The Footy Almanac 2007 Grand Final – Geelong v Port Adelaide: A dismal end

After a long season following the Power, John Kingsmill was left watching distraught faces in the away change rooms of the MCG just half an hour after a horror Grand Final loss to the Cats in 2007.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Grand Final – Geelong v Port Adelaide: The chosen ones

It’s Grand Final day in the Almanac’s recollection of the 2007 season. For John Harms, it’s an afternoon he will never forget.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Grand Final – Geelong v Port Adelaide: A murder at the Grand Final day picnic

Grand Final days are usually a holy experience for footy fans. But Cameron Noakes was tortured by Martin Flanagan and a wealth of missed bets outside the MCG.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Laird Ramshaw: My Under 14 Premiership triumph

Living every kid’s dream, Grade 9 Parade College student Laird Ramshaw got to play in a Grand Final for his beloved Fitzroy Junior FC. With the match coming down to the wire, Laird had to step up and get his team back into the contest. [Sounds like a thriller Laird – JTH}

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Christian Ferraro: Coburg Districts v Hadfield

Christian Ferraro recounts his intense 2019 under-13s Grand Final against Hadfield. After an undefeated season, the Grade 9 Parade College student’s Coburg Districts team had to defend valiantly to hold onto their lead in the final minutes.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Patrick Neal: Hawthorn’s 2013 redemption

The year is 2013 and Patrick Neal, a Grade 9 student at Parade College, is yearning for his Hawks to get revenge after their 2012 Grand Final loss. While watching the 2013 Grand Final with family, his dreams come true.

Nursing Six Packs to their Chests – The 2019 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Check out some of the fabulous responses to Haiku Bob’s 2019 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai.

Almanac Footy History: Drawn grand finals – so what happened next?

Sean Mortell is our Peter Stirk Scholar. He has chosen an interesting topic to pursue as a major feature – in the case of drawn VFL/AFL grand finals, how have the protagonists responded? He considers the three examples.

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.

Who can challenge Richmond this year?

As the ladder begins to take shape, the form of certain teams highlights the limited amount of outfits capable of taking out the 2018 flag. With Richmond appearing as ominous as ever after a barnstorming run to the top of the ladder, the main question to arise is which teams are actually able to match them and perhaps clinch a premiership off them come Grand Final day. Sean considers the options.

Finals Week 3 – Richmond v GWS: The Miller-Banister Trophy awaits 

Jack Banister reflects on the Tigers crushing Preliminary Final win and the significance of a Grand Final match-up against the Crows, where the Miller-Banister Trophy will be on the line on the biggest stage of all.

International Cup 2017: Women’s Grand Final Preview 

Having played against both finalists, GB Swans Captain Laura Turner previewed the IC17 Women’s Division Grand Final for our friends over at World Footy News

Almanac Cricket: WHAT. A. GAME!

In a rollicking piece from Oscar Bourke, his team of intrepid cricketers overcome a batting collapse (with Oscar playing a huge part) to defeat Heathmont in the grand final.

Almanac Basketball: The best game ever

Almanac debutant Ethan Stone had a ripper in his basketball grand final, which his team won convincingly. A great story.

Diggers and Riddell battle out a Grand Final for the ages

Paddy Grindlay reports on the RDFL Grand Final, where Diggers Rest scarped past Riddell’s Creek in extra time.

Junior Almanac: Sandgate Hawks Give Father and Son a Day to Remember

Luke Smith (13-years-old) had the taste of Grand Final nerves ahead of playing in last Saturday’s big one. Could he and his Sandgate Hawks do it?

Grand Final virgin turned into nail biter veteran

It was a day of twists and turns. Sean Mortell tells of the nerves he encounters as he plays his first grand final – in the U/15’s for Banyule-Bundoora.

Seasons in the Sun (Part Twenty Three): The Last Post

And just like that, another season is all over. Callum O’Connor recounts the valiant grand final defeat of the mighty Lower Plenty third XI.

Seasons in the Sun (Part Twenty One): Make Your Own Luck

The first leg of the Mighty Lower Plenty Thirds’ Grand Final against Montmorencey…

Ripper Grand Final Yarns Part 2: Can it Get Any Better?

With local cricket competitions around the country wrapping up, Sean Mortell recalls a thrilling finish to his 2013/14 season for the mighty Lower Eltham Kangaroos.