Meeting Geoff Blethyn

Sometimes writing takes you to surprising places, and so does a T/shirt! Vin Maskell explains why.

Almanac Art: Dreamtime for a Canadian

Artist Kendra Heil has had an opportunity to further her understanding of indigenous culture, which has inspired two fine pieces. She explains how it all came about.

Round 9 – Essendon v Geelong: Oh, The Dons

‘The Dons have been so disappointing this season that it was ”touch and go” as to whether I could stand another humiliating afternoon at The G.’ But wasn’t Rod Oaten sure glad he did head along to see Essendon run over the Cats on Saturday.

Round 8 – Carlton v Essendon: Drought Breaker

‘The palpable mix of joy and relief on the faces of the Blues’ players in the moments after the final siren, reassured Carlton fans that the players do care.’ Peter Fuller’s Blues are finally on the board for 2018.

Almanac Book Review – Bomber the Whole Story: Hardworking and Rewards with Honesty

Yoshi gives an excellent overview and summary of Mark Thompson’s autobiography Bomber: the whole story. And he thanks Francis Leach who gave Yoshi the book at the Sports Writers’ Festival. Yosho had travelled from Japan to Melbourne especially for the event.

ANZAC Day: Game or Meatloaf?

Dave H faces a dilemma about ANZAC Day football; do we gather to watch the game, or to become part of a spectacle?

Almanac Footy: A Life Before Foxtel and Friends

“The world was a simpler place and enjoyment didn’t have to cost money. I could spend hours amusing myself with footy.”

Round 1 – Hits and Misses

Tom Riordan has been to the last seven games of footy at the MCG, including all three during round one. He picks out some talking points from the weekend’s entertaining set of matches.

The People you see at the Playground, Identified by their AFL team

Andrew Else writes how a groups behaviour at the park can be dictated by their football team of choice.

Round 16 – Essendon v St Kilda: Bitter win and strategy required

Yoshi is frustrated by the Japanese rainy season and the lack of energy in his St Kilda Saints in their narrow win over Essendon.

Round 9 – St Kilda v Essendon: Friendships and Friendliness

The Saints storm home over the Bombers on a day that was – for better or worse, good times and bad – about friendship for Yoshi.

Round 6 – Carlton vs Essendon: Seeing ex-Saint captain

St Kilda fan Yoshi with some thoughts on his team’s former star, now Essendon captain, Brendon Goddard.

Round 6 – Carlton v Essendon: Who stinks less

We might be s#@t but we are a better class of s^%t than Essendon

Round 3 – Port Adelaide v Essendon: Wise words from a Port legend

Port great John Cahill’s perspective reminds all of the value of four premiership points

NAB Challenge – Carlton vs Essendon: B Jet

Yoshi takes some time out at work to give his view on the Bombers win over the Blues and the efforts of ex Saint Brendon Goddard.

Essendon Saga: Statement from AFL Fans’ Association

AFLFA feels for Essendon fans.

Round 17 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: Much a-boo about nothing

Chris Michaels hails Paddy Ryder’s character and effort as he fronted up against his former club on Saturday night. And as the footy gods would have it, Revis’ boy gets the last laugh.