The Ashes 2019 – Fourth Test, Day 4: A Question of Balance: On Bradman and Smith.

Historian and writer Bernard Whimpress can only take so much Steve Smith. He explains why.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Lord’s: Life (and Death)

Jofra Archer’s vicious bouncer that struck Steve Smith has produced a great deal of comment. Bernard Whimpress presents his thoughts about the act that has livened up the Ashes Series.

The Ashes 2019: Could Morgan be a Brearley?

Bernard Whimpress predicted this, or at least thought about it. He was reminded of 1989. He has some observations of a fascinating Test and some suggestions for England else they may well be doomed to a 4-0 drubbing.

Almanac Footy Poetry: “A Footy Crowd” by Bernard Whimpress

Bernard Whimpress sums it up perfectly: this is the way it should be and not what’s served up, for the diehard footy supporter, and their day at the footy, as one of the crowd.

Creeping Anzacism

Bernard Whimpress’s book on Australian cricket captain Joe Darling has just been released. It’s timely to return to an essay written by Bernard which offers his thoughts on the influence of the ANZAC phenomenon. [This paper was first published here in 2012 – Ed]

Almanac Book Reviews: Fabulous Phil (Matt Watson)

Bernard Whimpress has recently reviewed Matt Watson’s Fabulous Phil for The Newtown Review of Books.

Footy exhibition is a winner

Bernard Whimpress pays a visit to a pair of footy exhibitions: In a League of its Own – Celebrating 140 Years of SANFL and Straight Through the Middle – Football in South Australia. He finds that both are really worth a look.

SANFL: Go Bloods!

What is happening to the Bloods? Their cheer squad is a little thin on the ground as this Bernard Whimpress pic suggests.

Almanac Cricket Books: A photograhic record of the Adelaide Oval

Before the grand old stands of Adelaide Oval were demolished, historian Bernard Whimpress took many photos of the great old ground. They are published in this new book.

Almanac Cricket: Cricket Bloody Cricket

Bernard Whimpress takes us on a tour of cricket over the past few days and places it all in the context of the last few weeks and the last few years. Cricket! Bloody Cricket! It’s all happening – even in Adelaide.

Quiet man of cricket: a tribute to Johnny Gleeson

Bernard Whimpress pays a tribute to Australian mystery spinner Johnny Gleeson.

Almanac Book Review: Kapunda Football club history

Bernard Whimpress is mightily impressed with the recently-published Kapunda FC history, which celebrates 150 years of footy in the Kapunda district.

Sri Lanka v Australia – Day 1: What about cut

Bernard Whimpress hears some ludicrous commentary and responds. Reverse swing? Are you kidding?

Sheffield Shield Final Day 5- Easy Ride For Bushrangers

Bernard Whimpress is angry. Why would Redbacks captain and part time offie Travis Head open the bowling on Day 5 of the Sheffield Shield Final with the Bushrangers needing 98 runs? Surely you go with your best bowlers….

Cricket the Winner

Watching Cricket at The Basin Reserve reconnected Bernard Whimpress with the sport.

Come in, Spinner: Lindsay Kline (1934-2015)

Lindsay Kline has died at the age of 81. Bernard Whimpress’s first day at a Test match was in Adelaide in January 1961 when Linday Kline shone in the most unlikely way.

Incredible! A complete round of Australian football matches that ended in scoreless draws.

Bernard Whimpress with his account of Round 11 of the SAFA 1878 season, he reason for which will become evident.

Book Review: Norwood Men Who Served 1914-18

The Norwood FC History Group has published the story of the 81 players and an official who served in World War I. In this review, Bernard Whimpress paints the picture of a publication which respects the democracy of service, and of death, and seeks to tell the full story. {Sounds excellent – JTH]

Morality Plays

Bernard Whimpress considers the manic appeal and its impact.

Who is the mystery kicker in this photo?

Who is this mystery man? [Thebarton Oval, early 1980s]