To the Port Adelaide list management team

Dave Boon couldn’t be happier with the AFL Trade Week for his Port Adelaide. The inclusions of Steven Motlop, Jack Watts and Tom Rockcliff will bolster the Power significantly according to Dave.

Almanac Lunch (with Matt Zurbo’s book launch): Ken Fraser, Lazar, Chicken and Me

Matt Zurbo’s new book, ‘Heart and Soul’, will be launched tomorrow at a lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. All welcome. Here’s a tasty morsel, written by Matt himself, of what’s in store. Do yourself a favour…

‘A Hard-Man……On And Off The Field’ – KB Hill

KB Hill knows his local characters! This week he recounts the colourful life of Ray Burns, policeman, hotelier and football hard man. And no-one does it like KB!

Almanac Flashback: Off Season Odyssey – Part 37: Blighty!

With Matt Zurbo lunching at the North Fitzroy Arms this Friday, let’s revisit his 2012 road trip, where he caught up with none other than Malcolm Blight.

Almanac Time Capsule: Some of my best friends are Saints (really)

It has been a very long decade for both St Kilda and Carlton. Back in 2009, John Butler ventured some opinions on the differing world views of both clubs. Both are now, once again, contemplating new coaches. How do both sets of supporters view things now?

Almanac Flashback: Song of the Zealot

We think this piece by Anson Cameron stands the test of time. What it means to be a footy fan.

Almanac Flashback: Dangerman is a safe bet for a big future with the Crows

Who knows a player better than their own family? For those who didn’t know, the Almanac’s ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber has inside knowledge of one P. Dangerfield. This piece was originally posted back in 2009. You may find it explains a lot about what has transpired since.

Almanac Footy History – Special offer on Roy Hay’s Book of the Month

Check out the special deal for Roy Hay’s recently released book about indigenous footballers and their involvement in the development of footy as we know it today.

50 years on – a perspective on the moon landing: An epic journey of biblical proportion, but did it really happen?

Who do we believe? Michael Viljoen presents his compelling arguments with regards to the conclusiveness of historical events, asserting their believability is within the recorded evidence.

Almanac Teams: A Team of Injury Plagued Stars

Phil Dimitriadis returns with another team, this one a little more heartbreaking than most. Read on for his list of talented players cut down by injury & feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

Round 17 – Geelong v St Kilda: An Open Letter to Gary Ablett Junior

No ordinary match report, but then again Gary Ablett Junior is no ordinary player – Anna Pavlou recounts her near life-long love affair with the deeds of The Little Master as he helped his Cats to a hard fought victory over a highly competitive Saints outfit.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: AFL Rounds 17 and 18

Cam Hooke and friends enjoy the great win in the West before getting down to the task of analysing the coming game against the Giants.

The unveiling of the Nicky Winmar statue

Sydney Malakellis gives this poignant account of the unveiling of the Nicky Winmar statue in Perth. (A beautiful piece of writing – Ed.)

Moon Landing – A Football(in)g Space

Glen! takes us to the moon and back as he contemplates 50 years since the first Moon landing. For old times’ sake, he also reminds us of what was happening in the VFL that week. (Ah, memories… – Ed.!)

‘Chewing The Fat With Chizza’ – by KB Hill

KB Hill recently spent time with former North Melbourne Kangaroos premiership player, Peter Chisnall, a true legend in the Ovens and Murray League zone. ‘Chizza’s’ story makes for great reading.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch: Matt Zurbo and his new book Heart and Soul (Friday 19 July)

Come and celebrate with one of the Almanac’s favourite sons, Matt Zurbo, as his new book ‘Heart and Soul: Footy Stories by those who played the Game’ is launched on Friday 19th July. Join us for lunch at the The North Fitzroy Arms Hotel,  296 Rae St, North Fitzroy for a day of ripping yarns and tales.

FEARLESS 2019, Round 16 – Concussion: should the AFL be worried?

The debate in sport about the effects of concussion is here, it’s real, and it’s not going to go away. FEARLESS penned this contribution to the conversation.

Rain

Andrew Starkie gets lyrical about the weather, particularly the rain, and wet weather footy.

Balcony Banter Round 16 – Carlton v Melbourne: A comeback too far

Bluebagger David Southgate saw both comedy and tragedy in Sunday’s game.

Hugh Mitchell – Essendon great: Train reflections

Seeing former Essendon champ Hugh Mitchell on the train brought back some childhood memories for Col.

They shall not be forgotten years. Richmond: 1981 – 2016: An occasional series of reflections on the triumphs and tragedies that made 2017 so worth the wait

The Tigers’ 1st term blitz on the weekend got Stainless thinking about a previous such occasion. Does anyone remember the Doug Cox controversy?