‘The ultimate team-man…………’ – KB Hill

KB Hill maintains his run of ripper stories about prominent sportspeople from up around Wang. Today he highlights the Wilson family and, in particular, Mick, a long-serving, hard running, fierce tackling country footy icon.

1971 – Vic v SA (MCG): A New Record

The Victorian public’s interest in state football was at an all-time high in June 1971, as both sides were filled with names that resonate to this day. Swish has annotated that game’s Football Record and has obtained some memories from one of the SA participants.

Almanac Footy Teams – Bert and Ernie Muppets both, a footy team they’d love to coach

Sesame Street, The Muppets, what’ve they got to do with footy? Berts and Ernies of course! Phil Dimitriadis has come up with another corker of a footy team.

Almanac Football – JLT 2019: Geelong v Essendon

Pussy cats have a lot to purr about as Geelong proved too slick and polished for Col’s Bombers in their Round 2 JLT match at Kardinia Park on Thursday night.

Roger Woodcock: Poetry in Motion (includes new highlights)

With 600 goals on a half forward flank, Roger Woodcock is as unique a footballer as to ever graced league footy. Rulebook pays tribute.

Almanac (Finals) Footy: The Wild Card Weekend

The jungle drums are beating, with rumblings of a change to the time honoured AFL Final Eight that would give ninth and tenth a September sniff. Give us your $0.10 worth.

Footy Park: farewell or good riddance?

As the final grandstands are demolished at Football Park, Dave Brown remembers the good and bad times, the SANFL Grand Finals, Modra, McLeod, chicken salt and the tarps at West Lakes. What are your memories of Football Park?

Almanac (Fitzroy) Footy: The Five Stages of Grief

Teacher and Deakin Uni creative writing student Shane Reid makes his Almanac debut with this wonderful piece about following his beloved Fitzroy FC and the sense of the loss he’s had to face since the mighty Roys were ‘euthanised’. It includes some creative and entertaining revisionism. [Mighty fine writing – JTH]

Inside Football: Docklands Stadium

Nothing speaks to the rank horridness of the Docklands more than the spectacle of Dick Reynolds in a hovercraft, writes Swish.

Almanac Football – JLT2019: New Rules!

Caspar McLeod reflects upon the effect of the new rules used in JLT 2019 after listening to the broadcast of the North Melbourne v St Kilda game.

Almanac Footy Teams – A team of Rays

Many Rays of brilliance shine through in this sunny team of Rays from Phil Dimitriadis. Any Rays’ fail to filter through?

My blue tranny and “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, Those days of soda and pretzels and beer”

Here’s a story from a few years ago. Col reflects upon the impact of a small blue tranny during a period of change in his formative years in the 60s.

Ode to Simon Prestigiacomo

Damian Balassone measures his metre perfectly with this ode to one of the Black and Whites’ too often unheralded, underrated and unassuming servants, ‘Presti’.

Almanac Obituaries: South Bendigo’s Bernie McCarthy passes away

Bernie McCarthy, legendary South Bendigo footballer, has died. Richard Jones pays tribute.

Almanac Teams: The Three Cs

Glen! gets into the chorus of creative and crazy Almanac Teams with this crowd consisting of “Three Cs” – Cyril, Cedric and Cecil.

Almanac Footy Teams – The proudest Dicks!

Some great Dicks here that could handle a ball or two according to Phil Dimitriadis. Can you enter a few more Dicks into the play?

The 2019 Ennui Cup – Pre Season

Earl O’Neill is back for another season of tipping advice to the masses. Should literary style replace enigmatic single-voice meanderings? Or should Earl get off his couch and read more of The Greats so he can mimic them?

‘Johnny Brunner’s Thirst For Sporting Challenges……………’ – KB Hill

This week, KB Hill shares with us his profile of John Brunner, country football legend, handy tennis play, ex-drag racer and supremely fit sportsman. And a humble community servant to boot! (Country sporting folklore is all about people like this. – Ed.)

Almanac Teams: Footballing Wallys

We keep coming up with special teams, especially those with names from yesteryear. Today, Glen picks a team of Wallys.

AFL Japan GO League – Osaka Dingoes v Senshu Powers: Old Pups hard chasing and cramps

After seven months off the field, Yoshi returned for the Osaka Dingoes last weekend as they went up against Senshu Powers in Round 3 of the AFL Japan GO League. Being struck down with leg cramps had its upside as Yoshi found himself in good hands.