Boxing Day Blog

Play is under way at the ‘G. Gloomy skies but no substantial rain. Will Australia’s questionable batsmen get the better of an Indian attack with several question marks of their own hovering? Fire away sports fans.

Cricket: the post-Christmas lunch form of the game.

It is heading towards midnight here in Brisbane. The kids have carefully laid out Santa’s smoko in front of the fireplace; it seems Santa prefers mince pies and water served in a Dora the Explorer cup. We have been to the Christmas Eve service at St Andrews on Wickham St in the city where we [Read more]


We all read in the newspapers about the clubs gradually coming back from the mandated breaks from the club to return to formalised pre-season training every year. How players are dreading the hard slog of endurance running, fitness testing and a smattering of skill which won’t kick into gear until shortly after the last strains [Read more]


I’d just like to say a word or two about the Christmas rush, if I may, keeping in mind that I am an eighteen-year-old check-out chick so it might be a little tainted. Just a little. I wish I could say I rub my hands with glee and watch and wait for that first customer [Read more]

Peter Roebuck Tribute



  I am a forgiving and tolerant man. I forgive easily, turn the other cheek and all that other rubbish. However, as much as I am a stickler for tradition and the 5 day white outfit form of our summer game, I am also one who appreciates good manners.


  Boxing day, aah! Official rest, Blissful relaxation, I’m going to watch the Test. Christmas recovery is underway Time to put my feet up and watch the Aussies play. No orders, demands or chores from the boss Why, I was even asked, if our captain won the toss! The kids are outside, occupied with new [Read more]

Thai-king Footy

THAI-king Footy Sawasdee Mister Floreat Picans and Mister Almanackers. The last place I expected to be talking footy with the locals was in the faraway tropical land known for its sporting pursuits of Soccer, Boxing and a derivation of the game we know as Table Tennis! But, you could have knocked me down with a [Read more]

The 2011 Boxing Day scoreboard quiz

Photos by Les Everett The classic old manual scoreboard at the city end of the  MCG  stood for many a year. It told the story of a cricket match from beginning to end, and was probably photographed by many a footy fan just after the Grand Final siren. It has also been immortalised in a [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Christmas ‘Stocking Fillers”

A long, long time ago, our family sat around the kitchen table on Christmas Eve. 5DN (Adelaide’s racing station) was doubtless droning in the background. Mum and Dad were quietly and totally tuckered and my siblings and I restless, when Mum suddenly soliloquized; “Of all nights, how could people even consider running, let alone going [Read more]

Lion to Demon

  With Fitzroy’s existence under threat for most of my childhood, being a supporter of the Roys was never easy. But when the end came, it still felt like someone had died.   The mourning period lasted a long time.


  ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even Harms’ mouth; Blue and white stockings – the chimney festoon, In hopes that the Handicapper will be filling them soon; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; As visions of Cats premierships danced in their [Read more]

In A-League of its Own 8 (2011/12)

  Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League A lot can happen in three weeks. The Brisbane Roar has fallen not only from their unbeaten status of Australia’s greatest sports team, but to 2nd on the A-League table with 4 straight losses. Their 2-1 loss to ladder leaders Central Coast puts the reigning champions in a [Read more]

Now THAT’S entertainment!

  by Andrew Fithall Solved! I now get it! Finally I understand why the AFL keeps scheduling such crap pre-game and half-time entertainment. They don’t have sufficient confidence in the quality of their own product that they can put on the same program something that might compete with the actual game in providing a benefit [Read more]

Bomber Return

  Essendon versus Geelong – 7.10pm, Saturday, 2 July – Docklands Stadium   by Phil Dimitriadis Geelong fans were treated with contempt by Mark Thompson last year. The brooding surliness and lack of respect he showed extracted understandable displays of righteous anger from the Cat’s faithful. Yet he coached them to a drought-breaking premiership and [Read more]

The Sister Olive – The race that stops Yea.

  by Shane Goss If you fancy a game of golf at Yea, please wait for the running of the last. The last at Yea races that is. The course has holes both inside and around the racetrack. Buggies and three-woods were replaced by bookmakers and silks last Saturday however when the town held their [Read more]

Almanac keeps Canberra rocking

The big names just keep on rolling into town. In the last couple of months in Canberra we’ve had the Queen, Barack Obama, Princess Mary and today Sachin Tendulkar arrived.  Plus JTH is here for the Footy Almanac launch, which is on at the National Press Club. There’s no stopping the excitement in the national [Read more]

Premier Cricket – Round 10 review

Saturday’s one day fixture was the final round of Premier Cricket for 2011. The results included the second tied match of the season, a huge upset and a severe beating. At Toorak Park Darren Groves ran through the top half of Prahran’s much vaunted batting line up, his four early wickets leaving the Two Blues [Read more]

Order of the Almanac (Early observations from the inside)

Until now I have kept largely silent. Serving my apprenticeship like all new Almanackers. Soaking up the knowledge of those that have come before me. Graciously accepting my thrice daily ration of tepid water and pie crust, before turning back once more into the lesson plan. Studying match reports from older versions of the good [Read more]

Christmas Wrapping

Here’s one we couldn’t hold over till the days drew shorter and the rich aroma of briquette smoke and the thunk of leather on leather turned our minds to more serious matters than the captaincy of Pup and the longevity of Punter & Mr Cricket. Guy goes into a bar, there’s a robot bartender.  The [Read more]