Almanac (Military) Life: Expect to be shocked

Greg Andrew served in the Australian Army for four years, straight from school. He offers his personal insight into how military life impacted his sense of identity as a young man, in particular in the years after he was discharged and how he and his loving wife worked through his lack of identity. He explains why he thinks he was one of the lucky ones.

VAFA – Fitzroy v Ajax: ANZAC Day at Brunswick Street Oval, then, and now.

John Harms spent ANZAC Day 2012 at the Brunswick Street Oval helping with Auskick, having lunch and then watching an exciting match between the Roys and the visiting Ajax side. [Reprised]

Almanac Athletics: Track Scars

Our own Jake ‘Cobba’ Stevens was fast enough to compete at the 2021 Australian Track & Field Championships in Sydney. In the semi-finals of the 800m event, Cobba got to experience the full range of emotions that competitive racing can bring for aspiring Olympians.

Almanac (Footy) Meditation: My Left Foot

Each year, The Footy Almanac includes a piece by a footy-loving muso. This piece by Paul Kelly was penned for the first-ever Footy Almanac in 2007.

Round 5 – Carlton v Port Adelaide: Carltony

After a poor performance from the Carlton club as a whole last Saturday, John Butler is as disappointed as any Blubagger. But he isn’t buying into the subsequent pile-on.

Round 6 – Sal’s Preview: Singing the Blues

Last week Collingwood, this week Carlton. Sal previews Round 6, and offers his thoughts on the Blues.

The 19th Man

Biased? One-eyed? No-one was ever as blatantly unfair as Forbsey, the reserves umpire whose performances bordered on downright cheating

Almanac (Pure) Art: Badly Drawn Rugby League’s ‘Nev Hornery (with Brian Davies)’

John Harms recently discovered the artist known as Badly Drawn Rugby League, and requested he draw him an old favourite.

Almanac Poetry: Annabelle – Tommy Mallet

Tommy Mallet, with a poem about Annabelle. And Tibbie. (Contains adult content – Ed)

Almanac Book Extract: ‘War Games’ by Ron Reed – Oh Brother, Jezza’s Joy

To whet your (reading) appetite further, we present a second except from Ron Reed’s forthcoming book, ‘War Games’. Ron will be guest at the Odd Friday/Footy Almanac Lunch on April 23 at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 5 review, Round 6 preview

Cam Hooke gives the Collingwood Life review of the loss to West Coast. He then looks toward the big Anzac Day clash with Essendon.

Round 5 – Brisbane v Essendon: A soggy family debut

Daring to mix footy with a family holiday, Andrew Else then had to contend with the rain. ‘Real rain. Not Melbourne drizzle. Queensland rain.’

Round 5 – Sydney v Greater Western Sydney: Sport. Sport. Sport.

Jan Courtin is back the SCG for the first time since June 2019 to see her beloved Swans in action on their home ground. While Sydney didn’t get the win, another of her favourites, the Queensland Bulls, triumphed in the Sheffield Shield final.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 7: Welcome back Harry and Turbo

Ian Hauser comments on Round 6 and then has a look at the games of Round 7.

Almanac (Local) Footy: Ainslie Women’s Division 2 – Round 1

The Div 2 Ainslie footy side is on the improve.

Almanac Soccer: A Super League For Football

Braham Dabscheck tried to make sense of the Super League of Football yesterday when he wrote this piece. Then things changed overnight. Read his initial thoughts, and add your own.

Seve – Part 6: The Ryder Cup

Seve at The Ryder Cup, as told by Deakin University student Connor Schmidtke in the sixth of his eight-part series on one of the most-loved golfers of all time.

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 13, 1952: Geelong v Melbourne – Geelong in full flight

Peter Clark continues his series on Geelong’s unbeaten run in 1952-53. Today it’s the Round 13 clash against the Demons at Kardinia Park, with profiles of debutant Harry Herbert and Melbourne’s Stuart Spencer.

Almanac Golf: An average golfer visits Barnbougle Dunes

Craig Dodson is an occasional golfer (after all, he and Mrs D have got young kids) but he dusted off the clubs and took his 18 handicap with him to Barnbougle in Tassie. He was impressed.

Almanac Poetry: Melbourne’s Not Yinnar

Reprising a poem that we featured on the Almanac site way back in 2011.