Almanac Lunch: With legendary sports writer John Craven in Geelong (June 28)



The peripatetic Footy Almanac is heading to Geelong where we’ll catch up with sports journalist, author and promoter John Craven at a lunch hosted by Roger Lowrey.


John Craven with Roger Lowrey, doing some lunch prep.



We’ll chat to John about his most recent work The Conquerors. This ambitious 779 page epic details the careers of Geelong’s 100 finest sports stars across 33 different sports. It includes 12 Olympic medalists, 8 Test cricketers, 7 Brownlow Medalists, one Stawell Gift winner and many other internationally elite stars in their respective sports.


Friday June 28, 2024
12.30 for 1pm

At the Petrel Hotel, 81 Pakington St., Geelong West.

Alternate two course  $60 set menu (alternate drop)
Please advise any dietary preferences beforehand


Potato, leek and parmesan croquettes
Glazed beef skewer and mango chimichurri

Main courses

Chicken schnitzel, garlic butter, chips and slaw
Braised lamb shoulder, cheesy polenta and watercress

(Mains served with table salads)

Drinks at standard pub prices




Bookings are essential: [email protected]


Free parking in nearby suburban streets
Number 22 buses from Geelong Railway Station connect both ways with Melbourne trains and stop outside the front door


Signed copies of The Conquerors will be available on the day for $20 each (they’re usually $40).
Or you can buy copies now. Send John Craven an email HERE.





  1. Would like to attend but logistics won’t allow it. Enjoy the day.

  2. roger lowrey says

    Shall do so Dips. My review of it will appear some time soon so if you like what you see and you would like a book just let me know.

    8/5 which means we go to the bye licking our wounds having having won one out our last six. As my dear old late dad would have said “hmm.”


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