The View from Shepparton – Round 8

by Peter Schumacher OK so Brisbane lost again, this time to Essendon. At the Gabba. My daughter and son in law and grand daughter who are rabid Dons’ supporters  didn’t say anything as they rushed into the local Lutheran Church service on the morning after the night before.  They accompanied an organ as they played, [Read more]

Demons up – then down

North Melbourne v Melbourne by Steve Healy What a season for the Demons, so many ups and downs- the pattern had been a fantastic effort followed by coach-threatening loss. On this afternoon at Docklands I was convinced that pattern would continue. The sun was shining, the sky was mostly blue, so I wasn’t surprised to see [Read more]


by Andrew Gigacz   8.17.1 Who do Geelong and Collingwood think they are, fighting out a dour, low-scoring, every-play-counts kind of a game? St Kilda? Shame on them. But good on Geelong for scoring less goals than Collingwood and still beating them, meaning that Collingwood STILL haven’t beaten the Cats three times in a row [Read more]

every good move

fallen leaves the ground they cover chasing Joel Selwood just like old times every good move contains Buckley rain holding off the forwards can’t get near it chilled to the bone the felled player motionless cloud blocked moon — a good chance the ball is where Selwood is entering time on a goal down — [Read more]

Geelong v Collingwood Rd 8 MCG

Round 8 Geelong v Collingwood Freezing weather Wet and windy at the G HUGE game Friday night footy 1 versus 2 Cats and Pies Both undefeated Old champs new champs Hunter Hunted role reversal Collingwood favourites Siren sounds Ottens wins the ruck No Jolly will hurt Magpies Geelong wins the clearance Menzel marks inside 50 [Read more]

Floreat Pica Report: Rd 8 vs Geelong

AFL General Manager Football Operations Adrian Anderson, Chairman of the Laws of the Game Committee, said the Commission had approved the following: A change to the Advantage Rule, whereby the player and not the umpire will decide if there is an advantage to a team in playing on after a free kick. Inside the last [Read more]

Surely not? Surely it wasn’t.

By Ben Footner Adelaide vs Gold Coast – Saturday 14th May 2:40 pm A chilly but fine day greets us as we catch the ‘Footy Express’ down the Adelaide Hills and across town to West Lakes. The crowd is in a pensive mood as they mill about the outer. “Surely not?” is the question on [Read more]

Eagles v Fremantle – The Footy King’s Speak

Eagles V Fremantle – The Footy Kings Speak “Selwood.  Selwood.” I understand that the editorial policy of the Almanac (revised as of Friday evening) – now requires all articles to commence in this manner.  Apparently it is commonly heard among alliterative Geelong stammerers.  Had George VI lived this long, he could frequently have been heard [Read more]


Last week I finished reading the novel by Siri Hustvedt :  What I loved.  She is writing about the wayward friend of a son, who is a lost soul.  The narrator, his close family friend and someone there from birth, writes:  “…I knew that his last words gave me hope.  People imagine that hope has [Read more]

Diary of a tense one

Collingwood v Geelong: Running diary The much-anticipated top-of-the-table clash between two undefeated teams, turned out to be everything we had hoped it would be. To commemorate the event, I broke out a running diary.

Joel Selwood. Joel Selwood. Joel Selwood.

The novelist Anson Cameron says that were Shakespeare alive today he’d spend his waking moments thinking of words that rhyme with Selwood. Because Selwood is the topic of the modern day. He deserves poetry: sonnets which capture his quintessence; and epic poems which  tell the tales of when he roamed the MCG, when he led [Read more]

Geelong-Collingwood preview

I love a day like this, when everyone is thinking about the footy tonight. Game-plans, formulated ages ago, are being put in to action. Or plans are being made via email right now. Pre-match beers. Or lunch for those who have their lives well-organised. Watching the hours. Waiting to meet up with friends and family. [Read more]

Sweet 19 (14?) Expectations

This isn’t going to be just any Friday night game. The date marked is Friday the thirteenth! We’ll be missing our star ruck man Darren Jolly, Ben Johnson, there’s rumors that the skipper be a miss too and it will be a day when Venus, Mars, Mercury and Jupiter align. The Cats have been going well so [Read more]