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!

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.

Coleraine Races – in the footsteps of Adam Lindsay Gordon

Following in the footsteps of Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, Roger Lowrey has been to the Coleraine Races where the longest continuous race in the Southern Hemisphere occurs.

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!

Plenty of horses and beer at Casterton but where are the kelpies?

Roger Lowrey heads to the home of the kelpie, Casterton, by the Glenelg River where the famous jumps course features fences which are actually alive and growing. He meets locals and visitors all united in the love of a punt and an ale on Cup day.

The polling booth near the cricket ground

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.