Almanac Poetry: ‘The True Believers’ – Bruce Dawe

‘The True Believers’ is a footy poem from Bruce Dawe, one of Australia’s greatest and most loved poets.

Jake Lever Leaving

‘Jake Lever Leaving’, a poem from Damian Balassone, reflects the despair when a favourite footballer leaves the club.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: ‘Opportunity’ – Bill Wootton

Bill Wootton’s footy poem ‘Opportunity’ reflects a split second decision that should have won Collingwood the Anzac Day clash against Essendon in 1995.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Eddie Betts’s Shorts’ – Steve Rogers

Steve Rogers expresses his love of footy with memories of icons of the game, especially Eddie Betts’s shorts.

Retrieving the Footy from the Tree

Another extract from Damian Balassone’s collection of footy-theme poems, ‘Strange Game in a Strange Land’.

Beach Footy

Damian Balassone shares a seasonally-appropriate poem from his collection: ‘Strange Game in a Strange Land’.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn

A poem about the legendary Fitzroy champ, Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn, by Stephen Whiteside.

Almanac poetry: The sweet spot

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

Almanac Reviews: These Treasures – Old Dog on the joy of a book

Find out why Damian Balassone’s recent book, ‘A Strange Game in a Strange Land’ is a treasure trove of delights for Matt Zurbo.

Ode to Women’s Footy (in the Corona absence)

Paul Spinks celebrates his joy for women’s footy by penning a wonderful tribute to their game.

Almanac Poetry: The Night of the Premiership

Kevin Densley’s poem on the 2007 Geelong premiership.

Almanac Poetry: A to Z of Footballers Past

Kevin Densley puts an A-Z of retired footballers to verse. (Who would you have picked for U? – Ed).

Poem – Harlequin with Australian Rules Football

Kevin Densley paints a picture with poetic words about our great game of footy.

AFLW Round 3 – Haiku Bob: just a few points

So close, yet so far, feathers ruffled, Pies fly off to swoop another day. Haiku Bob reflects.

Haiku Bob – Round 14: the blink of my eye

On a cold and miserable afternoon at the footy, Haiku Bob had two wins – his Magpies got up (eventually) and he nailed his public transport connection on the way home!

Haiku Bob – Round 12: the odds

Haiku Bob appreciates the nuances of light and ponders the odds in his take on Round 12.

Footy Poetry: Mongrel Punt Proverb

Proverbially succinct advice from Damian Balassone.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: There was a Game

The Footy Almanac presents a further offering from Saskia Schaap as she ponders questions about our great game and their ramifications.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: The Rhythm That Never Ends

Saskia Schaap has written some more words on footy, this time her poem takes on the circular rhythm of footy’s universe from the smallest handball to the biggest scandal: ever the same – as it always was.

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.