Almanac (Footy) Memoir: Hanging up the boots after 34 years

Roger Collins-Woolcock has hung up the boots after 34 wonderful seasons. This is his tribute to footy. [Well played Roger – JTH]

Almanac Junior Footy: The unsuspecting victims of Coronavirus

Plenty of events are being delayed, cancelled or morphed into a new form under the spectre of coronavirus. Steve Earl turns his attention to just one – kids putting on a jumper for the first time to have a crack at playing footy.

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.

Alex Young: Kicking into Gear

Former TAC player Alex Young is determined to play footy at the highest level. Deakin Uni student James Bosco talked to him about his commitment to the campaign and the sadness of family tragedy.

Almanac Local Footy – Community football: Nothing better

Anne Cahill Lambert fulfilled her duties as an aunt on a cold Canberra day, trekking down to Phillip Oval to watch her niece compete for an improbable Grand Final berth.

Junior Footy: Sport in its purist form – The Macleod JFC Under 8s

Though he could do without the 6am wake up calls, and he suspects he’s not entirely in synch with modern coaching priorities, Craig Dodson doesn’t regret coaching the Macleod Under 8’s for a moment. (A piece sure to put a smile on your face – Ed).

Sounding the siren for junior footy.

Anna Sublet has a household of footballers. Her daughter has taken to the game, winning a premiership at St Kilda City and her lad is making his way back from injury (and can’t wait to get back into it all. She remembers the experience of her own youth.

Almanac Junior Footy: Wilkins Girls kicking the Heeney out of Greene (originally published in the SMH)

Crankypete points us in the direction of this piece celebrating girls’ footy in Sydney (first published in the Sydney Morning Herald). He’s one of the very proud Dads.

Photo Gallery: Camberwell Sharks v Fitzroy Under 10-3

Have a look at some great junior footy action photos by John Harms.

Almanac Memoir: Cold mornings, clearing torps and the limitations of lankiness

Matthew Naqvi gives an account of his childhood footy experiences demonstrating that having meat on the bone is an under-rated footy attribute.

Junior Footy: Fitzroy Youth Girls v Ivanhoe

For the Roy Girls the result in the last game of the season was not quite what they were after.

The Final Stretch III – At The End of the Road

Nick the Stats Guy hangs them up and goes out (kind of) on top.

Junior Footy – Fitzroy Under 9-S v Ivanhoe: The Thunder Clash of Fitzroy Lions and Ivanhoe (by Frankie Donnini)

Frankie Donnini shows how much he loves his team by penning this epic match report from the Fitzroy Under 9-S game against Ivanhoe last Sunday. At the Almanac we encourage kids to “Love your sport, love your schoolwork”. They are learning that telling stories is fun. [These kids are great – Ed]

Junior Footy: The Final Stretch II – Going Out On A High

Nick continues his story, this time overcoming a nasty case of nerves to help his team into the finals.

Junior Footy: Fitzroy Youth Girls v Beverley Hills

Fitzroy Youth Girls were beaten at Victoria Park, but nevertheless remain in unchartered waters – a finals place is already booked.

Junior Almanac – Banyule Colts v Surrey Park: Snags and bag, back to the drawing board

The Banyule boys took on Surrey Park and one muddy cricket pitch.

Junior Almanac – Wests Under-13 v Sandgate Hawks: Rays of Winter Sunshine

The Lennon girls star as Wests chalk up another win.

Junior Footy (Colts) – Banyule v North Brunswick: Snags and Bags

Banyule Colts head to North Brunswick to play for a spot in the final four. They find a lot of mud, a fiery opponent and (pleasantly) a dressing room with genuinely hot showers. Sean Mortell tells the story.

Kids 3. Body Language

Matt Zurbo’s writings on coaching kids continues. Part three is about body language; “Coaching kids who are losing each week is the best challenge there is in football… You have to speak from your ribs. You have to believe, or there’s no point at all.”

Kids 1

Matt Zurbo begins a 15-part series on coaching kids. Here’s some suggestions which I suspect you wouldn’t have thought of before. [Wish you were my coach Old Dog – Ed]

This series will run Monday-Friday for three weeks.