Almanac Footy: The game is not the same!

With Citrus Bob Utber spending a few days relaxing down at Moggs Creek, he was able to attend two footy matches on the one day. One match involved country footy at its best, and the other match left a lot to be desired.

Round 22 – Collingwood v Geelong: Waltzing the Matildas at the ‘G with Pies and Cats

Citrus Bob Utber was at the MCG to watch his beloved Cats fall short against the Pies in their Round 22 match but The Matildas more than compensated with their fantastic win against France.

Almanac Footy: A Team for all seasons

Citrus Bob Utber presents his footy team for all seasons made up of players he has watched play over the past seventy years.

Almanac (Grand Final) Footy: The Danger

Citrus Bob Utber helps us get inside the head of his grandson as the Pivotonian No. 35 prepares for Saturday’s AFL Grand Final against the Sydney Swans.

Round 10 – Geelong v Port Adelaide: Port wilt to Pussy Pressure

Port Adelaide could have made more of their early dominance in a match where the Cats came storming home writes Nick Kossatch.

Almanac Teams: The Horse and the Frog, Best of 35 (1980- )

We’re halfway to Number 70 (will we get that far? Who knows!) in Rodney Boyd’s best of sides since 1980. Today’s team is all about a sextet of absolute stars in any era, with a few handy cameos thrown in.

Almanac (Footy) Songs: Dangerfield

Simon Minahan breaks his Almanac duck with a song. Shortly before the Grand Final, he penned these lyrics about Patrick Dangerfield, to be sung to Jimmy Webb’s tune ‘Galveston’. [Good to have your words on the Almanac site Simon – JTH]

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Dynasties

Old Dog reviews the Grand Final from the rainswept Otways. With Bourbon.

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Unprecedented

It wasn’t the best lead up for Gill Dite – an unprecedented solitary couch viewing and choruses of Geelong praise on the radio for starters – but with the rain cleared and the lights on, the unprecedented big finals player himself, Dusty, stood up.

Finals Week 3 – Brisbane v Geelong: Prelude to a Jig

Jamie Simmons gets to the Preliminary Final at the Gabba where he is left contemplating football expressions, football experience and football expectations.

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Collingwood: Space and time

John Harms looks back at the Geelong-Collingwood match.

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Collingwood: A disappointing chapter to an otherwise great read

The taught rivalry of Cats and Pies in finals is dead…long live the rivalry. Sean Mortell opines on a dirty day for his team putting a full stop to a year of promise.

Almanac Footy Comment: Reconnecting without contact

When the pandemic walls started to close in and the AFL hit the decks in the attempt to salvage the season, Dips thought the whole experiment might be a fool’s errand. With time, he now confesses that the physically-distant competition has allowed him the peace and space to reconnect with his team [Marvellous – Ed.]

The best Crows team that never was

While footy continues to bore Citrus Bob Utber, he has found the time to select a best ever Adelaide side that never got the chance to grace the field together.

Villers-Bretonneux remembers once again: School supports bushfire efforts

What a fantastic message from the students of the Victoria School, Villers-Bretonneux, France for sharing information of their efforts in supporting victims of the Australian bushfires. [Thanks Citrus Bob – Ed]

No Mea Culpa for Chris (as pointyenditis continues)

Is it the coach’s fault for lack of success at a club or can it be put down to something else? Paul Spinks examines the role of Chris Scott as a coach and wonders whether “pointyenditis” is a problem at the club.

SANFL – West Adelaide FC: Great players and the mid-season draft effects

West Adelaide FC Life Member and Past President Lee Harradine reminisces upon some of the great players who have played for the Bloods and gone on to play AFL football. He also comments upon the effects of the mid-season draft for his club.

Finals Week 1 – Preview

Sean Mortell previews Finals Week 1 making his predictions who he believes the winners will be.

Three Weeks Out – Geelong

Zac Holt has seen Geelong’s season enter a stage of frustration as the post-bye curse continues to plague the ladder-leaders. He has identified what worked before the malaise and which players are most responsible for the downturn – and could potentially spur a second wind.

Almanac Time Capsule: Round 16, 2015 – Port Adelaide v Adelaide – An emotional showdown

It was a day of high emotion in Adelaide back in 2015, as one of the fiercest rivalries in Australian sport celebrated the memory of Phil Walsh. Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood reported on a game where football was a secondary consideration.