Almanac Yarn: Davo pulled it to the left.

This may or may not be true. But, in his debut piece for the Almanac, Curtis de Mar tells the tale of Davo, footballer and lateral thinker who was always late for games.

Life as a veteran local footballer

The end cometh. But what material it provides to the capable scribe. We welcome Luke Holmesby to the Almanac community with a wonderful debut piece. [Great to have you with us Luke – JTH]

Local Footy: The club where Blunnies mattered

Matt Zurbo’s first footy club (many years ago) was a suburban club where the blokes worked hard and played hard. Young Matt Zurbo was made welcome because of his Blundstone boots. Not footy boots. His work boots.

Sound. (or This is still Australia: they’re utes not trucks)

Matt Zurbo thinks his way through some recent footy moments – life moments – and listens for the sounds, and observes the silences.

VAFA Premier B, Round 18 – Fitzroy v Parkdale: The Won’t-But-Should-Have Match

A win to Fitzroy should have been a time to celebrate. Phil Hill and the Lion’s faithful were left flat after the early season losses come home to roost costing the boys a shot at the finals. Disappointed but Phil can’t wait for next year.

FIDA Grand Finals this Sunday

The FIDA footy season comes to a finale this Sunday 28 August, with four Grand Finals, all at Central Reserve, Glen Waverley.

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: 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.

VAFA B Section – Round 1: Fitzroy v St Bedes

A reflective Phil Hill laments that not everyone has the good sense to schedule a wedding out of season. He is also concerned that Fitzroy faces a tough season in B Grade Ammos in 2016

Local Footy: Hot in the (Rum) City Tonight

Join Mick Jeffrey in his Nth Qld pre-season odyysey

John Foord Oval, Corowa

Inspired by Glen!’s reflection on the life of his mother, Peter Clark evocatively takes us to game day at Corowa

Local footy: Why do I feel like a babysitter?

Mick Jeffrey steps out again for Brothers AFC. Pre-season is well underway in Capricornia. But the kids are getting younger.

My Grand Final Memories (As a Player)

Mick Jeffrey has looked into an open premiership window on three occasions. He shares with us his memories of those Grand Final days – some more vivid than others.

Northcote Park – Reserves into Prelim Final as Seniors fall to Eltham on Semi-Final Sunday

Stephen Marson recaps a finals weekend of mixed results for the Northcote Park Cougars.

Representative footy returns to North Hobart Oval as the NWFL beat the SFL

Nick Weidmann had a rare day off from umpiring yesterday and took the chance to get to a rep game at North Hobart Oval.

Round 6 – Richmond v North Melbourne: Slow train to nowhere

Recalling some champion Richmond forwards to come out Tasmania, Chris Daley pays tribute to Warrnambool footy legend, and a member of the Swans 1945 Bloodbath team, Don Grossman, as he treks west to a christening and tries to catch the action as his beloved Tigers struggle in Hobart.

ANZAC Veteran hero… for one more day

The story of Ted Howe, World War Two ANZAC veteran and Penguin Football Club life member.

NTFL Round 8 Wrap-up

Thrillers and blowouts as the mercury rises up North. Jackson Clark brings the full weekend’s summary from the Northern Territory

Local footy and netball (and other sports): tell us where and when your side is playing finals

With so many of our readers and writers involved in local sporting clubs, I thought it would be a nice opportunity for you to let us know where your side is playing finals – whether you be a player, coach, helper, fan. [Add the details as a comment in this post – or write us a whole yarn]

Footy Town in The Gap

Sasha Lennon celebrates The Gap Dragons’ footy club and the success of the annual round robin intra-club kids competition. He also thanks the Footy Almanac for getting behind the event.