Round 4 @ Footy Almanac

'Out came the Sherrin'

‘Out came the Sherrin’ Artist: Susan Sutton

Vale Jenny Hawkins

Round 3 Reports:

Collingwood 21.14.140 defeated St Kilda 10.6.66
Carlton 11.18.84 lost to Essendon 16.9.105
Adelaide 12.8.80 defeated Melbourne 7.13.55
Sydney 16.15.111 defeated GWS 12.18.90
North Melbourne 16.9.105 lost to Port Adelaide 17.11.113
Brisbane 8.10.58 lost to Richmond 21.11.137
Hawthorn 19.13.127 defeated Western Bulldogs 8.9.57
Geelong 16.9.105 defeated Gold Coast 13.18.90
West Coast 12.9.81 lost to Fremantle 17.9.111


Poetry: One Game, One Goal by Tom Petsinas
ANZAC Art: Susan Sutton’s ‘Out came the Sherrin’
Almanac Music: Smokie Dawson looks at Redgum
Fitzroy FC ANZAC Day Lunch 

We’ve been looking to find the best footballers to have come out of the wool industry. Here are the nominations (so far) from each state: Victoria, Riverina, South Australia, Western Australia (add your nominations in the comments section of the lists)

Also, have a look at our Old Woollen Footy Jumpers series.

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Recognising Those Who Served

Tasmania’s North West Football League has paid tribute to the men who enlisted to fight for their country. Nigel Tapp briefly shares with us their stories.

Sit Down Next to Me

Sainter Tom Greenaway reviews the fall and rise and fall of his team. How do they stack up against the Blues, Magpies and Hawks now and for the future?

Almanac Event – Friday May 1: A chat with David Fyfe and others. All welcome.

Come and join the fun on Friday May 1. Nat Fyfe’s father David, the original Peter from Peterborough and a few more will be there for a chat. Read on for more info.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: ANZAC Day – The Big One

From the nation’s capitol, Dr Hooke is primed for the ANZAC Day clash against the old foe, Essendon.

Round 4 Preview – Statistics, Lies and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Sal Ciardulli previews a ripper Round 4 in the AFL and celebrates his Whitefriars first win the ammos last week.

Remembering Dennis Jacob

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, Nigel Tapp relates the amazing story of Tasmanian soldier Dennis “Den” Jacob.

Round 3 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: As Good As It Gets

Armin Richter urges all Hawks fans to savour the current line-up. He reckons it is almost as good as it gets!

VAFA – St Kevins v Fitzroy: A Candle For Floydie

Hopefully, the Roys have played the best two teams in the opening two rounds. Phil Hill, on the verge of a trip abroad, reports and Fitzroy’s difficult start to the season in the VAFA’s Premier B.

A Missing Part of a Bigger Picture

A timely reminder from Roy Hay of Soccer’s contribution to Australian servicemen on the front-lines; the Australian soccer team’s trip to the Independence Day tournament in Saigon. Sappers sweeping the pitch for land-mines, the Viet Cong watching from the sidelines and Diggers on guard duty with orders to shoot anyone who stops on their bicycle outside the Aussie barracks. A neglected chapter of the sport and service narrative we remember on ANZAC Day.

Crio’s Racing – fields and forecast point to the Gold Coast

Form guides and play money at the ready, Crio takes a look at the weekend’s thoroughbred racing. This Saturday: get out the shorts and t-shirts punters, we’re off to the Gold Coast Turf Club

Round 3 Junior Almanac – Adelaide v Melbourne: Still Top Spot

Young Aidan Hammond gets a bit of shock as the Dees take the game right up to his Adelaide Crows on Saturday.

Man and nature

“Like a friend seldom seen, changes to its appearance are duly noted”… Mark Tresize on the natural beauty of the You Yangs.

Round 3 – Geelong v Gold Coast: When the supposedly crumbling Cat Empire overcame King Rodney and his Knights of the Oval Table

With Kardinia Castle under siege from the marauding Suns, the Black Knight Cats, losing limbs but refusing to fall, declare, “NONE SHALL PASS.” Paul Spinks, your metaphor game is strong.

FIDA footy film wins two awards

Mark Hellinger and Jesse Maskell have won the People’s Choice and Cultural Diversity awards at the 2015 Setting Sun Short Film Festival. Their film Road To Glory tells the story of the Williamstown Seagulls FIDA Football Club in the lead up to their thrilling 2014 premiership. The club plays in a league for footballers with [Read more]

Almanac Theatre: Unofficial anthem gets another outing

A new piece of theatre from Felix Meagher is touring regional Victoria. The Man They Call the Banjo explores the creation of Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Patterson and Christina Macpherson. Roy Hay has more…

Almanac Music: Aussie album review – Redgum “If you don’t fight you lose”

In the third instalment of his series on classic Australian albums, Smokie revisits a time capsule which helped shape him politically and socially

Poetry: One Game, One Goal (Tom Petsinas)

This is a poem by Tom Petsinas. Orm Fowler, known as Tom, played one game for Fitzroy and then (it seems) went to St Kilda. Looks like he enlisted in 1915. I have had a quick look at the War Memorial service records. Seven Tom Fowlers enlisted during World War I. Someone might like to work out which one this is.

Incredible! A complete round of Australian football matches that ended in scoreless draws.

Bernard Whimpress with his account of Round 11 of the SAFA 1878 season, he reason for which will become evident.

ANZAC Day across AFL Asia

AFL Asia president Darren Whitfield alerts us to what is happening through AFL Asia this ANZAC Day weekend. [No doubt a mate of Rocket Gillett’s – JTH]

South: Footy Days at Primary School

Philby takes us down memory lane as he reminiscences about his childhood in South Australia and how footy played a huge part in it.