A Weekend in Sport

There was a lot to appreciate about the weekend’s multiple sports offerings. Ian Hauser provides his take on some of the amazing contests and looks for lessons from it all.

Almanac Teams: Rangas

Dan has come up a team of redheads, but can they play footy? Have your say!

Almanac Football: 1993 Revisited

Stainless takes a fascinating trip down memory lane as he recalls the 1993 AFL season. [With a nod to the Brettig-Collins-Gill podcast – Ed]

Round 1 – Essendon v Hawthorn: Boy, am I proud to be an Essendon supporter!

Col had a great day cheering his Bombers on to a fantastic win at the MCG in their “Comeback Story”.

Great players…Great nicknames

Peter Clark remembers some of the great nicknames of footballers past but wonders why nicknames for current footballers are not as forthcoming. Who can you add to the list?

In the skyline with the full backs

Continuing Carolyn Spooner’s excellent review of key position players, no team was complete without a solid full back.

“I have a dream…” – of the players parade at the AFL Grand Final

Stephen Alomes had a Grand Final week dream. Imagine if Goodesy was in the retiring players motorcade…

Dustin Fletcher: So Long, Farewell and Thanks for all the Fish.

There’s a lot of years for all of us since 1993. Steve Baker contemplates the career of Fletch and looks at what he has done in the years that have transpired. [Fine memoir – JTH]

‘Fletch’ – A Tribute

Sam Laffy is one of the most prolific contributors of the Almanac’s Bombers fans. In his latest contribution, Sam pays tribute to the one constant of his Essendon supporting life to date; Dustin Fletcher. 400 games, 2 premierships and a swag of individual honours, Sam would like to simply say “thanks.”

Round 23 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Week 3 of Collingwood’s 2016 Pre-Season

You can never accuse Cam Hooke of lacking in optimism. For the rest of the footy world, Collingwood taking on Essendon is a [very] dead-rubber, but to Cam this is the ‘Pies third hit out of their 2016 premiership campaign.

Essendon 2015 List Review – Part 1: Defenders

With James Hird’s departure from Essendon now official, Nick Weidmann analyses the 2015 Essendon backline. Who should stay? Who should go? What does Essendon’s defensive stocks offer their in-coming coach? Bomber fans; do you agree?

Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon: Using light and sound to illuminate the people.

Chris Daley went to the MCG on Saturday night and was impressed with the pre-match entertainment and a Tigers victory.

Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon: Bombers go down in tight contest at the G

Bombers go down in a tight contest at the G and as Bombers supporter Nick Weidmann writes they like previous weeks are unable to make the most of their opportunities.

Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon: The return of Derek Peardon

As Tigers supporter John Green explains Richmond have a tight win at Dreamtime at the G, as Richmond’s first Indigenous player Derek Pearson returns to the mainland after 40 years to celebrate this great occasion.

Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon: Dreamtime Nightmare

Dustin Fletcher doesn’t quite get his dream 400th as Caspar McLeod reports in on the third most important occasion of the footy calendar

Supporters The Lifeblood Of Footy Clubs

Build it and they will come. If they don’t come the foundations will crumble. A thoughtful piece by Wes on why football clubs need supporters more than supporters need football clubs.

Round 1 – Sydney Swans v Essendon: Not Good for the Blood Pressure

Prayers of the faithful – to St Skilts, St Kel and St Plugger. And they were listening. Keiran Croker tells the story of a miraculous SWans win.

Too Few are Flipping Father Time the Finger

A fantastic and thought-provoking piece from Jeff Dowsing: Why do we instantly write-off sportspeople when they hit the big 3-0? If you’re good enough, play on, argues Jeff.

AFL Round 6: Mind Your Language!

Another week with a myriad of discussion pointsbut the one to take my ear is the introduction of other language to footy vernacular. I was horrified to hear Damian Hawdwick refer Jack Riewoldt as a striker!

Going Scarlett with Rage

I can’t take it anymore. This has been bubbling inside me for a number of years. The tipping point almost came a few weeks back, and the breaking point has now been reached. I’ve heard one too many comments regarding one full back, and way too many of another. In differing ways On the first day [Read more]