Friday @ the Almanac

          Celebrated Australian journalist and story-teller Andrew Rule is our guest for lunch
          at the North Fitzroy Arms?TODAY,?Friday June 7.
          More information HERE.


          AFL Round 12

          Richmond v Geelong
          Carlton v Brisbane
          Gold Coast v North Melbourne
          Adelaide v GWS
          Sydney v West Coast
          Collingwood v Melbourne


          Byes:?Essendon,?Fremantle,?Hawthorn,?Port Adelaide,?St Kilda,?Western Bulldogs

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          Round 12 – Sal’s Preview: The Wounded Edition

          Sal is chirpy this morning as he previews Round 12. With the eyes of the footy world on his Carlton this week, he’s happy to offer his insights. And, as he points out, we’ll learn a bit about the Giants this weekend.

          Almanac Soccer – That Other World Cup in Europe: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

          Dennis Gedling presents an authoritative and informative history of the development of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in soccer, as well as the Matildas, in the lead up to the 2019 cup.

          Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin I: New personnel, same result.

          Sean Mortell is a Melbourne lad but has always kept an eye on rugby league so that he always recognised the big names of Queensland’s decade of dominance. But what now with so many unfamiliar faces in the maroon? Read his description of a Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series which showed that Kevvy Walters has put together another fine team.

          Round 12 – Respite for some, game on for others.

          Half-way through the AFL Season 2019, a rest for some, game on for others. Round 12 will be another crucial round of football as teams fight to cement a position in the eight.

          I was a teenage coach

          Earl O’Neill responds to the sacking of Brendon Bolton in his usual salient and erudite manner.

          Round 11 — Brisbane v Hawthorn: Umpires, Choirs and Winter Wear Buyers

          Life’s little annoyances seem to be everywhere for Igor02, but watching the resurgent Lions provides a welcomed respite. Sort of.

          Almanac Lunch: With Andrew Rule – Friday 7 June at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel

          This Almanac lunch will be a beauty! Andrew Rule, one of Australia’s top journalists will be our special guest next Friday, 7th June, @ 1:00pm at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel, 296 Rae St., North Fitzroy. Don’t miss out, book now!

          Almanac Footy Books (and Lunches): An extract from Matt Zurbo’s ‘Heart & Soul’ – Ken Hunter

          Matt Zurbo spent many years chatting to footballers and produced a fine collection of the interviews. A new edition of the book Heart & Soul has been published by Geoff Slattery. This post includes an extract from the book – an interview with Ken Hunter. The book will be celebrated (launched?) at The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms on July 19. All welcome.

          Another Almanac Footy mystery – What became of Shepparton Imperial Football Club?

          Can you help to solve another footy mystery? The Footy Almanac seeks any information about the history of the Shepparton Imperial Football Club. Please contact us if you can.

          Almanac Literary – Williamstown Literary Festival June 14th – 16th

          The Willy Lit Fest takes place 14th – 16th June and is sure to be a great event, as it always is. Among the program participants this year are some well known Footy Almanackers. Check it out.

          Almanac Beer – Review: Coopers XPA

          The V8 punch Mickey Randall was expecting from the new Coopers XPA beer was not to be, unfortunately for him, it was a lightweight punch, and left him at the starting line.

          Carlton: Trust us, we’re professionals

          “With this decision, the New Carlton has developed a very strong whiff of the Old Carlton. Which is no real shock, because some of the board actually are the Old Carlton. They’d just claimed they’d seen the light.” John Butler on the Old Dark Navy Blues.

          Peter Argent’s SA Country Footy Yarns – Kersbrook Football Club: A True Family Club

          The Kersbrook Football Club in country SA has a great and proud history as Peter Argent reports.

          Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin I: A cracker!

          A cracker of a game, reports an elated Ian Hauser as he presents his take on the State of Origin Rugby League match as seen from London. A very happy Queenslander!

          Fearless 2019 – Round 11: The Sir Doug Nicholls Round continues…. & Trevor Barker

          Fearless comments upon the nomination of Trevor Barker to the AFL Hall of Fame as well as reviewing all the Round 11 results from last weekend.

          Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Lee6, six of the best and Cantlay’s Village

          Hamish Neal provides his regular look at the golf week that was, as well as the one coming. With particular attention paid to the curious case of Tiger’s old swing coach and the ‘Lees’.

          2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Afghanistan: A nerve-settling start

          As Australia looks to its game against the West Indies, Sean Mortell reviews their opening win over Afghanistan.

          Almanac Teams: The Last Noel

          Have we seen the last Noel in AFL footy? Glen! is undeterred. Here’s his team of Noels.

          World Football – Yoshi playing for Hong Kong Dragons in Shanghai

          In Shanghai for the Saints v Power game, Yoshi also had a full itinerary of socialising and playing footy for the Hong Kong Dragons. (I’m tired just reading this schedule – Ed).

          Almanac Lunches: Syd Jackson, you star! And Andrew Rule on Friday (June 7).

          Syd Jackson was a wonderful guest at lunch last Friday (May 31) and we are looking forward to hearing from Andrew Rule this Friday (June 7). I wonder whether Her Majesty has rung Andrew today?