The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 16 – Geelong v Bulldogs: A Cat-attack for a languishing town

After the 2007 partial closure of Ford factories in Geelong, John Weldon revelled in a wonderful Cats win that set premiership aspirations into full motion.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 12 – Geelong v Brisbane: A blustery day at the Cattery

Tony Roberts followed his Lions down from Queensland to play Geelong in 2007. Despite holding fond memories of his team’s previous successes, the Cats brought him crashing down to reality on a miserable Sunday.

Almanac Book Review: 1989 – The Great Grand Final

Roger Lowrey reviews Tony Wilson’s new book 1989: The Great Grand Final. It’s a tough job for a Geelong fan Like Rog, but he shows a fair deal of good grace.

“Best Kick I Ever Saw…….” by KB Hill

What would the week be without a KB Hill tale of a local sporting identity from up Wangaratta way? Today his focus is on Ray Thompson, the man with ‘hands the size of meat plates’ who knocked back offers from no less than five Melbourne clubs. Classic KB!

Henry and the Jets: a win and some strings

Holding on desperately in defence, Henry Ballard tries to keep the game at a physical level to block out the mental stress of a close match before he orchestrates a symphony of strings which have gone ‘ping’.

Round 12 – Richmond v Geelong: Constantly Moving On

The air of apprehension gradually gave way to the sweet smell of satisfaction — and a good feeling about the future — for Anna Pavlou as she watched her Cats on Friday night.

Round 12 – Richmond v Geelong: For the love of Patrick Naish

The only positive for Richmond on a tough night against the powerful Geelong side was the debut of Ivanhoe local (and son of Chris) Patrick Naish, writes Tiger fan John Green.

Almanac (Post) Modern Life: Interpreting Likes

“What does it mean to like a post?” asks Edward P. Olsen. This piece on the nature and influence of social media takes the recent Folau-Ablett situation as its stimulus. It’s a piece in that fine tradition of ‘Thinking Out Loud’ as EPO tries to make sense of it all for his own understanding. Maybe others can offer some thoughts.

Honestly…

Old Dog has had a gutful of the haters in the peanut (comments) gallery. Herein lies his opine on D.Rampe, characters and missed opportunities…

Round 7 – Geelong v Essendon: Dips, I’ll fill you in.

For Dips – some notes on Geelong’s win last week. Can anyone else help fill Dips in? [Busy week – JTH]

Round 7 – Geelong v Essendon: Cats and cup cakes

Dips O’Donnell is a man of impeccable manners so when he is caught at a birthday party with the footy on the TV in the next room he finds himself locked in battle with his own conscience.

Almanac Footy Teams: A team of Jeffs/Geoffs

Hallelujah! Some decent Jeffs/Geoffs have donned an AFL/VFL guernsey over the years. Anyone “jeffed” and left out of the team? Phil Dimitriadis has come up with a cracker!

Almanac Teams: A Team of Garys

What has happened to all the Garys? Phil Dimitriadis remembers some of the finest.

Round 20 – Richmond v Geelong: Long Weekend’s Journey into North Fitzroy’s Arms

The lucid dream of a knock for the ages makes way for a very real trip to see Ben Fenton-Smith’s Tigers overcome Geelong. The Almanac’s pub de rigueur also gets a guernsey.

Round 20 – Richmond v Geelong: One for the ages

Cheryl Critchley is loving this new Richmond world – one where her Tiges can not only beat Geelong but beat them twice in a season.

Round 20 – Richmond v Geelong: Be careful what you wish for

A flippant pre-game wish makes for a nervous final quarter. Will responsibility fall on John Green’s shoulders?

Echoes of Dreamland: on footy and footy writing and 2018

As a teenager, David Wilson (as one of 1200) sang the hymn “Forty Years On” each year at school. Its “echoes of dreamland” live in 2018.
On footy, history, place, story, responsibility. Follow-up!

Round 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: Ambitious

John Harms tells the story of a social afternoon which featured a footy match at the MCG between Geelong and Melbourne.

The Night Footballer

Whimsy from our Poet at the Desk, Damian Balassone.

Almanac Teams: Greatest Number 5s

Phil Dimitriadis brings up his fifth numeric side, another ripper. He welcomes any further suggestions.