Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 2: Usman leads as Australia takes command

Our very own debutant, Scana, made it through to stumps on a day dominated by Usman Khwaja.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 2: Good, tight Test cricket as Ussie holds it together

Citrus Bob Utber is loving the Adelaide Oval precinct, and the cricket. The Australians, with Ussie the sheet anchor, take the lead in a hard-fought Test. While Citrus picks his side of best players not to have played in a Test match.

And don’t forget Saturday brunch.

Almanac Soccer: Tasmania Gaining Large Support To Join The A-League

Will Tassie have an A-League team? Tony Samboras assesses the situation.

The Ilfracombe scoreboard

Scoreboard Pressure welcomes aboard Sasha Lennon, whose first contribution to the unofficial national register of scoreboards is the rugby league scoreboard in Ilfracombe, central west Queensland.

Would you like to write a book review? I have a couple of good ones up for grabs.

We’ve got a couple of excellent books to hand over to reviewers.

2016 AFL Draft Preview

Paddy Grindlay has put forward his round 1 top 20 picks for the AFL Draft. What are your selections and has Paddy nailed them?

Almanac Rugby: No Rest For The Wallabies Ahead Of Ireland Clash

The Wallabies have surprised a few and now face Ireland in Dublin on Sunday in what should be a terrific Test match writes Farris Garrison.

MCG Memories – The 1956 Olympics

This week is the 60th anniversary of the start of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Ann Rusden tells about going along to watch, not knowing she would later be friends with one of the athletes in action.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 1: The Mid-Strength on the Hill

Dave Brown takes in Day 1 of the Adelaide Test from the grass of the hill, recalling hills of Tests past

Cricket matters

With a Datsun Sunny named ‘Boony’ at short leg and once being dismissed by the Virgin Mary, Ged McMahon reflects on the current cricketing crisis in the context of his own backyard of dreams

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 1: Absorbing Cricket

The Australians stick at it all day, take good early wickets, but the Proteas rally. Then controversy arrives. Citrus Bob was at the Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide Test – Invitation: Saturday brunch Knackers function

Citrus Bob invites Knackers to an Adelaide Test rendezvous: Oxford Hotel, Saturday November 26th, 10.15am for an 11am brunch. RSVP details provided.

Footscray’s Fightback in 1989

This piece was first published in 2011. Remarkably it was written by Domenic Favata when he was in Grade 9. It’s topical again, given the Doggies premiership. The Fight Back of 1989 is also the topic of a piece by Melbourne barrister Rob Heath in The Doggies Almanac 2016 which is available now.

Victor Trumper and Gideon Haigh

Col had a great night with fellow Almanackers at the dinner with Gideon Haigh speaking about his book, “Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the shot that changed cricket.”

Almanac Racing

The fields are skinnier but the quality is OK. There’s rich races in Perth and Japan this weekend, as usual our man Crio, who’ll be at Moonee Valley, is all over it.

Almanac Local Footy: Pre-Season Grinds are never the same it seems

While footballers around the country have commenced pre-season training, Mick Jeffrey discusses his program and asks how your training works especially before Christmas.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Full Edition

Hamish Neal with his Round 8 A-League preview. A massive week coming up for the Melbourne Sheep Cow Whale Ships, 3 games in 7 days…

Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Buddy

It is difficult to imagine Beethoven and Buddy in collaboration, unless you were Jan Courtin in a night of cultural whimsy.

Almanac Cricket: Cricketus Horibilis

What can an Astronaut teach the Australian Test team? According to Dips O’Donnell it’s more than seeing the stars and it’s not rocket science.

Almanac Boxing: Australian Boxing and the rise of Super Middleweight Zac Dunn

David G sees the emergence of Zac Dunn in the Super Middleweight as a good story for Australian Boxing.