Almanac Footy: The Lions, The Cats, The Gabba and The Divine

John Harms will be talking about the Gabba on 612 4QR this afternoon. We reprise this piece from the Covid years…

The Gabba! Before it became yet another monolith to Mammon, it was a ground of immense character. In his 2020 preview of the Brisbane v Geelong Preliminary Final, John Harms explains the mystique of former days.

Almanac Grand Final – Collingwood v Brisbane: Smashed Guitars, Old Legs and Newborns

Jacob Lynch makes his Almanac debut with an account of the 2023 Grand Final between his Pies and the Lions. It was a big day.

Almanac Teams: Arrivals and Departures (Brisbane)

Second cab off the rank for Rodney Boyd’s footy-related teams in 2024 is Brisbane. What do you think of his sides based on players who arrived at or departed from the Bears/Lions over the past decades?

Almanac Footy – AFLW 2023 Grand Final: Lions roar!

The Brisbane Lions have stormed home to defeat the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the 2023 AFLW Grand Final. Here’s the story!

AFL Grand Final: Two old guys banish our demons

Sean Mortell is consumed by thought as he walks from the city to the MCG on Grand Final day. He describes the tense Grand Final and his response to it. This is a piece for those who love the game and the premiership quest, especially those of the black and white.

Balcony Banter – AFL Grand Final 2023: handling the heat!

The heat was on in more ways than one at the MCG for last Saturday’s 2023 Grand Final. Dave Campbell was a there and filed a review for ‘Balcony Banter’, the MCC Members blog.

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Damian Balassone has a chance meeting with a Collingwood angel.

Grand Final – Sal’s Preview: The End of the Marathon

Sal sorts out the Grand Final combatants and offers his insights into the weekend’s big races.

Almanac Footy – Finals Diary, Chapter 6: Mr Scorsese, for your consideration: Preliminary Final Match Report – Brisbane v Carlton

Shane Reid continues his entertaining coverage of the 2023 Finals series, from a Lions’ perspective, of course. Scorsese, De Niro, U2, Jason Donovan, Michael Voss…they’re all there, and more!

Almanac Footy – Finals Diary, Chapter 5: Five by Five

The Beatles had No. 9; Shane Reid has No. 5 – and he’s got it bad! Read Reid’s rationale about the importance of having a number on your footy jumper. (And his prediction for the Lions v Blues clash.)

Almanac Footy: Finals Diary – Chapter 3: The week off

With his team having the week off, Shane Reid remembers back to 2018 in Murano, Venice when he failed to recognise an international star of film and music, and she, thought he was an AFL star who played for Brisbane! [Cracking read Shane: Ed.]

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 23 Review/Round 24 Preview

The Pies came up short against their fellow top two aspirants, Brisbane. Cam Hooke looks at the fallout and what to expect from a final clash with old enemy Essendon before the finals.

Round 18 – Melbourne v Brisbane: Keystone Cops

Old Dog battled a laptop streaming like an old Keystone Cops movie to watch the Dees take on the Lions while playing Dad at the same time. It turned out to be quite a night!

Almanac (Australian and rugby league) Footy – “You call this ‘finals fever’?”: An NRL + AFL Travelogue

Joe Sexton displayed his footy catholicism by taking in both NRL and AFL finals in Melbourne. As a Carlton supporter he was emotionally uninvested in either match, standing back to make a whimsical evaluation of what transpired around him.

Finals Week 3 Preview – It’s the people’s round

Sal sorts out his tips for Week 3 of the AFL finals series and checks out the chances on the track in both Melbourne and Sydney.

Finals Week 1 – Brisbane v Richmond: Lessons from Ford Park

Tigers fan John Green laments what could have been while taking solace from some junior footy finals.

Almanac Finals Predictions: The Muse is musing on the form

The Muse has turned the footy teams into nags and assesses their form.

Balcony Banter: Thursday Special

Lynda Carroll gave her evaluation of the recent Melbourne v Brisbane clash for ‘Balcony Banter’, the blog for MCC Members. The number 64 loomed large.

Round 6 – Gold Coast v Brisbane: Ich bin Ein Q-Clash

One swallow doth not a summer make, nor does one trip to the Gabba usually make a Queenslander, but Shane Reid’s recent family escapades in the Sunshine State had the maroon coursing through his veins for the Q-Clash [I prefer ‘Pineapple Grapple’ on the topic of making names happen – Ed.]

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 5 Review, Round 6 Preview

It was close, but the Pies were let down at both ends of the ground according to Cam Hooke – he reviews the loss in Brisbane and previews the big clash with Essendon.