Round 9 – Port Adelaide v West Coast: Grave Danger

Port Adelaide’s descent into thuggery reminded Peter Baulderstone of their past ‘heroes’ like Grave Danger and ‘Chicken’ Hayes. Any Eagles away win is a good win. A fizzling cracker of a game (and Eagles season to date).

The Boy Next Door

Peter Baulderstone loved every minute of footy on the weekend. The underdogs triumphed and his Eagles vanquishers. But the highlight was hearing the boy next door kick the footy alone in the dark after his Navy Blues won again against the odds. (Poetry Warning: Swish – contains Bobby Gibson reference).

Round 6 – West Coast v Collingwood: Double and Nothing

Peter Baulderstone reckons his Eagles were ordinary (and won by 10 goals). Collingwood is “a shiver looking for a spine to crawl up” (op cit – former #1 ticket holder).

Round 4 – West Coast v Richmond: Dead Tiggers Bounced

Peter Baulderstone saw his Eagles demolish an insipid bunch of Tiggers last night. Rulebook’s analysis flattered them last week.

Round 3 – West Coast v Fremantle: Winning Ugly

Peter Baulderstone asks what Marshall Foch, Ross Lyon, James Alexander Gordon, Ernie Els and Jason Day have in common? He’ll just have to settle for his Eagles and Jason Day winning ugly.

Round 2 – Hawthorn v West Coast: Little Deaths

Peter Baulderstone writes exclusively for the Almanac from his locked ward at the Royal Melbourne. Typing in a straight jacket was tricky, but unlike his Eagles he bravely soldiered on.

Sport Trumps Politics

Peter Baulderstone is disturbed by the hatred and trivialisation of American society and its presidential politics. He seeks explanations from their sport.

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).