Racing: Cup Day picked me up and now I’m looking forward to the carnival’s final day

By Chris Riordan After  the debacle of Derby Day, I tentatively swung on the bag at 9.30am on Tuesday, praying not to ever face another day of such disgraceful, anti-social behaviour. Nine hours later, I left the track after a tremendously enjoyable, relatively busy experience interacting with a gamut of patrons who, while having a [Read more]

Gorilla jumps in; break out the Crownies, Daff!

By Mark “Makybe” Diva Our wide cup trifecta landed a very nice $1062 return for the hunnert invested after Shocking put paid to Godolphin’s boy – second again for the Sheikh. So for Daff’s cash we’re now well and truly in the black. I wish I could say the same for myself after today’s result, [Read more]

Drawing on past lessons

by Mark “Makybe” Freeman The big one is all about levering that lovely dead money in the tote trifecta and first four pools, punters. It’s about taking the opportunity to cream the healthy dividend off all the once-a-year types making selections based on cat’s names, gran’s birthday’s and fave colours.

Reigning Cats this year and Dogs next year

2010 AFL Season by Josh Barnstable Finally, the fixture has been released. After spending all of recess and lunch on the 30th of October on a computer in the library at school checking out the new fixture, I spent most of period three texting fellow Almanacker Steve Healy what we thought of the allocated games [Read more]

One “bogan Josh” too many on Derby Day

Most bookies reported losses from Derby Day…all would have lost their temper. We were positioned adjacent to the Beaver at the end of the main ring and had a terrible day dealing with total dickheads. No security or police were in evidence at any stage of the day. Beaver reckons it is time for a [Read more]

Framing the bets

by John Kingsmill My new Adelaide Review editor only gave me 250 words on the Melbourne Cup this year. I filed this last week when there were still 39 hats in the ring: Alcopop took SA country form to Melbourne, won the JRA and Herbert Power and went straight to the Cup. Skip the premarket [Read more]

AFL Club Awards: The bald and the beautiful

Port Adelaide’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy In season 2009, Port Adelaide’s theme song should’ve changed to: We’ve got the power to win, the power to lose, the power to win, the power to lose… Because that’s what they showed us, they have a huge win one week, and then get smashed by a [Read more]

A quality day at the Derby

by Mark “Makybe” Freeman Just a pleasure seeing the quality go around today, punters. How good is Typhoon Tracy? Sat three-wide early, but ran away with such authority. Managed to keep out of Hot Danish, having seen her soundly thrashed by Tracy at Caulfield. And Faint Perfume is also proving a gun. She was nice [Read more]

2009 Malarkey Medal

THE 2009 MALARKEY MEDAL THE TOP TEN (Brownlow votes in brackets) Chris Judd (Carlton) 28 (22) Gary Ablett (Geelong) 26 (30) Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda) 23 (15) Jonathan Brown (Brisbane) 19 (19) Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda) 18 (17) Alan Didak (Collingwood) 18 (12)

AFL Club Awards: Dyer for Deledio, maybe not so dire for Richmond

Jack Dyer Medallist By Josh Barnstable Bleak. That one word describes the Richmond season. It started out with some optimism. Ben Cousins had been recruited after a one year ban for drug use, Matthew Richardson was coming off a career-best season, Chris Newman was handed the captaincy and most of the Tigers players were set [Read more]

Crio’s tip: to win more, put more on Onemorenomore

After the fiasco at Caulfield, my faith in the betting ring as central to a day’s racing was restored at Moonee Valley where a massive crowd bet ferociously on what was the busiest day I’ve had on the bag in memory. Despite the early shorties arriving, the value was good, you could lay plenty of [Read more]

The Rumble in the Jungle

Champion of the World by Andrew Starkie Ali told everyone he was going to dance.  Foreman trained for this.  In sparring, he practised cutting off the ring.  Closing in and cornering his opponents like prey to be devoured. You can’t dance without a dance floor. Everyone was frightened for Ali – his people, Foreman’s people, [Read more]

Makybe joins the Rockferry crew

By Mark Makybe Freeman Clambering to the summit of the racing season, punters, ready to drive our flagpole into the peak… er… to enjoy the best racing has to offer. Our oxygen (cash supply) is running low, but we’re alive and kicking. Always a fascinating program, Derby Day, all group races, including four group 1s. [Read more]

18 might just go into 2

by Tavis Perry There are going to be 18 teams in the AFL competition by 2012. While I’m all for expanding the competition and growing the game nationally, I honestly think the time is right to look at introducing two conferences instead of having the mundane set-up we have now. I understand there will be [Read more]

His Excellency, Terry Daniher, Ambassador for Football in the Middle East

By Sheikh Mohammed bin Rocket Bounding up the steps of the Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai last week to attend the Middle East AFL Sportsman’s Night the bloke in front of me kindly held the door open for me, “Thanks T.D.”, I said. ” Rocket, old son, what you are doing here?” exclaimed Terry Daniher. [Read more]

Not Crio’s Question: What will the Dogs and Dees cop in next year’s fixture?

by Andrew Gigacz When the 2009 fixture was released on this day last year, I for one was not surprised to see the Western Bulldogs heading off for six interstate matches, NONE of which were to be covered on free-to-air TV. In fact it was actually an improvement on 2008, in which the Dogs were [Read more]

AFL Club Awards: A year to forget for the Hawks

Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy Well, well, well. What can I say about this mob? Their season started with a shocking loss to Geelong, although only by eight points it was 23 to 34 scoring shots, and the Hawks trailed by 37 at three quarter time. The Hawks fell the height of Taipei [Read more]

Melbourne Cup tip – take a cardigan

by Brett Dutschke The early tip for the Melbourne Cup is for brisk winds and a high of about 20 degrees, according to, so it will be worth taking a jacket or cardigan.

A new-found respect

by Tavis Perry I’ve only been living in a remote indigenous community for 2 months, but already I have a much greater respect and appreciation for the hurdles that Liam Jurrah, and indeed the Melbourne Football Club had to make, in order to establish him at AFL level. Growing up in an all aboriginal ‘community’ [Read more]

A day at the Cox Plate

by David Hyland Firstly I have to say that Saturday was my virginal live Cox Plate experience. I had always wanted to attend having been to the course many times for different events and thought that packed to the rafters it would provide magnificent atmosphere and excitement. I went with my wife and another two [Read more]