Almanac Soccer: Bolt! Trailblazer for the Central Coast?

Usain Bolt becomes a “coastie” tomorrow as he takes his first steps on the road to his professional football career.

Almanac Music – The growing maturity of Australian Rock

Oz guitar bands aren’t dead, they’re just adapting. Alex Darling connects a lot of dots in this perceptive overview of Australian guitar bands old and new.

The rhyme of the modern Mariner

Alex Darling with a rousing sea shanty of the Gosford waterfront. (“It is a modern Mariner; And he stoppeth regu’ly…”)

AFL looks to run junior and senior competitions on the NSW Central Coast and Hunter

Looks like Australian Football on the Hunter Coast is at a crucial point. Alex Darling looks at the options to the League.

The friendly ghosts of East Gosford

Alex Darling returns to footy in Gosford and finds some enjoyment amidst the fog on his first night with the Terrigal Avoca Panthers

Round 7 – St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney: A Lesson in Perspective

Of course, he still cares whether or not the Saints have a win. But Alex Darling explains how recent events at Fairfax Media put footy very much into perspective.

The Day I Earned My Place in the Dream Team

Alex Darling remembers the day for Hampton Rovers U10s when he finally felt that he belonged.

Almanac Poetry: Do it for them

A player’s lament, for the team and supporter: just do it!

On Eddie McGuire, and who we should be listening to instead

Alex Darling considers what is really to be taken from the storm around Eddie McGuire’s comments. [Interesting discussion – Ed]

Round 9 – Hawthorn v Sydney: Life takes precedence over footy

Alex Darling perfectly surmises this week’s sincere responses to issues previously undiscussed: “the AFL community has grown up.”

Of Tiger lovers and Taiko drummers

Alex Darling explores Taiko drumming and the tribal connection with Richmond FC.

Saints fans rejoice! Our boys are home again

Alex Darling sees a bright future amidst Melbourne’s clouds as the Saints return to Moorabbin

The Essendon in all of us

Alex Darling with his take on the Essendon supplements saga. If you were told to jump, would you ask ‘how high’?

Adelaide Oval: The new home of Football?

For Alex Darling Adelaide Oval’s success as an AFL venue has been immediate and isn’t entirely unexpected.

Five players that made AFL the game it is today

Alex Darling does an excellent profile on 5 players who excelled at, and influenced the modern game.

Losing isn’t everything for flag-hungry Eagles

Alex Darling goes back through West Coast’s history to explain why he thinks the Eagles will be flying high in 2016.

Richo: Richmond personified, for better or for worse

He may have retired in 2009 but Richo is still the key to understanding the Richmond Football Club according to Alex Darling

Who’s versing? Richmond

Will this be the year for Tiger supporters versifies Alex?

Who’s versing? North Melbourne

Will the Northern peak be higher?

Who’s versing? West Coast

Alex Darling continues a poetic look at the AFL sides with some Eagles’ observations