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Friday @ the Almanac


‘Out came the Sherrin’ by Susan Sutton. Read more about Susan Sutton and her art HERE.


AFL Round 6

Richmond 12.13.85 d Melbourne 6.6.42
Essendon 10.9.69 d by Collingwood 10.13.73
Port Adelaide v North Melbourne


Reports from last week: AFL Round 5


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SANFL Round 5 – Norwood stay on top of the tree

Rulebook’s take on the Redlegs’ hard-fought win over the Roosters to keep them on top of the ladder.

Round 6 – Richmond v Melbourne: The Men Who Stayed Behind

John Green reflects on the monumental nature of ANZAC day and the direction of footy since the World War II period.

Fearless 2019 Round 5 – Festival of footy part 2

This week it’s Round 5 in the firing line as Fearless tackles part of the near-three-week veritable feast that is the “festival of footy”.

Round 5 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Cats in their Heaven

Stephen Alomes (and fellow crowd members) is captivated (and moved to voice) by Gary Ablett as he writes in this report of the Round 5 match between Hawthorn and Geelong.

Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood: Joy in the Ponsford Stand

Joy in the Ponsford Stand after a gripping game of high-pressure footy. Luke Reynolds and clan were there.

Book Launch – “Faded Yellow by the Winter” by Scott Pearce: You’re invited

Steve Pearce’s debut novel, “Faded Yellow by the Winter”, is being launched on the 27th April in Richmond. Footy Almanac readers are invited to attend the launch.

Almanac Art: Out came the Sherrin

Susan Sutton was a finalist in the Gallipoli Prize 2015. Here is her entry, with the artist’s notes.

Almanac archives: Professor Rob Pascoe’s speech, ‘The Anzac legend and Australian football’, to the Almanackery at the All Nations Hotel in Richmond

Back in 2009, Professor Robert Pascoe addressed an Almanac crowd on differing views of the Anzac tradition, as seen through the contrasting attitudes of two VFL clubs of the time.

Comparing Sport and War: Some Reflections on Anzac Day

We revisit a piece from Anzac Day last year. Historian William Westerman has some important things to say about comparing sport with warfare.

Almanac Horseracing – Oakbank: Best picnic racing carnival on the planet

Roger Lowrey is a fan of the world’s greatest picnic racing carnival – Oakbank! This year he is there for Saturday’s card. These are his observations.

AFL 2019: What happens when you press Ctrl-Alt-Delete in the AFL?

An unpredictable season? Having trouble with your tipping? David Bruce suspects the AFL’s suite of rule changes has effectively hit Control-Alt-Delete on proceedings.

Almanac Pro Running: The Bull of Stawell (Part I)

Craig Little tells the tale of Luke Versace’s 2014 Stawell Gift victory – a remarkable comeback story, more than a decade in the making, which starts in Pamplona and finishes at Central Park. [Epic – JTH]

Balcony Banter Round 5 – Hawthorn v Geelong: An Easter Monday for the Cats believers

Anna Pavlou was moved to verse by events on Easter Monday. You can read her MCC Balcony Banter piece here.

AFL Round 6 – Sal’s Preview: Time to stop wining!

Sal’s preview comes from Heathcote wine country this week, which has a significant impact on the flavour of his tips.

Almanac AFL Footy Tipping – Round 6

If you are still game enough to have a crack at tipping Round 6, we remind you it starts tonight.

Almanac Books: Not Bad Thanks is a hoot

If you want an entertaining examination of mateship and sporting obsession, John Harms thinks Graeme Willingham’s ‘Not Bad Thanks’ is an excellent investment. For extracts, and details on how to obtain the book, please read further.

Haiku Bob – Round 5 – secretly hoping

A strong Pies performance has Haiku Bob thinking of better times.

Round 5 – Richmond v Sydney: A Night Out

Joe De Petro trekked across town with his lapsed-Pie uncle Ron to watch Richmond take down the Swans.

Round 5 – The Neverending Weekend

Does Stephen Silvagni bleed orange? And has Ross Lyon been foxing for 13 years? Earl O’Neill answers these, and many other questions that may not have occurred to you, as he looks back at a weekend that seemingly had no end.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – AFL Rounds 5 and 6 wrap

Cam Hooke reviews the convincing win over Brisbane from a Collingwood perspective, then looks ahead to the big Anzac Day clash with the Bombers.