Round 5, 2017 – Essendon v Collingwood: The meaning of ANZAC Day (Floreat Pica Society)

An Anzac Day article in two parts: the first, an engaging and challenging discussion of the meaning of Anzac Day; the second, a description, from a Pies perspective, of the Essendon-Collingwood match from 2017.

Creeping Anzacism

Bernard Whimpress’s book on Australian cricket captain Joe Darling has just been released. It’s timely to return to an essay written by Bernard which offers his thoughts on the influence of the ANZAC phenomenon. [This paper was first published here in 2012 – Ed]

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Jonah Fisher: Anzac Day 2019

Collingwood and Essendon played out an infamous blockbuster on Anzac Day 2019. Parade College Grade 9 student Jonah Fisher recounts his day spent at the MCG watching his Bombers give their all.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 6 review; Round 7 preview

Cam Hooke could do without some of the stress, but he will always take the four points. He analyses the Anzac Day thriller, and looks ahead to the big clash with Port.

SANFL Round 5 – Norwood stay on top of the tree

Rulebook’s take on the Redlegs’ hard-fought win over the Roosters to keep them on top of the ladder.

Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood: Joy in the Ponsford Stand

Joy in the Ponsford Stand after a gripping game of high-pressure footy. Luke Reynolds and clan were there.

Almanac archives: Professor Rob Pascoe’s speech, ‘The Anzac legend and Australian football’, to the Almanackery at the All Nations Hotel in Richmond

Back in 2009, Professor Robert Pascoe addressed an Almanac crowd on differing views of the Anzac tradition, as seen through the contrasting attitudes of two VFL clubs of the time.

SANFL Round 4 – Sturt v Port Adelaide: Powell-Pepper crashes the grand final replay

Peter Sweeney witnesses the controversy first hand as Sam Powell-Pepper takes to the field in the traditional Anzac Day SANFL Grand Final rematch

Round 5 – Collingwood v Essendon: A Day To Be Thankful

Luke Reynolds is thankful on ANZAC Day. Thankful for the servicemen and women, for freedom, for being able to share in 7-year-old Josh’s first ANZAC Day game experience and thankful for a Collingwood win.

Richard Flanagan: ‘Our politics is a dreadful black comedy’ – National Press Club speech in The Guardian

Australian author Richard Flanagan addressed the National Press Club as part of the Canberra Writers Festival.

ANZAC Day AFL Brings Mateship to Vietnam

Zoe Osborne is a journalist and photographer based in Vietnam. Her first Almanac article explains how the annual ANZAC Day AFL match in Vung Tau is inspiring true-blue mateship between Australia and Vietnam.

The match is held in acknowledgement not only of Australian troops but also of the Vietnamese, and a close community of cross-cultured AFL lovers is growing around it, bound together by footy, beers and Aussie meat pies.

AFLM Round 5 – St Kilda v Geelong: In..In..In..Win for the Girls…In..In..In..Out for the Boys

Yvette Wroby sees the St Kilda Academy girls win their Anzac Day game, and wishes Tweety Birds (Saints boys) weren’t eaten by the Puddy Cats in the double header.

Round 6 Preview – The footy is singing but we don’t

Sal’s back with a preview of Round 6 of the AFL. Should AFL recruiters start testing singing ability?

Round 5 – Essendon v Collingwood: Father-son bonding day at the `G (Number 24)

For the 24th Rod Oaten and son saw Essendon play Collingwood. The Dons, says Rod, were easily the better side.

Bob Lawless – ANZAC Day Tribute

Martin Croker has put together a powerful tribute to his Great Uncle Robert Leslie Lawless, a Lance Corporal who was killed in France on 22 April 2017.

Round 5 – Collingwood v Essendon: A hiding to nothing

J Dowsing spots similarities in the approaches of Mason Cox, the Collingwood mid-field and a young fella on the South Morang line train. The old KISS method.

Round 5 – Collingwood v Essendon: Anzac Day 2016

Mark O’Connell for the Floreat Pica Society was up early for the Dawn Service. “And 12 hours and 10 minutes after my alarm went off the game starts and there are only two words on everybody’s lips – BIG COX.”

Anzac Day 1966

Warwick Nolan recalls ANZAC Day 1966, when a 10 year old journeys to the MCG to watch his Saints do battle with Melbourne

The Mighty Quinn: footballer, soldier, man

In the week of ANZAC Day, Michael Sexton here explores the life and times of South Australian Bob Quinn; soldier, footballer, man of action, man of courage.

VAFA Premier B – Round 2, Fitzroy v Old Haileybury: Snagged

D Wilson and Buds take in snags, on-field chaos and artistry, as Fitzroy go down in the last. [Includes a link to book your spot for the Fitzroy FC ANZAC Day lunch. By C.O.B. Wednesday – Ed].