Almanac Cricket: Cure for concussion? Get rid of the lid…

Are cricket helmets working as intended? Has their cultural and behavioural impact been flawed? Wayne Ball thinks cricket needs to shake up how it views the relationship between the game and concussion; or worse.

Almanac Cricket: Remembering Ashley Mallett and Alan Davidson.

It’s been a sad day for Australian cricket with the passing of two former Test greats, Ashley Mallett and Alan Davidson. Wayne Ball remembers the two greats.

Almanac Rugby League: A Premiership Uncelebrated

Wayne Ball is a lifelong Penrith supporter. He is on top of the world,with the Panthers premiership, but has not been able to celebrate it with his fellow supporters. But he wants the world to know. Here he chronicles the various celebrations of premierships past. [Classic anecdotes of youth, and reflections on maturity. – JTH]

Almanac Sport: All in a day – calypso cricket, Les Bleus rugby and Dream Team hoops

Wayne Ball watches on as Australia resumes rivalries with international sporting opponents in cricket, rugby and basketball. He realises just how diminished the powerhouses of his youth are in 2021.

Almanac Rugby League: Meeting Tommy Raudonikis after the 1981 Grand Final

Wayne Ball goes back to his childhood to recall his memory of ‘the people’s champion’, Tommy Raudonikis.

Almanac Rugby League: “Whatever happened to…’That Guy’?”

Wayne Ball reminds us of ‘That Guy’ who seemed to have the football world at his feet but, for whatever reason, never made the grade. We’ve all know at least one.

Cricket Australia has lost its delegation

Wayne Ball offers a probing delivery (pitching middle and off and going away), on the current dispute between Cricket Australia and the players. Who does the Cricket Australia executive speak for?

Nearly the perfect weekend, but near enough doesn’t pay out.

Melbourne Rebels ruin an almost perfect weekend for Wayne Ball

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 2: Heartbreak in the night time heat

Round 2 of the NRL. Wayne Ball watches his Panthers and ponders the new seven tackle set

Australia v New Zealand – Gabba Test, Day 4: Letting it all hang out

Wayne Ball contemplates the advantages of a new job, while taking in an absorbing contest from Brisbane. “While Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke did a reasonable job of hiding their emotions when things didn’t quite go their own way, Steve Smith lets it all hang out.”

Almanac Rugby League – Who Wants To Be A Coach?

It’s been a tough year to be a Penrith Panthers fan in the National Rugby League. It must have been so much tougher if you were the actual coach.

The man who scored a try against the All Blacks, then won an AFL Flag.

Wayne Ball on the career of retiring Swans player Mike Pyke, from his time representing Canada in Rugby Union to playing for the Swans in the AFL.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Grand Final 2015: Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys – The Greatest Grand Final of All Time

Wayne Ball tells the story of what he thinks is the greatest Grand Final of all time.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2: Roosters v Bulldogs – Video killed the Rugby League show

The use of the video referee has Wayne Ball clucking mad as the Roosters unslip the Dogs of War. What is going on?

Almanac Rugby League – Finals Week 1: The Dogs of war find a golden point miracle

In the world of the NRL the Bulldogs actually get up in an elimination final thriller. Did Richard Branson get on the wrong Dogs?

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2015 Finals, Week 1: Cameron Smith leads from the front, so Melbourne win

The Storm secure the only Preliminary Final to be held in Melbourne in a couple of weeks as Wayne Ball ponders why the Roosters can’t get bums on seats

Queen + Adam Lambert, a year on.

Wayne Ball on his experience going to a Queen + Adam Lambert concert in Sydney last year.

The Ashes 2015 – Fourth Test, Day 1: This is supposed to be a Test Match

Wayne Ball steps up to the keyboard, grafting out a report under the most unfriendly of conditions. A real AR Border, SR Waugh kind of effort…

The Lynching of Adam Goodes

Wayne Ball on the booing of Adam Goodes and how its unfair on a man who has given so much for the game and the community. [Post Script – as it turns out the Minister has finally made a strong statement which was reported yesterday -Ed]

The Ashes 2015 – The Time I Lived With England’s New Coach, Trevor Bayliss

Wayne Ball shares his first hand insights into the new England coach, Trevor Bayliss.