2009 Round 4 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Magic Medhurst beats flood by surfing it

Both Haiku Bob and the Almanac have traveled far since HB wrote his first match report, in Round 4 2009. It turned out to be good weather for trout farming. And Pies.

At Easter-time Stawell Giveth and Stawell Taketh Away

We re-visit this classic Almanac yarn each Easter (for good reason):

Dips O’Donnell tells the story of his crack at Stawell and what the event and the weekend mean to the O’Donnell family.

Yarra Man: Rugby league origin games go all right

By Tavis Perrry As an avid sports lover, I really enjoyed watching the rugby league state-of-origin clash between NSW and Queensland, in particular the maroons’ star-studded and highly formidable defensive end. With AFL being my footy code of choice, I couldn’t help but compare the differences that I see between the AFL and NRL. The [Read more]

Jones files: High times on the back of a truck

By Richard Jones WHILE broadcasting sports events in Papua New Guinea was never dull, radio work hasn’t been without its moments here in central Victoria. How many metropolitan radio hacks would hoist themselves into the back of ute parked against a country footy ground’s fence? Not to mention a dairy cattle livestock truck positioned adjacent [Read more]

Weekend Memoir: Round the grounds

by John Harms   During the past week the scheduling of AFL matches has been a topic of discussion. Monday night’s match between Collingwood and St Kilda, despite being an ordinary game, seems to have been a reasonably successful experiment. However many feel that football has hijacked yet another day of the week.   Spreading [Read more]

Round 5 – The Middle Distance

by Haiku Bob       round 5 – the middle distance       Anzac Day defeat staring into the middle distance         cold snap the empty space where our ruckman used to be         swirling breeze Pendlebury splits the pack with a fake         [Read more]

Seventh heaven, my bootlace. Writing match reports is a terrible business

By Andrew Stafford A few days after the Brisbane v Collingwood clash at the Gabba, I received an email from a fellow Pies tragic. “You must have been in seventh heaven!” she gushed. Several other friends, not all of them Magpie fans, made similar comments. My job is a source of some envy. I am [Read more]

Andrew Gigacz’s Round 4 Stat. Declaration

St Kilda dominated the stupid stats in this round. In a tribute to 100-gamer Sam Fisher, the Saints went postal. Their goal sequence across the four quarters was 5, 3, 4, 5. And of course we all know that 5345 is the postcode of Fisher in South Australia. Not only that, Fisher just happens to [Read more]

Bulldogs Hold the Aces by John Green

The mind games started the day before this clash at the Docklands. Opposing coaches, Terry Wallace and Rodney Eade, were once teammates at Hawthorn. Having since become career coaches, they had engaged each other in a battle of wits at various times in recent years. First it was Wallace with the Western Bulldogs and Eade [Read more]