Round 13 – Gold Coast v Carlton: The Shoots are Sprouting

Tony Robb casts a keen eye over the recent Carlton efforts and, for once, there is no sign of the Parkin-jugular. Very measured.

Round 13 – Richmond v Sydney: After 30 minutes – Why do we bother? After 120 minutes: That’s why!

Jan Courtin made the trip to Tigerland to watch the Swannies go from exasperating to exhilarating. Was it worth the bother? You bet it was.

Round 13 – Richmond v Sydney: Love letter to the MCG

It is the people not the place that Gill loves about the MCG, even when the Tigers don’t get the job done.

Round 12 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: Bomber’s Season Powers Up

Robert Maiorana finds a lot to like about the Bomber’s dominant victory over Port Adelaide including a return to form by Jobe Watson.

Round 12 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: What about the Dons

Rod Oaten travelled to the West Coast for the long weekend and caught the Bombers v Power game on the TV. The Dons put on a perfect show and the weekend was capped off with a visit to the 12th Annual Forrest Soupfest.

Almanac Sailing: Auld Mug coming back to NZ says two-time Cup-winner Borrows

The Kiwis are on track to bring The America’s Cup back to New Zealand reports Hamish Neal.

Round 12 – Melbourne v Collingwood: A Few Words

Junior Almanacker Aidan presents some thoughts about the Melbourne and Collingwood game last weekend.

Fabulous Phil – gathering the story

Matt Watson’s book Fabulous Phil – The Phil Carman Story has just been released. Best for me to say, just read this terrific piece by Matt about Phil Carman and the process of writing the book.

Martin Flanagan and a reappraisal of 1992

Adam Fox makes a mighty fine debut in these pages with this piece on Martin Flanagan and perspective. Welcome Adam. And any insight into Frank Zappa would be greatly appreciated.

Almanac Footy Tipping Comp: And who is leading the teams event?

It’s very tight in the Almanac teams tipping comp.

Round 12 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: A Renaissance of the Swans

Les Currie was blown away by how impressive the Swans looked against his Dogs in Round 12. They may or may not make the finals but they can cause a lot of headaches for their rivals along the way.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Wisconsin’s new major venue as Berger doubles in Memphis

All the latest golf news from around the world including Ariya Jutanugarn’s first win in 2017 to return to the world number one position and Daniel Berger goes back-to-back in Memphis.

Almanac Racing: Creative ways to stay warm

As winter sets in, Tom Riordan admires those who rely on punting to stay warm.

Round 12 – Brisbane v Fremantle: Fixer-Uppers

A beautiful moment of happiness is captured by Jamie Simmons as Brisbane secured an incredible win and a new home brings new hopes and dreams for the future.

Nihonjin nanoni?

Japanese footy correspondent Yoshi had a humorous and insightful encounter with a woman from Sydney in Kyoto. It reminded him of his true passion to become a professional writer.

The 2017 Bert Bell Cup – Round Twelve

Earl O’Neill marvels at such an even first half of the 2017 season. Can his Monaros dominate the second half of the season??

Fearless 2017 Round 12 – Queensland Footy… Maybe the signs of life are truly there!

The two Queensland teams had big wins on the weekend. Could this be the beginning of the rise of the Lions and the Suns?

Almanac Surfing: Surfing and the middle-aged accountant

Following Dips O’Donnell’s excellent Queen’s Birthday weekend surfing piece, we thought we’d let you know where it all started. Here’s Dips’ first crack at the caper, a piece which was published in Long Bombs to Snake I.

Round 13 Preview – Love the ones you’re with

West Coast and Geelong promises to be a ripper of a game in the west while the Dogs and Dees have a tough clash that will help determine who is a real contender in 2017. Get your tipping advice for Round 13 with Sal’s predictions.

Play On

Those interested in the session at the Williamstown Literary Festival may like to re-visit Play On which is the omnibus edition of John Harms’s first three books: Loose Men Everywhere, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, and Confessions of a Thirteenth Man.