Almanac Bush Footy: The Yeppoon Swans – on the verge of history

While the AFL finals begin this weekend, a little club called Yeppoon up in central Queensland will try to win a record-breaking 89th straight game when they play for a sixth straight premiership.

Almanac (Country) Footy: Boyhood days watching Lemnos at Princess Park

In this extract from his book ‘Loose Men Everywhere’, John Harms remembers going to Princess Park in Shepparton in the early 1970s to watch Lemnos play.

A rags to riches story: Dromana re-writes NPNFL football history in 2018/19

Dromana are a current fairytale story in the NPNFL, having won a Division 2 and then a Division 1 flag in consecutive years. But the club wasn’t always so successful, as Roger Spaull recounts in a look back to the dreaded 1997 season where football records were smashed in all of the worst ways.

Off Season Odyssey – Part 14: Kicking Over Wheat Silos

Remember when we could all travel around?

One of the great troubadours of footy life, Matt Zurbo embarked on an epic tour some years ago. Here’s just one of the many highlights – from wheatbelt country close to the meeting point of three states and a lot of sunshine.

A memory of Swansea Swans/Bulldogs: Gone, but not forgotten

Every country footy club is someone’s footy club. The recently out of commission Swansea is Allan Barden’s. A story at once unique yet wholy familiar from the East Coast of Tasmania. [Exceptional – Ed.]

Footy Town

Footy Town: Stories of Australia’s Game is out now.

Read the blurb and Daff’s foreword to this collection of 48 local footy yarns.

Coronavirus Crisis: A challenge and opportunity for country clubs

Roger Spaull expresses his concerns for country footy clubs in this time of Covid-19. He also suggests there may be opportunities to be accessed as he outlines in his letter to The Weekly Times.

Almanac (Footy) Memoir: Statute of Limitations

Roger Lowrey has been sitting on a secret for a while. [Very entertaining debut piece! Ed]

The Merger: a new footy film by Damian Callinan

Just released in cinemas, The Merger tells the tale of country footy’s role in bringing together new and old Australians.

Round 19 – Richmond v Collingwood: Should have paid closer attention to the rat

A Tiger roaming far from home enjoys a day at the local that does not go to plan. But reality is so much better than the plan – except when it comes to the less happy side of country footy.

“Be Home Before Dark……” by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts the long football history of the Gayfer clan, and the fortunes of the Rutherglen footy club. Two stories which reflect the ebbs and flows of a country footy fortunes.

Almanac Teams: Murray Kangaroos

Glen! has been inspired by both the fertile lands along the mighty Murray and resident Almanac Teams doyen, Phil Dimitriadis, to put together a team of Kangaroos hailing from either side of the river.

Book Extract – “As the Twig is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 2: Woosang

Another great extract from Norman Weaver’s book on growing up in Northern Victoria during the inter- and post-War years, “As the Twig is Bent”. Part 2

Book Extract – “As the Twig is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 1: Footy and Nine Ounce Gloves

Brett Weaver has been kind enough to share this from his father’s recently released book, “As the Twig is Bent” on childhood and adolescence in post-war country Victoria. This is an absolute cracker, Almanackers – do yourself a favour

Otherwise Silence

A night out. Poetically.

Almanac Bush Footy: Footy at Lake Cargelligo – Part 2

This piece from David Ogilvy was first published in 2010 about a little footy club in the northern Riverina.

Almanac Local Footy: Mullewa v Railways

Peter Sweeney, in his first piece for the Almanac, tells the story of small-town WA footy in an even smaller world. [Welcome Peter – JTH]

John Foord Oval, Corowa

Inspired by Glen!’s reflection on the life of his mother, Peter Clark evocatively takes us to game day at Corowa

Quintessential country football photos

Photographer Peter Argent has captured some classic country footy moments here. [Which is your pick for quintessential country footy photo? – Ed]

Round 17- Richmond v Fremantle. And Red Hill v Pearsdale: Bad Kicking is Bad Football (usually).

The can bar can tell a lot about a club. Chris Daley spends an afternoon at the local footy before following the fortunes of his Tigers who are up against the Dockers at the MCG.