Almanac (Local) Footy: The One Percenters

Old Dog gives thanks to volunteer Jacquie Langley – and to all the behind-the-scenes workers at local footy clubs

Almanac Country Footy: A Day Out At Gilbert Gordon Oval – Woodend-Hesket v Wallan

Allan Barden’s ground-hopping in the Victorian countryside continues as he reports on an amazing contest between the Wooden-Hesket Hawks and the Wallan Magpies.

Almanac Country Footy: The GOAT of Gippsland

The Gippsland region of Victoria has produced many fine footballers who played VFL/AFL football. Shane Reid has selected a team he considers the greatest of all time from Gippsland.

Almanac Country Footy: Calling all ruckmen

The ads you see in the Barossa classifieds. Any ruckmen out there?

Almanac Book Extract: Michael Fiddian’s novel ‘The End of the Game’

In this excerpt from Michael Fiddian’s novel ‘The End of the Game’, it’s the last training before the Grand Final, and something is going on…

Almanac Footy History: The Nullawil Maroons Part 3 – Shane Hogan and the drama of 1969

Hayden Kelly scholar Paddy Grindlay continues his excellent series researching the history of the Nullawil Football Club. Part 3 looks at Shane Hogan and the drama of 1969.

Almanac Footy: Around the grounds of the Ovens and Murray League

As a kid, Peter Clark was often dragged around to the big contests of the Ovens and Murray League. From memories of Murray Weideman to three quarter time speeches at Wodonga’s Martin Park, Peter brings back the highlights of a terrific competition in his own eyes.

Almanac Footy History: The Nullawil Maroons Part 2 – Breaking the drought

After a run of Grand Final losses Nullawil FC were determined to win the 1964 flag as Paddy Grindlay found out when he caught up with a couple of the old-timers.

Almanac Footy History: The Nullawil Maroons Part 1 – Mallee dominance

As the Hayden Kelly Scholar, Paddy Grindlay has been researching Nullawil and its footy club. This is the first in a series of articles which profile Nullawil and its success.

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.]