The Footygods: Bia

by Ian Latham   The greeks had lots of gods to make you think. They had Athena, the goddess of wisdom and learning. They had the muses who inspired writing and the arts. They could inspire you with their skill. A lot like Nic Naitanui. You could just marvel at him all day. And you [Read more]

preliminary final – the clock stops

    late september the veteran scores the winning goal     the MCG in spring — alive with hawks, magpies and seagulls     the moon punches a hole in the sky — Tarrant spoils     bad live stream our hopes flickering     spring haze a field of heavy-limbed footballers     [Read more]

Cats in control

Friday. I am having lunch with an Eagles fan who is such an Eagles fan he is known as West Coast Dave (a fine contributor to these pages I might add). He is down from Canberra and is in a preliminary final mood. A Group 1 theoriser (with a masters degree in sports psyche which [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES SPORT What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Pies came back from the death to shatter the dreams of Little Hawkers all over the World and book themselves into The Granny for the 2nd successive year.  The Moggies joined them with an equally impressive victory over a gallant but outgunned [Read more]

My Magpies refuse to die but almost kill me in the process

Furious!!! Would be a good word to describe how I felt by half time. Crap!!! Would be a good word to describe how we were playing. Fierce!!! Would be a good word to describe how they were playing, and gob-smacked!!! Pretty much summarizes how I felt by the end of it all.

Best Night Ever.

A few years ago we met a family from Zimbabwe who had started going to our church at Rosanna. The father, MT, was studying at Latrobe University. MT and Rhee, like us, have three young kids and so we invited them over for a meal. Our three children James, Thomas and Ben loved running around [Read more]

Geelong v West Coast

Geelong v West Coast. Discuss.

The willing and the wounded weave a way to the big day

    escapology n. methods and technique of escaping esp. from captivity, confinement in box etc.   Yes, this was a great escape for the Pies, and we make it through to the finale by the skin of our teeth.   The record volume of FPS email traffic pre-match said a lot about the excitement [Read more]

Pies v Hawks Discussion

If eagle trumps seagull, does Hawk trump Magpie? Collingwood have been dominant in defence of their flag. But we all know about the Magpies in September. Do Hawthorn outswoop them? Or will form prevail? Let ‘er rip.


FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Coaches Carousel has nearly spun itself to Ayres Rock and back.  The Charddies have gone for Brenton Sanderson.  Or as The City of Churches’ Addy put it – The Sandman Cometh.  (Ernie Siggley still on on Thursday nights over there Wrap? [Read more]

Sal’s Tips: Penultimate Preliminary Round

Greetings to all! The finals charade is over and once again the top 4 teams fight for their place in the Grand Final, whilst I lament the Blues defeat it is right that only rarely do we see one of the 5th to 8th ranked sides get through to the incorrectly monikered Preliminary Finals (Surely [Read more]

AFL Preliminary and Grand Final weather

By Brett Dutschke Despite Melbourne’s warm and windy weather today, cooler but calmer conditions are likely for this weekend’s AFL Preliminary Finals and also the following weekend’s Grand Final, according to “This weekend’s Preliminary Finals will be played in cool, but fairly gentle southwesterly winds. Showers are highly unlikely during either game. If there [Read more]

Top 10 Reasons for the Cats to lose the Preliminary Final.

  by Peter Baulderstone   10) – The Wisdom of Harms. In his prescient introduction to the 2009 Almanac Nostradamus Harms sagely observed “West Coast reminded me of Kaiser’s Germany, stockpiling and building and about to be launched”.  Well spotted JTH.  The blitzkrieg is about to be launched, and Geelong’s Maginot Line will be breached [Read more]

On the road for the Footy Almanac

  by Richard Naco Cometh the September school holidays, cometh the family holiday in September.  Always the wrong time of the year, always taking me away at Grand Final time.  (Last year it was as far away as New Zealand, which is a lovely bit of countryside but hardly AFL heartland.)   Except this year. [Read more]

Looking Back and Looking Forward

  So it’s the Pies and the Hawks on Friday night.  It’s 34 years since these sides squared off in a final,the second semi in 1977.  That was a fantastic game, in which the Pies withheld a late Hawks charge to win by two points.  The win came at a huge cost however, as Michael Tuck’s head came [Read more]