Almanac poetry: The sweet spot

Vin M remembers his mum and aunty while having a kick with his cousin.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: In My Blood

Football and family go hand in hand as Saskia Schaap shows in this fine poem about her own family. But football is not the most important thing that runs in her family, as you will find out.

Grand Final Reflection: Finally, it’s Tiger time!

Cheryl Critchley is still pinching herself after her team broke its 37-year premiership drought. [Very happy for you CC – JTH]

Bound

Bound by Blue. Although Anna Pavlou is a massive Cats fan, other parts of her family have navy blood running through their veins, and Carlton will always be home to them. This has had an impact on Anna too.

Life as a veteran local footballer

The end cometh. But what material it provides to the capable scribe. We welcome Luke Holmesby to the Almanac community with a wonderful debut piece. [Great to have you with us Luke – JTH]

Preliminary Final 2016 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: Me, Three Men and Almost a Baby

This story never fades. The story of the Doggies flag. This one from an (at the time) pregnant Bronwyn Kilkenny. You can feel the determination to get to the game – and to get the Doggies home. Another wonderful heartfelt celebration which illustrates how connected we are to footy, and our beloved teams. [Welcome to the Almanac Bronwyn. Congrats on little Jack. JTH]

Round 19 – Collingwood v Carlton: The umps have been terrible – except for Uncle Adam!

Classic Reynolds: family, travel, people, music (Mark Seymour), footy – all the good stuff. And this match report contains a gem about one of the boundary umpires. [Really enjoyable Luke – JTH]

The Story of a Cat

Footy is about many things. For many it is about family. As Dips O’Donnell goes to watch his Cats this weekend he reminisces how he became a Cats supporter and the intriguing story behind it.