Flamboyance in goal umpiring; efficiency in junior team management.

by Jill Stoll Kurt has wanted to play in a ‘proper’ AFL team – “not Auskick, Mum!” – for the past year. We signed him on for the Under 9’s at our local club, the Everton Wolves, in Brisabne’s north, in March. Good decision. The first date for the ‘cubs’ was a ‘Meet the Pack’ [Read more]

Roy Boy Liam

Roy boy Liam O’Connor breaks off half back, assisted by a strong shepherd from Marcel Laidlaw at Alfred Crescent on Sunday 15 March. The Fitzroy U11 Golds hung on to win by 3 points against arch-rival St Marys, in a game that could have gone either way.

Waaia v Tungamah

It has been well documented on the Almanac website that the Waaia Under Seventeens aren’t a good side. We’re a good team, but the quality of some of the players is questionable. So the feeling of walking into the changerooms, knowing that you’re a massive favourite to win comfortably, it was a nice change. The [Read more]

Yass Roos Under 10- 14/8/10

The Under 10s Yass Roos courageously took to the field against tough opposition on a cold and bleak morning in Canberra, cheered on by their faithful supporters. Gage Stinson was great with his communication, calling for the ball and chasing extremely hard. Jordon Hudson continuously got the ball out of the ruck, dodging and weaving to [Read more]


Once the fog lifted, players and punters were afforded a beautiful day when the Yass Under 10s Junior Roos took on Ainslie Red in an awesome game of football. Ryan Payne and Jordan Hudson opened up the game with some beautiful clearing kicks, whilst George Elliot and Kobi-Dean Price took some spectacular marks which resulted [Read more]

Danni knows how to pick ’em

I don’t like the ‘Footy Show’ and I hardly ever watch it. It’s stupid, immature and worst of all it has Sam Newman in it. To me it’s TV trash; I prefer watching ‘Before the Game.’ Although, when fellow Almanacer Susie told me that Mooney was on, I couldn’t resist. So I thought I’ll watch [Read more]

Waaia break the long drought

Waaia v Rennie Waaia Under Seventeen’s. 29 games without a win since late 2008. Since then a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Today, we played Rennie, a team from New South Wales. They made the long trip down, prepared for yet another easy win over Waaia. I woke up at 7am, not [Read more]

Old footballers don’t die, they play AFL Masters

By Andrew Nathan It’s another steamy night in Cairns. I’m in the Vic Metro team that is about to play its first match in the annual AFL Masters tournament. I’ve played in two previous carnivals, in Maroochydore in 2006 and Darwin in ’08, and I’m 43 years of age—but I still get nervous before pulling [Read more]

Local Footy: Falcons threaten to swoop on flag

It’s a Sunday lunchtime and I’m preparing for my first and what might  be my final Grand Final, and I’m excited. I have certainly enjoyed this season, participating in an older age group after our previous team folded. For the Knox under-16 side it has proven to be a successful finals series as we have [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Let every match end with respect among opponents

Round 14 back on 19 July had WRFL Under 16D ladder leader Spotswood playing Williamstown Juniors at Williamstown’s home ground. It was the second last game of the season and, as a match between the top two teams, it would give an indication of what could happen in finals. Spotswood won by 66 points.

Benched Coach

by Andrew Fithall I didn’t have a good week this week. The Williamstown Juniors Under 16 Ds played Wyndhamvale at their ground and had a solid win. But I didn’t coach. There were a number of reasons for that. But, for the moment, let’s go back to Wyndhamvale. Wyndham was in the news a bit [Read more]

You learn as you go

By Andrew Fithall They say that how you train is how you play. In fact Dickie Fry said it several times on Friday evening as under-sixteen training went overtime until we could get some semblance of skill into the drills. Training had begun the same as Wednesday, with “whole group warm-up” co-ordinated by Dickie and [Read more]

First match of the coaching season

We love living across the road from a football ground. Helen and I moved into our current abode 14 years ago. The school football ground was part of the attraction. Many family hours have been spent flying kites, throwing frisbees, kicking footballs, catching lacrosse balls, learning to ride bicycles or just running around. We always [Read more]