Search Results for: Tom Wills

Tom Wills and the 1868 Tour of England

Settle in. Grab a cuppa. Sean Gorman produced this wonderful chapter for the book “Australia: A Cricket Country,” edited by Christian Ryan. On Tom Wills and the incredible 1868 cricket tour of England. [Magnificent – Ed].

May 2 Anniversary: The Life and Impact of Tom Wills

Greg de Moore wrote a celebrated biography of the remarkable Australian character Tom Wills. Here Greg gives an overview of the life and impact of one of the most intriguing Australians.

An Open Letter to Tom Wills

Marius Cuming has written an open letter to Tom Wills.

New Tom Wills doco

Have a look at the trailer for the new Tom Wills video documentary. [Worth a look – Ed]

Notes on Tom Wills Paintings

By Richard Webber *The Predestination of Tom Wills (Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 60 inch) *Tom Wills Death Scene (Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 60 inch) Thomas Wentworth (Tom) Wills has been popularized as the iconic (heroic?) personality behind the inception of Australian Rules Football. The AFL ‘Tom Wills’ Round, an MCG statue, Geoffrey Blainey’s [Read more]

Book Review: Tom Wills

Title: Tom Wills: His Spectacular Rise and Tragic Fall Author: Greg de Moore Publisher:  Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2008 $32.95 (pb) At the Adelaide Writers’ Week in 2006, an event internationally famous as part of Australia’s oldest Festival of Arts, I attended a literary dinner with around a dozen people of mixed sexes. The Modern [Read more]

Almanac Cricket: 2016 Mullagh-Wills Oration

John Holmes was one of the guests at the recent Mullagh-Wills Oration at the MCG. He reflects on what was an excellent event.

VAFA – B Section: Stocktake hotcake or draft your Wills

King George! III gives his mid-season assessment of the Roys as they make their way up the Section B ladder.

Wool Team: Nominations from Victoria (includes classic Tom Hawkins farm video)

The noms for the Victorian Wool Team are out. See who they are, and add your suggestions. Now how do we pick the team?
Does inventing the game (with a little help from his friends) make you a certainty (and skipper?) – Tom Wills
Does being Secretary of the National Wool Committee who coordinated the sale of wool to England during WWII get you a guernsey?
Does being able to class 4500 ewes in a day get you in?
Does winning the first Brownlow get you in?

The bottom of the record

This is a tribute to all the players who have played a senior VFL/AFL game wearing a guernsey number of 50 and above.  The players whose names appear just above the omnipresent Mr “Rushed” at the foot of the player list in the Record, and who have used (in some cases temporarily) a locker that [Read more]

At the bottom of the Record

This 10-part series is a tribute to all the players who have played a senior VFL/AFL game wearing a guernsey number of 50 and above.  The players whose names appear just above the omnipresent Mr “Rushed” at the foot of the player list in the Record, and who have used (in some cases temporarily) a [Read more]

Stereo Story: Phil Dimitriadis on drinking, demons and the song Soma Mou

Last week Phil Dimitridis wrote bravely about the demons of drink, the legacy of Tom Wills, and the importance of the band Weddings Parties Anything.

Here, in this Stereo Story, he once again opens up, this time focusing on a song called Soma Mou, by Notis Sfakianakis.

Almanac Football History: Aren’t we lucky we are not playing soccer?

Here’s an interesting tidbit by Roy Hay from the early decades of Australian Football in one of its original heartlands – Geelong. Could the 2020 AFL grand finalists have been less the Cats we know today and more like the Sunderland Blackcats?

Almanac Footy History: ‘Albert “Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds’

Roy Hay has released a new book. ‘Albert ”Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds’ is Roy’s follow up to his highly successful ‘Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere’, where he first introduced readers to Pompey Austin. Roy has provided readers with an introduction to his new book.

Almanac (Footy) History: Geelong FC’s Original Home Venue – the Argyle Ground

Kevin Densley tells the story of the earliest playing venue of the Geelong Football Club, the Argyle Ground.

Almanac Book Review: Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere  by Roy Hay

Roy Hay has written a wonderful new book examining the history of indigenous involvement in the development of the game as we know it today. Here is Col Ritchie’s review of the book. [The book is available at a reduced price for the month of July – Ed]

Ultimate Wool Teams: Vic, Riverina, WA and SA

In this week’s Footy Record a (provisional) National Wool Team will be announced. It’s picked from these four regional squads.

“More of the Kangaroo” – An excerpt: Darling Downs, pacesetters of the 19th century

An excerpt from “More of the Kangaroo” relating to some of the history of footy in the Darling Downs region.

Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

This piece was first published in April 2018. We re-visit it here…

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

Almanac Review: Time and Space, and Footballistics

Ken Haley has read these two books very closely as this very entertaining and instructive review suggests.