Crowd Behaviour: Six Golden Rules

And on the seventh day, Michael Allan said, “Thou shalt enjoy the football without any dickheadery.”

Josh Barnstable: The Facebook Interview

Phil Dimitriadis’ interview with 14 year old Josh Barnstablev – North fan, philosopher and future sports journo.

My first running race

Charlotte recalls her first ever running race at the age of five.

Third time unlucky

After two premierships, it’s time for Joseph Walker to learn the lessons of being on the losing side of a grand final.

St Kilda Red pipped at the post by a point

Is momentum the most important factor of Aussie Rules at any level? Will Marcus’ Meadow become a long term game style? These questions, and more, arise as Joe Gillis casts his eye over a thrilling Under 12s epic.

Nallei Jerring – My Footy Story: Can a Kangaroo become a Bulldog?

Kelly Johnson has been a Roo-girl all her life so when she came to work at the Western Bulldogs she faced a big dilemma – and a Mum who made her feelings very clear.

[This is part of the My Footy Story series for Nallei Jerring (the Koorie Youth Program) at the Western Bulldogs – Ed]

Nallei Jerring – My Footy Story: John Harms

John Harms has always loved footy – from when he was a little kid. This is his footy story.

Nallei Jerring – My Footy Story: Kirsty Gosling

Kirsty Gosling was one of the young participants in last year’s Nallei Jerring at the Western Bulldogs. This is her footy story. Go Tiges!

The Age of Transition

Anna Pavlou marks the first year of the rest of her life with the ever dependable Cats.

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 14

Journalist and author Warwick Green joins Matty Q, Stone Cold and JTH to chat about his friend Jim Stynes and their collaboration on My Journey, and how that biographical tome has been modified in an edition aimed at children. [Nice insights into Warwick’s footy and writing career, Jim’s life, and their friendship. Wonderful to be involved – thanks Warwick. JTH]

Dad Jokes, Geelong Cats and Footy Talk

Anna Pavlou, on her Dad, his jokes, and their world of [Geelong] football.

Footy Town in the Gap

Sasha Lennon celebrates The Gap Dragons’ footy club and the success of the annual round robin intra-club kids competition. He also thanks the Footy Almanac for getting behind the event.

Under 11B Grand Final: Flemington Colts v the Red Devils

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for a detailed and entertaining report of an utterly absorbing Under 11B Grand Final in Tarneit, featuring Marcus, Noah, Frank, Louis, Ayiu, Oliver, Felix, Kye, Macsen, Eddie, Rob and more.

AFL Preliminary Final – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: In a tense finish, the mighty Hawks win the day

Our very talented eight year old reporter Kaisha Thompson (our youngest so far) was at the MCG for the preliminary final. Here is her report. [And we love the photo too Kaisha]

The Final Exam: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for Footy Fans

Hannah Kuhar captures the obsessive madness of the footy fan, especially one who is preparing for VCE exams, swept along in the finals tidal wave. Life as a metaphor for footy. (Brilliant – Ed.)

Summertime Sadness

Can the pains of a long and AFL lonely summer be eased by a Geelong training session? Anna Pavlou with the investigation.

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]