Almanac Elections: The polling booth near the cricket ground

Elections are front and centre which reminds us of this yarn from Roger Lowrey, first published around election time 2019:

Dog legs, racing, cold beer and fraternising with the enemy were all part of Roger Lowrey’s stint while handing out how to vote cards during the SA State Elections in 1985.

Coleraine Races – in the footsteps of Adam Lindsay Gordon

Today (Sunday) they race at Coleraine so we’ve reprised Roger Lowrey’s fine historical piece.

Following in the footsteps of Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, Roger Lowrey has been to the Coleraine races where the longest continuous race (that is, the one that has been stage annually for the longest sequence) in the Southern Hemisphere occurs.

Almanac Obituary: Vale Barry Jarman

Roger Lowrey recalls Barry Jarman who died in Adelaide last week.

‘A multi nodal journey of discovery through the Wimmera.’ Discuss.

Roger Lowrey recently returned to the Wimmera, where he spent forty years of his working life. This is where his five-day road trip took him. [Beaut pics too – Ed]

Almanac (Pub) History: Queen’s Head Hotel Geelong – Part 2

The old Queen’s Head Hotel in Geelong is generating a lot of interest. Roger Lowrey presents his memories of the pub.

Petrel Hotel reopens, so we’re ‘on the beers’!

The three funsters have been out for lunch at the re-opened Petrel Hotel in Geelong West, easing back into post-COVID life, and all the better for the pleasure of a ‘cold pub beer from well-maintained lines’.

Old Autograph Books: Roger Lowrey

More autographs. Some famous Geelong names from the 1960s.

Almanac Horseracing – Four characters in search of a racecourse

Four mug punters go virtual to take in the 2020 Warrnambool May Racing Carnival. By the end of Day 2, they finally had a ‘system’ that worked. [Some splendid new racing terminology introduced here – JTH]

Almanac Book Review: 1989 – The Great Grand Final

Roger Lowrey reviews Tony Wilson’s new book 1989: The Great Grand Final. It’s a tough job for a Geelong fan Like Rog, but he shows a fair deal of good grace.

Cricket: On this day (or thereabouts) 54 years ago

With no live cricket currently being played, Roger Lowrey encountered a piece on one of Bill Lawry’s finest hours, the 1965/66 District Cricket Grand Final, between Northcote and Essendon.

John “Patto” Patterson: from Legacy larrikin to living legend

Racing is all about people, and one such person is John “Patto” Patterson, Clerk of the Course at Flemington for over 50 years. Roger Lowrey reviews a recent biography of this legend by Trevor Hastings.

17 January 1969 – the day I met W.A. (Bert) Oldfield

Roger Lowrey takes up our ‘On This Day’ theme to remember the day he met Bert Oldfield in 1969.

Almanac History – What happened on January 9? (Part Two)

Roger Lowrey reflects on events that happened in his life on January 9, over a three year period from 1971 – 1973.

“Mark O’Connor! Number fotty tooh!”

Roger Lowrey meets a Geelong fan in, of all places, Dingle in Ireland and is also surprised to learn something about Irish recruit Mark O’Connor. [Love the connectedness Roger – Ed]

Oakbank races Easter 2020 – Mickey Randall and Kapunda look out!

Roger Lowrey is rapt the iconic Oakbank Easter racing carnival has been revitalised for 2020. A big week is being planned by Roger to take in all the action of the carnival, so look out punters!

Almanac Rugby League – Bruce Hatcher, Ross Oakley and Arthur Moynihan

Rugby League non-aficionado Roger Lowrey is full of pith as he buys into the expansion/merge/move debate going on within the NRL. He offers some astute advice based on AFL experiences.

The Ashes 2019 – Pick the First Test team: Ian Hauser wins bragging rights

Ian Hauser gets the chocolates.

Almanac Cricket Competition: Name your First Test team for The Ashes

We’ve had the ‘name the Ashes squad competition’, now we’ve got the ‘name the First Test team’ competition. Roger Lowrey puts it out there to Almanackers to have a go. But be sure to read the fine print – it could make all the difference!

A tale of two towns – Winchelsea v Inverleigh

From memories of 1968 to footy of 2019… it’s Winchelsea Blues v Inverleigh Hawks in this Geelong and District Football League match-of-the-day account from Roger Lowrey. Settle in with the memories; stay for the ride [Grab a cuppa – Ed].

Round 15 – Geelong v Adelaide: All roads (and trains) lead the Cats faithful and others to Billy’s pub

It’s hard to tell what Roger Lowrey enjoyed most – the dedication of the lads from the West, the Cats’ win over Adelaide or the meal at Billy’s. Sounds like a pretty good trifecta!