Within reach of the Hill of content

This weekend, the Clifton Hill 4th XI, of which Gigs is a regular member, will take on Wyclif in the Grand Final of the Merrell Shield. He doesn’t know who Merrell is or was but he does want his shield.

Footy Almanac – of and by the fans

Join Gigs on a nostalgic journey through the history of the Footy Almanac.

A modern dilemma – to delete or not?

Gigs needs help with a very modern dilemma.

A message from the Mayans

Gigs believes it’s true that the Mayans had a message for us.


Really, says Almanac anagram king Andrew Gigacz, the result of the test was there for all to see in plain English.

First Test – Day 4: Milestones

It was a day of milestones for Gigs and the Australian cricket team on the fourth day at the Gabba.

Weekend at Burnie’s Neighbour (Wynyard)

Five brave blokes, and two even braver women, met up at Melbourne Airport last Friday morning with one aim in mind. To cross the ditch between Victoria and Tasmania, and track down a legendary beast said to have roamed Van Diemen’s Land for many a long year but which hadn’t been seen for almost as [Read more]

GigStuff 60 – Bad kicking is good for Gigs

  by Andrew Gigacz   BAD KICKING IS GOOD FOR GIGSTUFF There’s been a glut of bizarrely inaccurate scores in the first few rounds of this season. Freo scored 7.15 against Carlton on Friday night and Brisbane followed that up with 4.17 just 24 hours later. OK, those are inaccurate scores but not so bizarre, [Read more]

GigStuff 59 – 1934 revisited?

  by Andrew Gigacz A DOG OF AN ANZAC DAY FOR FOOTSCRAY Sure, it was heartbreaking for the Bombers to lose by a point to their arch-enemy Collingwood. But let’s face it, they’re 4-1 and sitting pretty on the ladder with a ten-day break and a home game against Brisbane to come. The real losers [Read more]


by Andrew Gigacz Yes, it’s true, Josh Barnstable has already given us a wonderful summary of last Sunday’s game, but I’m prepared to risk being labelled a copycat from North Ballarat. I think our views will be different enough. Josh is a North man; I’m a Dog. He travelled south to get to Ballarat; I [Read more]

The 22nd Annual Ladder Ladder Competition

  The LADDER LADDER Comp! It’s back! Again! But what the hell – I mean heck (sorry Mum) – is it? The LADDER LADDER Competition is simple (a bit like me, many would say). It’s a comp that requires you to do no more than to write down (or type) the names of the 18 AFL [Read more]

4th Test blog: ‘Nackers to call the tune

This is the place to have your say about the goings on in Adelaide. Australia are batting first and look to be on song. And speaking of songs, I have a theory that when when Freddie Mercury wrote “I Want to Break Free” that his original version was a song about taking a hat trick [Read more]

GIGSTUFF 66: Australian Open Special

  by Andrew Gigacz   A SPANIARD FOR EVERY RUSSIAN AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN Ever had the feeling that Russian women are just like Spanish men? Or vice versa? Well, actually, neither had I, at least not until the seedings for the 2012 Australian Open were published in last Tuesday’s Age. It was then that [Read more]

Sydney Test blog – Of movies and hundreds

  by Andrew Gigacz The 100th Test at the SCG is about to get underway. Will we see Tendulkar get his 100th 100 in Sydney’s 100th Test? And while on the topic of Tendulkar, his name was one of many that has appeared on Twitter over the past 48 hours. Not in relation to his [Read more]

Come back Bill!

  There was one thing missing from Channel 9’s coverage of the First Test in Brisbane. Actually, many would argue that there were lots of things missing from Channel 9’s coverage and that there has been for a long time. But that’s a conversation for another time – or in the Comments section below if [Read more]

Australia and Test cricket not done with yet

  by Andrew Gigacz This was a day when everything went right – maybe not for Phil Hughes, but for me and the rest of the Australians. Knowing that I’d be doing the Day 4 report for the Almanac, I headed out for my morning coffee with the intention of returning home to catch the [Read more]

A few (twisted) words about Australia’s team to play NZ

  by Andrew Gigacz By this time tomorrow at least three, and possibly four, players will have made their Test debut for Australia. Dave Warner will complete his transformation from being a two-hour player to a five-day cricketer, and at least two of James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Ben Cutting will form part of the [Read more]

Who left the door open? There’s a draft in here.

    by Andrew Gigacz I’m no Emma Quayle, but here are a few things I’ve spotted in this year’s draft: Port Adelaide have picked up Brendan Ah Chee and Nathan Blee. Is this the first time two players whose surnames end with -ee have been taken by the same team in the same draft? [Read more]

Australia at 6s and 7s on 11/11/11

  by Andrew Gigacz After the day 2 shenanigans of this Test, the third day was almost certainly going to be an anti-climax. How do you top – or should that be how do you “bottom”? – a session and a half in which 18 wickets fall for 68 runs (from SA being 1/49 to [Read more]

‘Tis the season for a sickie

  by Andrew Gigacz   I’m sitting in the office looking out at a beautiful sunny Melbourne spring day. This would be a perfect day to activate one of my “seasonal leave” days, I reckon. Or it would be, if such a thing existed.   I first came up with the concept of seasonal leave [Read more]