Almanac (Footy) Poetry – The Rhymer: What Ground Is That?

The Rhymer relates the modern-day ground naming confusion felt by many of us.

Almanac Books: Footy Grounds to Grandstands: Play, Community and the Australian Football League (by Sam Duncan)

Sam Duncan has turned his PhD thesis into a book. You are invited to the launch on Dec 11. [Congratulations Sam – JTH]

Summer Fields

Bert Spinks shares his love of abandoned Tassie footy grounds in majestic surroundings – ” in remembering what has passed, my gratitude is renewed for what there is now”. (Sheer poetry -Ed.)

Do you know these footy grounds?

Les Everett wants more information on footy in some far-flung places. Can you help?

Misplaced sentimentality?

It’s a little strange to feel sentimental about a stadium that is barely over a decade old. I tend to get lost within the sameness of Etihad Stadium.  Signs aside, I can’t really tell the difference between the Lockett or Coventry end, or whether I’m facing north or south.  The food and merchandise concession stands [Read more]

What’s in a name?

“What’s in a name?”   Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”   So said Juliet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on finding out Romeo was “on the other team”, a Collingwood member to Juliet’s “Carlton” or any other AFL team with [Read more]

Footy grounds of yore

The older you get the more your mind drifts back to earlier times, not that they were all good, as some would  have you make out, but when it comes to sport and football in particular, all the memories are good. Footy grounds, especially the eleven suburban grounds of the old VFL, bring back happy [Read more]

Desert Ovals

People go two ways over Easter. They lift the city off its foundations and dump it on the coast, or go to the footy. Especially footballers with the Easter bye. You can spot them in an Anzac Day crowd by the way they barrack. The AFL suporter will call: “Kick it, kick it, kick it!” [Read more]

Deconstructing Collingwood

Collingwood is in a re-building phase. Not the team, but the old ground. The Magpies haven’t played an AFL game at Victoria Park since 1999. Local teams, including the Collingwood reserves in the VFL, have been playing on the oval for nigh on a decade as parts of the ground have fallen into disrepair.

From the Folly of Subiaco to Greener Pastures

By Brad Carr In last year’s Almanac, I wrote up the Round 7 game between West Coast and Hawthorn, and I referred to Subiaco Oval as “what sadly remains the worst stadium in the AFL”. In the course of editing the book, Paul Daffey picked up on this point, and asked that I elaborate on [Read more]

Zig Zagging to Suburban Grounds (Part 1)

By Damian Watson In the eyes of the teenage folk, the end of March represents the beginning of a two week break from school. On Saturday fellow Almanacker Steve Healy, trying to shield himself from witnessing another Melbourne annihilation at the hands of Hawthorn, accepted my suggestion that we should roam around suburban Melbourne at some stage [Read more]