Finals Week 2 – Sal’s Preview: When footy comes second

Sal Ciardulli previews Week 2 of the Finals series, and he has some tips for racing punters for Flemington on Saturday..

FEARLESS 2019 – Finals Week 1: Ten teams do the Mad Monday shuffle

Fearless presents his thoughts about the results of the Week 1 Finals matches.

Almanac Flashback – AFL Semi-Finals 2009: Lions look lost away from Gabba

Week 2 of the AFL Finals series ten years ago saw the Brisbane Lions easily lose their Semi Final against the Bulldogs as Steve Healy reported then. How will the Lions go in 2019?

This exquisite, unrepeatable moment

Mickey Randall took the boys to the footy and came home having experienced one of life’s beautiful moments.

Henry and the Jets: Déjà Jets

The Heathmont Jets’ Colts and Reserves grades played their Preliminary Finals last weekend. Henry Ballard has kept his promise to them to write their games up for the Almanac. Here’s his report.

In What Colours Do You See The World?

Deakin journalism student Shannon Cole and her family came to Australia from South Africa almost 20 years ago. Sooner or later they had to choose which footy teams to follow. Here’s how it worked out.

SANFL Grand Final 1977 – Centenary Premiership Port

Both Port Adelaide and Glenelg were sick of losing Grand Finals by the time 1977 came around. John Cahill started an enormous run of success at Alberton, with Big Nick the first rung on a very big ladder. Swish was there and he kept the Budget.

The Life of a Swimming Teacher: My Experience Throughout my First Year of Teaching

Shannon Cole shares her experiences of becoming a swimming teacher, developing relationships with her students, and the pleasure she receives in fulfilling her role.

Finals Week 1 – Haiku Bob: skip to the end

Haiku Bob experienced his Magpies’ win over Geelong but it was an evening not without its fraught moments.

“These shall not be forgotten years”: Richmond: 1981 – 2016. 7. The Frawley Years

Sam Steele pays tribute to Danny Frawley’s time as Richmond coach.

“Coming clean…” by Simone Kerwin

Simone Kerwin is a guest writer on KB Hill’s website ‘On Reflection’. Just like KB himself, she tells a good yarn, this one about a long repressed but niggling dark deed from ages ago.

Balcony Banter, Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: A test of family unity

How did the Fithall family negotiate their divided loyalties on Friday night? Read Andrew’s Balcony Banter piece to find out.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1 and NRLW Round 1: Let’s get down to business

The NRL Finals get underway this weekend while the NRLW begins its condensed season. Ian Hauser runs his eye over the form and picks his winners.

The 2019 ‘Spud’ Frawley Cup – Semi Finals

Earl O’Neill, from his incomparable perspective, presents his thoughts surrounding Week 2 of the finals.

Almanac Book Review – ‘Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland’ by Joe Gorman.

In his new book release, Joe Gorman gives an interesting take on understanding the Queensland psyche through a study of rugby league. Our reviewer, Ian Hauser, thinks he may well have a point.

The Ashes 1989 – Sixth Test scrapbook

The Ashes tour of 1989 featured six Test matches. Australia was ahead 4-0 going into the Sixth Test at The Oval. Here is David Wilson’s final scrapbook of that famous 1989 Tour; articles collected as a 14-year-old.

Too Old For That Yeah! podcast with Sue O’Brien and Karyn Howie is coming

Sue O’Brien and Karyn Howie have got energy to burn. Here’s the trailer for their new podcast Too Old For That Yeah! Looking forward to their first, coming soon.

Almanac Baseball: U18 World Cup

Brian the Ruminator reports on the WBSC U18 World Cup recently completed in Korea where Taiwan defeated USA for gold. Australia performed creditably on the baseball diamond to be pipped for third place in a playoff.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 4-10 September 2019

What did David Wilson’s overhear during his travels last week, something naughty, something nice or just plain old everyday run of the mill stuff? Find out at #hourlydaily.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Sep 13: Matt Rendell

Former Fitzroy ruckman and skipper Matt Rendell will be the special guest at the Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch on Sep 13 at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. All welcome.