Almanac Footy History: Chris ‘Tractor’ Prime

In his latest profile piece, Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood details the career of former Norwood forward and legendary country goalkicker Chris ‘Tractor’ Prime.

Almanac (Footy) Profile: Matthew Robran – AKA ‘Son Of’

Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood provides an in depth profile of Matthew Robran, the Adelaide Crows champion and duel premiership player.

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 2)

Rulebook’s back with Part 2 of Neil Craig’s career – from player to super coach

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 1)

Neil Craig’s career has been so prolific Rulebook is covering it in two parts, all starting with the Yorke Peninsula, Carmel Court and the Norwood Football Club.

SANFL Draft Dodgers – 1981: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

As if we did not need a reminder of the SANFL’s love-hate relationship with the VFL/AFL! Swish Schwerdt runs us through the ‘forgotten’ draft of 1981, and tells us who stayed and who went

1974 SANFL Grand Final – Glenelg v Sturt: Whelan In The Years

Swish Schwerdt continues his series reviewing great SANFL games, Footy Budget and all, this time it’s the 1974 Grand Final between Glenelg and Sturt.

Rulebook’s Best Ever Norwood Side

Rulebook’s picked the best Redlegs from his 40+ years as a fanatical Norwood follower.

Round 14 – Adelaide v Hawthorn: A lack of mongrel

Rulebook is fired up after Adelaide’s lack of grunt and leadership in a disappointing loss to Hawthorn. He also has his say about staging for frees, the shot clock and the incredible close finishes this round.

In the firing line with the ruck rovers

The role of the ruck-rover is defined by the many wonderful exemplars Carolyn Spooner refers to from teams of the’60’s through to the current day.

Neil Craig, home for a day

John Kingsmill receives some frank answers from Neil Craig on sports science, his time at Adelaide and his future. [A very human press conference – Ed.]

Neil Who?

When Neil Craig was appointed to the senior coaching role at the end of 2004, the common reaction outside of South Australia was “Neil who?”. He was a man who did not follow the usual path to AFL coaching. He had no AFL playing experience, although he did play over 300 games in the SANFL. [Read more]

Neil Craig Resigns

Neil Craig has just announced his resignation as coach of Adelaide. He will take a leave of absence for an indefinite period before discussing any ongoing role at the club. Mark Bickley will fill in as caretaker until season’s end. Full details from the Crows website here. What do our South Australian Almanackers think? And [Read more]