Finally … Footy Feast’s Main Course

There’s only so much build-up you need for the Grannie, but born-again Dees fan Ron Reed is ready to roll. [Contains traces of touching matrimonial solidarity – Ed]

Almanac Footy: Why Grannies ain’t what they used to be

Prominent sports journalist Ron Reed, ponders the question of how much footy has changed since the last time the Demons and the Bulldogs played off for the flag. Beyond recognition he suggests, and so has the way it is written about – and by whom.

Almanac Footy: Ron Barassi – An old heart beats true for red and blue

He was responsible for changing the perception that footballers rarely left ‘home’ but it’s great to see Ron Barassi back where it all began, writes respected sports journalist, Ron Reed.

Almanac Footy: Why we’re missing the mighty MCG

There are bigger tragedies in life at the moment but being locked out of the MCG indefinitely is making Ron Reed distinctly unhappy.

Almanac Cricket: Father Time no match for Old Man Jim

Like a good wine, Jimmy Anderson keeps on getting better with age, and as Ron Reed suggests, there is no holding him back from continuing to swing ‘the Duke orb both ways with precise placement at brisk pace’.

Almanac Olympics: Brisbane best bet to go into bat

Ron Reed looks ahead to assess the chances of netball and cricket winning status as Olympic sports – and wishes them both all the luck they can get!

Almanac Olympics: Boomers – Mills, a hero cast in bronze

Respected journalist Ron Reed continues his magnificent informative reports of events from the Tokyo Olympics. This report focuses upon the efforts of the bronze winning Boomers particularly the integral role played by Patty Mills for the team.

Almanac Olympics – Track and Field: Why history said it was a big ask for Bol

Ron Reed looks back over Olympic Games history to put into context the achievements of Australia’s latest sporting sensation, Peter Bol.

Almanac Olympics – Boxing: Hit-man Harry making rare history

Harry Garside boxed his way to a guaranteed medal on Tuesday night, becoming the first Australian boxer to medal at the Olympics since 1988. Ron Reed shares his insights.

Almanac Olympics – Getting on your bike with new tricks

Who could have predicted the heroics of Logan Martin in Sydney 2000? Even the thought of seeing freestyle BMX, surfing and skateboarding at the Olympics would have been ridiculous not so long ago. Ron Reed is a fan of rejuvenation at the world’s biggest multi-sport event and offers his thoughts on the Games’ ever changing roster of disciplines.

Almanac Olympic Life: Why it’s not weak to walk away

Attitudes change. Understandings change. Awareness changes. Ron Reed champions the idea that we must understand that walking away is not a sign of weakness.

Almanac Olympics – Rowing: The sport with an oarsome history

Australia has a glittering history within the sport of rowing at the Olympics – Tokyo too has proved to be bountiful. Ron Reed drinks in the success, and recounts his memories of the Oarsome Foursome. (Fantastic insight – Eds).

‘Gumleaf Games’ to the world stage

Ron Reed has seen more Olympic Games than most since 1956, primarily as a journalist. Here he comments about Brisbane then (1982 Commonwealth Games) and what we might hope for in 2032.

Almanac Tennis: Why Barty matters so much

Ron Reed, an award-winning sports editor, columnist and feature writer with the Herald and Weekly Times, and a past Australian Sportswriter of the Year, reminds Australians why Ash Barty matters so much us.

Almanac Life: Tony Dell – Soldier in a Baggy Green finds peace at last

Ron Reed discusses Tony Dell’s short Test career sadly thwarted by PTS, a consequence of his tour of duty as a conscript in the Vietnam War. Unknowingly Tony suffered from PTS for four decades until his recent recovery which is told in a forthcoming book, ‘And Bring The Darkness Home: The Tony Dell Story’ by Greg Milam.

Almanac (Jail) Footy: Why there were few fights in jailyard footy

Sports journalist Ron Reed recalls social footy matches in the 70s against teams from Pentridge and other prisons.

Almanac Footy: Edelsten – Death of the Swans Golden Era

Sports writer Ron Reed remembers the flamboyant Geoffrey Edelsten (a ‘cartoon character all his life’), his effect on the Sydney Swans, and on football in general.