World Cup Final @ The Footy Almanac

Former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie's view of today's ICC World Cup final (via Twitter)

Former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie’s view of today’s ICC World Cup final (via Twitter)

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Almanac Fishing: Great Hope

The transcendence of fishing should never be underrated. Steve Hodder’s brilliant words recall when Rabonzo met Trout

2015 ICC World Cup – Final: For Love of Underdogs and the Australian Way (and Blog – add your comments)

Matt Zurbo argues the case that, if you’re really in touch with what it means to be Australian, then you’ll be barracking for New Zealand today.

What do you reckon? Add your pre-game comments. And join in the conversation during the game.

The Aussies: Fast, Brilliant, Creative, Daring and in the Final. (So why can’t I like them?)

Sean Curtain respects – but doesn’t like – the way the Australian cricket team go about their work on the field. Moreso after moments in Thursday evening’s Australia v India ICC World Cup semi-final.

2015 ICC World Cup Final: Call for Writers

The final of the ICC 2015 World Cup looms large. If the usual trans-Tasman rivalry wasn’t enough to heat this one up, there’s also four years (and countless Bledisloe Cup meets) worth of bragging rights at stake. In the words of Tom Greenaway; “New Zealand could be the holders of both the Rugby and Cricket World Cups simultaneously.” Share your words with us, all are welcome.

ICC World Cup Final: Part 1 – the pay TV fiasco

Matt Watson is in chilly Melbourne for the World Cup Final. Here he considers the tournaments impact in Australia, meets Warnie, and considers his relationship with some of the teams – especially New Zealand.

2015 ICC World Cup – Australia v India Audio

Ahead of the World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia, here’s Keiran Deck’s wrap of Thursday evening’s semi-final win for the Aussies over India.

ICC World Cup Final: Being a cricket fan in the US

The FIFA World Cup generated huge interest in the States, the ICC World Cup barely a blip.

In this piece from Bruce Berglund’s The Allrounder, three Americans discuss being passionate about cricket in the US:

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]

Close ones in the WAFL by Les Everett

As Les reports, Round 2 in the WAFL saw three of the four games decided by 13 points or less.

Want to play golf with an AFL legend?

We’re putting the question out there, and asking for your wish-list.

Where things Started to Go Wrong for India

Straight and to the point: Raj Singh analyses ‘where-it-all-went-wrong’ for the Indian team after Thursday night’s semi final loss to Australia in the ICC World Cup. Not quite George Best being delivered room service while laying on a bed covered in £20,000 in cash and Miss Universe naked beside him, but we get where Raj is going with this…

The Cricket World Cup is Fixed! ( See what I did there?)

“Think of it this way- New Zealand could be the holders of both the Rugby and Cricket World Cups simultaneously…” and other food-for-thought from Tom Greenaway on the formatting of the ICC’s showcase tournament (ping: denouement usage. – Ed)

A Call to Arms: Crowdfunding

A short rallying cry to gather around all ye ‘Knackers, and let’s smash this thing out of the park.

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.

Tips and Fantasies

Hello. My name is Smokie. And at this time of the year I suddenly become consumed by footy tipping comps and fantasy leagues.

Luxury: The Price of Pies at the Adelaide Oval

Letter to the editor taken from the Adelaide Advertiser. A true blue smack down on all those who moan about the cost of having a bite at the footy.

My First SANFL Match – Centrals v Woodville – 29/7/1967 (an Adelaide Time Capsule)

Some excerpts from a July 1967 “Football Budget”. Which just so happened to be the first match which “Swish” Schwerdt ever attended. The Adelaide of his childhood is revealed.

Cricket. Radio.

Cricket, emotion and rain in the darkest hours. And some thoughts on the nature of cricket commentary.

The Gift of Stawell

Some unforgettable memoir words: Tess Pryor remembers the Stawell Gift, Easter and her dad, George. Beautiful.

Crio’s Racing…Tancred Day

As the Rosehill festival winds up, Crio muses on where racing is heading as winter approaches. And he looks for winners at the Valley tonight, Mornington tomorrow and the Balnarring picnics.