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.
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]
Finn Morcombe, from Woodleigh School, has really been on his bike. Here’s a feature article on his great love, mountain biking
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?
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].
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.
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 correspondent Ironmike Matt Watson wants this much-promoted fight to be compelling. We all do. Here’s his preview.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Sean Mortell and his Eltham Junior Tennis Club battle Melbourne’s autumn chills and flu to stay on top of the competition ladder.
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.
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]
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.