Little Local Larrikins – Part One: Meeting The Scot and The Beard

Another season of competition tennis gets under way for Sean Mortell on the hallowed en tout cas courts of Grace Valley Tennis Club in the first instalment of Little Local Larrikins.

Little Local Larrikins – Part Two: The Long Awaited Conversation

On what turns out to be a blisteringly hot Saturday, Sean Mortell and his Eltham Tennis Club teammates clash with St John’s Catholic on the hallowed en-tout-cas of Banyule. Leading 5-4 in the deciding set, it’s up to Sean to serve for the match and a win for Eltham.

How the dinosaurs got extinct

Anna Harms has drawn her first cartoon strip

Afghanistan: making us think about cricket

Max Wiggins (aged 15) tells the story of Afghanistan’s first victory in the ICC World Cup, placing the moment in its broader historical and social context. [Max has researched and written this story while on work experience at Almanac headquarters. His second piece will be published on Friday – JTH]

An age-old debate: is dance a sport?

Bridget Schwerdt finds the parallels between sport (footy) and dance (ballet) in her entertaining debut piece and is rather persuasive in responding to an old question. [Bridget is our Grade 10 work experience student this week – JTH]

Junior Almanac: ‘Yumoon Flat’ and ‘Super Fart Face Never Wins’

We’re always looking for our junior almanackers to come to the fore. Some superb junior almanac submissions from Buddy Oon and Buddy Yum.

Junior Almanac 2015: In a tense finish, the Mighty Hawks win the day

We’re always proud of the input from our younger writers as each season progresses. On the eve of the 2015 AFL season, we put the call out there for younger writers to get involved with the Almanac. All are welcome, and encouraged! [includes a brilliant video in support of our crowdfinding push from Kaisha, with the backing of her parents. – Ed]

Round 1 – Adelaide v North Melbourne: No one likes missing out on chocolate

The spirit of the Almanac: nine year-old Aidan Hammond bursts through the pack on debut with this report on Adelaide v North Melbourne. On the radio, in the caravan on school holidays. Does it get much more ‘holiday footy’ than Aidan’s Easter weekend of AFL? [Looking forward to more from you, young fella. – Ed]

St Kilda 2015?

A series of questionable decisions has helped leave the Saints looking up at the rest of the AFL for seemingly the umpteenth time, claims Andy Tuano. And he’s tired of it.

Round 2 – Adelaide v Collingwood: The Best Day of Footy

9 y.o Aidan Hammond explains why Saturday was his best day of footy. Hint: Adelaide and Norwood.

Live sport for the few, Judge Judy for the many

Young Ollie Grindlay laments Foxtel’s domination of televised live sport in his Almanac debut, wishing that free-to-air stations would see the light and show the best of his favourite sports.

Round 3 – 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.

Round 4 – Essendon v Collingwood: From Dawn til Dusk

Gordon Beet shares his tale of ANZAC Day; from the dawn service to the final siren at the MCG. And while happy to see his Collingwood do the business, a bigger picture was cause for reflection.

Round 7 – Richmond v Collingwood: Caaarrrtchiin!!

14-year old Paddy Grindlay admires his skipper, who starred in helping the Tigers get past Collingwood for the first time in a long time.

Round 7 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: The icing on the cake

Some great junior almanac work from Hawthorn fan, Molly Lennon – literally putting the icing on the cake as the Hawks destroy Melbourne.

Round 7 – W Bulldogs v Fremantle: Young Dogs give Dockers a scare

Dylan Bolch, who is 14 years old, makes his Almanac debut capturing all the tension of the Bulldogs-Dockers game on Sunday. [Lively piece thanks Dylan – Ed]

Round 7 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: The Hawk Explosion

Junior Almanacker Louis Hodder makes his Footy Almanac debut with a very happy Hawks fan’s view of their ‘shellacking’ of Melbourne.

Confessions of an MCG Pie-Girl

After feeling the pressure to find a job, Bridget Schwerdt is employed at the MCG as a Pie-Girl. Here’s the story of the process and of her first sessions on the job when, possibly because of her mathematical skills, she is sent to become a Wiener Girl. [Very funny Bridget. We’ll be looking for you – Ed]

Junior Almanac – Mountain Biking: The Destruction of the Tadpole Trails

Last Monday I was invited to Woodleigh School, on the Peninsula, to be part of their English Week. This is a fantastic festival where the school celebrates words and language. I competed workshops with groups from Year 7,8,9 and also a special Activities group which involved the Almanac’s very own Max Wiggins and his twin [Read more]

Junior Almanac – Dancing: The Hidden Language of the Soul

Erin Douglas-O’Loughlin, who dances for madness [An impressively mature, expressive piece – as a great man once said, “How can someone so young sing these words?” – Ed].