International Cup – Grand Final: Why PNG beat NZ to claim the Division 1 Crown

Stephen Alomes reflects on why the PNG Mozzies successfully defended their crown at the MCG in the 2017 International Cup Grand Final! [Great piece, thanks Stephen! – JB]

AFL International Cup 2017: Many cultures, one game on a cold Melbourne morning

Stephen Alomes reflects on the journey of the Pakistani Shaheens, from the mountains of their home country to a freezing cold Melbourne morning.

The GB Swans’ first few days…

GB Swans Assistant Coach Ian Mitchell gives us the lowdown on his side’s first up win over Pakistan, and their first few days in Melbourne, which have included a memorable trip to the ‘G and plenty of coffee!

UK Footy and the GB Swans

GB Swans Assistant Coach Ian Mitchell is excited to be heading to Australia for another International Cup. In his Almanac debut, he shares his experiences of footy in the UK, from founding his own club to beers with Brad Ottens!

International Cup: Call for writers

We’re seeking writers for the upcoming AFL International Cup in Melbourne. Jack Banister is coordinating the coverage.

AFL as a Diplomatic Tool?

On debut for the Almanac, the extremely well travelled Kevan Dacey, AKA Rusty Red Lion, suggests that Australian Rules football could be an excellent diplomatic tool. He makes some interesting points from his overseas experiences.

We Want You! Fancy Coaching in Odense, Denmark?

The Odense Lions and Lionesses are looking for an experienced player and/or coach from Australia to take them to the next level of footy.

Triumph Over Adversity – The Spirit Of Our Game

Wesley Hull’s account of how difficult it has been to fly the Australian Rules flag in a South African village called Bodibe.

Kevin Sheedy – A (brief) World View

Kevin Sheedy – Lateral, International – Wesley Hull extracted full value from his ten minutes with the Eddie De Bono of Australian, nay World, Football

International Cup: Des Plus Brillants Exploits

Rob Chanter looks at the International Cup and analyses the ups and downs from an impressive 2014 campaign.

South African Lions Heading to Jamestown

James Lang previews the arrival of the South African team for the International Rules tournament culminating at the MCG on 23 August. They start at Jamestown in the Mid North of South Australia to see how the locals do it. (Updated with link to Mike Sexton’s ABC story and pix – Ed).

A Past Half Century of Achievement, but. .. International Rules Future Doubts

Historian Steve Alomes urges sports fans to see the big picture and not dismiss International Rules football, after the disappointment of the recent indigenous team tour to Ireland.

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.

Asia-Pacific Team of the Century

Damian Balassone has come up with an Asia-Pacific team to be reckoned with. Do you agree with his selections?

Local footy – maple flavoured

How did Ontario, of all places, come to field one of the strongest regular leagues outside Australia? Rob Chanter takes advantage of the bye to check out what’s on offer in his local Canadian Aussie rules league. And it’s quite the mix.

Chance for a sneak peak at AFL future

  by Troy Thompson If you barrack for Brisbane, Hawthorn, Richmond, GWS or Essendon – or for that matter any club, you may have good reason to head down to Royal Park tomorrow (Wednesday) and Friday to see players your club has scholarship listed or those that may be playing against your club in future.

International Rules: Moments We Won’t Likely Forget

This coming weekend the International Rules Series returns to the Emerald Isle for the first time in four years and the highly anticipated build-up serves as a timely reminder of how this ambitious experiment to bind two codes together has effectively paid off. Indeed, the International Rules concept has provided us with a variety of [Read more]

Northern hemisphere internationals under the summer sun

It was a big weekend in Aussie rules internationals played under sunny skies while Melbourne froze.  The 2010 European Championship in Australian Football opened on Sunday with the first round of pool matches at Stefan Boldklub in Copenhagen, Denmark. Under clear skies and the summer sun the teams assembled in front of a crowd of [Read more]

Magpies in Philadelphia

When you visit Philadelphia there are a few non-negotiable must do’s. You ring the Liberty Bell, watch big Sav punt for the Eagles, eat a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and best of all, finish the day with the famous run up the Rocky’s stairs in order to pay homage to the great boxer. You can [Read more]

International footy: Knacker pulls the boots on for the San Jose Hornets

by James Mackay Some of you may be aware of the footy leagues in the USA.  Each area has a few teams and then once a year each district sends a team to the Nationals (Colorado Springs in ’08). The district around San Francisco includes teams from the bay city (known as the knights), the [Read more]