Thursday@The Footy Almanac

Thompson, Kaisha age 8

Kaisha Thompson, aged eight, taking notes for her wonderful Preliminary Final report (Kaisha’s story is below)

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Forthcoming Events (for your diary – details in the Calendar of Events)

Nov 3 – The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch featuring Greg Carpenter. Waterside Hotel. $60. Come and pick the trifecta. Book now.

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

AFL Grand Final Reports 

Sydney v Hawthorn

Footy Almanac – Popular Pieces

Nose Eckert’s very moving footy recollections

Mathilde de Hauteclocque’s reflection on Grand Final nothingness

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

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Two ticks for the Granny

Digger and Teddy are ticketless and looking for Gloria when they arrive at the MCG on Saturday. Here’s what happens.

The Not-so-dirty Dozen – ranking the Hawks’ premierships

Sam Steele ranks Hawthorn’s 12 premierships in terms of achievement, the opposition and the broader context of the club’s history. Nothing like a list to spark some debate.

AFL Grand Final – Sydney v Hawthorn: Twinkle Twinkle Little Swan (how I wonder where you’ve gone)

Mathilde de Hauteclocque looks to the heavens for meaning where there is none, and hope where there may be some. Was Saturday the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning for her Swans?

Country Rules – Barossa Footy

Swish Schwerdt, sounds like a Barossa name. Here’s a Barossa footy piece he saw last weekend.

Rugby star follows dairy passion

Some professional sportsmen are left floundering and unsure what to do with the rest of their lives when their playing careers are over. But not former NRL star Ian Hindmarsh.

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Tom Bally’s Sydney season was bookended by stunning, inexplicable losses. Replay watching is not on his mind anytime soon. He’ll be back, but he may not be the same.

The A-League turns 10

Tempus Fugit as they say in Serie A – to mark the A-League’s tenth season, Tom Riordan asks for your best memories from the first nine seasons.

Hamstrings and Bedsprings – AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

When too much haiku is never enough, its the Grand Final haiku-athon. When haikusters (haikuers?-Ed) from around the globe gather to celebrate the power of big meanings in small verses.

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AFL Grand Final – Sydney v Hawthorn: One day in September

The sun shone brightly on Grand Final day, writes Cookie.

AFL Grand Final – Sydney v Hawthorn: Save the last dance for me

A euphoric Rick Kane captures the joy in all Hawks fans’ hearts.

My Footy Recollections

Brenton ‘Nose’ Eckert has what his life insurance and superannuation providers like to call a “terminal medical condition”. What will happen to his collection of football memories?

Almanac on Tour – British Open and the Ashes.

2015 promises to be a big year in sport. We were eyeing off a trip to the British Open and the Ashes, and would love to gauge the interest of Almanackers to come along!

Mission 2015: how to beat Dial-a-Houdini netball?

Hawthorn. Flinders St station. Houdini. Pizza delivery. Netball. Nathan Buckley. Join the dots with David Wilson as he prepares for 2015.

Crio’s Question: Can bad boys make good leaders?

Crio applies a bit of lateral, counter-intuitive thinking to the question of captaincy selections. Can the responsibility transform ‘bad boys’ like NRL’s Todd Carney? Odd examples and nominations please.

The Final Exam – a Hawks fan’s hopes and dreams

Hannah Kuhar captures the obsessive madness of the footy fan, especially one who is preparing for VCE exams, swept along in the finals tidal wave. Life as a metaphor for footy. (Brilliant – Ed.)

Who do you think should be on the cover of The Footy Almanac 2014?

Your suggestion?

AFL Grand Final – Sydney v Hawthorn: I’m not angry, just disappointed

Swans supporter Joe Moore took his extended family from Hobart to Melbourne for a memorable grand final day. Everything was brilliant before and after the game. The problem was the bit in between.

Alastair Clarkson: Ghosts of Futures Past

Peter Baulderstone meditates on the nature of success and building sporting dynasties, with an imagined conversation between Alastair Clarkson and thoroughbred visionary Colin Hayes.

AFL Grand Final: Respect

JTH with some thoughts on the Grand Final, the Cult of Matt Spangher, and the Cult of Will Langford.