In the wake of a tragic racing incident in Rockhampton in which a young jockey lost her life, Chris Riordan reflects on the inherent dangers which face hoops every time they climb aboard their mount.
Richard Flanagan’s magnificent work: “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” was awarded the Man Booker Prize 2014 for fiction overnight in London. This novel, of and by a Tasmanian, includes footy. To celebrate, here is a wonderful school yard scene; “and then began the magic of kick to kick…”
Dennis Gedling offers a colourful and comprehensive review of the first week of the A League. The World Game is on the march to capturing the summer sport market.
Brenton ‘Nose’ Eckert has what his life insurance and superannuation providers like to call a “terminal medical condition”. What will happen to his collection of football memories? (Now with bonus ‘Nose’)
Only from Tinsel Tony Wilson. A tale of the competitive juices which flow on Grand Final day. [More Tinsel madness - which somehow makes sense, and has a heart-warming denouement - JTH]
Almanackers will feature prominently at this Sunday’s performance of Stereo Stories Live at the Newport Bowls Club. Rick Kane is making his Stereo Stories debut and Vin Maskell is MCing.
We think this is the first ever piece to be published on footyalmanac.com.au
And it was from Dips, who is still an advocate of entertaining direct football, and getting crankier and crankier about rubbish, trades, and sloppy surf.
It’s horse racing’s time in the spotlight. As the Spring Carnival unfolds, Crio asks about your viewing platform. Will you be watching from the lawns at Flemington; an idyllic rural racing venue; or the pubtab at a special local watering hole? Nominations please.
Tim Butcher saw Footscray’s VFL flag and then his Hawks AFL triumph. The subsequent fortunes of both clubs shows that footy is becoming a tradeable commodity in the marketplace for talent and entertainment dollars.
Peter Goldsworthy’s fine poem about an end-of-career sportsman. [oustanding - Ed]
Jackson Clark updates us on the second round of NTFL matches in the Top End.
Peter Baulderstone holds his nose after Australia’s “miracle” last over ODI win against Pakistan at the home of cricket in Abu Dhabi. The ICC must think we are all mugs. World Cup – who cares?
Callum O’Connor’s cricketing travails continue as his opening spell is Harmisonesque. What to do when the skipper offers redemption via an over at the death?
Keiran Croker may be paranoid, or the AFL may be out to get his Swans with their sudden crackdown on the COLA and the Swans trade opportunities.
Philadelphia Eagles’ fan Scott Langford and New York Giants’ fan Cody Royle have a (very civilized, I must point out) debate about the big upcoming rivalry game between their two teams.
E.Regnans was familiar with the commodification of football. But trade week has made him uncomfortable with the commodification of footballers. What price dreams?
Well that’s three things I didn’t know. Thanks to Neil Anderson for telling us (1) that KB barracked for Footscray when he was a kid (2) that KB went to Hawksburn Primary and (3) he’s hardly changed a bit. Ripper photo.
Miles Wilks takes issue with soccer appropriating the marketing slogan of “the World Game”.
Over a glass of wine or two, Barb Smith reads Caro’s analysis Peter Gordon’s press conference and has a few thoughts of her own.
Magpie William Schack relives the Hawks Grand Final victory, and contemplates where it sits in the pantheon of Hawthorn premierships.