Tuesday @ the Almanac



Matt Zurbo has a resolution for 2021 involving the Otway Footy/Netty Club.
Find out what it is HERE.


To read about the Fourth Test between Australia and India in Brisbane click HERE.


The Almanac community includes many writers. Here is a list of their recently published books.


The Tigers (Covid) Almanac 2020 will be published in early 2021.
It will have all the usual features – a game by game account of the Tigers season – and will also include some of the best Almanac writing from the Covid winter.
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Almanac Cricket: Arthur Morris, one of the greatest

Arthur Morris was one of Australia’s best ever opening batsmen, one of our greatest left-handed batsmen, one of the 1949 Invincibles – in short, one of our very best!

Almanac Poetry: Jack Bradshaw and ‘Lovely’ Riley

This week, it’s ‘back to bushranging’ in the poetry of Kevin Densley – but his subjects, in this instance, Jack Bradshaw and ‘Lovely’ Riley, are not your typical bushrangers. His poem is about the exploits of a pair of oddballs who ‘were more like a bad vaudeville act than a duo to be feared.’

Almanac Baseball: Tribute to a legend, Pride of the LA Royal Blue

Richard Marlow pays his respects to a colossus of baseball, LA Dodgers hero Tommy Lasorda, reflecting upon a chance meeting in Sydney over 20 years ago.

Australia v India – Fourth Test Day 4: Rain threatens to stop a victory to either side

Australia eventually set India a target on the fourth day, before the predicted rain intervened. Bob Utber reports on the penultimate day of the test summer.

Comparing the VFL and the AFL: 1978 v 2021

There haven’t been many footballs kicked with passion in 2021, but Philip Mendes has jumped the gun to ponder what the season ahead will look like compared to the nature of the game in 1978 when he was just 13 years old.

Grand Final – Dreams of 1967, Flashbacks of 1992

After what many have deemed a ‘historic’ 2020 season due to the circumstances around it, Adam Fox leans into Grand Final history to add context to his own experience of the Tigers’ victory over his favoured Cats.

Beach Footy

Damian Balassone shares a seasonally-appropriate poem from his collection: ‘Strange Game in a Strange Land’.

Almanac Teams: Fab Fours (1980- )

It’s an unlucky number in some cultures, but Rodney Boyd’s team of the best Number 4s is so packed with talent, you’d think it more than lucky to be given the jumper.

Heroes of Footy

Old Dog has a New Year’s hope: that the Otway Districts Footy and Netball Club will have an Under 18s again and that the young people of the area will have a chance to feel what it is to be part of this club and community and to get to really know the people at the heart and soul of it all and fully understand what it all means.

Australia v India – Fourth Test, Day 3: Wonderful fightback by India’s tail leaves game in the balance

India’s lower order thwarted Australia on Day 3 at the ‘Gabba. ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber reports. (With Gabbatroopers as a special bonus – Ed).

Australia v India – Fourth Test, Day 2: Lyon before the storm

Citrus Bob Utber enjoys the ‘Star Wars’ crew as Australian wickets fall and a storm builds in the south-west. [Very Brisbane – Ed]

Australia v India – Fourth Test, Day 1: Solid day by Australia as Marnus stars

India’s novice bowling attack kept Australia honest on Day 1 at the Gabba, though Marnus Labuschagne once more produced for the home team. ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber reports.

Australia v India – Fourth Test: Who will endure?

Australia faltered, whilst India survived. There were many talking points to emerge from Sydney, and much to anticipate in Brisbane. John Butler sets the scene.

Almanac Teams: A Real Bushrangers’ Australian Rules “Twenty”

This week, KD supplies an Australian Rules bushrangers’ “Twenty”, made up of actual bushrangers. You know it’s a strong side when ‘Bold Jack’ Donohue, ‘The Wild Colonial Boy’, just scrapes in on a half-back flank!

Almanac Soccer: Vale Frank Arok AM

Legendary Socceroos coach Frank Arok who changed the course of ‘the world game’ in Australia has died in Serbia aged 88. The Almanac pays tribute to an icon of Australian sport.

Almanac Cricket: Vale Colin McDonald AM

Colin McDonald, the courageous Australian opening batsman of the 1950s and 60s, has died aged 92 – a good innings! The Footy Almanac offers this tribute.

Australia v India – Fourth Test, Brisbane: A call for writers

Policies, premiers, politics and the pandemic prevent the Almanac’s doyen of cricket commentary, ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber, from attending the Fourth Test in Brisbane which starts tomorrow. Nevertheless, Bob will continue his coverage from The Den in Mildura. We’re calling on writers to support his daily reports with their own unique perspectives.

” ‘Pud’, ‘Patto’, ‘Pettsy’ and Pate” by KB Hill

After the holiday break, KB Hill returns with tales of noted cyclists ‘Pud’, ‘Patto’, ‘Pettsy’ and Pate. As always, KB sets a cracking pace!

Almanac Books: Launch – ‘Crops, people, Money & You’ by Dr Kate Burke

The launch of Dr Kate Burke’s new book, ‘Crops, people, Money & You’ will be held on-line on the 27th January 2021.

Almanac Cricket: Turning back the clock – a cameo return to local cricket

Sean Curtain turns back the clock with a cameo return to local cricket.