Message to Coaches

As junior footy leagues start winding up for 2015, the Almanac received this open letter to junior football coaches everywhere, from a football coach’s wife.

Junior Footy: Fergus Anderson shows versatility and commitment as the Fitzroy Blues Under 12s get home in a tight one.

Fantastic debut Almanac piece from young sportswriter Fergus Anderson who not only wrote the story, he played in the game as well. [Great stuff Fergus – JTH]

Oak Park Football Club – dreams on offer

A touching memoir in which Matt Watson recalls his childhood dreams – formed on the J P Fawkner Reserve – of playing in the big time. But there were other Oak Park players who made it. And we also discover how it came to pass that Matt is a North Melbourne fan.

The Rise of Women’s Footy: Grassroots

Callum O’Çonnor on the rising popularity and participation of women playing Australian Rules Football all over the country.

Under 11B Grand Final: Flemington Colts v the Red Devils

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for a detailed and entertaining report of an utterly absorbing Under 11B Grand Final in Tarneit, featuring Marcus, Noah, Frank, Louis, Ayiu, Oliver, Felix, Kye, Macsen, Eddie, Rob and more.

Carnival of Footy

Kate Birrell shares a luxuriant spread of food, art and junior footy lightning carnival. A gourmet spread with something for everyone – dieters best avoid. Check out the Almanac Art link and contact us if you would like a Kate painting gracing your walls.

Friday Night; Bright Lights

Parents huddle in their cars on a cold evening at junior footy training, hoping to avoid the dreaded Team Manager’s allocation of game day tasks. Kate Birrell’s glorious art and wistful words capture it all.

Recent Things

Are you sick at the thought of Hird (seen but not), Hockey (Joe not Kookaburras), bombs (Gaza not Gazza), rockets (non-mick) and surface to air missiles (other than Jake Carlisle)? Kate Birrell’s glorious art is some balm for your soul.

Stubbsy’s Wesley Hill Woollen Footy Jumper

TR has a bit of a country footy jumper collection going. This one brings back memories of a painful defeat by a cross town rival and of country clubs that have ceased to be.

Under 12 Footy: St Kilda City Red v South Melbourne

St Kilda City Red play an important practice match where they learn a few things, get some fitness and enjoy the run around. They leave remembering to get the footy in their hands for at least half an hour a day, and keen for the next opportunity to run out. Edward Harken presents this comprehensive report.

Plus Ça Change

Mathilde de Hauteclocque has some news about the Cygnet and his new sporting direction.

Junior Footy: The Journey Begins

Wesley Hull’s previous piece introduced us to footy in far North Queensland and the work of the Footys4all Foundation. Now he takes us back to his suburban beginnings with the moth-eaten Magpies.

A grand final is a strange beast

A grand final – any grand final – is a momentous occasion, as the St.Kilda City Under 11 Red players and parents would discover. (A piece that will resonate with all those with a connection to junior footy – Ed.)

Redemption on the Big Stage

There was a boilover at Skoda Stadium on Sunday as a tenacious young team triumphed. As for that other game that took place either side of the main event, well, the less said about that the better, writes Auskick dad Steve Duffy.

Junior Footy: Semi Final St Kilda City Under 11 Red v East Brighton Vampires, Le Page Park Oval 2, Cheltenham

An epic report for an epic Under 11s match. Go Reds. [Fantastic – Ed]

It all starts here

It all starts at Auskick. Proud mum Kath Presdee was there with her son.

Almanac Art (pen and ink): Game by the Beach

Boys love a muddy oval (and a bit of footy, too).

AFL Round 18 – Fremantle v Adelaide: Fate, and all that…..

The Under 12s are playing footy like their heroes at Fremantle, writes David Whish-Wilson, locking the ball into the forward line with terrific defensive pressure then launching attacks off half-back. It’s a different style to a young Nat Fyfe, taking hangers over his mates when discovered by a talent scout.

Almanac Art: Nice kick Jack

Jack’s grandmother is not only filling the child care void created by school holidays, but she is also archiving her grandchildren’s “Nice Kicks”.

The Whole of My World

Nicole Hayes recalls a suburban childhood in the 80s when footy was king. In this bygone era, girls were banned from playing, leaving her to wonder what might have been.