Almanac (Footy) Poetry: The footy

Ah, the pleasure of that first leather football in the hands of a young boy! Bill Wootton remembers it well.

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.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry – The Rhymer: An Object Of Desire

The Rhymer: An Object Of Desire

The Ballad Of Dusty The Kid

Jennifer Muirden has written another set of lyrics about this year’s Brownlow medalist Dustin Martin. This time to the tune of “The Ballad Of Billy The Kid” by Billy Joel.

AFL: Surfing the bye

Dips took the opportunity to embrace the healing qualities of a road trip, music and the sea while his Geelong had the bye this round.

From Paul Kelly’s Facebook: “Sonnet to a New Sherrin”

There’s very little that compares for Aussie rules lovers than the smell and the feel of a brand new Sherrin. Paul Kelly, legend of Australian music, posted a beaut entry on his Facebook page; poetry inspired by a new season. [Poem gratefully reproduced here for Footy Almanac readers – Ed.]

How great we once were

It’s one of life’s simple pleasures but when was the last time you had a kick of the footy? Iron Mike hasn’t had one for years and knows there’s no excuse. What’s your excuse?

The time I found they shrank the Sherrin

Paul Spinks discovers the size of the Sherrin has indeed been tampered with, leaving him to ask: Who has the right to fiddle with heritage? (He also finds out Don Chipp was a lovely exponent of the drop kick.)