Almanac Cricket: A hot, sweaty tri-series & Canberra’s summer of cricket.

We’ve got an old-fashioned tri-series underway at the moment, with Australia taking on both India and England in women’s T20. Max Wiggins has been in prime position to take it all in and shares his thoughts on a long hot summer in our nation’s capital.

Almanac Mongolian Life: Four minutes which changed a nation

Mongolia was in the deep throes of a political crisis in 2008. Max Wiggins deftly describes the impact that Neidan Tuvshinbayar’s maiden Olympic gold medal for his country in judo healed all tensions for the developing nation. [Great to have you back Max – Ed]

Why it pays to be optimistic!

Another chapter in the rivalry between The Bombers and the Hawks was written on Sunday afternoon. Max Wiggins shares how his day panned out while trying to get some last minute homework sorted and keeping an ear on events at the ‘G.

Inner sanctum

Max Wiggins is an old campaigner when it comes to the Australian Open. Here he fills us in on the life of a ballkid.

Afghanistan: making us think about cricket

Max Wiggins (aged 15) tells the story of Afghanistan’s first victory in the ICC World Cup, placing the moment in its broader historical and social context. [Max has researched and written this story while on work experience at Almanac headquarters. His second piece will be published on Friday – JTH]

AFL Elimination Final: North Melbourne v Essendon – Sometimes it is just not your day

Max Wiggins is heartbroken but gracious about his Bombers loss to the Kangaroos in the elimination final. Why can’t Essendon defend a second half lead, and why was the result a good omen for Marin Cilic in the US tennis open?

AFL Round 23 – Carlton v Essendon: the trigomometry of a draw

Max Wiggins had maths homework. He had trigonometry homework. He had the Bombers playing the Blues. What to do?

AFL Round 1- North Melbourne v Essendon: New beginning

Max Wiggins has had a big off season. Australian Open Tennis and trekking in the Snowy Mountains. But he got his rewards from the Bombers last night and on the tennis court today.

AFL Round 20 – Essendon v West Coast: A day at the footy

Essendon may have lost but it was still a day at the footy, says Max Wiggins, who is tired of the focus on his team’s off-field exploits.

AFL Round 5 – Essendonv Collingwood: What a day

The last time the Bombers started a season 5-0 was 2000, says a hopeful Max Wiggins.

AFL Round 4 – St.Kilda v Essendon: Bombers are no saints

With no Foxtel, young Max Wiggins was forced to camp in his room with a crackling radio. Even then, Essendon’s class was obvious, he says.

AFL Round 3 – Fremantle v Essendon: Another close call

Early misgivings turned into feelings of elation for Max Wiggins.

AFL Round 2 – Essendon v Melbourne: Hooray!

Max Wiggins ends up sore from his junior tennis tournament – but not as sore as the Demons.

AFL Round 1 – Adelaide vs Essendon: Let there be light

It was a big weekend of mixed fortunes for Max Wiggins – Essendon played their first game of the season and he had his tennis grand final the following day.

Summer Report two months late

Reverberations of Australian cricket’s homeworkgate continue, with Max Wiggins getting his summer report in two months late.

Second Test – Day 3: What a day!

Max Wiggins heads to the cricket with his dad and can’t believe what he sees.

AFL Round 23 – Essendon v Collingwood: This is it

This is it, my last report for the year and what a match to finish the season. Essendon and Collingwood at the MCG Saturday night BLOCKBUSTER! Unfortunately we have had contrasting seasons. Essendon were ten wins and three losses until we versed St Kilda and we have only won one match since. Collingwood on the [Read more]

AFL Round 22 – Richmond v Essendon: The same old thing

It has certainly been a long few weeks for my favourite club. Heavy losses started against St Kilda and Collingwood and ended with a complete embarrassment against Carlton last week. My friends luckily didn’t bag me about it. This week we needed to win to be mathematically possible of even making eighth spot. That wasn’t [Read more]

Late season blues

Everything is falling apart for me. Early Saturday, the first time in three weeks we played tennis, it got washed out when we were playing our third set. To make it even more annoying, we had to drive 45 minutes to get there for one set. At least we got something. Our big rivals, who [Read more]

Olympic Fever

I don’t really know where to begin. It must be the weather. Over the last few weeks things have gone from bad to worse for Essendon and my tennis team. It’s not that our tennis team has played badly; it’s just that we have had so many washouts and the team who is coming second [Read more]