Round 5@The Footy Almanac

John O'Donnell Stawell 1955

John O’Donnell wins the 1955 Stawell Gift.

Thanks to Ken Trewick and Damian O’Donnell for their wonderful contributions at the inaugural Footy Almanac Stawell Gift Dinner last night. Thanks also to Sofija, Hattie and Grace at the Waterside Hotel for helping make it such a wonderful occasion. We look forward to next year’s event with John O’Donnell.

Easter Monday Event: If you’re in the Members’ at Hawthorn v Geelong this weekend, come to the MCC Library to hear Hawthorn premiership player and now board member, Andy Gowers, interviewed by John Harms. Footy Almanacs available. 2-3pm.

Listen to the first FOOTY ALMANAC PODCAST featuring The People’s Elbow, Matt Quartermaine, Steve Baker and Damian Callinan.

(Check out Damian’s show The Lost World War I Diary of Private Paddy Callinan now on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Details here. It’s excellent – JTH)


AFL Round 4 Reports

Richmond v Collingwood
GWS v Western Bulldogs
Carlton v Melbourne
Geelong v West Coast
Gold Coast v Hawthorn
St Kilda v Adelaide
Sydney v North Melbourne
Fremantle v Essendon
JOIN THE FOOTY ALMANAC WEEKLY TIPPING COMP HERE. THERE’S A NEW COMP EACH WEEK (thanks to Richard Farmer and his website politicalowl)

Good Friday Blues: Life of Bryce

Peter Baulderstone thinks that no club is better suited to Good Friday footy than Carlton. The answers to all the Blue’s problems were contained in Monty Python’s “Life of Bryce”.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 59-Brilliant Brazil Blow It Again (1986)

Dennis Gedling relives a great Quarter Final between Brazil and France from the searing heat of Mexico ’86.

The First Footy Almanac Podcast

A little banter from Matt Quatermaine, The People’s Elbow, Steve Baker and their special guest Damian Callinan.

AFL, NRL and Nags previews

Some previews from the experts at TattsBet.

AFL Round 4 – Fremantle v Essendon: Too hot for anyone from over east

On a sunny day in Perth David Zampatti watched the Dockers smash Essendon, and Aaron Sandilands pick up the bathroom basin. (Think Cuckoo’s Nest)

Round 5 Preview – KB Time

Sal Ciardulli has the best odds on Brent ‘The Cuff’ Macaffer, the Just Shot Blues and a Dundeel for the weekend.

The First Wonder of the 2014 Season

Step right up. Easter Monday’s clash between the Hawks and the Cats under the big top promises all the fun of the fair. [slightly bizarre and other worldly but I think I get it - Ed]

AFL Round 4 – Gold Coast v Hawthorn: Haughty Hawks hark back

Sasha Lennon and family head to Metricon where he kids have to listen to some serious reminiscing until (thankfully for them) the game starts and the Hawks are mighty again.

Between remembering and forgetting: an update on the baristas

Let Mathilde de Hauteclocque explain. If your team is losing it is more important that you forget than remember, because it is only by forgetting that you can remember how to win.

Marathoning the Rotterdam

Rotterdam may not have the reputation or international pull of cities such as London, New York and Paris, but as a marathon-city it has a fine reputation. Andy Fuller reports on a crowd-pleasing event where music meets sponsors meets philanthropy, celebrating individuality and solidarity.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 60-Croatia Finally Have Their Moment to Shine (1998)

Dennis Gedling tells how the ‘bloodstained chessboards’ of Croatia were the surprise successes of the 98 World Cup.

No sore losers here

Catherine Durkin saw a couple of games last weekend – and can hardly believe the contrast. They set her thinking.

At Easter-time Stawell Giveth and Stawell Taketh Away

I’m moving up the track in the wrong direction. I start at the finish. At the end rather than the beginning. As I begin my slow jog, the white strings that line the full length of each lane rise gradually from ground level to their eventual height of almost a metre. They are fed through [Read more]

Round 4 – Richmond v Collingwood: Haiku Bob – among the flotsam

Haiku Bob on Friday night’s rain-soaked game

O Me Miserum: the genesis and revelations of an offie

[G'day to UQCC readers and thanks to I. Elks for diverting newsletter readers to the footyalmanac website. Hope all is well at St Lucia]

Chris Harms, whose bowling action was highlighted in a recent piece by John Harms, replies to his cousin.

AFL Round 4: It’s official! The Tigers have a finals hangover.

Fearless reports on a round that saw 7000 vulcans attend StarTrek Oval and a win-less Melbourne finally sort out their structural issues – but Jumping Jack was once again nowhere to be found.

Round 4: The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

In this weeks wrap-up, Earl O’Neill introduces you to your new favourite band and ponders why so many good players have forgotten how to play.

AFL Round 4 – Carlton v Melbourne: Apocalypse Now Re-Redux – Kurtz was an optimist

While all around him are losing their heads, John Butler is keeping his. A calm, objective analysis of Carlton’s performance on Saturday and what led to it.

Malthouse feelings and car park lessons

A Latrobe seminar involving Mick Malthouse and a chance conversation with Mark Stevens have Danni Eid thinking. [Thoughtful piece - Ed]

Generation Oakbank

Time marches on, but some things don’t change: when the sun retreats a boy will feel the cold, no matter how flushed his cheeks. [Nice stuff-Ed]