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Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary 2013/14 (entry 3)

Andrew Starkie’s got 53 minutes to evaluate the performances of the Poms and Aussies so far, with a quick time-out for nappies and discussing the Holiday Greetings Police.

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary 2013 (entry no.2)

England know they escaped at Trent Bridge. They will be more focused at Lord’s and don’t expect their bowlers to laugh at the Australians this time. Australia can’t afford another poor display from the top 6.

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (entry 1): The Bogan is back

Boof has brought back The Bogan and suddenly the Australian team is happy again. Maybe this is the natural state for our national sporting team: a few laughs, a few beers, the odd verbal spray, fewer power point presentations, less sports science.

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (13)

ASHES DIARY Entry 13 Thursday January 6, 2011 With Walkman in ear, I went for a stroll around the quiet, sunny streets of Reservoir during the morning session, day 4.  Lawn mowers grumbled and old ladies waited for the bus.  The singlet wearing Italian from up the road proudly gave me a few apricots from [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (12)

ASHES DIARY Entry 12 Tuesday, 4 January, 2011 Australia’s first innings in Sydney was fairly typical of its performances during this Ashes series. Hughes and Watson’s opening partnership should have been a solid foundation.  Johnson and Hilfenhaus’ rewarded swinging at the end either saved or provided further embarrassment for  teammates sitting in the dressing room.  [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (10)

ASHES DIARY Entry 10 Monday December 27, 2010 Alighting at Jolimont, I inserted my Christmas present digital Walkman to discover Strauss had won the toss and elected to bowl.  Again.  Nassar shook his head and walked away. ‘Strauss has put the Aussies in.  I can’t believe it,’ I said to the nearest person who happened [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (8)

ASHES DIARY Entry 8 Saturday December 18, 2010 Human nature is a funny thing; and we are equally funny creatures. Confidence is that elusive, yet essential ingredient for success in life and sport.  We can spend our lives coveting, chasing, gaining, and losing it again.  Confidence can turn Alastair Cook, averaging 30 for the year [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (7)

ASHES DIARY Entry 7 Friday December 17, 2010 In a reflection of how confidently England are travelling, Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bowl on a green, yet firm Perth pitch expected to reward batsmen prepared to dig in and weather an early barrage.  Nassar Hussain was heard yelling from the commentary box: [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (6)

ASHES DIARY Entry 6 Tuesday December 14, 2010 Sorry, mostly a negative rant today; with a bit of positivity at the end. If I was confused by Australian selection policies before the Brisbane Test, things aren’t any clearer as we head to Perth. Consider Doug Bollinger.  Instructed by Cricket Australia to play the IPL in [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (5)

ASHES DIARY Entry 5 Monday December 6, 2010 The armless Ethiopian taxi driver picked up Adrian and I from Adelaide Airport, Saturday morning.  We eased along Sir Donald Bradman Drive, skirted the edges of the city and headed into the inner southern suburbs to our modest, one ply toilet paper, clunking air-conditioner motel.  In the [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (4)

ASHES DIARY Entry 4 Wednesday December 1, 2010 Now the dust has settled on an un-Brisbane like pitch that didn’t offer its usual Australian victory, what did we make of the first Test?  Although we never looked like losing, many believe there were more negatives than anything else for Australia. Is it all doom and [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (3)

ASHES DIARY Entry 3 Sunday November 28, 2010 In a Test bossed by bowlers over the first two days, there was always the chance this match may be ultimately determined by batsmen. Bell, Cook and Pietersen threatened big scores on day one, only to be stopped by Sidds’ slice of history and debutant Doherty who [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary (2)

  ASHES DIARY Entry 2 Thursday November 25, 2010 How many North Melbourne supporters claim an Ashes hat-trick on their birthday? None. Before today.                                                                                                        Sidds will dine out on this for the rest of his life.  When long retired and trawling the country sportsman’s night circuit, he’ll be introduced as the quick who got a [Read more]

Andrew Starkie’s Ashes Diary

ASHES DIARY Entry 1 Wednesday November 24, 2010 Welcome to my Ashes 2010/11 diary.  During this Test series, I will be posting regular entries on the almanac website, consisting of observations, opinions, queries and idle thoughts.  I love the Ashes as much as I love footy and the NMFC, so stay tuned and let me [Read more]

Good Old-fashioned Footy Keeps The Long Room Rocking by Andrew Starkie

    Western Bulldogs versus North Melbourne 2.10pm, Sunday, April 5 Melbourne Cricket Ground   I invited my mates, Adrian and Glen, into the Long Room for today’s game.  Adrian turns the big Four O soon and considers extended celebration necessary for such a milestone.  He’s a Yorkshireman right down to his Hull City FC [Read more]

Almanac Cricket: Headingley 1930 – the first triple century in Test cricket

From the Footy Almanac archives we reprise Andrew Starkie’s wonderful account of Don Bradman’s history making first triple century in Test cricket in 1930.

Almanac Football: Respectfully, Rhyce and North Melbourne must part ways

Andrew Starkie suggests, with respect, that North Melbourne simply has to move on from Rhyce Shaw to find a new way forward. [This article was written before yesterday’s announcement. – Ed.]

Almanac Footy: I hope Browny kicks a heap of goals – A fan’s lament

Andrew Starkie is experiencing a wide range of emotions as he deals with the decision by his club, North Melbourne, to dispense with the services of Ben Brown.

Almanac Music: Reservoir Rockers

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most; Andrew Starkie has become part of a neighbourly trio of enthusiastic amateur musicians during lockdown.

Round 8 – North Melbourne v Carlton: Correct me if I’m wrong

The 2019 appointment of Rhyce Shaw may have looked like a lively way of rejuvenating the Roos after ten years of Brad Scott. But after Saturday’s loss to the Blues, Andrew Starkie was left questioning what was going on down at North Melbourne.