Sport as Entertainment – 2. Professionalism and Commercialisation of Sport

Stainless examines the development of mass spectator sport from its roots in the late 19th century when most of the games and competitions we know today were being codified and organised. Clubs and stadia sprung up, fuelling the growth of sports with huge spectator appeal.

Almanac Rugby League: the final Test

The rugby league season finally ends this weekend with the clash between Australia and Tonga. Here’s our preview.

The curse of the flat stick

Craig Dodson knows only too well the curse of the last shot (for most of us mere mortals anyway) from the short stuff – so much so that he now has it down to “tee” via a five step plan.

Almanac Baseball: Divisional Wrap

It’s ‘batters up’ for Brian as he gives us the lowdown on the baseball postseason playoffs – with more to come as the series continue.

Almanac Rugby League – Australia v New Zealand: the winners

Yesterday’s feast of rugby league at Mt Smart Stadium came in three courses but we’ll have to wait until next weekend for dessert. Here’s how it panned out.

Almanac Rugby League – Australia v New Zealand Test matches

Just when you thought it was all over, this weekend sees three Australian rugby league teams take on their Kiwi counterparts at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland. For possibly the first time, the programme will see the men’s Junior Kangaroos, the Jillaroos and the Kangaroos in action at the same venue on the same day. Here’s a preview

Bathurst 500: Your memories.

The Bathurst 500 (old school) – or Bathurst – is a festival day in Australian life. Give us your memories. And what is the model of car in the old photograph?

‘In search of Darby…….’ KB Hill

Another fab yarn from KB Hill, this time about jockey Phillip “Darby” Ketchup.

Peter Norman Week 2018

As we come up to Peter Norman week (Oct 9 -Oct 16), Glen! revisits the story of the man that stood tall with Tommy Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

The 2018 No Zones Cup – Grand Final

Before Earl launches into the Sydney spring, he pauses for some post-Grand Final azalea/motor sport appreciation.

Almanac Baseball: Post Season With Most Post

Brian The Ruminator provides a MLB post-season update as baseball moves into the business end of the season and offers punters plenty of excitement.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Grand Final Day winners

After an absorbing AFL Grand Final on Saturday, the NRL hosted its big day yesterday. Here’s how we saw it play out. It didn’t quite go the way we (or most people, for that matter) expected.

What is wrong with rugby league?

The 2018 NRL finals series has featured a deliberate effort by tacklers, usually in masses of up to four, to force the ball carrier to lose possession by fair means or foul. It’s been labelled ‘contested possession’. Elsewhere it has been argued that this practice is a blight on the game because it is both ugly and, in its adjudication, subjective. Let’s revisit Jim Young’s late August harangue about the contest for possession in rugby league to see if this emerging trend in play might just be a pathway to a fresh look at how the code is played.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Tiger Woods a winner again, Ryder Cup heads to France

It’s Ryder Cup weekend and the Tiger’s on the prowl

Almanac Rugby League – Queensland Cup Grand Final: Redcliffe Dolphins def. Easts Tigers 36-22

The mighty Redcliffe Dolphins won their first Queensland Cup title for 12 years when the defeated Easts Tigers at Lang Park. Here’s a view from the lounge chair.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Preliminary Finals + NRLW Round 3

The NRL and NRLW Grand Finalists have been decided. We run an eye over the weekend’s Preliminary Finals and come up with mixed feelings about the various styles of play exhibited.

Finals Week 3 – The Real Semi Finals: No Sympathy for the Devil’s number

Sal casts his discerning eye over the “real Semi Finals”, and a horse or two.

Almanac Softball: Learning defensive skills

Calling all softball players! Want to improve your defensive skills? Jenreviews provides a comprehensive guide to help you improve your skills. Check it out!

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 3 + NRLW Round 3: Preview

It’s Preliminary Finals week in the NRL with two excellent clashes in prospect. Can the Melbourne Storm earn the chance to make it back-to-back titles for the first time in over 25 years? Can the Sydney Roosters finally get to the last game of the year after being minor premiers with seemingly monotonous regularity? In the NRLW, the final round will give us our inaugural Grand Finalists – but who will they be?

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2 + NRLW Round 2: Results

Week 2 of the NRL Finals produced two nail-biters! Round 2 of the NRLW also produced two high-quality matches to enhance the standing of this inaugural season. Here’s how it all played out.