Round 10 – Carlton v Hawthorn: There is merit in struggle

If it takes an ugly struggle to get a win over Hawthorn, then John Butler is all for ugly struggles. And he adds a few thoughts on tribunal matters .

Balcony Banter: ‘Crimmo’ – the ‘real’ hard way

In a recent post on the MCC blog ‘Balcony Banter’ Grant Fraser explained the centrality of Peter Crimmins to all that is great about the Hawks.

Round 7 – St Kilda v Hawthorn: Saints respond to May Day call on May Day

Braham Dabscheck hopes his Saints have turned the corner after their demolition of Hawthorn on May Day.

Balcony Banter Bonanza: No matching the MCG!

The sheer pleasure of being back at the footy at the MCG has dominated recent posts on the MCC Members blog ‘Balcony Banter’. Teenage GWS fan Nicholas Quinlan and Demons historian Lynda Carroll add their thoughts after their recent experiences.

The Unsung – Round 6: Jacob Koschitzke and Darcy Cameron

Deakin Uni student Chris Mangos’ sixth weekly column ‘The Unsung’, featuring young, up-and-coming footy stars Jacob Koschitzke and Darcy Cameron.

Balcony Banter Round 2: Hawthorn v Richmond

Tiger fans Dave Campbell and Joe De Petro have both written about the Richmond Round 2 win over Hawthorn in this week’s Balcony Banter offerings.

Balcony Banter – Richard Murray: More than a game

In a recent article on ‘Balcony Banter’, Richard Murray pays tribute to his late grandfather, Lionel Murray, and reinforces the Almanac contention that there is meaning in footy.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 2 Finals – North Melbourne v Hawthorn: Watching from a rugby state

Rob Clarkson entered North Melbourne’s 2007 Semi Final against Hawthorn nervous of a straight-sets exit, but was soon optimistic about what the year could hold for his Roos.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Hawthorn v Adelaide: A game worthy of a full house

Tony Roberts got plenty of room to watch the 2007 Elimination Final between the Hawks and Crows. He was lucky to witness one of the great finals moments.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 22 – Sydney v Hawthorn: Unexpectedly brilliant and ready for finals

Rod Gillett turned up to the SCG in 2007 worried about the Swans, but left enthused about what lay ahead in the finals.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 21 – Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn: Inaccurate Buddy and hot Hodgey

David Goodwin enjoyed the finer parts of a footy marathon on TV in Singapore. When the Hawks broke away from wayward beginnings to post a strong win, David began to wonder what 2007 had in store for Hawthorn.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 20 – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: A cracker in idyllic Launceston

Mark Hawthorne was keen to take in the suburban-like feel of Aurora Stadium in 2007. He got more than he bargained for, viewing a thriller between the finals-bound Hawks and Power.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 19 – Hawthorn v Brisbane: Buddy v Browny

A fine example of Saturday arvo footy looked set to go the way of Brisbane in 2007. Tony Roberts was at the match, and didn’t expect the blossoming draft picks of Hawthorn to stage such a wonderful second half.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 18 – Hawthorn v Essendon: Rubbing shoulders with the brown and gold elite

A 2007 Sunday afternoon gave Mark Hawthorne the perfect chance to join the corporates at the ‘G. With the Hawks wrapping up another victory en route to September, Mark got to watch from the best seats in the house.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 17 – Hawthorn v North Melbourne: A glorious time to be a Shinboner

In a 2007 Launceston fixture between the second and third placed sides, Glen Bartlett came away from the clash proud of his undervalued Kangaroos and their ability to fight against the heavyweights of the AFL.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 16 – St Kilda v Hawthorn: A bad night for Hawthorn and Australia

Choosing to stay away from the old Telstra Dome, Kevan Carroll took his time to find a bar not packed out by Australian fans of other sports. When he did eventually settle down, he was to leave disappointed by Hawthorn’s poor effort in their 2007 clash with the Saints.

Round 6 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Give Clarko the Whistle.

When exiting the car park afterwards is the highlight of the night, there might have been a problem with the game. Dan Hansen would have preferred Clarko to have actually been umpiring, rather than dictating the Hawks’ strategy.

Round 6 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: The Pies aren’t fully back, but they’re winning (Floreat Pica Society)

Tony Scully’s FPS report on Collingwood’s Friday night win tells the tale of a solid yet unconvincing return to the victory list.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 15 – Hawthorn v Richmond: Just another Richmond day

Howard Kimber was at wits’ end in 2007. His Tigers continued to give him heartbreak as they fell to a rampaging Hawthorn side intent on finals.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 14 – Adelaide v Hawthorn: Craig out-coaches Clarkson

John Kingsmill recounts the day in 2007 where former Adelaide coach Neil Craig out-pointed Alastair Clarkson’s young Hawks en route to a comfortable win.