The Gift of Stawell

Some unforgettable memoir words: Tess Pryor remembers the Stawell Gift, Easter and her dad, George. Beautiful.

The A to Y of Seldom Watched Sports (Part One: A-E)

Having survived another football off-season, Jamie Simmons recalls his search for something to replace the joy of football. Today he presents the A-E of his ‘couch-bound expedition to investigate the merits of other televised sports.”

Help! Boxing Doco on Peter Jackson

David Latham plans a documentary on 19th-century boxer Peter Jackson, who won the Australian heavyweight title in 1886, and seeks experts who might appear on camera.

Little Local Larrikins Part Four: New-Found Form in a Tight Finish

Sean Mortell overcomes both numbing cold and talented opponents with some of his best play of the season to keep Eltham in the tennis match against Eaglemont.

The Bloody Brutality of Boxing – Brayden Smith

Matt Watson’s passion for the sweet science comes to the fore in this considered piece on what the future holds for Boxing in the wake of Queensland boxer Brayden Smith’s untimely – and shocking – death earlier this month.

Forza Inala!

In this classic memoir, Patrick O’Brien gives us a glimpse of the current premier’s home territory. Annastacia Palasczcuk is from Inala. Pat explains what that means by recalling the time his middle-class rugby league team took on the street-hard boys from down that way.

Reality Check: Travels in the Australian Ice Hockey League – a new book by Almanacker Will Brodie

“Yes, there is ice hockey in Australia,” writes Almanac supporter Will Brodie. Will has written a fantastic book about the sport in ‘Reality Check: Travels in the Australian Ice Hockey League’, which is being launched on March 21st at the Icehouse, Docklands [this Saturday night]. Will has also been kind enough to provide an exclusive extract from the book for the Almanac.

International track and field comes to Melbourne again

In a Summer dominated by Soccer’s Asian Cup and Cricket’s World Cup, Steve Fahey gives us an update on the athletics, with the highlight of the season, the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge, being held this Saturday.

Crio’s Q? Thinking through the ‘Cage Fighting’ debate; help please.

‘Cage Fighting’ is a new sport, a new activity. Crio is trying to get his head around the debate over it.

MOTORSPORT: 2015 Australian F1 Grand Prix Audio

Keiran Deck’s audio summary of the 2015 Australian Formula One Grand Prix, in which… well, not a lot – outside of the Sauber car exceeding expectations – actually happened.

Almanac Equestrian: Australian Young Rider Dressage Championship

Jan Smith, former librarian in the Murrindindi and then Corangamite regions, who has been a friend of the Almanac for a long time, is involved in the equestrian scene. Here Jan points us at the national young rider dressage championships. [Motor racing and equestrian all in one day! Ed]

Almanac Motorsport – I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff

The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix has the sporting spotlight this weekend, but Stone Cold Steve Baker – a self-confessed F1 fan – struggles to find much to get excited about in the season opener.

Stawell Gift Dinner tonight (BOOK HERE)

J. D. O’Donnell (Preston) off 8 3/4 yards got the chocolates (and a fair bit more) in the 1955 Stawell Gift. He’s telling his story over dinner this coming Thursday. Here’s a taste (thanks to his son Dips)

At Easter-time Stawell Giveth and Stawell Taketh Away

Dips O’Donnell tells the story of his crack at Stawell and what the event and the weekend mean to the O’Donnell family.

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.

The View From Shepparton; Pre Season’s Musings

Peter Schumacher emerges from a summer hibernation to share his view from Shepparton. It’s been a summer (and a recent download) well spent. Get on the Lions.

Stawell Gift: W.K. Trewick (Brisbane)

How Ken Trewick won the 1950 Stawell Gift.

Inner sanctum

Max Wiggins is an old campaigner when it comes to the Australian Open. Here he fills us in on the life of a ballkid.


Who was your favourite professional wrestler and what were some of the more memorable holds? Wrestling is a language, can’t you read?

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.