Round 5 – Fremantle v Western Bulldogs: Pulverised in Perth

Alex Docherty couldn’t find too many positives for his Dog’s from their trip to WA. And wonders: is that the old Nat Fyfe running around on two good legs?

Comparing Sport and War: Some Reflections on Anzac Day

As we approach another Anzac Day, William Westerman has some important things to say about society’s habit of comparing sport with warfare, at a cost to the real similarities that exist.

Who’s Number 6 for Darebin?

From inauspicious beginnings, L N Zoch has become a keen observer of all things VFLW. Two weeks out from the season, here’s a bundle of everything that impressed, inspired or infuriated last year.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Elimination Finals

With the season proper done and dusted, Dennis Gedling took on Elimination Finals week – a big one for fans of the Victorian teams

Help George Telek in his time of need

Legendary PNG musician and a voice of Melanesia, George Telek is suffering from mouth cancer and requires significant treatment. Read on for more about George and how you can help out.

Vale J. Neville Turner, one of life’s great characters

J. Neville Turner was a great character who had many passions: cricket, tennis, soccer, music and the law. Sadly he died last Thursday. He was a dear friend of many, including those in the Almanac community associated with the Australian Cricket Society and the Australian Society of Sports Historians. Ian Hammet (Almanac member, and ACS stalwart) penned this tribute. No doubt we will hear more in the coming days. Vale Neville Turner.

The Bump is dead…long live The Bump (but for how long?)

It’s an important component of footy and when executed well, draws adulation from fans, coaches and commentators alike. When it’s executed poorly, the bump is a problematic action with severe consequences. What does the future look like for the bump?

Jess Dal Pos goes to India

From Blacktown to Mumbai, Jess Dal Pos’ deep passion for footy has her kicking goals.

Citrus Bob on cricket’s new media landscape

Citrus Bob Utber considers the new cricket broadcasting pond and has his say on a team of commentators. Who’s in Bob’s commentary team? And who’s out?

Round 5 – Sydney v Adelaide: Beware!

Keiran Croker had good reason to be wary before the game as the Crows bounced back with intent against his Swans!

Round 5 – St Kilda v GWS: Saints DRAW a GIANT line on their slow start to the season

The Saints look as if they are back on track. If they can find a way to manage to convert their pressure and competitiveness onto the scoreboard, 2018 may still be a good season for the Saints according to Braham.

Raving Rulebook 17

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

Almanac (Tassie) footy – a speech by Martin Flanagan: More than a Name

We have followed the progress of the North Hobart FC and its name change over recent times. Well, there’s been a victory for the people and footy culture. North Hobart has its name back and to celebrate Martin Flanagan spoke at Saturday’s club lunch. This is the full text of his speech (after an edited version appeared in The Age).

Killa: the Alan Killigrew years at Norwood

“After all, what is a football club?  It is grass in the middle, posts at the ends, and bricks and mortar.  It’s the people that give it soul.  A football club is a living body”. Those reflective words penned by Alan Killigrew, say a lot about the man and his remarkable football journey that had a profound impact on so many people.

What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?

Cate McGregor has written a brilliant, thought provoking cricket article in The Canberra Times. Follow the link below to read the article.

Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

The dying art of so many things………

Sporting conversation is not the only thing to have gone missing lately

Thoughts and tips for the Anzac Round of footy and racing

The plight of the Blues has Sal’s mind wandering broadly across the sporting landscape this Anzac round of footy and racing.

VAFA Premier C – The CY’s Preview (Rd 3): The E.H. Holden

When he played in the Under-19’s, Smokie’s mode of transport was an old E.H. Holden.

Round 5: Nine games over five days

Footy over five days! Col picks his winners.