Trade Week 2017

The AFL Trade Week is over now. Pancho takes a look at how his Brisbane Lions fared in the craziness that is Trade Week.

The Little Engine That Could

Wesley Hull covers the story of the Gordonvale Bombers – a team of 10-12 year old primary school girls who changed the course of their school’s sporting history in one glorious year of commitment, courage, talent and determination. They have firmly placed Gordonvale State School on the AFL map, and much more beyond. [An amazing feat by the Gordonvale girls – MNQ]

A Team Of Bruisers

Earl O’Neill has put together a team of the toughest and hardest players in VFL/AFL history. This is a team not to mess with.

Almanac Sports History: John Carlos and Mexico City 1968. (From Democracy Now)

Recently Democracy Now interviewed John Carlos (1968 Mexico City podium salute) and sports writer Dave Kirin.

Almanac Music – Ocean Alley, The Comedown: Introspective, unassuming, contemplative

Sean Mortell catches Ocean Alley in the mot ordinary of places, but it’s impact is definitely not ordinary.

Almanac Cricket: Reading, Writing and Rowdy

Michael Sexton provides us with some unique insights into Ashley ‘Rowdy’ Mallett’s journalism career which commenced while he was still Australia’s premier off spin bowler.

Almanac (Footy) Music: The Women have Come to Play

Verity Sanders and friends have recorded a terrific song celebrating women’s footy. Listen here. Read the lyrics. And Verity has penned a few words.

Philip Road, Elizabeth – Holden cars and me

Over the years Mickey Randall has told us about football, meat pies and kangaroos. Well, it’s time for Holden cars. Enjoy this reminiscence.

International Footy: From a Raven’s point of view

Karin Flodin is part of Yvette Wroby’s extended and drafted family. In her first piece for the Almanac she tells us how she came to be playing footy in Sweden and in the Euro Cup this year. Maybe we can look forward to her representing Sweden in the next International Cup.

The Transgender Call

Dave H looks at the Hannah Mouncey trans-gender case and thinks his way through it. Comments welcome, as always.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – More Hatton Time as Olympic golf legacy draws a long bow

Hamish Neal gives an update on golf from around the world. Golf never stops. [Have you recovered from the 61 at St Andrew’s in the Dunhill Hamish? JTH]

Almanac Music: Celebrate the Oils at the Flem-Ken Bowls Club

Celebrate the Oils via a spoken-word event at the Flem-Ken Bowls Club on Thursday evening 2 November, just a few days before the Oils hit Hanging Rock and then Melbourne town.

Almanac Book Review – Running like a cyclone: Jimmy Barnes’ “Working Class Boy”

David Wilson has just finished Jimmy Barnes’ first book, Working Class Boy. It moved him greatly and inspired him to write this piece.

The (Lost) Art of Umpiring

Swish found this 70s SANFL umpiring relic in the bowels of academia. He’s sharing it before it disappears entirely.

Almanac Music: Maubere Timor Music of the Resistance

Maubere Timor is an ensemble of old school Timor-Leste veterans who spread their love of power in speech through a 12 track album that touches on haunting topics of occupation and songs of their past that will solidify their heroic history and the memory of the resistance movement for future generations.

In collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office for Veterans Affairs Maubere Timor was brought to life in David Bridie’s studio in Melbourne and mixed by Andy Robinson. The sound is passionate and acoustic, with soaring harmonies, laments and songs of inspiration. The idea is not that different from the Buena Vista Socials Club where the veterans have reinvigorated songs of their countries past. But this time it is from the hills behind enemy lines.

The Sports Writers Festival 2017

The Sports Writers Festival 2017 is coming to Melbourne (28/29th Oct) and Sydney (3rd/4th Nov) with a quality cast of speakers and topics. Further details inside.

Danny Frawley’s Bravery

When Danny Frawley sat down to chat with Hamish McLachlan he may not have been thinking about how far and wide their SEN conversation would go. Or who it may effect – for good. It reached Yoshi in Japan. This is Yoshi’s response. [English is Yoshi’s second language. Thanks Yoshi, for this piece – JTH]

Almanac Family News: Cielo Zurbo

Old Dog Matt Zurbo and Elena have news. [Sensational. Congrats from all of us here at the Almanac – JTH]

Dusty officially now a bona fide champion

Jen Muirden was honoured to attend the Richmond Football Club’s special Brownlow Medal Count and she pays tribute to their winner, Dustin Martin.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 2

Dennis Gedling is on top of his A-League reporting game already this season, taking the three points with this informative Round 2 wrap.