First Test – Day 1: Making hay

E. Regnans gets on his horse to see (?) the Australians accumulate a solid tally on the first day of the Centurion Test. He is unimpressed with the South African attack and amazed by G. Smith’s decision to bat last.

Where are all the girls, Dad?

David Wilson shares insight gleaned from the mouths of babes. Or at least from his 6 and 8 year old daughters. How come there are so few pictures of women in the sports pages?

Team sport success: Where can I buy a magic carpet? (Illywhackers v. controllers)

E. Regnans writes of the magic (whatever you call it) which is hard to identify yet transforms teams, and also reflects on the impact of one G.J. Bailey.

A search and a small revelation on 21 January

David (Mountain Ash) Wilson reveals a little of his journey from A grade to C grade and back again – and again. A journey from ignorance to fear to wisdom – and back again. As all good journeys are. (A ***** Classic – Ed).

Sydney Test – Day 3: Revelation begets revelation (the Piggieballah-Albion chronicle)

David Wilson (aka E.Regnans) has pensioned Clarrie off, but introduces Piggieballah in this metaphysical meditation on Australia’s Ashes success.

Melbourne Test – Day 3: el león y el bigote (the Lyon and the Moustache)

Our equine correspondent Clarrie Grimmett accompanies E.Regnans (aka David Wilson) at a day of fluctuating temperatures and fortunes at the MCG.

A Spirit of Cricket Carol

David Wilson channels Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim (not the ‘singer’) and Ebenezer Scrooge in this cricketing version of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Perth Test – Day 1: A goodlookin batsman is like a goodlookin horse

The Almanac’s own Don Quixote (e.regnans aka David Wilson) and his faithful Rocinante (aka Clarrie Grimmett) journey through deserts, time and mind-bending heat to bring you this gripping saga of a gripping first day’s play at the WACA.

Adelaide Test – Day 1: Beating on against the current

Predictions are for mugs. E. Regnans belts the notion of a par score for six as he takes in the new Adelaide Oval. Meanwhile Australia wriggle to 5/273. Meanwhile T.G. Gatsby works against the current.

Travails of the striving human: acceptance versus the everlasting refusal to accept

With the news of Jonathan Trott and the remembrance of Marcus Trescothick similarly leaving a tour of Australia with mental illness, the current headline-grabbing furore over sledging has a particular poignancy. David Wilson considers the conflict of acceptance (in order to maintain mental health) versus the everlasting refusal to accept (in order to succeed).

Group 1 Racing: Stakes day – Coming up Rosy & Grey

David Wilson has a virtual day at a virtual race meeting full of virtual people betting on virtual horses. He won a virtual couple of million on Boban, but you get the feeling that his heart was just not in it.

Test cricket preparation: Ashes encounter on the doorstep (or wherefore art thou, everybody?)

What has Cricket Australia been thinking? It’s been difficult to understand which hemisphere everybody is in, let alone how form is shaping up. David Wilson takes a look at the preparation of the national Test squad and finds only a forget-a-thon of tiddly-winks.

Animal Farm: from the new coach of the schoolyard mouse racing

David Wilson (on behalf of MT) explains why some mice are more equal than others. It’s got to do with Wizz Fizz (injected not snorted). Somehow I think this may be allegorical, but I’m not sure about what. See if you can decipher the hidden code.

What is loyalty? (Or what’s the difference between loyalty and jousting sticks?)

Loyalty, commitment, allegiance. David Wilson has taken a good hard look at where we are and what the future might be.

Monday’s experts: R.Lyon is a successful coach with a successful method (or where would you rather be?)

You can’t blame Fremantle’s style of play for the Grand Final loss, writes David Wilson. The style works. It took Lyon’s team to a Grand Final and, but for several fluffed shots at goal, could have taken them all the way.

The club fan buries its de-listed

The fate of the de-listed played (with a nod to Henry Lawson).

Life of Bucks (or the curious business of how an AFL “reporter” can fill air time, column inches in the absence of news)

“My suffering left me sad and gloomy.” Yann Martel, Life of Pi, Chapter 1   Collingwood was out. The AFL finals had 3 weekends to play. Collingwood was out. Finished the home and away rounds in fifth spot. Eliminated in one match. Sunk.   “The elements allowed me to go on living. The lifeboat did [Read more]

AFL Finals Week 1 – Collingwood v Port Adelaide: Why is a raven like a writing-desk?

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland It’s a curious day. People of [Read more]

AFL Round 23 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Drifting

Round 23 and the impact of a Polish wedding make Star Wars and a Collingwood game more ethereal than usual.

Fifth Test – Day 2: Smith stands up in swinging London as the Poms scrap to stay in the match

Smith puts Australia in a good position but the story of the second innings is the wasting by Australia of the new ball. The visitors are playing with intent to win but there are three days ahead and twenty wickets remain to be taken.