The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Geelong v Collingwood: Fate, nerves, Otto

Some nights in footy are etched into your brain, whether it be for the good or the bad. John Harms recounts a memorable night – the Geelong/ Collingwood 2007 Preliminary Final, and his experience of watching it from the bowels of the ‘G.

Almanac History: The Plaza Theatre, Geelong

Kevin Densley remembers a night at Geelong’s now departed Plaza Theatre, which by the 1970’s had become known as the ‘flea pit’.

1981 Revisited – Finals Week 2: ‘Hold on Tight’

Sam Steele’s recounting of the 1981 VFL season reaches semi-final week. Carlton take on Geelong for a place in the Grand Final, whilst Collingwood and Fitzroy fight for survival.

1981 Revisited – Finals Week 1: ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’

It’s finals time in Stainless’ look back at the 1981 season. In the first week, there are multiple upsets that disrupt the course of the finals series.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Geelong v North Melbourne: Finals nerves, changing routines

The pressure of a great season weighed heavily on John Harms as he found his way into the ‘G for Geelong’s first final in 2007. His worries were alleviated by a dominant performance.

Almanac Music: A Band, Beer, and Pig on a Spit

Kevin Densley remembers back to the late 70s when his band ‘South Side’ played their one and only gig at a local footy club. ‘Honky Tonk Women’ was a highlight.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 22 – Brisbane v Geelong: From hanging rock to minor premiers

It took a trip to Hanging Rock and a few tears at the departure of Kevin Sheedy and James Hird, but John Harms eventually got to watch his Cats clinch the minor premiership for the 2007 season.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 21 – Geelong v Port Adelaide: Drama at Kardinia

In hindsight, it was one of the games of 2007. John Harms knew he was witnessing something special when a Grand Final preview went down to the wire.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 20 – North Melbourne v Geelong: A scrap for 15

The Cats were on the verge of something special in 2007. John Harms was at Docklands, cheering Geelong on as they neared 15 straight wins.

Round 11 – St Kilda v Geelong: Been there, had that done to us before

Yvette Wroby is a woman of few words this week. The defeat at the hands of the too strong Geelong FC with Jack Steven in hoops, well, only art will suffice in these bleak times.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 19 – Geelong v Adelaide: A dour forecast for an exhilarating side

John Harms made the pilgrimage down to Geelong in late 2007 to watch his ladder-leading Cats. With rain on the forecast, anything could happen.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 18 – Geelong v Richmond: Cats stories from afar

A weekend away in Darwin means John Harms had to watch his ladder-leading Cats from up north in 2007. Luckily, Johnson and co were in full flight against a hapless Richmond.

Almanac Poetry: Sundays in Geelong

In this prose poem, Kevin Densley remembers Sundays in Geelong.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 17 – Fremantle v Geelong: Who’s to blame for the purple fade?

Once again Geelong smacked their opposition in 2007 – Les Everett was left worrying what went wrong for the humbled Dockers.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 7 review, Round 8 preview

A strong Thursday night win for the Pies leaves Cam Hooke chuffed. Looking forward to a date with the Eagles, Cam is right on his Magpies to keep winning.

1966 and all that: Round 15 – Geelong v St. Kilda

Potential finalists Geelong and St. Kilda put on a football exhibition down at Kardinia Park. And Peter Clark’s father shares his memories of that historic Grand Final day in September, 1966. Peter Clark invites you to add a comment to explain where you were on that day.

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 15 – Geelong v Collingwood: A Victorian blockbuster, like they used to be

A wonderful 2007 day saw flag fancies Geelong and Collingwood fight for favouritism. Passing their acid test, Christopher Riordan lauded Geelong’s even performance.

Geelong: Let’s have some realistic perspective

Following the chorus of complaints after a win last week, Marcus Holt reckons Geelong fans could do with a dose of perspective. He also mounts a strenuous defense of the maligned Chris Scott.

Almanac Memoir – My Favourite Trophy

Many of us have memories of running our guts out in sporting carnivals while the wind whooshed all around and glory was on the line…here’s Kevin Densley’s recollection from 1973.