An ode to the overlooked: ‘The Ruined Ringer of the Riverina’

Tom Martin responds to JTH’s piece with a poem.

Bob Neil drinks West End Draught of course!

Tom Martin tells the tale of the Adelaide Uni Blacks Football Club’s traditional beverages, West End Draught and Stone’s Green Ginger Wine. Features a song devoted to Almanac favourite, Darren ‘The Jerk’ Graetz.

MCG Test, Australia v India – Day One: Should I Have Stayed in Bed?

Tom Martin, who knows a fair bit about the bat and ball, and his wife fly to Melbourne for their first Boxing Day at the MCG. Here’s how the Martins’ day panned out. And how the Australians’ and Indians’ days did as well.

[Tom has one of the forewords in this year’s Footy Almanac. A reflection on the idea of the cult hero as personified by Matt Spangher. Ed]

Blood-blisters to the Blacks, a Richmond Oval reverie

‘On the field of play you know whose side you are on’. The Bloods are in the blood. So are the Blacks. Tom Martin describes living, playing, being footy – with thanks to his parents.