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 Rugby League – “Rugby League – the greatest game of all”

Murray Bird returned to Langlands Park for some enjoyable late season Queensland Cup Rugby League action. A lot had changed since he was last there in the 1970s, but not the drinking (or smoking) preferences of the locals.

Question Seventeen

Baseball fan Rob Chanter has never seen a crowd have as much fun as he did in Japan. Isn’t that what sport is all about?

Round 20 – Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: A tale of two TV screens

It was the tale of two TV screens on Sunday afternoon for Demons fan Joseph Ryan, as he watched his Dees take on the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium and the Netball World Cup final between the Diamonds and New Zealand. There was only one contest that was tough, entertaining and meaningful, and it sure as heck wasn’t the footy…

Almanac Rugby – The Forgotten story of Steve Merrick: Rugby Union’s last amateur (first published in The Guardian)

An outstanding yarn from Patrick Skene ahead of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider against the All-Blacks at Eden Park on Steve Merrick, Rugby Union’s last amateur. The story of how a coal miner from the Hunter Valley turned down SANZAR and World Rugby Corporation megabucks and went back to the pits.

My Friend Flicka

Citrus Bob Utber tries valiantly to keep across three big sporting events from the weekend just past: the Wallabies in their quest for the Bledisloe Cup, Adam Goodes’ return to footy at Geelong and the demise of the Australians at Trent Bridge.

Flogs, Wogs and Blogs

Phil Dimitriadis is miffed by some of the language used by ‘Middle Australia’ in the recent race debates. When did ‘Flog’ become part of the vernacular and why?

Almanac Wheelchair Tennis: Competition half a world away from tragedy

Henry de Cure plays Wheelchair Tennis on the world tour (with a world ranking of 69). And he’s a Crows man. This is Henry’s story of how a tournament in South Africa coincided with news of Phil Walsh, and the ongoing search for meaning.

Pigskin Almanac: The underdogs who won the Superbowl

Some of the most memorable sporting contests in history have been provided by NFL Super Bowl contests. Pigskin fan Logan R. Grayson recalls famous underdog wins in the NFL’s ‘big dance.’

Almanac Rugby: Hands Up If You Saw a Wallaby Flanker Put an Argentinian Merchant Banker on His Ass This Morning?

The sharp eyes of Archie Butterfly hail the “athletic prowess”, shall we say, of Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper during the Wallabies 34-9 rout of the Pumas [A beautiful right cross, but a SANZAR judicial hearing will have the final say on his availability for the rest of the Rugby Championship, after citing Hooper for foul play. – Ed].

Almanac Lacrosse – Under 19 World Championships: Australia 14 England 13 in quadruple overtime

Sudden victory or sudden defeat: coming to terms with a monumental struggle and its denouement.

Tour de France Tragic

Parsimony admits after many bleary eyes and late nights that he is a Tour de France tragic.

All Sports Team of the Week

Phil Smyth takes the “Big Week in Sport” to another level, with his team of the week. (A clever idea – Ed.)

State of Origin 2015 – Game Three: Red Dead Redemption

Callum O’Connor’s first rugby league match sees the Maroons run riot against the shell-shocked Blues.

Footys4All: Connor Evans at the Oceania Wrestling Championships

Footys4All ambassador: Connor Evans

Where in the world is P. Flynn now?

Here’s the evidence that he’s been at Wimbledon…but will he make it to Cardiff?

Crio’s Q? – selection solution

Crio reckons he’s got the answer for the unseemly squabbles within Tennis Australia.

Almanac Tennis – Wimbledon 2015: Can someone explain that Round 4 match to me?

Nick Krygios: dicuss.

Wimbledon: Volatility and security in early-round, late-night tennis punting

The $1-nothing winner and the long shot sit side by side in Grand Slam tennis.

And the long-shot potential quarter finalist can also offer some value.

John Harms explains. [He reckons he’s found the value – your thoughts? Ed]

The spectre of the polo club

The Brisbane Polo Club yesterday went the way of A.B. Paterson’s Geebung counterparts, falling off their ponies to become spectres of the past, when the club officially wound up after having sold its home of a quarter of a century, the notable Naldham House. While the poetic polo club of ‘Banjo’ Paterson fame and their opponents [Read more]