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)

AFL Round 5 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Oily skins and intelligent hands

David Wilson celebrates the life and writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dane Swan and other mysterious poets. Collingwood are magical, but for North its another lesson in realism.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 57-The Battle of Berne (1954)

Dennis Gedling tells how the beautiful game became the vicious game for a 1954 Quarter Final between Catholic Brazil and Communist Hungary.

AFL Round 5 – Brisbane v Richmond: The Gift of the Gabba

John Green finds the game from the Gabba riveting telelvision – in its own disastrous way.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 58-Senegal Shock Their Former Colonial Masters (2002)

In a memorable World Cup fixtureunderdog Senegal play sparkling end-to-end football to defeat the French.

Confessions of a Smart Arse – My Brilliant (Game Show) Career: Episode 1 – (It’s) Academic Inspiration, You Gave Me None – Strangways, Here We Come

Swish Schwerdt began his illustrious game show career under quiz-master Sandy Roberts. It was 1975. Swish, one of Elizabeth High’s finest, may have been a little ahead of himself. Here’s what happened. (Fine memoir – Ed]

Surely we have paid for our sins

The case for; the case against. Tony Robb remembers Good Fridays past and wonders what to do with the day. He concludes that the AFL will probably have a crack at Good Friday footy by giving Collingwood a trial – for 30 years.

Crio’s Racing: From the Fallen Log

Crio takes the family pilgrimage with new generations of Riordans back to the Fallen Log (a famous jump at the top of the hilly Oakbank steeple track). Randwick is awash with money and rain, while Oakbank oozes Adam Lindsay Gordon character. Tips please so Crio can buy a new tent.

AFL Round 5 – Brisbane v Richmond: Wish We Had Jonathan Brown

Paddy Grindlay gives us an account of the Tiges victory in the style of a running report – in play. Nervous in the third, Paddy?

Success through excess

Ironmike reacts to the “Poor Us” cry from the Sydney Swans.

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.