Search Results for: John Gordon

Almanac Cricket: Fifty-five days to be King – the BBL 11 Grand Final in technicolor (by John Gordon)

It takes a lot of skill for a writer to make T20 BBL cricket interesting and entertaining, and meaningful. But John Gordon has done it. Read his overview of BBL11 and the Scorchers win in the Grand Final. [Wasn’t expecting references to the Boxer Rebellion and David Niven in the opening paragraph – JTH]

Coleraine Races – in the footsteps of Adam Lindsay Gordon

The Great Western Steeplechase will be run in Coleraine tomorrow (Sunday). It’s timely to reprise Roger Lowrey’s piece from 2019…

Following in the footsteps of Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, Roger Lowrey has been to the Coleraine races where the longest continuous race (that is, the one that has been stage annually for the longest sequence) in the Southern Hemisphere occurs.

Almanac Music: Vale Gordon Lightfoot

After the passing of Broderick Smith earlier this week, the music world has suffered another loss with the death of Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

Almanac Footy History: A tribute to Gordon Proudfoot of the Fitzroy FC

Historian Roger Spaull pays tribute to former Fitzroy FC player Gordon Proudfoot who passed away recently.

Almanac Books: Review – ‘football belongs: Eight Matches That Explain Australia’ – John Didulica

Roy Hay reviews John Didulica’s book, ‘football belongs: Eight Matches That Explain Australia’, a book that examines significant soccer moments pivotal to the code in Australia.

The 2020 Ruth Gordon Cup – Round 8

Earl O’Neill dishes the dirt on the coach, the thief, his wife and his mother. Earl’s not naming names yet but players at home can put the pieces together. Breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day has never had such complicated overtones. Thankfully, Round 8 of the AFL delivered some terrific footy to distract us. (Imagine how feral an imaginary footy press would be about this particular imagined season – Ed).

Almanac Footy: Miracle at Marvel

John Gordon details the context and build up to one of the most memorable upset victories at Marvel Stadium as West Coast defied the odds against the Bulldogs who were vying for a place in the finals whilst the Blue and Gold had only pride to play for whilst sitting rock bottom of the ladder. A serving of a humble pie to those who dismissed them as a “bye” until the next round.

Almanac Footy: Nic Nat Retires

John Gordon pays tribute to West Coast Eagle Nic Naitanui who has announced his retirement after a long run of injuries over the past few years.

Almanac (Poetic) Life: Christmas Eve

This beaut little poem from John Gordon will touch those who are tallying up the years.

Almanac Footy: Barracking for the Vics??

John Gordon grapples with the terms of how and where should loyalties lie in a sport. Each individual have their own unique and complex situations but John shares his pivotal shift in barracking for a different side and how it came to be.

Almanac Life: Ulysses recalled – Farewell to The Brick.

John Gordon recalls his former team mate fondly known as ‘The Brick’, a man of great sporting prowess, and later in life, in search of a miracle as John so poignantly and profoundly explains.

Round 4 – Collingwood v West Coast: ‘It’d be a good one to win’

West Coast Eagles decimated by injuries overcame diversity and pulled off a great win against Collingwood as John Gordon explains.

Opinion: What if Declan Mountford makes his Eagles debut but nobody knew? The day integrity and the AFL parted company

John Gordon thinks the AFL stuffed up big time by hamstringing his Eagles who had to play with several missing due to Covid protocols – what do you think? Would it be a different kettle of fish if flag faves Melbourne were playing?

Almanac Life and Footy: Do it for Frank

John Gordon shares the poignant life of Frank Temple, from a stint for the Saints’ Thirds cut down by a shoulder injury to a life cut short by the scourge of asbestos, Frank was St Kilda to the core, but family came first.

Almanac Soccer: Melbourne City for the cup! (Or how I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the soccer)

John Gordon first became interested in soccer in the 70s watching English soccer on late night TV, now he eagerly follows his son who is a keen soccer player.

Almanac Footy: “If you don’t mind umpire, that was only 14.5 metres!!’

Contentious umpiring decisions cause frustration and confusion for footy supporters everywhere. ‘We was robbed!’ is a plaintive cry in closely fought games. John Gordon steps into the debate.

Five things you may have forgotten (or don’t know) about Shannon Hurn

A timely and tongue-in-cheek refresher about the sometimes under-the-radar Eagles backline marvel Shannon Hurn from John Gordon.

Round 12 – Carlton v West Coast: Let’s make a list

With the odds stacked against West Coast it should have been a walkover for Carlton to win this Round 12 matchup, but it was not to be as John Gordon reports.

Almanac Football History – Darkness and Light: The remarkable and tragic story of the Banks family

A rich and engaging tale of the Banks family, in particular two extraordinary brothers, Tom and Albert, who made history in Victoria and Western Australia over a century ago, shared here by John Gordon. [Exceptional story. Ed.]

Round 8 – Hawthorn v West Coast: Mothers’ Day

John Gordon hasn’t been to the MCG much in recent years (as has been the case for most of us), but his latest visit was on Mothers’ Day, a special occasion to celebrate the many mothers who have given everything for their children; not least of which was the late Ateca Naitanui; Nic’s mum. [Great read: Ed.]