Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

This piece was first published in April 2018. We re-visit it here…

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

Lost to cricket: a fan’s lament

Cricket Australia is not cricket. But long time player and fan David Wilson feels lost. And Australian cricket has lost him. [Includes John Arlott’s poem: “Cricket at Worcester: 1938” – Ed]

Almanac Cricket – Speeches given on the occasion of Betty Wilson being inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

As the campaign for a Betty Wilson statue outside the MCG continues, let’s revisit the night Betty was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. David Wilson shares the text of speeches given on this occasion – one given by his Dad, Ken – Betty’s nephew. [Wonderful – JTH]

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: And now we are done

For David Wilson, a day begun young ended old. But tomorrow is another day.

Collingwood dreaming 2018: When the war is over

In his second Collingwood dreaming of 2018, David Wilson wonders about connection and luck; about chance and the stories we tell ourselves. And is grateful.

Second Semi Final – Collingwood v GWS: When Jeremy Howe defies physicists and mystics

David Wilson and the buds are at the MCG to see what he describes as an “open savanna of a match” and “a 1500 metre race of a match”. But it’s Jeremy Howe’s moment that is the focus of his poetic prose. What a moment! What a mark!

Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Collingwood: Pies make an omelette

“It’s a rare night that sees us step into the bar wearing full-body white chemical-spill jumpsuits.” It’s a September Saturday night and David Wilson gives into Collingwood temptation.

Collingwood dreaming 2018: new coat of paint

Is Tom Waits a Collingwood supporter? David Wilson dreams of people, of places, of Collingwood and of this team of 2018. “Let’s put on a new coat of paint…”

The #BettyInBronze campaign

David Wilson, great nephew of the Australian Women’s Cricket legend Betty Wilson, gives his thoughts about Bobby Macumber and Angela Pippos’ campaign to have her immortalised in bronze outside the MCG.

Almanac Satire – Please explain: Desmond interviews an AFL Executive

David Wilson’s character, interviewer extraordinaire, Des Troyer is again joined by our anonymous up-and-coming AFL Executive to discuss equality and fairness in the AFL.

Echoes of Dreamland: on footy and footy writing and 2018

As a teenager, David Wilson (as one of 1200) sang the hymn “Forty Years On” each year at school. Its “echoes of dreamland” live in 2018.
On footy, history, place, story, responsibility. Follow-up!

A Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman – part 2

ER continues his deep and thoughtful, poignant tale of a Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman.

State of the game?

Our favourite gum-tree themed writer waddles back into the debate around “The State of the Game.”

Respect for women – the conversation we shouldn’t be having

Violence against women needs urgent addressing. We are sadly reminded of its daily prevalence following the tragic murder of Eurydice Dixon last week. Here is reposted from 2016 – a series of web excerpts and videos around “respect” from Eddie McGuire, James Brayshaw, Danny Frawley, Wayne Carey, the Commonwealth of Australia’s “Respect” program, the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Erin Riley, Alan Jones and Clementine Ford.

Almanac Teams – “Writers, from the backline…”

E.regnans goes all literary to come up with his best team ‘This Side of Paradise’.

Almanac Fiction – Daz Cooper Chapter 6: Rivers of suggestion

Daz Cooper returns – and he’s in class. His story is changing direction.

Aesop’s AFL: The footy competition that laid golden eggs

Who’d have thought old Aesop was across AFL footy. [First published March 2014, with June 2018 addendum]

Win-Win: When sportspeople pull out (Re-defining ideas of winning)

What is success? In any competition, you can only control yourself; not your opponents. So how does a sporting team build a winning environment? David Wilson provides a thought provoking and stimulating discussion about this issue.

Round 8 – Collingwood v Geelong: None the wiser

It was cold in the breezy shade of M51 at the MCG and there wasn’t enough excitement in the first half to warm the crowd. But there were things to observe and food to eat. E.Regnans and the Buds were there, with some Geelong friends.

State of the game, state of mind (time moves a little slower here)

When sport is just another entertainment option, it’s no surprise when it’s criticised as being less compelling than, say, Game of Thrones.