Balcony Banter – Preliminary Final preview: Memories of finals past

As an MCC member of long standing, Bill Hodges has seen many finals at the MCG. The thought of another Richmaond v Collingwood Grand Final has him reflecting.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 11-17 September 2019

David Wilson delivers another edition of #hourlydaily before taking a well-earned break. May we all get our Appreciation speech someday.

The Modelling Industry: How Women’s Lives are Endangered

We encourage Deakin Uni journalism students to publish here at the Footy Almanac. In recent times Shannon Cole wrote about her role as a swimming coach. Here she tackles the subject of modelling.

Finals Week 2 – Brisbane v GWS: Extraordinary footy I had never seen

Our Japanese correspondent and friend Yoshi experienced an up and down weekend following the AFL Asia Championships, as the Brisbane v GWS final gave him entertainment as well as some cause for concern about the contest’s unnecessary violence.

SANFL – West Adelaide FC: Great players and the mid-season draft effects

West Adelaide FC Life Member and Past President Lee Harradine reminisces upon some of the great players who have played for the Bloods and gone on to play AFL football. He also comments upon the effects of the mid-season draft for his club.

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v West Coast: Blind-sided

When Damien came to Tassie to interview Old Dog for The New York Times, he was given a pair of boots and a training jumper so he could have a kick. Old Dog and Damo (as he became) stayed in contact with each other and got together via the phone to watch Geelong play the Eagles. Old Dog conveys Damo’s observations while making a few of his own.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – Finals Week 1 and Week 3

Not long to go in 2019! Cam Hooke looks back at the Pies’ triumphant Qualifying Final and ahead to the Preliminary Final against GWS.

Alan Stringer: Glenelg premiership player

Rulebook chats with ex Glenelg player Alan Stringer about his struggles dealing with depression.

Luke Hodge

Luke Hodge has played his last AFL game. Take a look at Kate Birrell’s portrait of the champion, and read Tim Boyle’s piece which features as one of the introductory essays of The Footy Almanac 2013.

Two imposters

John Gordon recalls the noted Kipling poem “If” in this tale of sporting woe, joy and where they fit into the bigger picture in the wake of West Coast’s exit from 2019.

The Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test: The Australian performance we expected, but barely got

With the 5th and final Test in the books, Sean Mortell gives us his overview of the last chapter of an interesting Ashes.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1 and NRLW Round 1 Review

He may not have picked too many winners, but rugby league aficionado Ian Hauser sure appreciated what he saw in the first weekend of NRL finals and Round 1 of the NRLW. Here’s his report.

WAFL – South get there at last

Finals are in full swing in the west – Les Everett tells us about South Fremantle’s mighty victory to setup a berth in the WAFL GF.

A forty-two year wait for Tate

As the Ashes wind up again, Gigs has been reminded of an unfinished childhood quest involving breakfast cereal, collectables and sporting history in need of a fact check.

A Phoenix from the Ashes: A Review of The Merge

William Westerman previews “The Merge”, a film detailing the the story and history behind the merger of the Fitzroy FC and the Brisbane Bears in 1996.

VFL Preliminary Final – Port Melbourne v Richmond: How long can you harbour a grudge?

Murray Walding wonders how long you can hold a footy grudge as he explains why he received some satisfaction from Port Melbourne’s defeat at the hands of Richmond in the VFL Finals.

The Footy Almanac Tipping Comp 2019: And the winners are…

Here are the results of The Footy Almanac Tipping Comp 2019. Congrats to all the winners.

Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test Day 1: Deuce; a topsy-turvy day of Test cricket

Seam Mortell sums up Australia’s day in the field on Day 1 of the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval. Some fine bowling from Mitch Marsh, but some easy chances put down lets the Poms off the hook.

The Ashes 2019 – The Oval blog

The Ashes are safe, but there’s much to play for. The Oval beckons. Tell us what you think folks.

The Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test: Oval-teamie, The Oval Australian Test XI

Dave Brown has selected an Australian Test X1 based upon their performances playing at The Oval.