Almanac Life: On the rebound

Mixed footy marriages are fraught with danger. Ged McMahon tells us about love won, love lost and love rebounded, but not without all the stages of grief transversed in between.

Round 8 – St Kilda v West Coast: Dingoes Footy Getaway

Yoshi had a many footy and friendsship experiences over the weekend – unfortunately a loss to the Saints and a mighty headache were among then.

Photo Essay – AFL Round 19: Richmond v Collingwood

A time-honoured rivalry, movers and shakers in footy and media, Richmond station beyond capacity. These are some of Jack Banister’s well-captured things…

Wests Juniors Australian Football Club (WJAFC) 90th Anniversary Keynote

Turning 50, Geoff Woolcock has pulled some thoughts together about the significance of local community and junior footy while reflecting upon his long and distinguished footy career.

Round 3 – St Kilda v Adelaide Crows: Fans, Entitlement and Expectation: Searching for some meaning in football life.

Yvette Wroby enjoys her grandson playing Auskick, and doesn’t enjoy her Saints playing the Crows. She also is struggling with entitlement, fandom and expectation. AND it’s only Round 3!

Don’t argue with Violet!

Read about Violet Dunn’s footy journey from going along to watch the boys, to playing the game herself and developing into a key forward for the Caulfield Bears. We are looking forward to seeing her run around in the AFLW one day!

The Auskick Files – Week 2

Craig Dodson thinks that his Auskick coaching skills could be easily transferable to the big leagues – watch out John Longmire.

Almanac Memoir: Cold mornings, clearing torps and the limitations of lankiness

Matthew Naqvi gives an account of his childhood footy experiences demonstrating that having meat on the bone is an under-rated footy attribute.

Round 2 – Hawthorn v Adelaide: And footy won the day

Paddy relates the joy of being an Auskicker and relives the dream of the big stage but this time as an umpire officiating an Auskick game during the half-time interval at the MCG.

AFLW – A Young Hopeful’s Perspective

Young Bonnie Norman loves playing AFL, and has found new heroes in the AFLW players, especially the Brisbane Lion’s women’s team.

The Auskick Files – Week 1

A new AFL season means another year of Auskick. Craig Dodson begins the Auskick journey with his son Jack.

AFL as a Diplomatic Tool?

On debut for the Almanac, the extremely well travelled Kevan Dacey, AKA Rusty Red Lion, suggests that Australian Rules football could be an excellent diplomatic tool. He makes some interesting points from his overseas experiences.

Milo Cricket: Is There Value Beyond The Kit?

Jeff Dowsing, father of two, questions the merit of Milo Cricket and other children’s sporting programs. Plastic stump bases as a fielding cradle? What happened to net practice??

Junior footy’s faux pa’s

Jeff Dowsing wonders where have all the fathers gone? The increasing role of women in footy is welcomed, but is it because men have vacated the role? (Raises important issues for our society, not just our sport – Ed.)

Since Adam was a boy…

With the excitement in Western Sydney palpable on Sunday, Kath Presdee reflects on her team’s transition from kids to Giants.

Playing the Game

For Dips O’Donnell, football is not just about winning – we must first go through footy’s depths of despair to really understand what the game is all about.

Redemption on the Big Stage

There was a boilover at Skoda Stadium on Sunday as a tenacious young team triumphed. As for that other game that took place either side of the main event, well, the less said about that the better, writes Auskick dad Steve Duffy.

It all starts here

It all starts at Auskick. Proud mum Kath Presdee was there with her son.

Girl Power at the G

Footy has come a long way since Cheryl Critchley was in grade six and girls were banned from a school footy clinic. On Sunday she stood on the MCG as coach of the girls’ Auskick team playing at half time in the Richmond-St.Kilda game.

One small step for footballkind: a morning at Brunswick Street Oval Auskick

Is there anything purer than a five year old’s fluked drop kick?