From The Economist’s Intelligent Life: Richie Benaud’s Sounds of Silence

Tim de Lisle – former editor at Wisden – penned a touching tribute to Richie Benaud in The Economist’s ‘Intelligent Life’.

AFL Round 3 – Carlton v Essendon: An Evening with Big Nick

John Butler was there as the powerbrokers at Carlton try to reconnect with the faithful…

Round 3 – Collingwood v St Kilda #AFLPiesSaints – hardly a ripple in any ‘verse

Jeff Dowsing on Collingwood’s big win against St KIlda

Round 3 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Expect the Expected, and if all else fails, make chicken soup.

Never underestimate the healing powers of chicken soup.

Almanac Art: Out came the Sherrin

Susan Sutton is a finalist in the Gallipoli Prize. Here is her entry, with the artist’s notes.

Round 3 – Geelong v Gold Coast: Bruised and Battered Cats hold off determined Suns

Author Nick Weidmann explains how the battered and bruised Cats hold off a fast finishing Suns in a enthralling contest on a wet afternoon down at the Cattery.

Round 3 – Sydney v Greater West Sydney: Bring your own food

The SCG: not the place to be if you’re hungry and fancy a bite during the game, but a brilliant place to be to watch the Swans claim bragging rights over the new kids on the block from Sydney’s west.

Round 3 – Collingwood v St Kilda – Pies get it done against depleted Saints

Cheesman Taylor gets the honours this week for the Floreat Pica Society; in which the Pies hit their stride, key players find form and the younger brigade outclass their opponents.

Round 3 – North Melbourne v Port Adelaide: In the name of the father, the son, and the holy goallllllll!

Names like Ebert, Williams, Bradley, Wanganeen and Tredrea are held in high regard at Alberton. Cutty Sark praises a name as important to the fabric of Port as any of their on-field champions; Fr Tony Noble.

Round 3 – Brisbane v Richmond: Playtime in the Lion Park

John Green is a big fan of the Tigers’ work under lights at the ‘Gabba as they take on the Lions

Round 3 – West Coast v Fremantle: Boys against Men

Peter Baulderstone is contractually obligated to report on Eagles home games. He has asked Almanac management to treble his pay.

Round 3 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Saints swamped by Pies in 50 Year Anniversary of First Game at Moorabbin

Friday evening marked an auspicious anniversary for Saints fans. Braham Dabscheck saw his young Saints go down at the hands of very efficient Magpie unit.

AFL Round 3 – Brisbane v Richmond: The same old story

Lions supporter Johnathan Sloan shares his anguish as his Lions go down by 79 points at home to the Tigers.

Round 3 – Sydney v GWS: A rivalry in the making

Great to be home at the SCG! I would love to have said “spiritual home” but, even after 30 odd years here in Sydney, “spiritual home”, for me, is still the Lake Oval in South Melbourne. The home of Bobby Skilton, Freddie Goldsmith, Ronny Clegg, Billy Gunn, Eddie Lane, Brian McGowan, Mickey Siburn, Hughie McLaughlin, [Read more]

AFL Round 3 – Adelaide v Melbourne: Dees make Crows earn it

Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood analyses a workmanlike performance from his Adelaide Crows that gets them home over an improving Melbourne Demons.

How greed can interfere in a sporting dream

Author DrCruel73 explains how supporters of a football club can suffer due to greed and ego by the clubs administrators/ owners.

ANZAC Centenary: ANZAC Spirit or Christmas in April

Stick with Dave Mapleston on this, as he makes a strong comment on the recent Woolworths advertising campaign which attempts to cash in on collective memory. Dave tries to understand the metaphor, and then fights back.

WAFL Round 5: Peel arrive, Perth off the mark

Les Everett reports in on, amongst other things, the AFL-aligned and bottom of the table derbies as the tipster’s nightmare comes to fruition in the West

AFL Round 3 – St. Kilda v Collingwood: Perfect Pies whomp woeful Saints

Young Saints fan Andy Tuano had a dodgy meal that made him crook on the way to the footy. Things got worse after that for young Andy and his Saints.

AFLPA Legends Series: JTH chats with Luke Ablett

You don’t need to sit with Luke Ablett for very long to learn that he is a man with a strong sense of identity: family, place, education, football, club. He has an intellectual curiosity, a sense of conscience and a will to social action.

See what you think of this chat (12 minutes).