Balcony Banter: ‘Crimmo’ – the ‘real’ hard way

In a recent post on the MCC blog ‘Balcony Banter’ Grant Fraser explained the centrality of Peter Crimmins to all that is great about the Hawks.

Almanac Book Review: Crimmo by Dan Eddy

Grant Fraser has written a heartfelt recollection of the little blond rover who remains always in the hearts of Hawthorn, prompted by Dan Eddy’s recent book ‘Crimmo’.

Almanac History: Moratorium

The Moratorium March, Royalty at the footy, the VFL’s first ever Sunday match, and VFL Park’s first game; 1970 was certainly a happening year for many things political- and footy-wise. This insightful piece from Glen was posted a couple of years ago and this past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Moratorium March. [Well worth remembering – Ed.]

‘When did you fall in love with footy?’ – Alastair Clarkson’s speech at the Peter Crimmins Medal presentation

Courtesy of Tony Wilson’s ‘Speakola’ website, The Almanac presents Alistair Clarkson’s speech ‘When did you fall in love with footy?’ given at the Peter Crimmins Medal presentation in October.

Familiar faces among Assumption College Kilmore cricket greats…. KB Hill

KB Hill has a night out at Assumption’s 125th Gala Dinner, including the inducting of several famous Kilmore College’s high-achieving alumni to their Hall of Excellence, and the unveiling of their ‘Cricketers of the Century’. Some well-known names there!

Vale “Name A Game”

Adam laments today marks the end of an era for the footy nostalgists and he is not happy. Sports Delivered have officially decided to put an end to their “Name A Game” service, one that has provided home and away, finals and State of Origin matches on VHS and later DVD format since the early 1990’s.

Almanac Teams – Terrific Tens

A perfect 10 is hard to beat (unless you’re in Spinal Tap), so it goes without saying that Phil Dimitriadis’ team of 10s would give any side a run for their money

Almanac Teams: Greatest Number 5s

Phil Dimitriadis brings up his fifth numeric side, another ripper. He welcomes any further suggestions.

Almanac Books: Champions All extract – 1976 Grand Final

Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt featuring the 1976 Grand Final.

50 Years On – The Final Round 1966

Saints scramble home in the last game of the season to cement their place the 1966 finals.

Almanac Footy History: In search of the best roving pairs

Who are the mightiest mosquitoes ever to have buzzed around the football packs? Some suggestions from Messrs Sexton and Coventry. Thoughts?

Era, era on the wall; 1967-1976

The late 60s and early 70s are the Golden Years of footy for many VFL fans. In Jeff Dowsing’s latest look at Grand Final eras, the years 1967 to 1976 would see a revolution in how the game was played after Barassi’s Blues and their use handball engineered possibly the greatest comeback in VFL Grand Final history. Carlton, Richmond, Hawthorn and North fans; this is your era.

Remembering Talent Lost

Wesley Hull ponders the intersection of talent and fate.