Almanac Footy History: How To Play Football – Don Roach 1969

Don Roach was an esteemed player, coach and administrator for four decades. To many young eyes, his footy skills booklet was their first glimpse into the sport’s printed world (as shown by the many classic 60s photos herein).

Almanac Footy Memoir: Patience wins

Forty-four years of patient waiting it took Anna Pavlou’s dad to witness a Geelong premiership. The heartbreak and pain were finally over as Anna Pavlou reports.

Almanac Footy Teams – AFLX: The Cyclones

Joe De Petro has come up with a cyclonic footy team. Whether it’s severe enough to put the wind up other teams the answer is blowing in the wind!

AFLW – Round 3: Fremantle v Collingwood – Another Freo win and we hear the fans

Les Everett reports on Freo’s well deserved win against Collingwood in the AFLW.

Almanac Footy Teams – A salute to the Waning Waynes

There’s a world of Waynes out there, and Phil Dimitriadis rhapsodises about a team of just Waynes. Has he left anyone out?

Almanac (Thinking) Footy: The Greatest Footballer of All Time

Matt Zurbo and Elena and Cielo are in Venezuela. Matt is thinking about life and footy. This piece considers the concept of ‘the greatest’ and finishes wih a cracking photo.

Almanac Horseracing – A reflection on the current state of racing

Lover of horseracing and a small punt, Damien Morgan is sadden by what is happening in racing at the moment as he laments the state of the racing industry in his report.

Almanac Footy Literature: Suggestions please

Ben Fenton-Smith’s mate Dr Brian D. Ruger teaches a sports literature course in Japan. He is keen to include a reading on Australian football and is looking for suggestions.

Almanac Footy Literature: 10 Memorable Passages

Edward P. Olsen presents a fantastic selection of passages from some of the most memorable written works about Australian football he has read.

Almanac Teams – a team of VFL Arthurs

Cor blimey! A team of Arfas? Glen has come up with a team of Arthurs, anyone left out?

‘Diamond Des………’ – KB Hill

“‘Diamond Des’ was solid – and unspectacular – on the field, but a gem off it…” So says KB Hill as he introduces us to yet another bigger than life Wangaratta character, Des Griffin. His regular sign-on fee also makes for good reading!

Almanac Footy Teams: A team of Jeffs/Geoffs

Hallelujah! Some decent Jeffs/Geoffs have donned an AFL/VFL guernsey over the years. Anyone “jeffed” and left out of the team? Phil Dimitriadis has come up with a cracker!

Almanac Footy Teams: A team of brothers

Greig Norman has picked a team of brothers – as a starting point. So many brothers have played footy. Suggestions?

Almanac (Cricket) Reflection: Taking the kid to the Test

Taking his 7 year old son to his first Test match at Manuka reminded Edward P. Olsen of his own experiences of his first Test match. And, the speed of parenthood is also brought clearly home to him as he reflected. Beautiful piece.

Poetry: Life Cycle

Life Cycle by Bruce Dawe captures the significance of footy in Victoria and beyond. Life and footy are so entwined in all those places (and cultures) where footy is meaningful to the people.

‘The Brian Dorman Show…….’ – KB Hill

KB Hill does it again! This week he recounts the sporting career of Brian ‘Horse’ Dorman, big-hitting cricketer, Collingwood footballer and successful horse trainer. His footy career cruelled by injury, Brian made quite a name for himself in the sport of kings.

Almanac Poetry: Animal Enclosure

Another footy poem from Damian Balassone, this time about a stoush between The Kid and Spud.

Almanac Footy Teams – Where for art thou Ian?: A team of Ians

A team of Ians you say! Don’t be a blockhead, hit me with your rhythm stick and drum out your Ians says Almanacker Phil.

Almanac Footy Teams – Max !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How about a team of Maxes 99? Smart move 96! Here is Glen’s team.

Almanac Teams: Royals

Now this is a creative team which Glen explains beautifully in his intro – a team with a ‘Royal’ theme.