Almanac Memoir: Caught in the race with Kennedy’s Commandos

Brilliant memoir from Richard Griffiths (and brilliant photo too) as he tells the story of a memorable day at Glenferrie Oval in the middle of a classic 60s and 70s childhood. (First published in 2016)

1966 and all that: Round 7 – Hawthorn v St Kilda

It is Round 7, and the Saints travel to meet Hawthorn at Glenferrie Oval, which was never a happy hunting ground for opposition clubs. Peter Clark’s 1966 series continues.

‘Old Champ Shows Her Class…….’ – KB Hill

Michelle Hill may well be the greatest player in the history of the Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club. KB Hill makes a compelling case in his latest portrait of a local sporting legend.

Round 22 – Carlton v Hawthorn: Mumma Mac and her Hawks

Peter Sweeney remembers a wonderful character, Mumma Mac, who barracked for Hawthorn long before they were any good.

Dusty, Erin and The Wahoo Coots

As Chris and his mates rapidly enter their mid-forties, with waistlines going out and hairlines going up, it was time to get the Wahoo Coots back together for another gallop around the paddock.

Round 9 – Hawthorn v Sydney: Yes Bloods – what a win! And a trip down memory lane.

Jan Courtin returned to Melbourne to watch her Swans against Richmond and Hawthorn, a journey that included a win and a loss and a trip down memory lane.

Era, era on the wall; 1960-1966

The VFL in the 1960’s saw football still as a tough yet sometimes brutal sport, as players were happy to play the game for the joy of it. This period also saw the introduction of television, football replays and shows such as Football Inquest, World of Sport and League Teams. It was also the period that saw Ron Barassi leave the Dees for the Blues and the sacking of Norm Smith.

Almanac Art: Footy grounds and their grandstands

Really interesting representations of iconic footy grounds from artist Mike Hugo. [Definitely worth a look – JTH]

Land of the Long (Red) White (and Black) Cloud.

Tom Greenaway labels St Kilda as “Bizarro-Hawthorn”. The George Costanza of the AFL. With the 1971 Grand Final between Hawthorn and St Kilda as the sliding doors moment, Tom urges St Kilda to put the time into making the New Zealand experiment work.

VFL Round 16 (1968) – Hawthorn v Collngwood

HAWTHORN v COLLINGWOOD Rd 16 1968 3rd August My parents are whispering. I can only hear muffled parts of the conversation. We are at a cubs footy carnival. We’ve played two games and I am so proud of my 1.1.7 in the first game. The behind is as good as the goal to me. I [Read more]

Video review: Hawks of 1969

With the Hawks currently firming into Premiership favoritism, I thought it was an opportune time to recall the club’s era at the diminutive Glenferrie Oval. This clip from 1969 is one of the very few available of the Linda Crescent ground affectionately termed as the ‘sardine-can’. Note the famous outer area below the railway line [Read more]