Almanac Books: New and Recent Releases by friends of the Footy Almanac

We’ve made a list of the books published by authors who are part of the Almanac community – with links to information about each one.

Almanac Rugby: Viva Los Pumas

Brian the Ruminator regaled us with the rare gold of a Wallabies Bledisloe win last week – this week something even more extraordinary has happened with Argentina having defeated the mighty All Blacks for the first time.

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

In the lead-up to the US Masters which starts tonight, we revisit Peter Baulderstone’s reflection on Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! – Ed.)

Almanac Life: First Swim

The day was hot, so it’s time for the togs and the first swim of the season as Mickey Randall explains.

Almanac Golf: A Masterful Display

The US Masters Tournament should be on everyone’s bucket list says Aussiegus, not only for its wonderful golf but also for the many surprises it throws up. This story was previously published on the Footy Almanac site in 2016.

Almanac Rugby: Bledisloe Glory…in 1979

Despite the famous recent victory, the Wallabies rarely take the chocolates over the All Blacks, let alone claim the Bledisloe Cup. Brian the Ruminator takes us back to a rare golden moment some 41 years ago…

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’ – Vivienne McCredie

To put you in the mood for the big race today, have a read of Vivienne McCredie’s terrific poem about the Melbourne Cup, ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’.

Almanac Music: ‘The Melbourne Cup’ – Slim Dusty

Aussie music legend Slim Dusty sings his song, ‘The Melbourne Cup’.

Almanac Baseball: Yeah Dodgers Just Won the World Series

Brian The Ruminator (somewhat grudgingly) acknowledges the World Series win by the LA Dodgers. Is the Curse Of The Bambino about to have a sequel?

Almanac Music: Dave Kimber and Surfing with James Arness  

The continuing tales of Dave Kimber, this time involving surfing and skiing in his native California. And of course, meeting a few celebrities along the way.

Almanac Memoir: Half a century at the Gabba

Murray Bird offers a panoramic memoir of Gabba days of yore. [Reckon 500 is conservative Muz – JTH]

Almanac Rugby – Bledisloe 2: ‘Rennie-vation’

Brian the Ruminator reviews the second match of the Bledisloe Cup 2020 which was not a good result for the Wallabies.

Almanac Rugby – Bledisloe 1: ‘Rennie-sance’

Brian the Ruminator presents his thoughts about the Wallabies sterling performance against the All-Blacks in their recent Bledisloe Cup Test match, the first with new coach Dave Rennie.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Jensen Miles: Diamond Valley v Frankston Blues basketball

Jensen Miles got through school and nervously prepared for his Friday night basketball game against Frankston. With his precision shooting getting his team back into the match, the Grade 9 Parade College student had the chance to win the game for his side.

Almanac (Horseracing) History: The greatest sporting contest ever

Great sporting contests have long centred on Queensland. This is an amazing story of a crazy horse race over 150 years ago in the Ipswich district.

Almanac Basketball – NBA 2020 Play-Offs: Conference Semi-Finals review

Despite the restrictions, the NBA is currently producing an exciting play-offs series. Sean Mortell has the review of the Conference Semi-Finals, which included overtime finishes and numerous game sevens.

She Did It

Tony Wilson was in the Sydney Olympic stands back in 2000, when Cathy Freeman ran the race of her life. Twenty years on, you can enjoy the experience once again.

Almanac Baseball: Getting On Base

Brian The Ruminator recalls the film “Moneyball”, and how it again might just relate to the Covid-truncated Major League Baseball season underway in the USA.

Almanac Rugby: Heaven Plays On

Brian the Ruminator emerges from a period of Covid quietness to summarise just where rugby union finds itself at this point in time, both here and around the world. He sees cause to be optimistic, even if those dastardly Kiwis continue to be in their usual position – way out in front.

Almanac Sport: Caley Manzie – A lifetime of family, pride and sport

RMIT University student Sean Mortell chatted with fellow pupil Caley Manzie about her Indigenous Australian heritage and family involvement in sport, specifically hockey.