The birth of Australian footy in Scotland, 16 years on

Did you know that Aussie Rules is played in Scotland? If not, Richard Prentice provides an interesting background to the development of the game there.

Finals Week 1 – Monaros v Footscray: Where has this performance been hiding?

Earl O’Neill put his characteristic touches on this report from the Giants impressive win over the Bulldogs in their elimination final.

Finals Week 1 – Brisbane v Richmond: Gabba Gabba Hey

John Green’s last encounter with a final featuring the Tigers at the Gabba was one for the history books – just not Yellow and Black history books. 18 years on, the pendulum has swung firmly in the other direction – with Tiger fans smiling (and players too!)

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: My new umbrella

Despite the weather initially gloomy and the traffic bothersome, Damian Balassone was glad to reach the MCG and see his Pies conquer the Cats for a spot in the preliminary final.

The Ashes 2019 – Fourth Test, Day 4: A Question of Balance: On Bradman and Smith.

Historian and writer Bernard Whimpress can only take so much Steve Smith. He explains why.

The Ashes 2019 – Fourth Test: The Old Trafford Blog

The Footy Almanac Fourth Test The Old Trafford Blog is here! Got something to say? Can the Aussies win or will the Poms be pumped after their unlikely Third Test victory? Why not rid yourself of those cricketing frustrations, present an opinion, or comment, or join in the discussions on the blog.

Almanac Local Footy – Community football: Nothing better

Anne Cahill Lambert fulfilled her duties as an aunt on a cold Canberra day, trekking down to Phillip Oval to watch her niece compete for an improbable Grand Final berth.

Stories from the other side of the table: Book review by Les Everett

Les Everett’s good mate Gordon Lee is a top table tennis player, ranked number 1 in Australia in the over 80s age group. Les discusses fascinating aspects of Gordon’s eventful life incorporated in his book “My Serve”.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: A good start (Floreat Pica Society)

“There’s something about games against Geelong which stir the emotions of the Collingwood supporter.” Guy Fazzino makes his writing debut for the Floreat Pica Society in a final.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: Pies umbrella or Geelong wife?

The qualifying final was supposed to be a family affair. But Magpie Andrew Fithall mucked up his MCC booking (so he says) so he had to sit on his own rather than with the Geelong-supporting part of his crew..

Martin Flanagan’s speech to the Grassroots Sports Club in Hobart, Spring 2019.

Martin Flanagan is one the country’s leading writers on Australian football. This is a timely speech about footy in Tassie which Martin gave in Hobart last weekend for the Grassroots Sports Club to raise money to buy sports equipment for disadvantaged kids.

The Ashes 2019 – Fourth Test Days 1 & 2: Steve and his little mate Marnus

Steve Smith leads the way for Australia as they take command on the first two days of the Fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester as Sean Mortell reports.

Finals Week 1 – West Coast Eagles v Essendon: September Viewing.

Not a good night for the Bombers as they bow out of the Finals in Week 1 against a dominant West Coast Eagles reports Caspar McLeod.

Bruce Hatcher, Ross Oakley and Arthur Moynihan

Rugby League non-aficionado Roger Lowrey is full of pith as he buys into the expansion/merge/move debate going on within the NRL. He offers some astute advice based on AFL experiences.

Henry and the Jets: Overtime and out of time

After a four match winning streak just to get there, Henry Ballard’s Heathmont Jets played their elimination final last Sunday. Here’s how they went.

Almanac Life – On the road again: 50 years on the Newell Highway

It’s 50 years since Ian Hauser’s first road trip. Just back home in Noosaville after a recent jaunt to Melbourne, Ian shares his experiences and insights into travelling the Newell and New England Highways – and throws in a few tips as well.

Balcony Banter – Musings from the (Lord’s) Pavilion

Clare Cannon, MCC Committee member, was a guest in the Committee Room at Lord’s during the Second Test in mid-August. She wrote about her experience for the MCC blog, Balcony Banter.

Finals Week 1 – Sal’s Preview: Spring is in the Air!

Sal’s team didn’t make the cut for the Finals, so he’s a little less than enthused. Nevertheless, he runs his eye over the Week 1 clashes to come up with his predicted winners.

Support the Almanac on Almanac Five Day: $5 on the fifth.

Happy Almanac Five Day (for Sep 5). It would help enormously if you made a $5 contribution towards ensuring the Almanac is sustained.

“Best Kick I Ever Saw…….” by KB Hill

What would the week be without a KB Hill tale of a local sporting identity from up Wangaratta way? Today his focus is on Ray Thompson, the man with ‘hands the size of meat plates’ who knocked back offers from no less than five Melbourne clubs. Classic KB!