The Summer that Time Forgot

Peter Baulderstone takes advantage of the Almanac’s recent disappearance from cyber-space to suggest that sports history should really have ceased last September. You know it makes sense.

Here Comes the Judge

Hawthorn and East Fremantle premiership player, and former Hawks, Eagles and Sharks coach, Ken Judge passed away today. Peter Baulderstone shares some memories.

Overpaid, oversexed and over here

Diggers fought the Battle of Brisbane in WW2 to defend Australian women from “overpaid, oversexed and over here” GI’s. Peter Baulderstone reckons it’s time to get down to Etihad and continue the tradition.

Happy Christmas (Footy is Over) – For Now

Peter Baulderstone and the Avenging Eagle extend Festivus greetings from Perth. Ghosts and glad tidings of seasons past.

When the going gets weird, the weird get to the cricket.

So what are the young cricket crowd saying? [Thinking?] And who is in a cricket crowd? And in cricket terms what is a WASP? Peter Baulderstone had been at the cricket and sends us this comment.

Australia v New Zealand – WACA Day 1: Rambling Updates

Peter Baulderstone is sitting at fine leg at the Lillee Marsh stand end of the WACA. He promises regular updates until Swan Draught or WACA Bingo counts him out.

Almanac Trade Week

The Almanac and the AFL are joining forces in the first ever trade week for footy writers. Some of the old stagers will be put out to pasture or writing in new colours next season (according to Peter Baulderstone). Any other nominations?

Everything (and more) that you wanted to know about the West Coast Eagles 2015 but were afraid to ask

Peter Baulderstone is sick of the endless drivel from the Melbourne media about the Hawks dynasty. Last years rooster is this year’s Tony Abbott. He channels popular culture to explain the glorious Eagles team and playing style to the uninformed Eastern States observer.

Finals Week 3 – The Iliad and the Odyssey

Peter Baulderstone and the Zestok Orao (Avenging Eagle in Croatian) continue their epic European odyssey with a reflection on a weekend where life reflects sports reflects opportunity, chance and achievements (big and small).

Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Hawthorn: Liberte’, Fraternite’, Eagle-ite’

Our Eagles correspondent Peter Baulderstone is “viewing” this finals series from afar. He is enjoying the sweet life of a famous victory and French hospitality.

Round 19 – West Coast v Hawthorn: Nic napped, Paddy whacked, give a flog a moan

Peter Baulderstone gives vent to his dark side as his Eagles go down narrowly to the reigning premiers. [Ahead of this week’s final, re-visit the last time these teams met -Ed]


Richie, Fos, Tommy, Gough – now Bart. Peter Baulderstone honours the passing of an era not just a man. When times were nobler and you didn’t have to like horse racing to love the understated genius of a man like Bart Cummings.

Round 20 – Fremantle v West Coast: Tora, Tora, Tora

Peter Baulderstone’s Christmases have all come at once. Forty thousand Dockers supporters waking to nothing under the tree (again). Santa only comes to good girls and boys (Alex Silvagni take note).

The Ashes………the tradition continues

Peter Baulderstone commemorates the death of Australian Test Cricket.

Round 17 – West Coast v Sydney: Icing on the Cake

Peter Baulderstone closed his eyes and blew out all the candles. When he opened them after the fire brigade had left, his Eagles were 9 goal winners over a listless (and Buddyless) Sydney. No prizes for guessing his birthday wish.

Where is the Sporting Capital of Australia?

Peter Baulderstone has spent the last week in Brisbane. Made him ask where is the sporting capital of Australia? His answer may not surprise. Let us know your thoughts.

Round 11 – West Coast v Essendon: Just Desserts

Peter Baulderstone’s Eagles played poorly and won by eight goals. The lack of interest of the Essendon players and the humiliation of its arrogant coach is more fitting punishment than a WADA suspension.

Who was Adam Goodes talking to on Friday night?

Peter Baulderstone gives his take on Adam Goodes and the Friday night war dance.

Round 9 – West Coast v Geelong: No Country for Old Footballers

Peter Baulderstone has tickets to Paris in September. The Avenging Eagle has other ideas. The Cats are looking for a porch and rocking chairs.

FIFA Scandal: Sepp Blatter speaks

Our western correspondent shares exclusive footage from inside FIFA headquarters.