Maximising the benefits – the economics of the Brisbane 2032 Olympics

With Brisbane recently announced as the host city of the 2032 Olympic Games, Tim Harcourt from the University of Technology Sydney looks at the economic risks and benefits on offer when hosting the Olympics.

‘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 Olympics: Shame, Queensland

Andrew Starkie expresses his thoughts, in no uncertain terms, about Queensland winning the right to host the 2032 Olympics Games.

Tokyo Summer Olympics – will history repeat?

This piece was published originally in March 2020, with the Olympics to be cancelled. We’re now on the precipice of the Games finally taking place, albeit behind closed doors. Glen! gave us the background on the Tokyo Olympics and previous cancellations of the Games, as significant now as then.

Almanac Rugby: Australia v France (The Decider)

The Wallabies in a more disciplined and determined display of rugby win the deciding match in the Trophee des Bicentenaires reports Brian The Ruminator.

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.

‘The ten centimetres that changed Baden Cooke’s life……’ by KB Hill

KB Hill profiles ‘one of Benalla’s finest sporting products’, Baden Cooke who rode in the international peloton for well over a decade.

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 Union – Australia v France Second Test: AAMI Park, Australia’s graveyard

Brian the Ruminator summarises Australia’s defeat by Les Blues at AAMI Park, as the Wallabies continue to struggle at the venue.

Almanac Baseball: Mid-Season Wrap/All Star Game Preview

Brian the Ruminator turns his attention from rugby to baseball as the MLB’s season begins to take shape.

It’s been a while – Roy Hay on Jamarra Ugle-Hagan’s debut and Ash Barty’s triumph

Two relatively rare sporting occasions happened this week: top draftee Jamarra Ugle-Hagan made his Dogs debut as a Gunditjmara man from Victoria and Ngarigo woman Ash Barty won Wimbledon 50 years after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’s famous victory. Roy Hay shares his thoughts on what makes both special.

Ash Barty, Australia’s authentic champion

Any way you slice it, Ash Barty is a marvel on and off the court. In light of her win on tennis’s biggest stage during NAIDOC Week, Paddy Grindlay takes a look at her composure, abilities and ongoing legacy.

Almanac Tennis – There is no ‘I’ in Barty, we or team: The ABC of Ash Barty

Ash Barty – what a champion both on and off the court! But what makes her universally admired? Here’s Ian Hauser’s attempt at ‘the ABC of Ash Barty’.

Almanac Rugby Union – Old Collegians v Brighton: A Torrid Affair

Greg A reports on the torrid tussle that took place when Old Collegians hosted arch-rivals Brighton in Adelaide’s Premier Grade rugby union.

Almanac Boxing: Thommo’s gym

Deakin student Paris Emini was the only girl in Thommo’s gym. She remembers her life as a young boxer.

Almanac Rugby Union – Australia v France First Test: A lucky escape

Brian the Ruminator brings us coverage of last night’s First Test between the Wallabies and Les Blues in Brisbane. What a cracker of a finish!

Almanac History: Music, sport and the footy in July 1971

Glen! takes us back 50 years to remember the music, the tennis and the footy from July 1971.

Almanac (Country) Golf: Bridgewater on Loddon in the 1970s and today

Mark Poustie once roamed the greens of Bridgewater on Loddon (just outside Bendigo) with great frequency. He recalls a different time with pigs and semi-trailers as hazards…though the green fees remain a steal!

Almanac Netball: The 400 game netballing sisters from Kapunda

Two sisters, Tabatha MacKenzie and Penny Chappell (of the famous Ryan clan of Kapunda) have achieved an amazing milestone in their career, both playing 400 games for the Kapunda Netball Club.

Almanac Boxing: “Real” Boxing

Greg A casts his eye far and wide to find some “real” boxing. And, from Las Vegas, Naoye Inoue does not disappoint.