Almanac Footy: Colac Youth Club Under 16 Premiers 1965 and 1966

Col Ritchie remembers a couple of footy premierships he played in with the Colac Youth Club Under 16s in 1965 and 1966, featuring some team photos of the lads who won.

Finals Week 1 – Port Adelaide v Geelong: BITS Saints march out while Port win in Fantasiastic fashion

Nick Kossatch went through the trials and tribulations of finals footy, witnessing his BITS Saints square off in a preliminary final while also revelling in Port Adelaide’s complete performance to open the AFL finals series.

Almanac Footy – Country Footy Ovals

During his travels through Western Australia, Paul Buxton came across Mullewa, in the midst of wildflower country, and a game of footy.

Round 11 – Port Adelaide v Fremantle: Power deliver top-class bookend quarters

From a BITS Saints shellacking to a Port Adelaide masterclass, Nick Kossatch witnessed both ends of the spectrum during his football weekend.

Almanac Roadtrips: Two great clubs in two great days

The splendour of country Victoria is often worth a visit; the towns of Bright and Myrtleford are no exception. For Haje Halabi they’re more than worthwhile – it’s a return to the roots, a place of friends, food and the footy clubs that shaped him.

Almanac Footy: Season 39

It all started Round 4, 1983! Old Dog takes a funny look at the start to his 39th season of adult footy. As well as a love of family and football.

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