Dropping the Ball

Anna Sublet goes kick-to-kick with her daughter only to find her ball drop is not very effective. Patience, practise and determination is the key and maybe, just maybe, one day there’s a spot for her in a team.

Round 10 – Fremantle v Brisbane: Making A Point

“Every kid has always dreamed of hitting the post after the siren to win a match haven’t they?” PoppyPenny followed the thriller in Perth on the radio while travelling back home to Kalgoorlie.

For my Nanny

In 2018, it became clear to Sean Mortell that Footy is drastically important to so many people. It’s a lifestyle, a religion – one that causes people to pray and beg for a goal, a score, a win. It unites people, and helps cope with loss, and what could be better than that? Sean remembers with affection his beloved nanny.

Photo Essay – AFL Round 19: Richmond v Collingwood

A time-honoured rivalry, movers and shakers in footy and media, Richmond station beyond capacity. These are some of Jack Banister’s well-captured things…

Mother’s Day, with Gram

Jack Banister writes poignantly of his Grandma, going to the footy and visiting her in Middle Park.

Twenty Eighteen, Round One Done.

‘Wow, that was great fun, I haven’t enjoyed a Round One like that for years. Not that I watched all, Day Of The Jackal wasn’t to be missed.’
Earl O’Neill wraps up an exciting Round 1

The People’s Game Podcast 

Jack Banister has started a new footy podcast. Here’s the run down and the first episode.

Almanac Exclusive: Footy Almanac Haiku T-Shirts for sale

Haiku Bob, Chris Rees and the Footy Almanac bring you some genuinely original T-shirts.

It’s here! The recorded version of ‘Strong Proud Women’, a women’s footy song by Merle Brown.

Merle Brown contacted Yvette Wroby about her anthem for women playing footy. She joined us at the launch of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017. We produced a book to share the joy, Merle produced this cracking song. You gotta love how the Almanac community works.

International Cup: Call for writers

We’re seeking writers for the upcoming AFL International Cup in Melbourne. Jack Banister is coordinating the coverage.

The SANFL: Where do we go from here?

Kasey has a five-point plan for the SANFL to not only survive but thrive in the modern sporting landscape.

The Day I Earned My Place in the Dream Team

Alex Darling remembers the day for Hampton Rovers U10s when he finally felt that he belonged.

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 2 – Hits and Misses

After a big weekend of footy, Tom Riordan reviews Round 2 and what the results mean for the teams.

Footy: It’s not Life or Death

Luke De Piazza was a free spirit who loved the Western Bulldogs. Josh Pinn recounts his cousin’s life supporting the Doggies and seeing them win their first premiership in over 60 years. [Powerful words that really hit home – Ed.]

Round 22 – North Melbourne v Sydney: Clean Up Your Act, ‘Roos

Andrew Starkie avoided watching North Melbourne play Sydney by resorting to thoroughly cleaning his house. (More productive than the ‘Roos forwards – Ed.)

Clichés of the press conference

Staying “on message”, Matt Watson lets Footy Almanac readers in on what really happens behind the scenes of your average footy presser.

Sunday Musings – Is it just me or is AFL your 5th favourite sport too?

Peter Baulderstone had a great sporting weekend. AFL did not feature high on his list. Are others struggling to maintain the passion when local footy and elite international sport offers so much?

Doing Boxing

Andy Fuller discusses Loic Wacquant’s book, Body and Soul: notebooks of an apprentice boxer and considers the place of boxing in footy and the broader community.

Man-crushin’ LOVE

We all have our favourites or as you lot might say ‘man-crushes’ and it would take a pretty special player to replace that sort of favourite wouldn’t it? He’d probably have to be invincible. The type that can run through a brick wall and come out the other end without a scratch, fly higher than [Read more]