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.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 13 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Dirty Didak and mercurial Mitchell

Two resurging Victorian teams met in the last game of Round 13, 2007. Matt O’Connor reports on a nailbiting finish full of young and international talent.

Round 2 – Geelong v Hawthorn: The ancients rise

That rarest of things at present, a match report from inside the game! ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber was on the spot to see the Cats do a number on the Hawks.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 12 – Carlton v Hawthorn: A half is enough to head to bed

After a good patch, Carlton fell back to their old ways in a Friday night horror show in 2007. Paul Mitchell recounts his hard night at the office watching a Franklin-less Hawthorn smack his frustrating side.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 11 – Hawthorn v Sydney: A rugged away win

Lance Franklin looked to have Sydney on the ropes in their 2007 MCG clash. But Christopher Riordan reports on how the tough Sydney system got them back into the match.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 10 – Port Adelaide v Hawthorn: Hawks disrupt Port’s emotional week

Mark Williams had a difficult week in 2007, grappling with the loss of his mother and the poor form of his side. John Kingsmill has the report on Port Adelaide’s disappointing performance against Hawthorn.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 9 – Hawthorn v West Coast: Hawks upset the Big Birds in Tassie

With the majority of West Coast’s 2007 midfield brigade out, Howard Kimber tells the tale of how a young Hawthorn side surprised the reigning Premiers in windy Tasmania.