what will 2011 be like in comparison?  [Read more]

Happy Christmas from

Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year, unless, of course, you are a Collingwood supporter. Just a few things for your diary: Lunches will continue throughout 2011. – last Friday of each month in Melbourne – stay tuned for functions (including book launches) in other states The Almanac Open – coming to a [Read more]

Tassie Launch – Wynyard Footy Club

A grand time was had by all at the Tasmanian launch of the 2010 Almanac. Here are some snapshots of the event.   Paul Daffey and Bill Walker   Tim Lane and a friend   Paul Daffey and retro Wynyard Guernsey

Grand Final wash-up: is that all there is?

When asked by a reporter why he had decided to visit Canada, the Irish playwright, Brendan Behan, is said to have replied “I saw a picture at the Airport saying “Drink Canada Dry” so I thought I’d come here and try”. My more modest intention, following a Collingwood Grand Final win, was to line the [Read more]

In A League of Its Own – Issue 14

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Nearly halfway through the season, and I want to take a look back at my preseason predictions. My winner at the beginning, was Wellington Phoenix, who haven’t really lived up to some expectations; they find themselves lying in 7th place without doing much. Most recently going down 3-0 to [Read more]


There is something amiss, something not quite right. 2010 was supposed to be a very balanced year. It is a lovely even number is 2010. No rough edges, nothing sticking rudely out like “1997” for example with all those tails and hard angles. But 2010 has confounded me. It started early in the year. There [Read more]

Magpies looming already

Sweating furiously, I looked around in every direction. I needed eyes in the back of my head. Was that it up there? No, definitely not. Is that it? Nope, my imagination getting to me again. I started walking slowly again, keeping an eye on the big tree 20m in front of me. WHOOSH! I ducked [Read more]

Grand Final Replay: Nothing to Worry About

THERE IS NO WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS. My cousin Steve and I are consoling a guy who has slumped in his seat. His shoulders are down; he is weeping openly. A Saints cap sits on his head; a red, white and black scalf is draped around his sagging shoulders. Eventually Steve and I grab one [Read more]

Year 12 toughie

I’m the toughie of the group. I’m like the Luke Hodge or Jonathan Brown of my group. One of my closest friends who ive been to school with for thirteen years had never seen me cry until this night. I am human, of course I do show emotion (mostly when it involves my Collingwood boys) [Read more]

Season Review: Adelaide Crows 2010

Highlights: Not a lot of highlights in a dark year for the Adelaide Crows, but the Round 11 game against the Fremantle Dockers sticks out as perhaps the moment of the decade for Adelaide. In Tyson Edwards 321st and last game, the Crows came up against an in-form Freo side at AAMI Stadium. It was [Read more]

Season Review: Port Adelaide 2010

Highlights: Port Adelaide started the season in a bright manner, winning the first two games against North Melbourne at home and West Coast at Subiaco Oval. The match against the Eagles was full of fight and courage, with Jason Davenport scoring four goals in the final quarter to lift his side to a narrow three [Read more]

Exotic Fauna II

Time to call Neighbourhood Watch? Or just a reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? It seems “keeping a lid on it” hasn’t really taken root down in Tassy. Picture courtesy of Bill Walker.

Carlton 2010: Patience is a Learned Virtue at Princes Park

Assessments of a season are hard to separate from the expectations held going into it. In Carlton’s case, the departure of a certain erratic, ego-centric full forward had the Blues widely written off. Lost in all the Fevola fluff was football’s forgotten man, Nick Stevens, who’s forced early retirement confirmed he lacked that most essential [Read more]

Haiku Bob- Premiership Edition: earth and the times

last Saturday in September the sun beaten to a pulp grand final replay – the washing still hanging over my thoughts the chorus of magpies warm spring sun the Colliwobbles fade the earth and the times turned by his feet – Heater’s smother October sun Ball soaks up some heat between goals the coach wears [Read more]