Almanac Football History: Aren’t we lucky we are not playing soccer?

Here’s an interesting tidbit by Roy Hay from the early decades of Australian Football in one of its original heartlands – Geelong. Could the 2020 AFL grand finalists have been less the Cats we know today and more like the Sunderland Blackcats?

Almanac (Footy) History: Memories of Corio Oval, Geelong

Kevin Densley provides a background to Corio Oval in Geelong which provided a setting for footy and harness racing for decades. Its current day use will not thrill you.

Old Autograph Books: Roger Lowrey

More autographs. Some famous Geelong names from the 1960s.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 3 – Melbourne v Geelong : A young Tomahawk axes his critics

John Harms was on the spot to see young Tom Hawkins leave his mark on this clash with the Dees. The kid silenced his would-be critics and the Cats ran riot.

Tom Harley: Mr Perseverance becomes elite

Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood considers the life and career of a tenacious Geelong (and Redlegs, of course) champion

Neil Balme – player, coach administrator: five decades of influence

If success follows you across 50 seasons of footy you must be doing something right. Rulebook’s profile of Neil Balme captures an incredible career in footy!

Almanac Book Review – Bomber the Whole Story: Hardworking and Rewards with Honesty

Yoshi gives an excellent overview and summary of Mark Thompson’s autobiography Bomber: the whole story. And he thanks Francis Leach who gave Yoshi the book at the Sports Writers’ Festival. Yosho had travelled from Japan to Melbourne especially for the event.

Round 10 – Geelong v Port Adelaide: the Pedant’s Lament

A cracking game of footy but did the umpire get the Dixon call right? A frame of reference wouldn’t go astray

Women’s Footy – VFL: Mel Kuys

The inaugural VFL Women’s captain of the Box Hill Hawks Mel Kuys talks leadership and the future ahead for her side.

Don’t let the door hit you on the arse.

Reprising an old classic, Ron Wells AKA San Diego Catter on Grand Final day contemplates the dreams of players, the lamentations of fans, and the fairytale of one neglected player who lived his dream.

Finals Week 1 – There is only now: Everybody needs somebody to love (Go Dogs)

E Regnans expresses his feelings for Footy and the emotional contests that he witnessed in Week 1 of the Finals.

Almanac Finals Preview – Cats’ home ground DISadvantage

Daylight robbery. Ahead of Geelong’s “home” final, see Gary Caulfield’s unbiased analysis into home ground scheduling.

Junior Almanac Round 16 – Geelong v Sydney: The trip has begun

Former Patrick Dangerfield devotee, Aidan Hammond (aged 10), begins a big weekend of Victorian footy with a visit to the Cattery

Round 7 – Geelong v West Coast: Cats hold strong (Junior Almanac)

Young John Sullivan’s Mum received a message during the week – did John wish to form part of the on-ground guard of honour for the Cats on Saturday? You bet. “It was so cool to see them all up so close on game day, not at training or a skills clinic.”

Round 4 – Essendon v Geelong: Provisional entertainment

Upon using it for the first time, Mark Browning discovered that his MCC membership wasn’t the only provisional thing that day

Round 4 – Essendon v Geelong: 9 Darts in Belfast

Peter Flynn posts from Belfast, watching Geelong and attending a Premier League Darts night with the Old Muckers, clearly darts was the winner. He was part of something very special.

Round 3 – Geelong v Brisbane: Stress Reduction 101

As a Brisbane supporter, Jonathan Sloan is doing fine, everybody, just fine. He’s got a few tips for those who may be struggling (that’s you: Dees, Saints and Blues).

Round 2 – GWS v Geelong: Cats, Cars and the Commercial Hotel

Dennis Gedling shared his viewing of the Giants v Cats game with a barefoot Northam publican.

Geelong Cats – The past and the future

David Zita believes Geelong’s 2015 was merely a hiccup. The arrival of Danger along with the emergence of some kids has David’s glass more than half full. The Cats will be back

Geelong has-beens

Glen D suggests a team based on departed Geelong players