Round 16 – Sydney Swans v Hawthorn: Howzat!

Hawthorn lays waste to another 2015 premiership contender with a frightening display of attacking footy against the Sydney Swans. And Trucker Slim is most contented.

Round 15 – Hawthorn v Fremantle: Seventh heaven (and the return of Peter Hudson)

A big win to the Hawks, and a chance meeting with a genuine legend of the game in Peter Hudson; Molly and Sasha Lennon make their annual trek to Launceston to watch Hawthorn deal with fellow 2015 premiership contender, Fremantle.

Round 15- Hawthorn v Fremantle: Message received loud and clear

John Butler saw Hawthorn dispatch 2015 premiership rival, Fremantle, with jaw-dropping ease in Launceston on Sunday.

Round 14 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Football

On the sort of day when football seems irrelevant, Rick Kane saw a match that was a testament to the game and Phil Walsh

Round 9 – Hawthorn v Gold Coast: A Day in the Life.

Hawks supporters Louis and Steve Hodder watched their Hawks have a win against the Suns but were somewhat distracted and couldn’t tell you why.

Grand Final 2014 – Hawthorn v Sydney: Upstairs Downstairs

Woodleigh student Tom Goldsmith revisits the 2014 Grand Final when he was given the red card for his noisy passion for his Hawkers.

Round 7 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: Contenders v Pretenders

Steve Baker, neutral observer, nearly chokes on his incredulity on the way to the MCG. What’s going on when a coach praises a player for dropping himself? What’s going on when the final margin is 105 points?

What it Was

Rick Kane accepts that two of his Hawks crossed the line last week. We are quick to judge, but how do these incidents sit with the contradiction that in our dark hearts, we don’t mind players going the biffo.

Round 5 – The Wrap: Round V

Inspired by Mayweather v Pacquiao perhaps, The Wrap pulls no punches in his look back through round five. Not one for the Bluebaggers or Richmond fans to read if they’re still smarting from the weekend.

Round 2 – Essendon v Hawthorn: Dons edge Hawks

Jeremy Hill watched his Hawks fall to the Dons on the weekend. Despite the frustration, he sees the Bombers have the capability to cause the big guns some serious headaches before the season is done

Was footy really tougher “back in the day”?

It’s an age-old question: was footy tougher ‘back in the day’, or are we just looking at different kind of toughness?

Do We Go For Three?

ILuvHawkThugs shares with us the simple reasoning behind the choice of Lewis for his son’s name “…Omen disguised as superstition, parading as luck, in an act of folly.”

Almanac Book Cover 2014 Unveiled

Kate Birrell and Jim Pavlidis eat your heart out. [The work of P. Baulderstone, being amusing – JTH]

Footy Commentary – The gift that keeps on giving (or: Intellectual Wilderness, ho!).

Steve Baker has learnt plenty from our current crop of broadcasters…. at least 11 things.

AFL Round 15 – Hawthorn v Gold Coast: At what point will Gold Coast say we can win this?

Trucker Slim casts his ever-watchful eye over another masterful game by Luke Hodge, and another Hawks’ win, its fifth on the trot.

AFL Round 1 – Hawthorn v Brisbane: It Begins: Flying Friendly Skies

Paul Campbell has a great day at the ground, and in the terminal, and it just keeps getting better.

Meeting Luke Hodge at East Coburg Cricket Club

Jackson Kane (Geelong fan) went to see Luke Hodge, with his Dad Rick (Hawthorn fan) and they were mightily impressed. Here’s Jackson’s story.

The Footy Almanac 2013 cover art

This year, The Footy Almanac cover has been painted by Melbourne artist (and Almanac contributor) Kate Birrell who has captured Luke Hodge and his driving left foot. Here’s a bit about Kate, and a bit from Kate, expressing her love of the everyday. (Kate’s original painting is up for auction – Ed)

AFL Round 18 – Essendon v Hawthorn: Buddy Hell

Buddy beats up on Essendon for fun. Friday night was no exception.

AFL Round 17 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: Bring on September

The Hawks should have won at least one more flag since 2008, writes Tim Adam. Based on the weekend’s performance, this should be their year.