Wishing everyone a happy sporting weekend

Jan Courtin wonders if she watches too much sport. She has a huge weekend ahead, with her Swans in Round 1 AFL action, her Lions in the AFLW Grand Final and her Bulls in the Sheffield Shield decider. [Great photo – Ed]

Commonwealth Games 2018 – Netball: Catching up with Lisa Alexander

Lisa Alexander is coach of the Diamonds. Martin Flanagan penned this profile piece (first published in The Age).

The War & Peace of sport

Jarrod Landells read an all-time tale of Cold War tensions, aliens and fashion model world champions…in Chess. What’s your favourite online piece of sport writing?

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Korda’s jaw, Pepperell’s win, Justin and the sledger

Hamish Neal’s latest collection of golf news, thoughts and notes from the week which saw Justin Thomas climb into the top three, Eddie Pepperell break through on the European Tour and Jessica Korda win for the first time since 2015.

Nick Foles’ brave play reminiscent of Ole Miss v OSU

The Foles-Pederson play in Super Bowl LII had Steve Earl reminiscing about his trip to Ole Miss v OSU on New Year’s Day in 2016 when something similar transpired.

Why Spectators Should Suck it Up, and Move On

Sarah Black has some advice for ‘fans’ and players who believe it’s appropriate to offer 15 year-old umpires a pair of glasses while they’re trying to adjudicate a netball game. [And the stats may just make your head spin. – Ed]

Almanac Golf: The conflict within: the dilemma of the weekend golfer

From this short piece it’s clear Joe De Petro is a fair dinkum golfer. Just ask his brain.

The 2018 ‘Do As You’re Told’ Cup

Earl O’Neill expresses his thoughts on the AFLW situation and the Superbowl in typical earl style.

Almanac Sport: The 2017 Kids’ Party Cup

Earl waxes lyrical about the delights of summer weekends; everything from backyard fun, cricket on the radio, Primal Scream, the coming footy season, and even Germaine Greer.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Li breaks Rory, Ricky Barnes versus tennis

A collection of golf news from Hamish Neal after a week which saw a Monday win in La Jolla for Jason Day, Rory McIlroy fade in Dubai and Brittany Lincicome win in the Bahamas.

AO and AFLW: Creature Comforts

Anne Cahill Lambert has loved the tennis and is looking forward to spending a small fortune travelling around Australia to follow her beloved Crows. But she is not impressed with aspects of the scheduling. Midnight starts to tennis matches. Heat-of-the-afternoon starts to footy matches – at exposed venues. Some respect for the paying public please.

Looking into the blue

Kate O’Donnell is well known on these pages thanks to the wonderful story-telling of her Dad, Dips. Kate is a good swimmer but her parents have been disinclined to introduce her to water-skiing. Eventually she had a go. And this is what happened.

Almanac Swimming: Lorne Pier to Pub 2018

Col reports completing the annual Lorne Pier to Pub ocean swim.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Millar is the man in black, Hawaiian playoff after false alarm

Hamish Neal wraps up last week’s golf around the world.

Almanac Tennis: On Court Confessions

Robbo is thinking about tennis and the nature of the game as he turns on the TV to watch the first week of the Australian Open. Here he cites the thoughts of (the late) David Foster Wallace.

Almanac Baseball: ABL Ain’t No BBL

What has slowly dawned on The Ruminator over time is that trying to compare our respective affinities for cricket and baseball is not so much a hankering for the glory days of old but the brutal reality of sport in the modern world. The BBL is a behemoth that is offering Australian fans what Americans have taken for granted for decades – when the days are long and languid people like to watch games that kick off about 7pm and finish around 10pm pretty much any old night of the week.

A Week In The Life

Andrew Walker has had a packed first week of 2018, featuring golf, races and theatre.

I went to the baseball

Andy takes Almanackers on a trip to the ballpark relating his experiences of becoming a new follower of baseball in Australia.

Boxing Day: Predictions v Reality

Here are the headlines. And the real situation. Tony Robb being as acerbic (and insightful) as ever.

Almanac Pro-running: 2017 Bay Sheffield Form Guide

The time-honoured Paul Young Bay Sheffield form guide with all the info on this year’s field. We’re hoping William Little wins, as that will make for a spectacular aftermath.