Almanac Cricket (and Food): Finding Duleep Mendis in Colonel Light’s Cafe

In Adelaide’s innovative suburb of Colonel Light Gardens, a new cafe has opened up. It serves Sri Lankan food. It’s owned by the Mendis family. Michael Sexton tells this tale of food and cricket.

Almanac Video: Footscray 1954 Premiership and Team of the Century defender Herb Henderson

We published earlier this year Michael Sexton’s interview with Footscray premiership defender Herb Henderson. With the Bulldogs advancing to the GF 2016, time to revisit this classic.

Almanac Footy History: In search of the best roving pairs

Who are the mightiest mosquitoes ever to have buzzed around the football packs? Some suggestions from Messrs Sexton and Coventry. Thoughts?

The Mighty Quinn: footballer, soldier, man

In the week of ANZAC Day, Michael Sexton here explores the life and times of South Australian Bob Quinn; soldier, footballer, man of action, man of courage.

The legend of Padui

Michael Sexton on a wonderful story of old time NTFL footy talent and footy recruiting. Of how Ted Egan and St Marys scored Padui (meaning ‘Wild Horse’) Neil Davies, of Richmond and Glenelg.

Round 21 – Adelaide v Brisbane: “Dunt look anything like him.”

A statue paying tribute to Adelaide’s favourite son Malcolm Blight, was unveiled ahead of Saturday evening’s clash against the Brisbane Lions. Michael Sexton recalls some classic Blighty stories as the Crows belt Brisbane by 87 points.

Chappelli at Sturt

Ian Chappell recently launched a new book ‘We Are Sturt’ for the Double Blues, for whom his grandfather played. Mike Sexton reports on the occasion.

Mike Sexton’s 7.30 piece on John Coleman

John Coleman is regarded as one of the greatest talents of footy.

Recently Doug Ackerley published a biography of Coleman. Also, film footage of Coleman has been discovered.

Mike Sexton reported on this Coleman coincidence for 730.

Jack Sexton, Doug Nicholls and an understated sense of social purpose

Writer Mike Sexton can’t claim Jack Sexton as a relative, but has researched the footballer’s story to convey a sense of the Melbourne and Adelaide worlds of the 1930s.

McNamara: Banned?

Dave McNamara’s was a (long-kicking) star of the game, and a character of the game in the early twentieth century. Master story-teller Mike Sexton got his hands on a copy of Dave McNamara’s book, Football, written mid-career by the champion of a century ago. So intrigued was Mike by this “eccentric and fascinating little volume” that he has published the book, with a foreword. Here’s an initial outline from Mike.

Neil Kerley at 80 (from SA 7.30)

Mike Sexton’s interview with Neil Kerley. Twilight wisdom from a mighty character. [Unfortunately the video is no longer available]

The prehistory of Neil Kerley

Mike Sexton sits by the Murray River with one of South Australia’s legendary characters, Neil Kerley, who has just turned 80.

Adelaide Oval Reimagined

Michael Sexton reassures the doubters that the sublime essence of Adelaide Oval has been retained. Can he guarantee any bounce from the dubious drop-in pitch?

King George Whiting and the Jumbo Prince

A day’s fishing near Tumby Bay takes an unexpected turn for Michael Sexton and his mates when SANFL great Rick Davies (inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame) drops into the pub that night. As it turns out, Davies doesn’t mind a yarn.

AFL Round 10 – Adelaide v Fremantle: Last drinks in the mangroves

Michael Sexton writes about his first hand experience of Adelaide v Fremantle’s drizzly affair and Brenton Sanderson’s struggle to reinvent his forward line without the always reliable Walker and Tippett. And reflects on the final days at Footy Park.

Thommo and The Don

Michael Sexton goes straight to the source to see whether the story of Jeff Thomson bowling to a 69-year-old Don Bradman in the nets is true.

When the North Adelaide Roosters were kings

In this wonderful reminiscence of the era, Michael Sexton recalls the 1972 Champions of Australia series, when the North Adelaide Roosters improbably beat Carlton.

Early Cornes

By his own admission, Graham Cornes found his induction into the Australian Football Hall of Fame slightly awkward. As a player his signature moment was a gasping high mark in the dying moments of the 1973 SANFL grand final. Glenelg was down by five points when he went back for the kick. It was the [Read more]

Almanac Tributes: Remembering ‘The Horse’ Harry Kernahan

At the timeof Harry Kernahan’s death in 2012, Mike Sexton paid tribute to him by telling the story of a brilliant night honouring the twentieth anniversary of Glenelg’s 1985 premiership.

AFL Round 15: McLeod and Dangerfield are Crows’ wonderful bookends

By Michael Sexton Fremantle have gifted Adelaide two geniuses – Andrew McLeod and Bon Scott. When Scott came to Adelaide he grew a beard, wore a kaftan and played the recorder in a hippy band called Fraternity. Later he met the Young brothers and morphed into the dark joker of rock. On the bus to [Read more]