AFL’s state of the game: A couple of easy changes will make all the difference

Amidst a cacophony of soundbites about the “state of the game”, student Max Hatzoglou breaks down the intricate challenges and opportunities afforded by adjusting the game, in his first piece featured on The Footy Almanac

Remembering J. Neville Turner

John Harms went to J Neville Turner’s funeral on Thursday, prompting a few memories and this tribute (which includes a description of Neville’s tennis serve).

Almanac Rugby League: The longest minute – one epic Grand Final, one family’s story, one perfect piece of storytelling

Sport imitates life imitates sport! The nail-biting 2015 NRL Grand Final between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos has spawned a theatrical production, The Longest Minute. The on-field rollercoaster performances of the Cows over two decades meets the off-field carousel of the Wright family.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Comebacks

The golfing comebacks continue as Hamish Neal looks at some news, thoughts and notes from the last week.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: New PGA winners plus new golf formats

Hamish Neal’s golf wrap is back after a short break. He hasn’t missed a beat.

Almanac Baseball: Sox Soar

Love ’em or hate ’em (Brian the Ruminator loves ’em) the Boston Red Sox are in the midst of arguably their best ever start to a season. He breaks down why this year has been a red-letter one for the red-socked ones.

Raving Rulebook 17

AFL, Commonwealth Games, SANFL, Cricket – nobody is spared in Malcolm “Rulebook” Ashwood’s latest ravings.

Sports Day

School sports days offer camaraderie and competition, whilst gifting parents a window into the simple joys egg and spoon races and obstacle courses never fail to provide. Mickey Randall’s all-too-brief window is captured here.

Reconciliation as a 400m Event

The choice of Sydney as the host for the Olympics in 2000, was related to the perception of Australia being a positive example of the good life and of Reconciliation. The Games presented a range of opportunities for Indigenous participation and cultural representation says Andy Fuller as he discusses the lead up to that event.

Book Extract – “As the Twig is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 2: Woosang

Another great extract from Norman Weaver’s book on growing up in Northern Victoria during the inter- and post-War years, “As the Twig is Bent”. Part 2

Book Extract – “As the Twig is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 1: Footy and Nine Ounce Gloves

Brett Weaver has been kind enough to share this from his father’s recently released book, “As the Twig is Bent” on childhood and adolescence in post-war country Victoria. This is an absolute cracker, Almanackers – do yourself a favour

Almanac Hurling (and Travel): An Australian on Tour (in search of kulcha)

Matt O’Hanlon and G-Squared are on tour in Ireland. Matt is having trouble with the language but he’s loving the kulcha. [Classic O’Hanlon and a great travel yarn – JTH]

The Brotherhood of Stawell

Dips goes to Stawell for the Gift, a gift that keeps on giving thanks to his father’s foundations and his family’s continuing tradition

Commonwealth Games as Anachronism and City Branding

Andy Fuller discusses how indigenous interests and politics are given short shrift when many stand to benefit from the pomp and ceremony of an anachronistic, imperialist and self-aggrandising sporting spectacle such as The Commonwealth Games.

Brent Crosswell, Martin Flanagan and 1970

Marty Gleason on the significance of Brent Crosswell as a figure of both humanity and dissent.

Gold! Gold! Gold! Aussies lead medal count after first day of competition at the Commonwealth Games

Five gold medals, two World Records, and one Commonwealth Games Record give the Aussies a flying start in the pool and at the Velodrome.

Cracking weekend of footy and sport coming up

Almanackers, we’re in for some cracking games of footy, and all things sport this weekend!

Yellow & Black – Leave nothing to chance: an extract form Konrad Marshall’s book on the Tigers’ premiership

In this extract from Konrad Marshall’s celebrated book Yellow & Black the Tigers are in the City of Churches. Here’s an insight into what happens both on and off the field as the Tigers prepare for a big clash with the Crows at Adelaide Oval – historically not a happy hunting ground for interstate visitors.

At Easter-time Stawell Giveth and Stawell Taketh Away

We re-visit this classic Almanac yarn each Easter (for good reason):

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

Almanac Tennis – EDTA Div. 8 Boys’ Grand Final: ETKG v The Drive – Even more sweet

Aidan Hammond and his teammates have experienced that winning feeling, taking out a hard-fought Eastern Districts Tennis Association Grand Final; Aidan’s first after falling at the last hurdle in 2017