Answers to the pre-Ashes quiz

Yesterday’s sad news of John Clarke’s passing has made us look through the files to find this Smokie classic inspired by Clarke’s old Saturday Age quiz.
All players will be required to answer a simple multiple choice questionnaire before the Ashes? It is therefore fortuitous for the players (especially Watto) that the answers to this quiz have been slid under the door at the offices of the Footy Almanac.

Round 2 – Geelong v North Melbourne: Barrackers

The Kangaroos were competitive, and so Smokie was at his barracking best.

India v Australia: Bangalore Test, Day 2 – A Tale Of Two Marshes

There are two Marshes. Shaun the oft-injured master of inconsistency. And Shaun the patient, stylish, gifted grafter.

India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 2: Fugazi

It is Smokie’s new all-purpose go-to word. But, for Australia, it has not been the “fugazi” that most thought it might be.

AFLW Round 3 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Pacemaker

In a scrappy, low-scoring, but nonetheless enthralling game in Brisbane, Smokie sees the Lions hang on for a narrow win against Collingwood. And he is impressed by the emerging Lions superstar that is Sabrina Frederick-Traub.

AFLW Round 2 – Carlton v GWS: Aidan’s Footy Cards

Smokie’s seven-year-old nephew Aidan loves footy and drawing. And he has a talent for combining both.

Almanac Cricket: Boxing Day preview

The Boxing Day Test is almost upon us. And Smokie has a preview.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba, Day 4: Spin Me A Spinner

As Pakistan makes Australia fight hard for a win in Brisbane, Smokie decides it’s time for a new spin option

The Glory of ‘Stereo Stories’

The final live Stereo Stories show for 2016 will be held in Geelong on Sunday November 20

Almanac Music: Aussie album review – Cold Chisel “East”

In the sixth of his occasional series reviewing seminal Australian albums, Smokie reflects on the enduring appeal of Cold Chisel’s “East”.

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 3: Belief?

After a long day in the field, Smokie wonders whether the Australian players truly believe they can win

Round 23 – North Melbourne v GWS: Resigned To Their Fate

It is farewell from Smokie to four departing North veterans.

First Test, Sri Lanka v Australia: Mendis Masterclass

All credit to the re-building Sri Lanka. But Australia showed a lack of patience and application.

Almanac Music: Smokie’s new Stereo Story

As the opening chords of Under the Milky Way softly made their way through the speakers, I asked the woman with whom I was planning to spend the rest of my life to dance with me. “I like this,” she whispered.

Round 11 – North Melbourne v Richmond: Witches’ Hats

Smokie suggests North’s game against Richmond was nothing more than a training drill and wonders why Richmond didn’t turn up to play.

Round 4 – North Melbourne v Fremantle: The Transistor

At Etihad to witness North account for Fremantle, Smokie is witness to the emotions of a difficult disease.

Round 3 – North Melbourne v Melbourne: Three Decades

Smokie experienced North’s dramatic win at Blundstone Arena while working his shift and keeping us safe.

Round 2 – Brisbane v North Melbourne: Old Stagers

On a sun-kissed Queensland day, Smokie Dawson stands in a rare, sun-kissed moment of sheer elation as his Rooboys go 2-0.

Almanac cricket: Sheffield Shield final preview

The Sheffield Shield final commences this Saturday in Glenelg. Smokie provides us with a run-down of both teams’ prospects.

Almanac Music: Aussie album review – Ben Lee “Awake is the New Sleep”

It’s been a while between drinks, figuratively speaking, but Smokie continues the series in which he discusses Australian albums. Today it is the turn of one-time enfant terrible Ben Lee.