Tuesday@The Footy Almanac

Ross Mueller You Grow into it - Henry

Old woollen Cats jumper passed down to second generation Henry who is the archetypal Geelong player.


OLD FOOTY JUMPERS SERIES: Send us a photo and story of your old woollen footy jumper.

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Crio’s Q: Which is the better prep for a life in elite professional sport?

Crio makes a statement! But there’s a question in there as well as he looks at the career of Matt Priddis and compares it with those TAC players on the pathway. [And he offers his hearty congrats to Matt Priddis - Ed]

Brownlow Fashion 2014

Bling, beading and everything in between Duchess Danni has Brownlow Fashion 2014 covered.

Everyday Obits: Old Mate Allan Way

Allan Way loved life. This is P. Flynn’s eulogy of a great character.

[Wonderful tribute of a ripper bloke from a dear friend - Ed]

AFL Preliminary Final – Sydney v North Melbourne: up against the Extra$

‘I hoped for something to ease the angst that filled the garage. My heart was yammering.’ In his man-cave with his mates, Matt Watson endures the Roos prelim-final loss to the Swans.

VFL Grand Final: Footscray v Box Hill

Despite Rod Oaten’s views of the Docklands Stadium, the VFL Grand Final went right down to the wire. Interested to hear his thoughts on the best players on the day and the much anticipated return of Cyril Rioli.

Who gets the new ball: Seasick Steve, Derek and The Dominos, Chad Morgan, or The Big Lebowski?

It is Grand Prix weekend in Singapore but family emergencies intervene so Mickey Randall is contemplating his musical education.

Melbourne Uni Blacks Win VAFA Premier Division Title for First Time in 40 Years

Quietly jubilant, The Black Hack writes a delightful report of the VAFA Premier Division Grand Final.

Invented Sports – Episode 47 – Squarsh

A sport designed for lads by lads: squarsh.

Season Review: Geelong

An extensive, thorough review of the Cats players from David Fordyce. Interested to hear Cats fans’ thoughts.

SANFL Grand Final – Norwood v Port Adelaide: The Greatest Win of All

Longtime Redlegs fan Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood rates Norwood’s triumph in Sunday’s SANFL Grand Final the greatest of all his club’s premierships. Though he admits to missing their 1887, 1888 and 1889 flag wins.

Matt Priddis: Last Man Standing

Peter Baulderstone pays tribute to the 2014 Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis. A triumph for footballers over athletes; work rate over talent; durability over the spectacular; and humility over ego and macho.

What’s in a name? Plenty if you barrack for Footscray

Neil Anderson was there as Footscray won the VFL flag. It’s been a long time coming, but Footscray are again VFL Premiers in 2014.

Grand Final Week

JTH on some of the festivities from the prelims to the Brownlow to the Grand Final

Finals Fever in Port Moresby

Our man in Moresby, Smokey Raitman, tells the story of the finals series in the Papua New Guinea AFL comp. The local entertainment, fierce rivalries and tribal customs make for a great yarn.

Redfern All Blacks – Keeping the ball in motion

Patrick Skene watched the Redfern All Blacks do battle with Bondi United, institutional racism and their personal demons. (The most engaging, enjoyable, wide ranging, eye opening, heart warming, provocative piece you will read anywhere this week – Ed.)

AFL Preliminary Final – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: X for the unknown and treasure

Alan Stewart has his lucky meal prior to the game, and wonders why his Hawks struggle so much with Preliminary Finals.

AFL Preliminary Final – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: “Sometimes you kick. Sometimes you get kicked.”

Stainless Steele is impressed by Port Adelaide’s approach to the game and is convinced they are no one-hit wonder.

WAFL Grand Final – Glory glory Subiaco

Les Everett tells how heart, commitment and wet weather got outsiders Subiaco Lions home over the East Perth Eagles/Royals in the WAFL Grand Final.

Old (woollen) footy jumpers: You grow into it

“It is clear to all in the cubicle that I intend to wear this jumper home. I intend to wear it until it wears out. This is my team, my home town and so the adults talk about something and somehow we get home with me still inside the garment,” writes Ross Mueller of this fine jumper now passed on to his son Henry.

The Hinkley Factor

Dips O’Donnell pays tribute to the attacking, joyful footy that Ken Hinkley has embraced at Port Adelaide.