Almanac Anniversaries: A Quick Thank You from Matt Zurbo

Matt Zurbo looks at the clock and realises he’s been writing for the Almanac for ten years. He’s a do-er. But he stops for a minute to think about why. [Thanks Matt. It’s yours as much as anyone’s. – JTH]

Thirty Metres

Matt Zurbo’s back doing what he does best; writing from the heart, stories about footy and footy clubs, mates, good times, life and living, and being the best you can, all written in his own laconic style.

Round 3 – Melbourne v Essendon: Friday night home

Matt Zurbo has a TV! [Hard to believe – Ed] He watches Essendon and Melbourne – these are his observations. [All the best today too Old Dog as you start your own umpteenth season – Ed]

Unrushed, Unspoken

Old Dog kicks the footy in the bush.

Almanac (Thinking) Footy: The Greatest Footballer of All Time

Matt Zurbo and Elena and Cielo are in Venezuela. Matt is thinking about life and footy. This piece considers the concept of ‘the greatest’ and finishes wih a cracking photo.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: Pressure

We all know Old Dog loves footy and has a great eye and feel for it. When it’s Grand Final time he sets himself for a big performance. So when it’s an epic Grand Final he does it justice. “To watch the 2018 Grand Final,” he writes, “was a thing from Heaven.” [Do yourself a favour – JTH]

Kids’ Footy Stories

Some news from Old Dog and family who are still Up North, including a new project which has him writing and illustrating 365 kids’ stories in 365 days. [Remarkable – ed]

The Oasis

Old Dog loves the game, always has. Some things around the AFL, he doesn’t love so much. Here he highlights his oasis in a desert of opprobrium, our Footy Almanac.

NQ

Where has Old Dog been?

Aydan Marriner

Old Dog, on the importance of friendship and the simplicity of distance.

The Numbers Game

Old Dog has taken his family Up North here he’s work in the FNQ humidity. He’s been thinking. And in this piece, he’s thinking out loud. What’s the impact of the number of players in a team on community?

A sporting history of gastro

Matt Zurbo sympathises with Joe Root’s unfortunate ailment during the Sydney Test. Here’s why!

How to Lose Australia

Matt Zurbo, in sending his season’s greeting, makes his case for an inclusive Australia. Because it’s actually about giving everyone a fair go.

Almanac Family News: Cielo Zurbo

Old Dog Matt Zurbo and Elena have news. [Sensational. Congrats from all of us here at the Almanac – JTH]

Grand Final – Adelaide v Richmond: When it matters most

Old Dog looks at this Grand Final as a quintessential example of the one day in September. Richmond’s pressure beats the Crows’ silk. Full of emotion and action – and trademark Old Dog first principles analysis [Bloody amazing from off the TV Old Dog – JTH].

Grand Final Preview: When the crowd rises with you

Oh, to be in the belly of such passion. The Grand Final is about stories of your own. Old Dog writes about where he has been for Grand Finals. [Ripper – JTH]

Bush Footy: Ground Level 2017

Perhaps the most novel Season Review of the year – and certainly the most insightful. Yes Dogs [sic] you have told the story of a fair dinkum footy club. [Great stuff Old Dog – JTH]

Finals Week 2 – Preview: Geelong v Sydney

Jarrad McVeigh plays his 300th in the do or die semi-final clash against the Cats tomorrow night. Keiran Croker is confident the Swans will continue their recent proven record against the Cats and make it to another preliminary final.

Forever Grateful

And now for something different from the Old Dog…

Bush Footy Grand Final – Colac v Grovedale: Meeting in Chaos

“Bec was one of the netballers – small and wild! She out swore us, out brassed us, out drank us. A few of the boys were intimidated, for sure. She was going out with one of the Alvie footballers and knew her bush footy as good as anyone.”