Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Brisbane: The Real Meaning of FitzRoy and the Princely Bulldogs of Ballarat

Shane Reid had all things royal and regal on his mind when he penned this report of the Doggies-Lions joust in Ballarat.

Almanac (SANFL) Footy: Lachie Jones Mark of the Year 2020

Lachie Jones made a huge impression in the Port Adelaide – Richmond game. He’s got some tricks. Check this out.

Round 3 – Essendon v St Kilda: Realising the importance of the balance in many fields

Yoshi tuned in, during the third quarter, to hear his Saints take on Essendon and was shocked to find the boys eight goals down! [Some insights into Covid in Japan too – Ed]

Winning in Wyche – Part 2: Combining to survive

Sean Mortell continues his series on footy in Wycheproof way back when. In Part 2 he explains the origins of The Combine and introduces some charcters who go on to make a name for themselves in Wyche and in footy.

Round 3 – North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Class of 1925

Neil Anderson loves his Bulldogs and they did not let him down with their Round 3 annihilation of North Melbourne.

Almanac Footy: ’21 Barracker – Barossa, Light and Gawler Football and Netball Assoc.

The Barossa, Light & Gawler Football & Netball Associations seasons start this weekend and the ’21 Barracker provides all the information you will need for match day.

Almanac Footy: Season 39

It all started Round 4, 1983! Old Dog takes a funny look at the start to his 39th season of adult footy. As well as a love of family and football.

Almanac Soccer: Barnsley FC update (and some Bombers as well!)

Rod Oaten updates the latest results from the games played by Barnsley FC over Easter.

Round 4 – Sydney v Essendon: Another of those heart stoppers!

Another cracker-jack game between the Swans and Bombers as a relieved Jan Courtin explains.

VAFA Premier B Section – Williamstown CYMS FC: The Ladder

Having climbed through the lower rungs of the VAFA, this Saturday the Williamstown CYMS Football Club will play its first ever match in Premier B Section. Smokie muses on the notion of climbing ladders.

Almanac Footy Comment: The brilliance of the Sydney Swans Academy is changing the AFL landscape

The Sydney Swans worked out what best suited their need to retain players – and acted. It’s up to other clubs to do what’s best for them argues Deakin student Chris Mangos.[Interesting – Ed]

Almanac Comedy: ‘Mo Goes to the Dogs’

Kevin Densley introduces an episode of the classic Australian radio comedy series, McCackie Mansion, from just after WW2, starring the legendary actor/comedian Mo. In this episode, Mo McCackie, his son, Young Harry, Uncle Horrible and Spencer the Garbageman go to the Harold Park dogs – KD describes it as “seven and a half minutes of hilarious, nostalgic joy”.

Round 4 – Sydney v Essendon: I have no nails left after yet another classic!

Another nail-biting classic between the Swans and Bombers as Sydney hang on for a three point win. Caspar McLeod reports.

Almanac Footy (and Life): A sense of perspective

Patrick O’Brien’s two favourite teams, Arsenal and St Kilda, endured horror Easter weekends on the field. He was distraught but two pieces of reading recalibrated his thoughts and challenged him to take a new perspective.

Balcony Banter: Footy is back at the ‘G’

The return of footy to the MCG has, for some, an almost spiritual dimension. Two such insights appeared recently on the MCG Members’ blog Balcony Banter.

Almanac Footy History: The Crapp Chronicles Part 8 – Assaulting a Crapp

Tim Guys returns with Part 8 of his series about Ivo Crapp whose umpiring in the 1904 Round 10 clash between Geelong and Carlton had courtroom consequences.

Round 4 – Sal’s Preview: The return of the spearhead and local footy

After a series of ‘bags’ last weekend, Sal thinks that ‘the age of the spearhead’ may have returned to the footy. He also casts his eye over the fields at Randwick.

Almanac Rugby League: Meeting Tommy Raudonikis after the 1981 Grand Final

Wayne Ball goes back to his childhood to recall his memory of ‘the people’s champion’, Tommy Raudonikis.

Almanac Rugby League: Iosia Soliola, a legend on and off the field!

‘Iosia Soliola is one of the most well-regarded rugby league players I have ever encountered personally or heard of. He was (and is) an absolute champion of a fellow with the Sydney Roosters, Newtown Jets, St Helens and the Canberra Raiders.’ Here’s why!

Book Release: ‘War Games’ by Ron Reed

The most recent book by veteran journalist Ron Reed is called ‘War Games’ which deals with his father’s wartime experiences in Japan, and the plan Ron had to honour those memories with one last trip to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games.