The Ashes 2021/22 – First Test, Brisbane Day 2: Heads Up

The maligned Travis Head turned the first test further in Australia’s favour with a magnificent century off 84 balls on day two. He plundered the English bowlers to all parts of the ground in a superb display of batsmanship. ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber reports on Day 2 of the First Test at the Gabba.

The Ashes 2021/22 – First Test Brisbane Day 1: Cometh the Game, Cometh the Man

A magnificent bowling performance by new skipper Patrick Cummins has given Australia the edge after day one in Brisbane. Cummins finished with 5/38 in  score of 147 by England reports Citrus Bob Utber.

Ashes 2021-22 – Short Third Man: Pre-series thoughts from Citrus Bob

Ahead of his usual considered takes on the Australian cricket season, Citrus Bob previews the Ashes squads under Root and new skipper Cummins, alongside a view of some other cricket stories that caught his eye.

Almanac Cricket: Ashes Already Alight

Once, and even still, in jeopardy, the Ashes now look inevitable, with England this week announcing their squad to contest Australia in November. Citrus Bob previews what Australia and England’s outfits may look like in Brisbane – or wherever the First Test is played.

Almanac Footy: Two Saints but not Saintly?

Citrus Bob Utber remembers a couple of former Saints, Milne McCooke and Eric Guy, and their careers in the West Gippsland Football League.

Almanac Country Footy Families: The Halls of Buln Buln

Citrus Bob has sent us a famous photo of a Dad, John Hall,and his sevens sons on the day they all played in the Buln Buln seconds.

Almanac Footy: Eight things I like about Freo

Citrus Bob Utber casts his maritime eye over the Freo Dockers.

Round 15 – Brisbane v Geelong: Cats could learn from the Black Caps

Citrus Bob Utber thought he was heading for a heart attack watching Geelong’s woeful performance in their Round 15 match against Brisbane.

Almanac Cricket: Black Caps can teach us a lot

Bob Utber was delighted to sit up half the night watching a great contest of cricket with a wonderful win by NZ over India in their ICC World Cricket Championship match in the UK.

AFLW Grand Final – Adelaide v Brisbane: The good, the bad and the verdict?

Our international cricket correspondent Citrus Bob Utber ventured into the unknown on Saturday when he attended the AFLW Grand Final in Adelaide sans binoculars. He got to watch an intriguing Grand Final, with an upset he enjoyed.

Round 1 – Adelaide v Geelong: Tex in Crows Dream Team form!

Citrus Bob Utber travelled to Adelaide to watch the Crows and Cats play in cricket like conditions. Unfortunately for Bob, Adelaide defied the odds and put on a stellar performance over the disappointing Geelong.

Almanac Teams: The Crows’ dream team?

Citrus Bob Utber comes up with his all time best ever Adelaide Crows footy team in response to Graham Cornes’ selections.

Almanac Books: ‘Heart and Soul – A History of the Lang Lang Football Club 1895-2020’

Bob Utber’s new book, ‘Heart and Soul-A History of the Lang Lang Football Club 1895-2020’, will be released shortly. You can pre-order the book now.

Almanac Cricket: Wake up Australia and play the game!

Citrus Bob Utber’s exasperations with Australian cricket continue after watching the feeble effort of the Aussies in their T20 match against New Zealand.

Almanac Cricket: 36 into 11 won’t go

After seeing Australia select 36 players for two separate tours in the coming months, Citrus Bob has his (rather outraged) say on the decision to enlist so many troops.

Australia v India: Has Australia lost its way?

The series is done. Now it’s time for the post-mortems. Who better to deliver one than ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber, who reported on every day of this series for the Almanac.

Australia v India – Fourth Test, Day 5: Incredible India are fantastic (and a win for cricket)

‘Citrus’ Bob Utber completes his coverage of the Australia v India series having witnessed history being made at the Gabba.

Australia v India – Fourth Test, Day 4: Rain threatens to stop a victory to either side

Australia eventually set India a target on the fourth day, before the predicted rain intervened. Bob Utber reports on the penultimate day of the test summer.

Australia v India – Fourth Test, Day 3: Wonderful fightback by India’s tail leaves game in the balance

India’s lower order thwarted Australia on Day 3 at the ‘Gabba. ‘Citrus’ Bob Utber reports. (With Gabbatroopers as a special bonus – Ed).

Australia v India – Fourth Test, Day 2: Lyon before the storm

Citrus Bob Utber enjoys the ‘Star Wars’ crew as Australian wickets fall and a storm builds in the south-west. [Very Brisbane – Ed]