Almanac (Local) Footy: The Perfect Groundhog Day

The commencement of the local footy season is upon us again. From his Fearon Reserve vantage point, Smokie ponders this – and Groundhog Day.

Almanac (Local) Footy: Fitzroy Thirds Fan Day – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Some of the boys from old (new?) Fitzroy will be putting on a show for the fans at Ramsden Street Oval in Clifton Hill and would love to see you there!

Almanac (Ammos) Footy: VAFA Div 3 – Canterbury v Swinburne Uni

Phil Hill headed off to St James Park in the leafy east for his hit of Ammos footy this weekend. Looks like Canterbury are building for a big September. But what of the state of the canteen?

Almanac Book Review: ‘The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996’ by William Westerman

In this review of William Westerman’s ‘Merger’, Jonathan Pilbrow shares how affecting and emotional he found the book’s subjects and their portrayals while offering lessons for the future and hope through community. [Couldn’t agree more – Ed]

Almanac (Local) Footy: ‘Known Knowns’

As Williamstown CYMS prepares for Round 1 of the VAFA premier B season against St Bernard’s, Smokie provides a preview.

Almanac Local Footy: The Sandlot

As the Williamstown CYMS Under 19s prepare for their second-semi final against Old Xavierians, Smokie looks back at music and films which were used for pre-match ‘psyching’ in his day – and suggests a film which would be a sure-fire winner.

Almanac (Local) Footy: I’ve been to Bali too

Jordan De Goey’s recent travails had Smokie reminiscing about a trip to Bali thirty years ago. Thankfully, smart phones and social media were years away!

Almanac Footy: The Legend of Gil

Smokie Dawson recalls the legend of the ‘player’ with the name of Gil Spencer at the Williamstown CY’s U19s nearly forty years ago.

The Fearon Reserve: Our Field of Dreams

The new VAFA season commences tomorrow and, in B Grade, Williamstown CYMS take on Old Carey at the Fearon Reserve. Smokie tries to explain what “The Fez” means to CY’s people.

Almanac (Local) Footy: Thirds in their words

The pandemic may well have caused major disruptions to all of us but it can’t take away from us the things we value and the places where we find connection and purpose. Jarrod Landells and mates explain via the agency of the Fitzroy Thirds.

Almanac (Footy) History: The 25th anniversary of the Roys’ sunset in the west

Yesterday (Sep 1) was the 25th anniversary of Fitzroy’s last game in the VFL/AFL. This extract from William Westerman’s book Merger looks back on the curtain call of an event that some consider one of the most significant in the history of the VFL/AFL: Fitzroy’s clash with Fremantle and the end of their time in the League.

The 19th Man

Biased? One-eyed? No-one was ever as blatantly unfair as Forbsey, the reserves umpire whose performances bordered on downright cheating

VAFA Premier B Section – Williamstown CYMS FC: The Ladder

Having climbed through the lower rungs of the VAFA, this Saturday the Williamstown CYMS Football Club will play its first ever match in Premier B Section. Smokie muses on the notion of climbing ladders.

Almanac (Footy) Life: Folly In The Goalsquare

Five years after he’d retired from ammos footy, Smokie Dawson gets the call from TR, the coach of Willy CY’s reserves. Here’s what happened. [This is a piece from ‘Footy Town’, a collection of stories about country, suburban and amateur footy – Ed]

No Footy!

Smokie laments the cancellation of local footy. He’s missing the Fearon.

VAFA 2019 Premier C – Grand Final Seniors & Reserves: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

From the Grand Canal in Venice, Smokie waxes philosophically about the journey the Williamstown WCYMS club has taken as they vie for a premiership for their senior & reserve teams.

Preliminary Finals – Sal’s Preview (And the Ultimate Prize for the Friars!)

Sal Ciardulli’s back with his weekly column. Check out his report of the Friars wins, his thoughts for the preliminary finals, and of course a few racing tips for Caulfield and Royal Randwick.

Almanac Footy (and Racing): The Benefit of a St Kevin’s Education

As revellers prepare for the SKOB’s Grand Final Luncheon and a weekend of VAFA grand finals, John Harms considers the benefit of a St Kevin’s education.

VAFA B Section – Fitzroy v Something Important: A Moment

Local footy is a great leveller, a community of compassion, where empathy is openly displayed no matter your standing in life, as Phil Hill’s day at footy so clearly demonstrates.

Round 23 – Sal’s Preview: Told to Get Stuffed

Sal Ciardulli presents his Round 23 preview and selections, some Friar Time, and with spring in the air, a quick look at the racing at Royal Randwick and Moonee Valley.