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Sunday @ the Almanac


“The Cricketer” by Kate Birrell

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The Footy Almanac invites writers to review a day of the First Test of the Ashes Series.
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Round 20

North Melbourne 12.14.86 d Hawthorn 9.10.64
Essendon 9.13.67 d by Port Adelaide 19.12.126
GWS 12.11.83 d Sydney 12.9.81
Fremantle 14.11.95 d Geelong 9.7.61
Melbourne 9.6.60 b by Richmond 13.15.93
Adelaide 14.8.92 d St Kilda 10.10.70
Collingwood 18.12.120 d Gold Coast 8.3.51
Carlton v West Coast
Brisbane v Western Bulldogs


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The Ashes 2019 – Pick the First Test team: Ian Hauser wins bragging rights

Ian Hauser gets the chocolates.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test: The Edgbaston blog

Check out what our readers have to say and add your observations on the Edgbaston Test.

Je m’en fous

As always, Earl O’Neill presents his thought provoking comments on sport, and other odds n ends, in his carefree and inimitable style as you will see.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 1: Celebrating Smith and a history-defining knock

Sean Mortell reviews Steve Smith’s stunning match-changing innings on Day 1 of the Edgbaston Test of the 2019 Ashes series.

Almanac Footy: Remembering former St Kilda player Ian ‘Goalsy’ Drohan

David Clerehan grew up round the corner from `50s St Kilda footballer Ian ‘Goalsy’ Drohan who passed away recently.

Almanac Cricket – 2019 Ashes Series: Has Steve Smith Won Our Aussie Hearts back?

After Steve Smith’s century making heroics in the Ashes 2019 First Test, Anna Pavlou wonders whether he has won back the hearts of Aussie cricket lovers.

Almanac Art: Not Another Bloody Football Art Show! Yep!

Come along and help Citrus Bob Utber raise funds to publish his ‘The History of the Lang Lang Football Club’ by checking out the art show at The Howler Brewery in Lang Lang featuring well know artists?Shantelle Perry, ?Kendra Heil, Kate Birrell, Susan Sutton, and others.

Round 20 – Sal’s Preview: Pardon the diversion

Sal Ciardulli adds his respected insights to picking winners for the Round 20 AFL matches this weekend.

A Footy Newcomer’s Story Volume Two: The Richmond Rollercoaster Ride

Some Tiger fans just can’t forget the ride that was the 2017 premiership year. Here, footy latecomer Ben the Artist relives the trip that got to the station sooner than originally expected.

Round 19 – Haiku Bob: night squall

A forlorn Haiku Bob reflects upon the Pies loss against the Tigers, and perhaps of a hopeful future.

Henry and the Jets: The Underfish

They’re a different mob at Heathmont – there’s a refreshing honesty about who they are and where they’re at. Henry Ballard takes us inside the mindset of the club.

Round 20 – Fixture for Round 20: A very, very interesting round of matches!

With a number of teams fighting for a place in the 8, Round 20 is certain to be an absorbing round of matches.

Yoshi – My response to Scott Watters on Herald Sun’s Sacked Podcast

Yoshi takes exception to negative commentary on his beloved St Kilda. He also has a distinct preference when it comes to Melbourne newspapers!

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Aug 9: With special guest Bryce McGain

Another cracking Footy Almanac/The Odd Friday Lunch coming up with special guest, former Australian Test cricketer, Bryce McGain, on Friday 9th August at 1:05pm at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. Should be a beauty!

Almanac Life: On the rebound

Mixed footy marriages are fraught with danger. Ged McMahon tells us about love won, love lost and love rebounded, but not without all the stages of grief transversed in between.

Almanac Local Footy – MCUE v GGGM: Grassroots footy at its best!

Ah, country sport at the local Reserve on a Saturday afternoon! Peter Clark brings us an important clash between two of the Riverina Football Netball League’s amalgamated clubs, MCUE and GGBM. See if you can get your mouth around these two names!

My Grandfather Played Hurling

Smokie favours us with this story of his beloved grandfather, Neddy Dawson, and ponders the appropriate curation of Neddy’s century-old Hurley.

‘Two Of Yesteryear’s Heroes…….’ by KB Hill

KB Hill returns with the tales of two more of Wangaratta’s heroes from the past, endurance cyclist Irene Pyle and Stawell Gift runner Des Shelley, both local people who achieved great things.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Brooks and Ko win, Jack ponders the men’s majors, Hall defends Open

Hamish Neal brings us up to date with the world of golf and questions the packed scheduling of the year’s Majors. He finds an ally in the Golden Bear himself!

FEARLESS 2019 – Round 19: The overdue return of the squirrel grip…

FEARLESS calls out pointless jargon, such as the use of ‘metres gained’ statistics and the over-hyped obsession with ‘players as athletes’. How would a ball-getter like ‘Diesel’ Williams fare in the modern draft?