Thursday @ the Almanac



Richard Marlow under the Northern Lights the other day when it was -48 degrees


Where has this (surprising) interest in the freezing cold and ice come from? Read pieces by Tom Bally on ice hockey, Richard Marlow on spending time in remote Canada and we’re expecting another yarn about a Zamboni driver (whatever that is).


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AFLW 2020Round 3

St Kilda 3.1.19 d Melbourne 1.8.14
Western Bulldogs 4.6.30 d by Carlton 8.3.51
Gold Coast 4.4.28 drew with Brisbane 4.4.28
Fremantle 5.3.33 d Collingwood 4.6.30
GWS 6.6.42 d West Coast 2.2.14
Richmond 2.8.20 d by North Melbourne 12.4.76
Geelong 6.2.38 d by Adelaide 8.1.49

Round 1 reports                     Round 2 reports


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Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: 2020 Opening remarks

Having looked back to 2019 in an earlier post today, Cam Hooke offers his usual comprehensive analysis of issues confronting the Collingwood team in Season 2020.

AFLW Round 3 St Kilda v Melbourne Moorabbin Alive with Pride and our newest G Train.

There were two wins at Moorabbin last week, the AFLM practice match and an AFLW first win for Yvette Wroby’s St Kilda women’s team. In a Pride Game, there was so much to be proud of.

The Wantok Musik Foundation

Almanacker, staunch Melbourne man, and musician, David Bridie is Artistic Director of the Wantok Musik Foundation, which seeks to promote the music of our region.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Harshana Kiriwendala: Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers, 2019 NBA Playoff game

The Toronto Raptors faced a nervous match against Philadelphia in order to progress to their first ever NBA Finals series in 2019. Parade College Grade 9 student Harshana Kiriwendala details his memories of watching the game, especially the final seconds.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life – 2019 season review

To get the True Believers in the mood, Cam Hooke warms up for 2020 by reviewing the Magpies’2019 season.

AFLW – Round 4: Footy Fixture

We’re at the halfway mark of the AFLW 2020 Home and Away season with many teams interestingly poised. Check out the footy fixture for all Round 4 details.

What is better for captaincy: confidence or arrogance? Or a bit of both?

Whiling his time away in the Arctic, Richard Marlow read Eddie Jones’ autobiography and contemplated the qualities of the various Australian cricket captains of the past 60 years. See if you agree with his appraisals.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Harvey Doutsas: The 2018 AFL Grand Final

As the 2018 AFL Grand Final came down to the wire, Parade College Grade 9 student and Collingwood fan Harvey Doutsas rode the bumps with his family in a pub in America.

Super Rugby 2020 – Round 4 Ruminations

The Ruminator runs his perceptive eye over Round 4 of Super Rugby and finds a glimmer of hope for one Australian team. He also has a sense of je ne sais quoi for Les Bleus in the 6 Nations competition.

The Great Climate Comeback: Sport’s Role in Averting Climate Crisis

A summer of wild weather and devastating bushfires has impacted large areas of Australia, energising the climate debate and leading to widespread calls for urgent action. Anthony James draws our attention to the work of Dr Shiela Nguyen from the Sports Environment Alliance.

‘Billy…….You’re a Hero……’ by KB Hill

Jonny Hyde is an elder statesman in the Wangaratta District Cricket Association and still makes his mark. KB Hill brings us up to date with a recent performance by the veteran.

Women’s T20 World Cup – No certainties: Australia not at its best as India sets the pace

Liam Hauser updates all the latest results from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup with his reviews of the matches so far played, and looks at India and their star leggie Poonam Yadav. [Nice summary and the comments thread is worth reading – especially discussion of Yadav and accompanying highlights – Ed]

Almanac (Club) Basketball: Missed it by that much! Another chapter in the life of ‘Not Bad Thanks’

‘Not Bad Thanks’ were in the running for another basketball premiership. But, in the words of that great philosopher Maxwell Smart, they “missed it by that much.” Graeme Willingham reports (from the floor). [They’re officially nuts – Ed]

Almanac Rugby League – Season 2020 germinates but also experiences a loss

The 2020 rugby league season is slowly gaining momentum. Correspondent Ian Hauser looks back at three significant events from the last few days.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Luca Falvo: Queen – above and beyond

Parade College Grade 9 student Luca Falvo touches on his love for Queen and the memories he has of being introduced to them by his father.

Almanac Cricket History: Remembering Betty Wilson (by Laura Jolly)

First published at, this piece by Laura Jolly tells the story of Betty Wilson.

Daisy Pearce

Daisy Pearce has returned to the AFLW this season, stamping her class on the competition immediately. Damian Balassone penned these words a couple of years ago but they still ring true today.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Jensen Miles: Diamond Valley v Frankston Blues basketball

Jensen Miles got through school and nervously prepared for his Friday night basketball game against Frankston. With his precision shooting getting his team back into the match, the Grade 9 Parade College student had the chance to win the game for his side.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Rowan Saw: NSW v Victoria Sheffield Shield clash

Victoria managed to defeat a strong NSW side in the Sheffield Shield last week. Grade 9 Parade College student Rowan Saw recaps the match and details the momentum swings throughout the encounter.

AFLW Round 3 – Fremantle v Collingwood: Someone turned the pressure on

WA correspondent Les Everett reports on the Round 3 AFLW clash between Fremantle and Collingwood, with the Dockers just getting home over the Pies.