Little Local Larrikins Part Three: Dodgy Disputes and Sour Shots

Back on the home court, Sean Mortell and his teammates declare ‘shenanigans’ on some dodgy tactics employed by an ECCA opponent. Stir the beast at your peril!

Familiarity, New Courts and Gravel

Despite the familiarity of the courts at McDermott Avenue, Mooroolbark, after thirteen years of picking gravel out of her hands Sarah Black is looking forward to playing at the new netball facility at Pinks Reserve, Kilsyth.

Little Local Larrikins – Part Two: The Long Awaited Conversation

On what turns out to be a blisteringly hot Saturday, Sean Mortell and his Eltham Tennis Club teammates clash with St John’s Catholic on the hallowed en-tout-cas of Banyule. Leading 5-4 in the deciding set, it’s up to Sean to serve for the match and a win for Eltham.

Mayweather v Pacquiao – May 2, 2015: Right here! Right now!

The fight the world has been waiting for is scheduled for May 2. Gregor Lewis puts into a sporting context (by referring to the Seattle Seahawks) and a boxing context.

Too Few are Flipping Father Time the Finger

A fantastic and thought-provoking piece from Jeff Dowsing: Why do we instantly write-off sportspeople when they hit the big 3-0? If you’re good enough, play on, argues Jeff.

Roy Hay: Is It Time for More Cooperation?

Some great analysis from Roy Hay and Tony Ward in Monday’s Guardian on how the numbers are telling us that it’s time Australia’s sporting bodies stopped warring and began cooperating for the greater good of fans.

Rugby – Super 15: It’s going to be a long season for the Reds

Archie dissects the Reds shocking loss in their opener against the Brumbies and puts it in the context of the sort of decision-making which has characterised Queensland sport in recent years. [Archie is not happy – Ed]

The Hammer

Phil Dimitriadis introduces you to Harry ‘The Hammer’ Hatzis, a Fitzroy fan with vivid memories.

Breakfast With the Goodfellas February 6-8: Super Bowl Wrap-up and the Latest in the A-League and the EPL

Welcome to February. The Asian Cup is over with and so it’s business as usual in the A-League and the EPL. Dr Cruel and Stone Cold settle in at Rocotillo’s Cafe in Frankston for some lunch and a chat about the Super Bowl and this weekend’s action in the world of football and soccer.   [Read more]

57 Mt Pleasant Street (part 4): it’s the fun, stupid

“It can’t be that simple, can it?” E.regnans on the one link that binds all sports across all countries across all the years. Sport reporting has never been so existential.

Super Bowl XLIX: “It Was the Butler in the Stadium…”

Hamish Neal and Alex Malyon break down Super Bowl XLIX (49) and wonder what comes next for Russell Wilson. Why no audible will be the question debated for years to come.

Who are our Almanac members: the story of Rev Dr Roger Ackland.

Many questions to be answered. [Great photo of the Rev Dr Roger Ackland – Ed]

Super Bowl XLIX: The Time Has Come

Justin Fris was one of the millions around the world glued to a television screen to watch Super Bowl XLIX. Justin presents the view from Gilligan’s Pub in Cairns.

Paging Dr. Zachary Smith – ‘Oh the Pain. The Pain!’

Gregor Lewis ventures into some dangerous territory on Novak Djokovic’s form for requesting an injury time-out at crucial stages in big matches. Like Stephen Colbert, we think it, but Gregor says it.

Little Local Larrikins – Part One: Meeting the Scot and the Beard

Another season of competition tennis gets under way for Sean Mortell on the hallowed en tout cas courts of Grace Valley Tennis Club in the first instalment of Little Local Larrikins.

Yoshi’s Supporting Message to Andy Murray

Yoshi throws his support behind A Murray for tonight’s final of the Australian Open, and opens a great line of questioning regarding the role of gender in sport (or any field of expert endeavour). Of course, referencing his St Kilda Football Club.

Andy Murray – Zen and the art of racquet maintenance

Dave Brown reflects on the mental side of tennis and how Andy Murray stacks up for tonight’s Australian Open final.

Breakfast With the Goodfellas: Asian Cup, Australian Open tennis and Super Bowl XLIX Previews Episode

As a huge weekend of sport gets underway, Dr Cruel and Stone Cold Steve Baker get together for a bite of brekky at Mileto’s in Windsor and chat about the Asian Cup final between the Socceroos and South Korea, the Australian Open finals and Monday morning’s Super Bowl.

Adrian Quist

Adrian Quist made a significant contribution to Australian life.

Kyrgios and The Cod

Dips O’Donnell meditates on the crumbling facades of old houses and ageing tennis champions.