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.

Fearless 2019: Gambling and the AFL, some thoughts.

Fearless has some thoughts on gambling and the AFL.

Round 15 – Geelong v Adelaide: Voices

The voices at Kardinia Park provided encouragement for Anna Pavlou to get through the game as the Cats redeem themselves with a good win against the Crows in their Round 15 clash.

Round 14 – Port Adelaide v Geelong: Stab kicks with Citrus Bob Utber

Citrus Bob Utber “stab kicks” from Adelaide as he reports on the Round 14 match between Port Adelaide and Geelong. [Congrats great-grandpa! – Ed]

Round 12 – Richmond v Geelong: Constantly Moving On

The air of apprehension gradually gave way to the sweet smell of satisfaction — and a good feeling about the future — for Anna Pavlou as she watched her Cats on Friday night.

Round 12 – Richmond v Geelong: For the love of Patrick Naish

The only positive for Richmond on a tough night against the powerful Geelong side was the debut of Ivanhoe local (and son of Chris) Patrick Naish, writes Tiger fan John Green.

Round 3 – Adelaide v Geelong: Cats show their class

Footy is important – but the shocking drought in South Australia is more important, observes our elder statesman Citrus Bob Utber. Things are grim. A Crows win may have added some temporary cheer. Alas, the Cats were too good on the night with Rhys Stanley continuing his good form, and Danger and Tim Kelly in even better form.