Almanac Basketball – WNBL Final 2019: Adelaide Lightning v Canberra Capitals

Maybe the best finish to a women’s basketball game Peter Argent has ever seen! Check out his photos from the game.

‘Diamond Des………’ – KB Hill

“‘Diamond Des’ was solid – and unspectacular – on the field, but a gem off it…” So says KB Hill as he introduces us to yet another bigger than life Wangaratta character, Des Griffin. His regular sign-on fee also makes for good reading!

Almanac Rugby League: Indigenous All Stars v New Zealand Maori All Stars – footy’s back at last!

Top flight rugby league returns on Friday night after a five month hiatus when the Indigenous All Stars take on the NZ Maori All Stars at Melbourne’s AAMI Park. Here’s a preview.

Almanac Baseball: ABL Done, MLB Awaits

The Bandits have won the ABL (four in a row!) and there is a lull now until MLB starts in late March. How to fill the void? Brian the Ruminator has some thoughts.

‘The Brian Dorman Show…….’ – KB Hill

KB Hill does it again! This week he recounts the sporting career of Brian ‘Horse’ Dorman, big-hitting cricketer, Collingwood footballer and successful horse trainer. His footy career cruelled by injury, Brian made quite a name for himself in the sport of kings.

Super Bowl LIII: Pat-ernal dominance for fathers Belichick and Brady

It was low-scoring but the Patriots did what they do best writes Sean Mortell.

‘Bringing Home The Bacon In The Local Gift………’ – KB Hill

Almanac favourite KB Hill continues to create his collage of local sport from up Wangaratta way. Today it’s the Wangaratta Gift and the many characters, local and ‘imports’, who have featured in its rich history. (Methinks it’s about time someone wrote the record of KB Hill! – Ed.)

Almanac Tennis – It’s just too hot!

So how can we help turn off the sweat tap on Rafa’s nose and chin? Dave H discusses providing more comfortable playing conditions for tennis players during major tournaments.

Almanac Synchronised Yobbo Diving: Yarrawonga

The O’Donnells and water sports: Phyllis as a world champion surfer and Dips the team man playing his role.

‘The Game-Changer……….’ – KB Hill

KB Hill is a seemingly endless source of heart-warming stories about local sportspeople who have really given it a crack! In this latest edition, KB tells us about Michael Newton, a man with an extensive sporting CV. (Great stuff! – Ed.)

Almanac Ocean Swimming – Pier to Pub 2019: Murray won’t be home tonight

A tragic day at Pier to Pub 2019.

Almanac Tennis – Has Kooyong had the gong?

During The Kooyong Classic, Rick checks out Melbourne’s legendary former tennis home and all its memories. but is disappointed by what he sees, acknowledging the glory days of the past have well and truly faded.

Almanac Pro-running: Paul Young’s (epic) 2018 Bay Sheffield Form Guide

This epic tome conveys the form of every nominee for this year’s time-honoured Bay Sheffield at Colley Reserve, Glenelg. It’s worth the read just for Paul Young’s similes regarding the chances of the battlers. [A mighty effort from this trainer – JTH]

Almanac Basketball: Collingwood Wildbeasts meet some stars on their US tour.

Steve Earl with a quick update on the Collingwood Wildbeasts’ trip to the US where they’ve rubbed shoulders with some legendary American sporting figures.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 12: Drafting predators

A bit of John Lennon, a bit of Michael Clarke, a bit of IVA Richards and some theories of McGilchrist and Panksepp all make this piece, on predators and prey, in a sporting context, much food for thought.

Almanac Baseball: Seoul Time

Brian the Ruminator reports on the contest between the Melbourne Aces and Geelong Korea suggesting it may well be the most hyped hitout in ABL history with the Aces GM, Justin Huber, going on ABC News Breakfast and proclaiming that as many as 30 million Koreans may be tuning in.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Belgium’s World Cup Triumph as The Match goes extra holes.

From the sideline of sport, Hamish Neal presents his regular wrap from the world of golf.

Fishing for a non-fisherman

WARNING: This story filled with beautiful images of sunsets, good red and fishing off the coast of WA will likely exacerbate any Monday morning back-to-work gloom you are feeling. Col reprises a story from a few years ago.

Almanac Ocean Swimming: What an effort!

Swim around Great Britain! You must be mad! Read about Ross Edgley’s epic swimming feat of physical and mental endurance he completed this week.

“A Passion for the Sport of Kings….” KB Hill

“And when the horses jump, he’ll imagine for a moment that he’s back in the days of his youth……..perched on the outsider; seeking an opening to push through the tightly-bunched field; just pondering when to make his move……..” Another entertaining sporting tale from KB Hill.