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

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.