It’s been a while – Roy Hay on Jamarra Ugle-Hagan’s debut and Ash Barty’s triumph

Two relatively rare sporting occasions happened this week: top draftee Jamarra Ugle-Hagan made his Dogs debut as a Gunditjmara man from Victoria and Ngarigo woman Ash Barty won Wimbledon 50 years after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’s famous victory. Roy Hay shares his thoughts on what makes both special.

Almanac Rugby League: Redfern All Blacks – keeping the ball in motion

Patrick Skene provides an in-depth essay on the Redfern All Blacks, the long-established home for Indigenous rugby league footballers in Sydney.

Almanac Book Review: Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere  by Roy Hay

Roy Hay has written a wonderful new book examining the history of indigenous involvement in the development of the game as we know it today. Here is Col Ritchie’s review of the book. [The book is available at a reduced price for the month of July – Ed]

Almanac Art – The Art of Football: a visualisation

A look at a selection of the brilliant works featured in the ongoing exhibition “The Art of Football.”

Almanac History: Roy Hay on ‘The Conversation’ website

Roy Hay continues the discussion on Indigenous Australians involvement in the local game.

“The Space Between”: life, death and football

Tom Richardson’s piece, published in ‘In Daily’ on Thursday, and brought to us by Mick Pullen.

On The Bench

Almanacker Wesley Hull was allowed into the inner sanctum – and onto the bench – to observe at close quarters the workings of the Queensland Kickstart team at the National Diversity Cup.

National Diversity Championships Wrap Up In Cairns

Wesley Hull saw the grand finals of the AFL National Diversity Championships in Cairns. Celebrating youth indigenous and multicultural footballers from across the country.

Maningrida Footy – A World Away (but getting closer)

Wesley Hull tells his story of community footy in the remote Northern Territory. Some great work being done in the Indigenous community of Maningrida. Local footy at it’s best.

Lajamanu Footy – “The Lifeblood of the Community”

Wesley Hull paints a picture of the great game in the Lajamanu community and the impact it has had on everyone involved – especially a whitefella from Tasmania.

Yarrabah – An Aussie Rules “Paradise by the Sea”

Wesley Hull continues to take us on a journey of exploration about footy in the top end of Australia. Today: welcome to Yarrabah a footballing paradise by the sea

Galiwinku – An “Island Home” to Aussie Rules Footy

What community has the highest participation rate in Australian footy? Wesley Hull tells us that it is Elcho Island (famous for its musicians) off Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

From Paradise To The Pinnacle Of Success

Wesley Hull profiles four young men from the Torres Strait; Henry, Nathaniel, Leo and Josh – and the impact that football has had on their young lives.

Footys4All Foundation : Ross Faulkner & Son transform Elcho Island

Michael Gallus from the brilliant Footys4All Foundation tells the story of Ross Faulkner footballs, with on the ground support from Ross’ 17yo son Jack, transforming the lives of 800 children on Elcho Island (birthplace of Gurrumul).

All-Indigenous teams should be seen on the world stage

Sean Gorman offers historical perspective and social context for the Indigenous All-Stars footy team’s current tour of Ireland.

Tits, Tips, Trailer Trash & The Truth

Peter Baulderstone offers suggested reading of the best articles from the international sporting web. The title is just bait and switch marketing. This is the sort of stuff that Litza used to write before Rupert’s $ seduced him.


Three years ago I was given the opportunity of a lifetime when appointed  Regional Development Manager (RDM) for AFL NT. For the next two years my home was Elcho Island; a remote location based 500km east of Darwin where one of the biggest Indigenous communities in Australia, Galiwinku, is situated. I’ll never forget the first [Read more]

Thinking outside the oval

by Peter Baulderstone Football (and that’s a broader family than AFL) has lost two of its broadest thinkers and most compassionate administrators – one to cancer, and the other to political correctness.  One loss cannot be remedied, but the other should be. We all get lost in the adoration and fandom of professional sport, and [Read more]

Keeping Up Appearances

Scene 1:  A group of Club Recruiters are meeting with an AFL Manager to discuss emerging issues and trends in the game. Recruiter 1: It’s always been as much an art as a science this recruiting business.  You look at what’s available in the local comps.  Look at your clubs place on the ladder.  No [Read more]

Force For Good

This is a transcript of a seminar called Force For Good held at the National Museum of Australia. It involved Sean Gorman, Che Cockatoo-Collins, and David Headon. I moderated it. It is conversational and hence may lack a little structure (in its form and in its thinking) but it addresses the elements of the topic. [Read more]