Rugby – Super 15: The Tah’s are Blooming.

Waratahs win in a tough fought contest against the Crusaders in front of a small crowd at Stadium Australia (ANZ stadium) to go top of the Australian Conference in this years Super 15 Rugby season.

Junior Almanac – Skateboarding: Lessons learnt at the Naz

Jack Regan heads to the Naz, gets a few tips from an old hand, and nails a new move or two. [Great use of the lingo Jack – Ed]

Junior Almanac – Mountain Biking: The Destruction of the Tadpole Trails

Finn Morcombe, from Woodleigh School, has really been on his bike. Here’s a feature article on his great love, mountain biking

Powerglide – trash or treasure

Matt Watson finds some treasure among the trash at the Geebung tip shop. Who can help him with the history of this custom made billiard cue?

Winners abound at Struggle Street

Wayne Ball takes us to the Kevin Betts Wheelchair Sports Stadium for some NSW Powerchair Football. West Sydney Wanderers versus Sydney FC [An eye-opener – Ed].

NBA – Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers: Rose.

Author Paul Campbell describes how Derrick Rose’s buzzer winning shot and the Bulls win against the Cleveland Cavaliers makes sport so beautiful to watch.

I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues – Why Origin 2015 is All Over Before it’s Even Started

There is nothing quite like someone who goes the “early crow”. And Archie shows us just how to go the early crow as he explains that the Blues have no chance in 2015 Origin.

Almanac Boxing – Mayweather v Pacquiao: Trying to hit smoke

Almanac Boxing correspondent Ironmike Matt Watson wants this much-promoted fight to be compelling. We all do. Here’s his preview.

SURFING: Bells Beach Audio

Mick Fanning and Adriano de Souza created history in the 2015 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. In winning the tie-break to ring the Bell, Fanning took his fourth title and joins Mark Richards, Kelly Slater and Any Irons as the Kings of Bells.

Hawthorn is Latin for “Lucky”.

Not the greatest start to the footy season for Dips O’Donnell; his beloved Cats are humbled by an arch-rival and he backs the Stawell Gift winner at a severely shortened quote. As the Cats now focus on Sunday’s game against Freo, things can only get better.

Almanac Athletics: The dream is born

At first it was the pursuit of romance [why else do we men do ANYTHING, if not for love? – Ed] for Jake Stevens, but along the way, he’s fallen for an altogether more intoxicating and all-consuming passion; athletics and the hope of one day representing his country at the elite level.

The Stawell Gift: Should Auld Acquaintance be forgot – the glory days of the Stawell Gift

Congratulations go out to Murray Goodwin and Grace O’Dwyer for their wins at Stawell. Greg Tangey submitted this thought-provoking look at the clash of professional and amateur athletics and administrators who seemed more obsessed with power and control than the good of their sports

Stawell Gift: I won it for Dad

Chris Bracher, a regular visitor to the Stawell Gift, did not attend this year. He was a little underwhelmed generally – until 15 year old Grace O’Dwyer (from the famous O’Dwyer family) won the women’s Gift. Read why it was such a heartfelt moment for Chris.

Athletics: Stawell Gift Audio

Australia’s richest race is now equally as profitable for female athletes, as it is for the men. As if the athletics gods sought to mark this step-forward in sporting equality, the youngest athlete in the field won. 16-year-old Victorian, Grace O’Dwyer, ran through the famous gates first to take home $40k. Queenslander Murray Goodwin won the men’s event in 12.10 seconds. With 134-years of history, the race is daring you to listen without goose-bumps.

The Cokum Gift: a local sporting institution

Well, you learn something every day. Clearly, the Cokum Gift has not had the publicity it deserves. What a classis! A 200+ sprint around a dam, this is no event for the gentle souls of Olympic Park, or even Stawell. [We need a runner from the Almanac stable – Ed]

The Gift of Stawell

The on and off-track action at Stawell is well and truly underway for another Easter. In this unforgettable and moving memoir, Tess Pryor remembers Easter and Stawell Gifts past and her dad, George. Beautiful.

Little Local Larrikins Part Five: Strong numbers and a strong showing

Sean Mortell and his Eltham Junior Tennis Club battle Melbourne’s autumn chills and flu to stay on top of the competition ladder.

Running, Somewhere in Holland

Andy Fuller tells how he has become a committed distance runner in the Netherlands. The wind, rain and cold is stiffer competition than the journey.

Bec Lane Prepares to Take On the World

Scotland hosts the under 19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championships in July this year. One of Australia’s stars, Bec Lane, needs your help to get there. Andrew Fithall brings Bec’s story to the Almanac. [Hear Bec and others on 774 ABC Melbourne tonight – March 31]

Why Boxing and Cage Fighting Should Be Banned. But Won’t Be.

In the wake of the death of 23 year old Queensland boxer Braydon Smith comes this piece from Rick Sarre, Professor of Law at the University of South Australia, who calls for boxing and cage fighting to be banned. Very interesting reading.