AFLW – Round 4: Some cracking games this weekend!

Can North Melbourne and Fremantle continue their unbeaten run, will the Pies or GWS finally break through for a win in Round 4 of the AFLW, or will we see some upsets? An interesting round of footy!

Brody Grundy or Brodie Grundy: has East Coburg CC employed a publicity guru for Feb 28 event?

Brody (sic) Grundy will be speaking at a fundraiser for the wonderful East Coburg CC on Feb 28.

‘Johnny Brunner’s Thirst For Sporting Challenges……………’ – KB Hill

This week, KB Hill shares with us his profile of John Brunner, country football legend, handy tennis play, ex-drag racer and supremely fit sportsman. And a humble community servant to boot! (Country sporting folklore is all about people like this. – Ed.)

Almanac Art

We have revamped our artists’ page. Have a look. Birrell, Howson, Pavlidis, Williams – quite a team!

Manning Clark Lecture: Dr Ken Henry AC

From banks to wombats, the 2019 Manning Clark Lecture features Dr Ken Henry AC on 12th March in Canberra.

AFLW Round 3 – Where’s your team playing this week?

A great AFLW round of games from right across the country this week. Check out the fixture.

‘Diamond Des………’ – KB Hill

“‘Diamond Des’ was solid – and unspectacular – on the field, but a gem off it…” So says KB Hill as he introduces us to yet another bigger than life Wangaratta character, Des Griffin. His regular sign-on fee also makes for good reading!

Odd Friday Lunch (Feb 15): Tony (TJ) Jewell

The next Odd Friday Lunch promises to pack quite a punch as guest speaker and Richmond legend Tony Jewell renews acquaintances with his long-time rival, Carlton legend and North Fitzroy Hotel personality Percy Jones. Remember 1980? You wouldn’t miss this one for quids!

Truck That – a new novel from Steve Rogers

Check out Steve Rogers new crime novel Truck That.

Book Launch (Feb 13): Billy Murdoch – Cricketing Colossus

You are invited to the launch of this biography of Billy Murdoch by Richard Cashman and Ric Sissons. Gideon Haigh and Ray Webster to do the honours at the MCC Library. All welcome (but you MUST rsvp)

Almanac Anthropology: Gigs’ door and stickers of the `70s.

Gigs has made public a photo of his childhood door – chockers with stickers. What should happen to the door?

Poetry: The High Mark

with the footy season now underway
and with poetry in the air today
we revisit Bruce Dawe’s meditation on the speccie.

Poetry: Life Cycle

Life Cycle by Bruce Dawe captures the significance of footy in Victoria and beyond. Life and footy are so entwined in all those places (and cultures) where footy is meaningful to the people.

‘The Brian Dorman Show…….’ – KB Hill

KB Hill does it again! This week he recounts the sporting career of Brian ‘Horse’ Dorman, big-hitting cricketer, Collingwood footballer and successful horse trainer. His footy career cruelled by injury, Brian made quite a name for himself in the sport of kings.

Support the Almanac on Five Day: $5 on the fifth.

Happy Almanac Five Day. Consider a $5 contribution to help sustain the Almanac.

Richard Flanagan: Tasmania is burning (link to Guardian)

For those who have yet to discover Richard Flanagan’s powerful piece on power, climate change and leaders who lack depth and substance here is a link to it in the Guardian.

Almanac Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka – Second Test from Manuka Oval, Canberra

The second Australia v Sri Lanka Test gets underway this morning in Canberra. We give our take on the lead-up to the match and pose a series of questions. Is that a metaphor for this summer of Australian cricket – there are more questions than answers? At no extra cost, we throw in a bit of Latin.

‘Bringing Home The Bacon In The Local Gift………’ – KB Hill

Almanac favourite KB Hill continues to create his collage of local sport from up Wangaratta way. Today it’s the Wangaratta Gift and the many characters, local and ‘imports’, who have featured in its rich history. (Methinks it’s about time someone wrote the record of KB Hill! – Ed.)

Almanac Footy Tipping in 2019

We have three tipping comps in 2019: AFLW, AFL and AFL Top 8. Join now. All welcome. Spread the word.

Almanac Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka, First Test – does anyone care?

The silence is deafening at the Editor’s desk as we head into Day 1 of the First Test v Sri Lanka at the Gabba. Does anyone really care? Is there a scribe who will be our eyes, ears and analyst in the coming days? ((Or is this where cricket is at in Australia today?)