Gravel & Mud: Geoffrey Blainey

Historian Geoffrey Blainey has had rich experiences with Australian mining, society and football. This story is from the anthology ‘Gravel & Mud’, a wonderful look into how western Tasmania approached its footy, from conditions to crowds to players.

Almanac Poetry: For Bad Behaviour

A short piece from Kevin Densley on an event crystalised into memory, both capital and corporal in nature.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 9 – Hawthorn v West Coast: Hawks upset the Big Birds in Tassie

With the majority of West Coast’s 2007 midfield brigade out, Howard Kimber tells the tale of how a young Hawthorn side surprised the reigning Premiers in windy Tasmania.

Memoir: Dodge’s Paddock – A country lad’s reflections

Allan Barden makes his Almanac debut with lovely memoir about his Tasmanian childhood. The Dodge family paddock was the sporting and social hub for a colourful cast of characters.


A terrific piece by Matt Zurbo on the inception of the Dodges Ferry Colts (in Tassie), a side that has given the senior club a youthful boost.

AFLW Round 1 – North Melbourne v Carlton: The Roos were just too good.

David Henricus and crew take the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ across Bass Strait to see their Blues take on the first-timers, North at the historic North Hobart Oval.

Tasmania – Let The Footy Flow…

Another Tassie footy vignette, this time a melodic take from Apple Isler Cranky Pete.

A Forgotten Isle – The State of Football in a ‘Football State’

Jack Banister spoke to some key players in Tasmanian footy on the current situation and the future for the code.

Remember The Argus

Gone but not forgotten, newspaper The Argus shaped a juvenile Chris Aulich’s love affair with the giants of Victorian footy through print but more importantly pictures – culminating in a lifelong bond with Geelong.

Tales of Tasmania: Robert Shaw

Liahm O’Brien tells the tale of fellow-Tasmanian Robert Shaw, well known to all in the footy community.

The State of the ‘Union’

Liahm O’Brien has taken some time to reflect on shape of football on Tasmania’s North-West Coast, following the decision of the Burnie Football Club to withdraw from the Tasmanian State League.

Driving with Jacqui: an afternoon with Senator Lambie

It has been interesting to observe the level and warmth of support for Jacqui Lambie in recent days. This piece, by Deakin University student gives an indication as to why. No matter what your political views, this was a terrific thing to do with (and for) a keen student. (First published in September, 2017)

Dana Morse is studying a Bachelor of Communications (Media) at Deakin University in Melbourne. From Tasmania, she recently spent time with Senator Jacqui Lambie and compiled this feature.

AFL looks to run junior and senior competitions on the NSW Central Coast and Hunter

Looks like Australian Football on the Hunter Coast is at a crucial point. Alex Darling looks at the options to the League.

A few hours in the forward line

Bert receives sad news of a fallen footballer while driving through western Tasmania. It takes him on a journey to Queenstown Oval where they played against each other.

When the Tigers Rocked the Theatre Royal – Hobart’s First Encounter With “Eat ‘Em Alive”

Liahm O’Brien has the tale of the first documented time Tasmania heard the famous “Eat ‘Em Alive” mantra.

Battery Point Boozers: Heroic Journeys into Hobart’s Hotels

Mickey Randall enjoyed the pubs in Hobart over the weekend. A fascinating mix of establishments, layouts and patrons make for a fun read.

Up the Derwent to MONA

A trip down the Derwent to visit MONA has Mickey Randall in musical mindset. And ends the experience at the pub.

Way Down South

Matt Zurbo shares a conversation with his boss’s son about love, work, footy and life. All while heading to the training ground.

Almanac Soccer: Tasmania Gaining Large Support To Join The A-League

Will Tassie have an A-League team? Tony Samboras assesses the situation.

Almanac Lunch: Hobart this Friday (Aug 19)

Almanac on tour! Lunch in Hobart Aug 19. Check out the details here. Spots still available. All welcome.