Almanac Sport: Geelong Sports Museum – Media Release: Opening Day

Media release from Jessica Reid at Kardinia Park informing readers the Geelong Sports Museum opens today.

A beer with…Michael Sexton

Barry Nicholls continues his “A beer with…’ series. His guest on this occasion is prolific journalist and writer Michael Sexton.

Almanac Cricket: Yabba – A witty barracker

Yabba was a legendary barracker, heckler renowned for his witticisms from The Hill at the SCG in the early 20thC. [With the Sydney Test taking place at the moment it is an opportune time to reprise the story of ‘Yabba’, published on the site a few years ago. -Ed]

Almanac Local History: Sporting history in abundance at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery

A while ago, Allan Barden discovered that his great-grandmother was buried in 1918 in the Coburg cemetery. In finding out a little more he met the Friends of Coburg Cemetery a small group of volunteers who look after the cemetery and also have done some research into those buried there. This piece by Allan reflects on the cultural and historical significance of cemeteries generally, and discusses what they mean to us, and tell us. He then considers the lives of a number of Australian sportsmen buried in the Coburg Cemetery. [Wonderful piece – Ed]

Almanac Running: At Large in Largs Bay – a parkrun yarn

Mickey Randall is off on another park run taking him through the heart of the Lefevre Peninsula, Largs Bay, Taperoo presenting the sights and sounds along the way.

Almanac Life: Citrus Bueller’s Big Weekend

Citrus Bob Utber had a big few sporting days in Melbourne involving going to the footy, interviewing, and catching up with his many friends and associates.

The Keilor Sports Club: ‘The Country Club in the City’ (Part 3)

Nick Marshall continues his series about the Keilor Sports Club. Part 3 looks at the various clubs and organisations that are a part of Keilor Sports Club.

Almanac Obituaries: Vale Ian Thomas OAM – a football icon.

Bob Utber pays tribute to respected Gippsland newspaperman Ian Thomas OAM who recently passed away.

Wayne Jackson: A life in football

An in-depth look at the life and times of highly respected former AFL CEO Wayne Jackson by Rulebook

Almanac Books: ‘Hard Wired’ – Emma Carney Media Release

A new book about the life and sporting career of former champion triathlete Emma Carney has been published. This media release provides background details and information about Emma and her book. Emma Carney will be the special guest speaker at the forthcoming Odd Friday/Footy Almanac lunch on July 15. All welcome.

Almanac Sport: Is this what the end game looks like?

THE Commonwealth Games are coming back to Victoria – perhaps on a farewell lap of honour, writes RON REED

Almanac Football History – 1858 and all that: the origins of Australian Rules Football

In this extract from his publication on the economics and economic history of the football codes, Tim Harcourt finds that Aussie Rules Football really is ‘a game of our own’ and a social phenomenon that Australians can be truly proud of.

Almanac Footy History: The Nullawil Maroons Part 1 – Mallee dominance

As the Hayden Kelly Scholar, Paddy Grindlay has been researching Nullawil and its footy club. This is the first in a series of articles which profile Nullawil and its success.

Almanac Olympics – Tokyo 2020: Thoughts From the Couch

Edward P. Olsen runs through a laundry list of the recently wound up Tokyo Olympics’ best and most entertaining moments for a family watching on from an Australian couch.

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.

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.

Almanac Life: The comeback

Noel McPhee, inspired by his children’s sporting exploits and encouragement, has returned to the sporting field and made a comeback to running. This is his story.

Almanac Football History – Darkness and Light: The remarkable and tragic story of the Banks family

A rich and engaging tale of the Banks family, in particular two extraordinary brothers, Tom and Albert, who made history in Victoria and Western Australia over a century ago, shared here by John Gordon. [Exceptional story. Ed.]

Almanac Life: Sporting Heroes 1954

1954 was certainly a great year for Australian sport as Allan Grant remembers some of his sporting heroes from that year.

Almanac Athletics: Track Scars

Our own Jake ‘Cobba’ Stevens was fast enough to compete at the 2021 Australian Track & Field Championships in Sydney. In the semi-finals of the 800m event, Cobba got to experience the full range of emotions that competitive racing can bring for aspiring Olympians.