Horses get sick, don’t they – the final cough

Matt Watson concludes his enthralling account of the catastrophic equine ‘flu epidemic that devastated the racing industry in Australia in 2007.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they – Part 7

Read on for Part 7 of Matt Watson’s saga on the 2007 Equine Influenza crisis.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 6

Matt Watson continues his compelling account of the outbreak of the Australian equine influenza epidemic and its ramifications in 2007.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 5

“The industry just didn’t get it.” Matt Watson’s series on the 2007 equine influenza crisis continues. Despite the belated efforts of the authorities, the equine flu rages on.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 4

Matt Watson’s series on the 2007 outbreak of equine influenza is continued, as the Queensland government struggle to find vaccinations for the vulnerable horses.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 3

The equine influenza has hit home and has created a devastating effect as Matt Watson tells in Part 3 of his history of the 2007 outbreak of the disease.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 2

Matt Watson continues his series on the 2007 outbreak of the Equine influenza in Australia, and as the disease spreads so does the blame game.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 1

Equine influenza is a disease with a very long history. Matt Watson begins a series on the 2007 outbreak of the disease in Australia, when we discovered we weren’t as well prepared as we thought we were.

Almanac (Australian) Cricket: Beset by crisis because the system is spoiled

This is the regression we had to have.  In ironmike20’s life, Australian cricket has suffered three great crises and rebounded.  This crisis is self-inflicted, but a setback is an opportunity for a comeback.  The Aussies have done it before and can do it again a passionate Mike claims.

Almanac Books: Sons of Guns – family and football

The author of the book “Sons of Guns”, Matt Watson takes us through his relationship with family & footy, shares tidbits from the stars of his manuscript and the long, involved process it took to complete.

Almanac Cricket: Vaseline and cricket

Smith, Warner and Bancroft broke a nation’s heart when they broke the spirit of the game. Why cheat?  Why destroy everything Test cricket stands for?  Why destroy a nation’s psyche?  Why try to ruin Test cricket? Ironmike tries to understand why.

Almanac Music: If you want blood – we got it

A heartfelt tribute to Malcolm Young and everything that AC/DC means to many

Almanac Motor Racing – Bathurst (Part 5): The road trip Home

The big race is over and IronMike20 makes his way home…

Almanac Motor Racing – Bathurst (Part 4): The road trip Sunday

On a cold and wet Sunday, Ironmike20 continues his Bathurst report about the trials and tribulations of the great race.

Almanac Motor Racing – Bathurst (Part 3): The road trip Saturday

Matt Watson has made it through to Saturday, even if his mate’s jocks are a bit worse for wear.

Almanac Motor Racing – Bathurst (Part 2): The road trip Friday

Matt Watson is now on the mountain and taking in the day’s practice – albeit surprisingly light on provisions.

Almanac Flashback – Bathurst 2017 (Part 1): The road trip Thursday

Footy Almanac reprises Matt Watson’s first piece in a series of articles which chronicle his 2017 Bathurst 1000 adventure. First things first: a road trip to get there.

Premiership Port – a loving toast

Matt Watson just cannot watch a game as a neutral. And in this year’s AFL Grand Final he found himself fully behind the Tigers. He explains why in recounting this terrific story of the day – and the celebration later.

1980 Premiership Port – Harry Tinson

Matt Watson has his late grandfather’s unopened bottle of 1980 Richmond Premiership port. How much potential in a bottle of alcohol? As he uncovers the story behind the bottle, Matt pledges to open it if the Tigers salute on Saturday.

Round 23 – Brisbane v North Melbourne: The wooden spoon – a useless utensil

Matt Watson dissects the history of the wooden spoon in AFL as the Lions and Kangas battled it out this weekend to avoid the dreaded tag of wooden spooners.