Almanac Sport: Footy Clubs and Community – The International Day of People with Disabilities 

Peter Baulderstone went to a breakfast for the International Day of People with Disabilities at his WAFL club Swan Districts. The powerful story of the speakers and the club’s wheelchair footy team convinced him that football clubs play a vital community role well beyond September.

Almanac Golf: Australia’s Greatest Golfer – Walter J Travis?

Many a treasure can be discovered on a billiard room’s library shelves in a historic property as Peter Baulderstone recently found on a trip to the Clare Valley in SA. This chance encounter changed Peter’s opinion of who is Australia’s greatest golfer.

Almanac Footy: Life in Ten Grand Finals

Peter Baulderstone shares Grand Final memories. Not just the winning or the losing. It’s the time, the place, the people we shared it with that sticks with us. What are your Grand Final memories beyond the result?

Round 13 – West Coast v Richmond: Ifs, Buts and Flags

Peter Baulderstone relished his Eagles thrilling win over the gallant Tigers. He thinks both teams are serious premiership contenders again IF they can get their best players on the field in September.

Almanac Golf: PGA Golf Championship Preview and the Rise of Quality Independent Journalism

Peter Baulderstone offers some thoughts on the US PGA, one of the four majors, which is being played at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, and also offers some thoughts on the state of fresh golf journalism.

Round 2 – Western Bulldogs v West Coast: Relief from Congested OVercoached Inane Drivel

Peter Baulderstone reports on a thrilling contest between his willing Eagles and the effervescent Bulldogs. He is grateful AFL tactics are evolving from rugby at its worst to soccer at its best.

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

In the lead-up to the US Masters which starts tonight, we revisit Peter Baulderstone’s reflection on Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! – Ed.)

Round 9 – West Coast v Geelong: Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Baulderstone thinks the world has become a sad and dangerous place and footy a wasteful folly. Until his Eagles win a close one over the Cats in the game of the season.

Round 8 – West Coast v Collingwood: The Marking Magnificents

Peter Baulderstone welcomes dry weather footy in Perth where his Eagles’ pressure and marking cannibalised a feeble Collingwood.

Atomising

Peter Baulderstone, who is happy for it to be 1980 again in Perth, muses on leaving professional sport behind. Or did it leave him?

Why I Hate Victorians

Peter Baulderstone takes aim at all things Victorian from his mineshaft in Western Australia. Is he serious? Is he right? He’s certainly hostile. (This 2018 effort has had revived interest among the non-Victorian audience. Can’t think why. PB in pre-flag warrior mode – Ed)

Bruce Dawe RIP – the Larrikin Laureate

Australia’s Everyman poet Bruce Dawe died on April 1st. His words and sensibility live on in thousands of hearts that have laughed, cried and nodded on reading his words over 60 years. His footy poems “Life Cycle” and “High Mark” are embedded in the heart of the game.

Round 1 – West Coast v Melbourne:  Last Orders on the Titanic

How to make sense of the final game that never never should have been played in a season that was cancelled before it began? A show about nothing? Peter Baulderstone finds meaning in old movies, Gatsby and Monty Python.

Australian Open Tennis: Courting Kyrgios

Peter Baulderstone takes in his first Australian Open tennis at the Nadal/Kyrgios epic. Nick lost on the tennis court but won in the courts of public opinion and self respect.

Almanac Cycling – Tour Down Under: Stage 3

Peter Baulderstone adds to his long list of expert commentary on sports he knows nothing about. Now adding cycling to his football and cricket portfolios with a week’s visit back to his South Australian roots to see the Tour Down Under.

RIP Jack Whitaker – US Sportscaster: When it was more than a game

Legendary US Sportcaster Jack Whitaker who died last week aged 95 was a regular face on Australian TV in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Peter Baulderstone provides some links to his work and reflects on why his reporting legacy ennobled sports and us.

PB’s Finals Predictor: The Loser Now Will be Later to Win

Peter Baulderstone demonstrates that August losses are a key to September success. Throw away the form guide and just follow PB’s tips through Round 23 and the Finals Series. (Cheques and money orders accepted).

Almanac (Gaelic) Football and Golf – The Lowry’s Eyes are Smiling

Peter Baulderstone knew about the British Open golf win of Irishman Shane Lowry at spectacular rainswept Royal Portrush on the weekend. This is the less known story of Shane’s father Brendan and Uncle’s Sean and Michael winning the All Ireland Gaelic football title in 1982 for minnow Offaly against the might of county Kerry going for a historic fifth successive win. Great video highlights of the best football you will see all week.

Almanac Golf – Golf Returns to its Roots: The Irish Open at Lahinch

Peter Baulderstone celebrates the Irish Open golf starting tonight on the rugged Lahinch links in the South West. Golf as god intended on emerald green fairways amid towering dunes along the Atlantic shore. The history of Lahinch is generous, tragic and wonderful. As with all things Irish.

Sport, Gambling, Media and Government: An Unholy Alliance

Peter_B shares some facts about the size, reach and power of the gambling industry. It has corrupted sporting bodies, media and governments. It is largely unregulated and minimally taxed. It is coming for your children as the next generation of “customers”.