Odd Friday/Footy Almanac Lunch: Neil Balme and Anson Cameron 19 August BOOKED OUT




Odd Friday/Footy Almanac Lunch

You are invited to join our two guest speakers for lunch:


Neil Balme,



 Anson Cameron



Friday, August 19, 12.30 for 1pm

The North Fitzroy Arms Hotel,
296 Rae St, North Fitzroy

$50 (for three courses) plus drinks at pub prices

All welcome.

Bookings essential. [Limited to 75 places]

[email protected]



Neil Balme: A Tale Of Two Men is the long-awaited biography of one of AFL’s hardest players and most respected behind-the-scenes coaches and administrators Neil Balme. Written by Anson Cameron, it is to be released in mid-August, and will be available at the lunch.


Neil Balme is a champion of the Richmond Football Club and played with them from 1970 until 1979. A hard, rugged forward/ruckman he played crucial roles with his aggressive football and was instrumental in Richmond winning both the 1973 and 1974 premierships.  He  coached SANFL side Norwood to two premierships before coaching Melbourne. He held head of football roles at Collingwood and Geelong, and is currently head of football at Richmond, positions resulting in a further six premierships achieved in his footy career.


Anson Cameron is a well known writer and regular columnist for The Age. He also writes novels, short stories, and memoir.



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  1. A free book and beer to anyone who asks Balme: “Neil, not to be rude, but as a middling player and a shadowy administrator of unproven worth, how did you land The Big Dog of Australian letters to write your biography? To paraphrase John Harms in his introduction today, it’s as if Shakespeare has stooped to pen an obit of bag lady.’

  2. Colin Ritchie says

    ajc, I was there when Neil whacked Trevor Keogh! I think I will keep my mouth shut.

  3. “Anson, as a sometimes celebrated novelist & occasional newspaper humorist, why would you stoop to writing the biography of a B grade thug who should still be doing time for the brain damage wrought on half the Carlton team; and serial football Casanova/confidence man on his descent through Norwood, Melbourne and Geelong to the depths of Tigerland depravity?”
    Asking for a friend. Lucky I live in Perth.

  4. Sadly I can’t be there on the 19th, but I wonder if Neil remembers the day back in 1985 when he and Bruce Monteath enjoyed a reef fishing trip out of Port Douglas? Notwithstanding his footy reputation, he and Bruce were outstanding convivial companions not only on the fishing charter but for many hours in the pub afterwards.

  5. Keogh? He didn’t even make the top ten.
    PB he has a son who runs with the Comancheros in Perth. What’s your address?
    tjm. There’s a great story in the book about Monteath and Balme wanting to become part of showbiz. Raconteurs, etc. Ends in tears.

  6. DBalassone says

    I think it was Mal Brown who whacked Keogh, but you never know Balmey might have had a crack too at some stage.

    Looking forward to checking out the book – a very interest man & footy life.

  7. Correct DB, Mal Brown whacked Trevor Keogh in an end of the season clash back in 1972.

    In the 1973 Grand Final, Neil Balme played merry havoc with the Carlton backline, Geoff Southby, and Vin Waite included.

    With Ricky McLean, and Neil Balme, up on their forward line that Richmond team had some strong avenues to goal.



  8. Colin Ritchie says

    Jeez, my memory is becoming a worry!

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