Almanac (Local) Footy – AFL Sydney Grand Final: The pain is real, but the pride lasts forever

The fabric of a footy club is special. Michael Shillito reflects upon not only the pain that yanks at that fabric in a heartbreaking Grand Final loss as favourites, but also the strength of community and growth that weaves it together.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Flags, Spoons and Knives’ by Lee Harradine

West Adelaide stalwart Lee Harradine has produced a book reliving sixty-plus years of the trials and tribulations of this proud SANFL club. Swish has reviewed this important addition to SA footy history.

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.

More of the Kangaroo, 150 Years of Australian Football in Queensland – 1866 to 2016 by Murray Bird and Greg Parker

Australian football has a long history in Queensland. Murray Bird and Greg Parker are about to release their well-researched, colourful record of the game at the local level in the Sunshine State.

Trickle down economics in Australian footy – AFLX, Burnie, and the sound of pissing from a great height

Yesterday in Docklands the AFL launched AFLX with fireworks, hoopla and circus acts. Yesterday in Burnie, the 132-year-old Burnie football club withdrew from the Tasmanian State League. David Wilson suggests that these events are related.

Confessions of an AFL talent spy

Les starts off draft week with this run down of the WAFL players who could feature on Friday.

Raving Rulebook No 8

Rulebook lives !!! This week he tees off on the AFL re State Leagues, laments footy politics, lauds Richmond, proposes a radical finals series, praises the Storm, queries the Socceroos, says g’day to Ben Stokes and gives the footy media a huge bake.

AFLW State Of Origin Re-cap

The Big V torched the Allies in the AFLW State of Origin match at Docklands. Kasey Symons was on hand to take it all in.

Almanac Footy History: The Goalpost Final

Last Sunday, broadcaster Matthew Nicholson told the story of the 1967 Tasmanian state premiership between Wynyard and North Hobart on ABC Grandstand. It’s one of the most famous footy games in Australian history – and in this fiftieth anniversary year the tale deserves to be told and re-told. The version by Shane Johnson, published here, of it is a cracker. It comes from Footy Town which Malarkey Publications put out a few years ago.

SANFL Round 10 – South Adelaide v Norwood: The real meaning of footy

A special day for a long-standing Redlegs fan as Norwood tame the Panthers at Noarlunga.

SANFL 70s Pen Pix: Sturt v Glenelg 1974

What did the Pen Pix from the 1974 SANFL Grand Final Budget reveal, asks Swish?

SANFL 70s Pen Pix: Norwood v Central District 1972

Swish takes us back to the ’70s with these classic player profiles from the SA Football Budget. Nostalgia central.

Almanac Review 1988: Football 200 – Celebration of the Footy Nation

Reprised for Australia Day 2017, Swish has all the details of the ten team Bicentennial Carnival, held in Adelaide. Chock full of 80s superstars, bush legends and obscure Ammos.

Peter Argent’s book: “Snaps of the 2016 season”

Capturing images across the length and breadth of South Australian football at numerous levels, Peter Argent has produced an e-book of over 500 of his finest football images in 2016.

Rep Footy: North Queensland v South Queensland, Cairns Curtain Raiser

In a time where curtain-raisers are such rarities in the big league, Mick Jeffrey enjoys the clash between representative teams North and South Queensland before the much less competitive Gold Coast and Bulldogs fixture.

WAFL whacks Tassie – and a word for Andy Collins

Les Everett files from an interstate representative footy weekend in Western Australia, with a timely reminder for VFL coach Andy Collins.

South Australia v Queensland and NSW 1980 – Double Dare Ya

The SANFL seemed to play representative games against everyone bar the VFL in 1980. This double header from Adelaide Cup Day has Swish Schwerdt asking whether Qld or NSW footy was better off for the run.

Backed into a wall, the Queanbeyan Tigers go back-to-back

Back-to-back: An emotion-charged day at Star Trac Oval in the ACT as the Queanbeyan Tigers spoil Belconnen’s undefeated season, thanks – in large part – to the efforts of Kade Klemke and 40-year-old Mark Armstrong. If it was the plot of a movie, you wouldn’t believe it.

WAFL Round 22: Swans keep it alive

Les wraps up a crucial win for Swan Districts against fellow finals aspirants Claremont in the headline game of Round 22. Subiaco firmed as flag favourites with a big win over East Fremantle, while there were AFL-listed players involved in notable incidents.

SANFL Round 17 – Norwood v North Adelaide: far from the maddening crowds

With round 18 of the SANFL almost upon us Dave Brown refreshes our memories of last week’s action and asks the AFL reserves sides; “so what, exactly, have you done for us lately?”