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Memorial: a suggestion from writer Jim Young

Jim Young, author of Any Old Eleven, and long-time friend of the Almanac has a suggestion for the First Test in Brisbane.

Welcome Message to New Saints

Yoshi Imagawa has been reading the (green?) tea leaves and predicts bright futures for his Saints new draft picks.

AFL Draft – Not Meant to Be

Mick Jeffrey journeyed down from North Queensland for the AFL Draft on the Gold Coast. His progress only interrupted by bookings disasters, hail storms and midget draftees (such is the lot of Bulldogs loyalists – Ed.)

Sport, Team and Memory

In thinking about the tragic death of Phil Hughes, Brutas Mudcake reminds us of the significance of sport, team and memory.

The Draft: A brief note for Yvette and other passionate Sainters

As I live in Qld and more than likely do not know the intimate details  as much as you do about the Saints (although have followed for over 50 years), do you not think that a couple of good or maybe up and coming defenders might have helped our cause. Have no problems with our [Read more]

Phil Hughes

Callum O’Connor on how Phil Hughes’ tragic death has impacted the local cricketer.

Shock losses never leave us

Jeff Dowsing on the passing of Phillip Hughes and death in sport.

A Cricketing Life.

Gregor Lewis on the passing of Phil Hughes

Extreme Whiplash (Film Review)

Steve Baker casts his eyes away from sporting pursuits and heads to the cinema. Jazz music is (partly) about the pursuit of excellence and breaking boundaries. Damien Chazelle’s film ‘Whiplash’ asks how far is too far when it comes to pushing boundaries in the search for brilliance?

The Support Needed by Footballers and the Expectations on Coaches

Yoshi offers some thoughts on player development and support…and that of coaches also.

Crio’s Racing: Miracles do Happen

It is the run-up to Christmas, but Crio is stil talking racing. This week he will be at Woolamai for the “picnics”. And there is also harness racing on, too, if you are so inclined.

First Contact – Part 2: A lesson in dehumanisation.

Arabella Douglas watched the second part of First Contact. This is her response. [Another powerfully instructive piece – Ed]

Inside the closed head injury

The serious head injury to cricketer Phil Hughes has shocked everyone and sparked a range of responses. David Wilson has previously shared his experience with serious head injury in a car accident (he counts his recovery as the “luckiest of the lucky”) and offers some personal, clinical and philosophical insights into the journey.

Captaining AFL Clubs

Yoshi (from Japan) looks at the recent movements of players and the decisions clubs have made in naming their captains.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 7 of the A-League

Dennis Gedling reports in with the wash-up of Round 7 in the A-League.

Send Lawyers, Drugs and Money – the Eagles hit the fan

Peter Baulderstone is angry with the continued post-career implosion of the lives of star Eagles. Is there a better way of guiding the futures of one-dimensional on-field warriors? Contributions welcomed.

Au revoir, ANZ Stadium

Joe Moore, fresh from his trip south, responds to the decision to drop Homebush as a Swans venue withdancing in the aisles (or memories of, at least).

57 Mt Pleasant Street (part 1)

E.regnans has found a couple of sporting commentators to express our rage at the destruction of our “once great game” (pick one).

In Bob we trust

Rees Quilford has spent a lifetime stalking Bob Murphy. It has filled him with confidence that the kennel is in good hands with it’s new Top Dog.

A tall story – should ruckmen bother turning up to draft night?

Dave Brown runs the ruler (pun intended – Ed.) over the role of tall players in the AFL. Pure ruckman, pinch hitter or key position player? Can you pick ruck talent at 17?