NFL U18s Girls Grand Final: South Morang Lions v Darebin Falcons

The NFL U18’s Girls Grand Final between Darebin Falcons and South Morang Lions was the tightest finish since Twiggy Dunne goaled after the siren. Rick Kane doesn’t let his family involvement get in the way of a great yarn.

NFL Girls Under 18 Grand Final Preview – Lions v Falcons

The South Morang Lions will go in favourites against the Darebin Falcons in tomorrow’s grand final, but Rick Kane thinks an upset is on the cards.

Debbie Lee joins the 300 club

Katie Lambeski celebrates Debbie Lee’s 300th game. Debbie is a legend of Australian footy. And Katie has emerged as a fine young writer who has tremendous energy and initiative. Katie is known to the Almanac community through her story in Footy Town (2013).

Women: Bringing Game To Sport

Longworth tells how he came to appreciate ‘women’s sport’ as ‘sport’ not gender. Funny what ancient 1990’s computer games can teach you.

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode Ten

Episode 10 of the Footy Almanac Podcast – the ‘Jeggins and Bubbling’ episode is here! Rick Kane and Sean Gorman are this week’s very special guests on the Almanac couch as your hosts Matty Q and The People’s Elbow host proceedings. Sean talks about his days as a shearer before finding his way into academia [Read more]

VWFL Grand Final: Darebin up the creek without a Premiership

      When I started working as a cadet journalist on the Knox-Sherbrooke News back in 1985, one of the first stories I wrote was about women’s footy. The VWFL was in its infancy and the Ferntree Gully Kangas were struggling to find their feet. The competition had a handful of teams and faced [Read more]

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot”

June 30, MIT Fields Boston Australian Rules tournament   As Melbourne sank into a slough of perfect footy weather  – cold, wet, unpredictable – we were sheltering from the smarting sunshine and exhausting humidity of a Boston heatwave, elbow-deep in boxes and bags and bubblewrap, packing away a year-long expat adventure. We’d recently discovered that [Read more]

It’s footy, Jim, but not as we know it

(AFL Quebec Preseason Cup: Concordia University, Loyola Campus, Montreal, Saturday April 28) A few things I’d never encountered in over 40 years of footy-going: snow en route to a game; a bagpipe medley of Advance Australia Fair and Waltzing Matilda; a rule forbidding goals kicked from beyond the 30-yard line; a field of artificial turf; [Read more]

VWFL – Darebin’s amazing run of 5 flags in a row comes to an end

On Saturday 27/08/2011 at Mantello Holden Oval a huge crowd that included Hugh Delahunty the Minister for sport who tossed the coin, Sue Alberti Western Bulldogs board member & VWFL partner after whom the Premiership cup is named and Cameron Schwab, David Neitz, Chris Connolly and Karen Hayes from the Melbourne Football Club saw a [Read more]

Leesa Catto previews the 2010 women’s footy season

VWFL Premier Division preview 2010 Berwick:  6th in 2009 Coach: Norm Berry Captain: TBA Comments: The Berwick team are a very proud club who have been very successful since joining the VWFL. The Berwick teams will field seniors and reserves for the first time in 2010 and have a good relationship with the Youth Girls [Read more]

Women’s Footy: Debbie Lee wins Football Woman of the Year award

By Leesa Catto Congratulations to Victorian Women’s Football League president Debbie Lee on being named the 2009 Football Woman of the Year. The award, presented by the Essendon Women’s Network, offers recognition to women who have made a significant contribution to the game of football.

Women’s Footy: Darebin take VWFL flag

By Leesa Catto Darebin were too good, too strong and too experienced as they outmuscled the Creekers yesterday at Box Hill city Oval. It was  Darebin’s day, winning both the VWFL reserves and seniors Grand Finals. The seniors took home the Susan Alberti cup after beating a gallant Diamond Creek team by 44 points in front of a record crowd at Box [Read more]

Women’s footy: Vics win national championship

by Leesa Catto The BIG V claimed the AFL women’s national championships today with a hard fought thirty-eight point win over West Australia in perfect conditions at Subiaco Oval. In a very tight opening term the Victorian backline was placed under enormous pressure as the W.A team pushed forward relentlessly. W.A led by seven points at quarter time, the [Read more]

Press release: Victorian women’s footy team

from Leesa Catto and the VWFL   The Victorian senior women’s football team flies out on Tuesday the 2nd of June bound for Perth to compete in the 2009 AFL national women’s championships. The new look Victorian team boasts fourteen players making their debut in the Big V jumper with nine of those fourteen having represented Victoria at [Read more]