Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt revisits the battlefields of childhood, and the characters that made those informal test matches forever memorable.
Yoshi Imagawa strives to explain what he finds attractive and unique about Australian Rules footy.
Dennis Gedling’s weekly A League wrap reviews a very competitive round, and unveils our Asian Cup mascot (hats off to Roy and HG).
Craig Dodson beautifully shares the triumphs and tribulations of life alongside his trusty Gunn & Moore. It’s a special relationship between man and cricket bat.
Dips O’Donnell is picking up clues; sifting the evidence. Cricket is dead.
Jeff Dowsing gives us a ‘before, during and after’ view of his AFL Fans Association experience and its efforts taking on the AFL. “Not so much playing Goliath versus David as we were David’s kid sister”. Salient points about the growth, maintenance and renewal of any organised movement.
The Stars (“Are you blokes Lalor or the Lalor Stars?” “No, we’re the Stars”) are up and about against the Lower Plenty Thirds. Their $2 fine regime should see them a tidy end-of-season trip.
Crio’s Question moves from the overrated last week to the serially underrated who have proven their worth with time and persistence. Nominations please.
Lou’s limped often enough to know a bad back when he sees one, and has some advice [surprise, surprise] for the Australian selectors on the captaincy.
Remember back to the start of the 2014 season. What were we thinking back then? JTH headed to Kardinia Park for the Cats’ opener.
E. Regnans with a creative conversation about the nature of sportswriting. [Comes nicely on the tail of last week’s art v sport debate – Ed]
The AFL Fans Association is keen to have a voice at the (match day) summit which starts tomorrow. Your thoughts? Should they have an invited representative? What’s your view of the AFLFA?
Patrick Skene has had a fantastic debut year as a feature writer both with us here at the Almanac and now he has been picked up by the Guardian. Here’s his latest.
A little off-season update from Earl O’Neill. Cricket’s stuffed; NFL’s great but bikes and music are better. Oh, and there have been a few changes on the home front (did my invite get lost in the mail – Ed?)
Vaughan Menlove celebrates November 15th as the day world football came of age in Australia, with the dramatic penalty shoot out win over Uruguay in the World Cup qualifier at Homebush. Where were you when Aloisi scored?
Our country racing correspondent, Glen Davis, had a bumper day out at Yea, with 3 winners saluting from 3 wagers! “Fill the Fridge” seems the best named galloper for punter and drinker alike.
Would this bloke Sharma made those runs in such time off DK Lillee or Jeffery Robert Thomson, Gus Gilmour or even Tangles?
Yoshi Imagawa is interested in the different technologies that coaches deploy to communicate or capture match stats. Phone or headset? Paper or tablet? Boomer or Gen X?
Sensational dreamlike memoir from Mickey Randall as he naps during the 1997 Prelim. Sadly for the Doggies, the nightmare was theirs on this day.