The Footy Almanac 2007 Grand Final – Geelong v Port Adelaide: The chosen ones

It’s Grand Final day in the Almanac’s recollection of the 2007 season. For John Harms, it’s an afternoon he will never forget.

Balcony Banter – Michael Allen: After the Siren

Michael Allen looks for a way to bring some positive energy to a dark year by recounting several winning after-the-siren goals. He recounted them for ‘Balcony Banter’.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Geelong v Collingwood: A night of hope and spirit

Matt O’Connor managed to secure a ticket to the biggest clash in town. After a week of build-up, he turned up to the ‘G to cheer on his Pies in a titanic blockbuster.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Geelong v Collingwood: Fate, nerves, Otto

Some nights in footy are etched into your brain, whether it be for the good or the bad. John Harms recounts a memorable night – the Geelong/ Collingwood 2007 Preliminary Final, and his experience of watching it from the bowels of the ‘G.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 2 Finals – North Melbourne v Hawthorn: Watching from a rugby state

Rob Clarkson entered North Melbourne’s 2007 Semi Final against Hawthorn nervous of a straight-sets exit, but was soon optimistic about what the year could hold for his Roos.

Balcony Banter – ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber: Neville Shute would have been proud

The Almanac’s ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber likened his visit to the MCG earlier this year to the 1959 movie of Neville Shute’s ‘On The Beach’. He reflected on his experience for ‘Balcony Banter’.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Geelong v North Melbourne: Finals nerves, changing routines

The pressure of a great season weighed heavily on John Harms as he found his way into the ‘G for Geelong’s first final in 2007. His worries were alleviated by a dominant performance.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Collingwood v Sydney: Omens

Cam Noakes went into his Swans’ 2007 final confident, but was soon left ruing his optimism and reflecting on the dominant Sydney run spanning from 2005-2007.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Collingwood v Sydney: A big night at the office

Matt O’Connor was nervous about Collingwood’s Elimination Finals date with the Swans in 2007. In front of a packed MCG, he went through the familiar rollercoaster of emotions.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 22 – Melbourne v Carlton: The Kreuzer Cup

It was a different type of game when Carlton and Melbourne met in the final round of 2007. Both struggled, and Christian Mooney soon noticed the Blues weren’t too disappointed with the loss, for now they had Matthew Kreuzer at pick one.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 22 – Richmond v St Kilda: Farewells and flags far in the future

Tony Roberts made his last trek to the ‘G for the 2007 season, and watched St Kilda narrowly avoid disaster as they farewelled a Saints champion.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 21 – Essendon v Richmond: Legends struggle to say bye

Round 21, 2007. James Hird and Kevin Sheedy’s final games in Melbourne. Over 85,000 flocked to the ‘G – Paul Daffey has the report on a final home contest for two Essendon heroes.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 21 – Collingwood v Sydney: Nathan returns on a black and white night

Collingwood’s beloved Nathan Buckley finally came back into the side in 2007, and it gave Cameron Noakes a night to forget.

Evading Father Time: Kade Simpson and Jimmy Anderson

Shane Thomas reflects on the sense of comfort in this trying time, borne of watching two sporting greats who continue to duck and weave around the grips of Father Time: Jimmy Anderson and Kade Simpson.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 20 – St Kilda v Fremantle: Why Freo?

Sean Gorman was left wondering why he went for the Dockers in 2007. After struggling to watch them enough, he was left disappointed by their efforts at the ‘G against St Kilda in Round 20.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 20 – Essendon v Carlton: Fev, Ratten and Makybe

Christopher Riordan participated in the Saturday ritual with an Auskick to MCG day in 2007. Watching traditional rivals Carlton and Essendon clash led to questions about draft picks, full-forwards and coaches.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 20 – Collingwood v Melbourne: Johnson nearly ruins it all

The Pies were well on their way to a redemption win in the latter stages of 2007. But a bone-crunching bump changed the game, and let the Demons back into the match while Matt O’Connor watched on in horror.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 19 – Hawthorn v Brisbane: Buddy v Browny

A fine example of Saturday arvo footy looked set to go the way of Brisbane in 2007. Tony Roberts was at the match, and didn’t expect the blossoming draft picks of Hawthorn to stage such a wonderful second half.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 19 – Richmond v Collingwood: Who to Roast now?

The Tigers were given no hope of beating the resurging Pies in 2007. Adam McNicol couldn’t believe his eyes from the corporate boxes as the game came down to the wire.

Balcony Banter – Sam Thomson: Christmas Time at Long On

MCG member Sam Thomson calls the MCG his second home. He follows the Saints but it’s the Boxing Day Test which plays a particular role in his family’s annual rituals.