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  • Almanac Soccer – Come On You Spurs! April 19, 2019 by Marcus Holt- The wheels on the bus go round and round, but for Marcus Holt at times they bounced up and down. The Tottenham Hot Spurs caused a few anxious moments for him as the game ebbed and flowed as he drove his bus around Geelong but joy eventually came to Marcus. In the thrilling finale his beloved Spurs over came adversity and won through to progress to the semi-final.
  • Balcony Banter Round 4 – Brisbane v Essendon: Bomber Blitz April 18, 2019 by Rodoaten- Rod Oaten was happy to see his Bombers put in a dynamic first half against the Lions, then dig in to resist a comeback before unleashing the Anthony McDonald-Yipungwuti show.
  • Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback? April 18, 2019 by Peter_B- Peter Baulderstone reflects on Tiger Woods' win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! - Ed.)
  • The All-Rounder, the Import, and the Coach who stayed – KB Hill April 18, 2019 by Almanac Admin- KB Hill goes back a hundred years and more to bring us stories about the talented, the 'colourful' and the committed. The Wangaratta Football Club certainly went through some interesting times back then.
  • Round 5 Preview – If you don’t mind, Umpires April 18, 2019 by Sal Ciardulli- Sal runs his discerning eye over this week's Round 5 matches as well as providing a his take on the weekend's main races - and sends Easter greetings to all!
  • Almanac (Footy) Poetry: There was a Game April 18, 2019 by Almanac Admin- The Footy Almanac presents a further offering from Saskia Schaap as she ponders questions about our great game and their ramifications.
  • Round 4: Collingwood v Western Bulldogs (Floreat Pica Society) April 18, 2019 by floreat pica society- Floreat Pica Society correspondent Shane Cashman makes his debut after taking in the Pies' Round 4 clash with the Western Bulldogs. He's an astute observer as well as an optimistic true believer.
  • Haiku Bob – Round 4: the probability of falling leaves April 18, 2019 by haiku bob- As is his peripatetic wont, Haiku Bob travelled to the Philippines this week to attend his brother's wedding. And, in true Collingwood style, he managed to keep track of the game, or at least bits of it, amidst the clouds of confetti.
  • Fearless 2019 Round 4: The times have changed…the festival of footy Part One April 18, 2019 by Fearless- Fearless looks at the game then (the 1990 Grand Final) and now (after four rounds in 2019) and concludes that it's all about evolution. Have the likes of Alastair Clarkson and Brad Scott worked it out ahead of the rest?
  • Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: winnowing time? April 18, 2019 by Ian Hauser- Round 6 of the NRL looks likely to separate the wheat from the chaff, an autumnal winnowing to reveal the substance of the real contenders and blow away the pretence of the hollow wannabes.
  • Almanac Religion and Culture: Israel Folau, Notre Dame and paradox April 18, 2019 by Ian Hauser- Ian Hauser has found the commentary and discussion surrounding the Notre Dame fire and the Israel Folau situation fascinating and thought-provoking. After the extraordinary scenes in Paris this week as Notre Dame went up in flames, what does all this say about the way in which centuries of history and culture, and millennia of religion interface in the 21st Century?
  • Almanac Rugby League – Farewell Greg Inglis April 18, 2019 by Liam Hauser- 'The word "great" tends to be overused in rugby league, but I believe the word is strongly applicable to Greg Inglis.' So says rugby league author and historian Liam Hauser as he looks back on the career of club, Origin and Test star Gregory Paul Inglis.
  • Almanac Golf: Golf Capital- Masters Episode Five, Return of the Cat April 18, 2019 by Hamish Neal- Hamish Neal shares his take on Tiger's Masters triumph and brings us up to date on other happenings in the world of golf.
  • Almanac Teams: Terry from the Footy Almanac April 17, 2019 by Glen- Terry's the name. Not Ted. Nor is it Terrence - that's better left for actors. Ted is a footy name with a fine tradition, and Glen! is the man to do it justice. Read his team of Teds, then offer your own suggestions.
  • AFL Round 4 – Collingwood v Bulldogs: Gritty, Gritty… Got it! April 17, 2019 by Sean Mortell- Cricket presentation commitments didn't help, but Sean Mortell still managed to follow developments at the 'G on Friday night.
  • Almanac (Footy) Memoir: Statute of Limitations April 17, 2019 by Almanac Admin- Roger Lowrey has been sitting on a secret for a while. [Very entertaining debut piece! Ed]
  • Round 4 – St Kilda v Hawthorn: Winning a congested and contested game April 17, 2019 by Yoshi- Watching the game from work presented its challenges, but the replay was instructive, as Yoshi saw his Saints win a game they might previously have lost.
  • Almanac Theatre – “The Merger” by Damian Callinan: A Review April 17, 2019 by Mick Symons- Mick Symons reviews the wonderful "The Merger" by Damian Callinan which is playing during this year's Melbourne Comedy Festival. [Check out the link at the end of the review for a special ticket offer to see the show. Ed]
  • Melbourne Comedy Festival – “The Merger” by Damian Callinan April 16, 2019 by Almanac Admin- Comedian Damian Callinan is offering the Almanac Community a special deal of 2 tickets for the price of 1 to his show, "The Merger" at The Melbourne Comedy Festival 2019.
  • The State of the Game: Part 3 April 16, 2019 by Dips O'Donnell- Why, oh, why did the spider swallow the fly? Dips wonders why, and I guess we all wonder why, but you can make up your own minds!
  • Israel Folau and the right to dissent April 16, 2019 by Earl O'Neill- Earl O'Neill doesn't necessarily agree with the contentious comments attributed to Israel Folau recently but he defends the right of an individual to free speech to state their beliefs without any fear or favour.
  • Should Governments fund AFL and NRL high performance centres? April 16, 2019 by Greg Blood- Thinking Sport asks the question as to what extent, if any, governments should be funding major sporting facilities for elite, high performance sports. [Timely comments considering the upcoming election. Ed]
  • Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – AFL Rounds 4 and 5 wrap April 16, 2019 by Almanac Admin- Cam Hooke reviews the Round 4 match against the Bulldogs with his usual analysis of all the stats and key details from the match for all the True Believers.
  • Round 4 – Sydney v Melbourne: Change, and the challenges ahead April 16, 2019 by jan courtin- Jan Courtin and her husband, Marshall, travel to Sydney to watch their beloved Sydney Swans play against the Melbourne Demons. Jan reflects on the inevitable changes in her football team and life itself.
  • Almanac Teams – A Festival of Freds April 16, 2019 by Phillip Dimitriadis- Fabulous Phil Dimitriadis has come up with a festival of Freds in this cracking team of Freds.
  • Round 4 – North Melbourne v Adelaide: Nightmare redeemed! April 16, 2019 by Andrew Starkie- Past nightmares haunted Andrew Starkie and his mate, about whether the Roos could overcome the Crows in their Round 4 match. In the end, they had little to worry about!
  • Almanac (Footy) History: How do I connect with Rod McGregor? April 16, 2019 by Almanac Admin- Adam Haase reveals his intriguing connection to Rod McGregor, Carlton footballer, who is considered one of the greats of the club during the early 20th Century.
  • Round 5 – Tipsters, who will you pick this round? April 16, 2019 by Colin Ritchie- Round 5 again highlights the unpredictable nature of the AFL season. To pick 9 winners may just as easily come down to the flip of a coin!
  • AFL Round 4 – Sydney v Melbourne: Watching our J-Mac April 16, 2019 by Sean Mortell- Former Banyule and Marcellin player Justin McInerny made his debut for Sydney on Thursday night. Sean Mortell watched on excitingly with his Banyule teammates as J-Mac's Swans suffered a dire defeat.
  • Round 4 – St. Kilda v Hawthorn: Saints’ One Percenters add up to a Perfect Score April 15, 2019 by Braham Dabscheck- The 2018 year from hell has become a distant memory for Braham Dabscheck, as his Saints got over a strong challenger in the Hawks to salute for a third time in four games.
  • Round 4 – Sydney v Melbourne: Hopeful trip to the SCG April 15, 2019 by craig dodson- Craig Dodson and Mrs. D take their young boys on an adventure to their first game of the SCG with high hopes and reminiscing about the days of footy in 1987.
  • WAFL Round 2 – It’s about the Demons April 15, 2019 by Les Everett- Les Everett updates us on all things WAFL, with Claremont, Subiaco and Perth the early ladder leaders.
  • Almanac (Footy) Poetry: The Rhythm That Never Ends April 15, 2019 by Almanac Admin- Saskia Schaap has written some more words on footy, this time her poem takes on the circular rhythm of footy's universe from the smallest handball to the biggest scandal: ever the same - as it always was.
  • Round 4 – Geelong v GWS: The wisdom of youth April 15, 2019 by Cookie- An over-confident Cookie and his young bloke (primary school age) go to Kardinia Park for the contest between their Cats and GWS. It's an afternoon of history and memory - with sage advice from the young fella. [Super piece - Ed]
  • Round 4 – Port Adelaide v Richmond: The “Fab Four” no more April 15, 2019 by greejoh- All was not lost when Paul announced the end of the Fab Four almost 50 years ago ["Imagine" and "Live and Let Die" still to come - Ed.] and for John Green, the sky has yet to fall on his hobbled Tigers as they pulled off a stunning upset of Port Adelaide sans stars.
  • When too much football is barely enough April 15, 2019 by Mickey Randall- Mickey Randall really packed it in to his Saturday arvo, making time for three games of footy (and a horse race or two) in a classic case of "Too much sport being barely enough".
  • Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 5 Wrap April 15, 2019 by Ian Hauser- The gap in the NRL between top and bottom got worse this weekend. But it was a great day at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday - except for the infernal noise that supposedly passes as entertainment.
  • Round 4 – Essendon v Brisbane: Wow! April 15, 2019 by Caspar McLeod- It has been at turns a disheartening and encouraging four weeks for Caspar McLeod's Bombers - after the second win on the trot in impressive style, he has just one word to sum up their turnaround...
  • Almanac Football – The 10-team WAFL kicks off April 12, 2019 by Les Everett- WA Almanacker correspondent, Les Everett, reports on the first round of WAFL matches played last weekend.
  • SANFL – The Angaston Panthers: Their history and the greats of the club April 12, 2019 by Peter Argent- Peter Argent looks at the history and the great players from SANFL country club, the Angaston Panthers.
  • Round 3 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: The 4400 April 12, 2019 by Igor02- Distractions here, distractions there, supporters coming out of the woodwork, Igor02 muses upon them all in his excitement watching the Brisbane Lions win their third straight match for the season.
  • The Disneyfication of the AFL April 12, 2019 by Andy Fuller- Australian Rules football is a grassroots sport, but the AFL’s increasing corporatisation is distancing the game from the fans writes Dr Andy Fuller from the University of Melbourne.
  • Thirty Metres April 12, 2019 by Matt Zurbo- Matt Zurbo's back doing what he does best; writing from the heart, stories about footy and footy clubs, mates, good times, life and living, and being the best you can, all written in his own laconic style.
  • “Not Bad Thanks” – Graeme Willingham: extract no. 3, Playing above oneself April 12, 2019 by Almanac Admin- Exceptionalism, or playing above oneself? Graeme Willingham defines his thoughts on both in this extract from his new book, "Not Bad Thanks".
  • Round 4 – Previewish (again): A bit of Four Play April 12, 2019 by Sal Ciardulli- Tipsters, Sal's preview of everything footy and horseracing for your consideration this weekend.
  • Almanac Footy History – On The Bench (Seat) April 12, 2019 by Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt- Would you buy a new or pre-loved vehicle from one of these blokes?
  • When The Mighty Fall/ Fail April 11, 2019 by Brian The Ruminator- The Ruminator asks us to think beyond the easy road of character assassinations and instead explore constructive, respectful and meaningful conversations with those with whom we may disagree strongly. A challenging and perceptive call to pause, think and then engage. A short treatise on humanity.
  • Almanac (Footy) Poetry: In My Blood April 11, 2019 by Almanac Admin- Football and family go hand in hand as Saskia Schaap shows in this fine poem about her own family. But football is not the most important thing that runs in her family, as you will find out.
  • Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club March Review April 11, 2019 by Pomborneit Cricket Club- The final 2018/19 season review from the Pomborneit Cricket Club is a joyous one as the Bulls tasted premiership success in the South West Cricket Association Division 1 Grand Final. [A huge season's effort of reporting by premiership player Luke Reynolds that had us all cheering gopombobulls! Ed.]
  • Almanac Rugby League – Round 5 and it’s getting desperate for some April 11, 2019 by Ian Hauser- The harsh reality of an 'also ran' tag for the 2019 season hangs over the heads of several NRL clubs as they head into this weekend's Round 5 - and it's only April!