Almanac Rugby League: New NRL season kicks off tomorrow night

The 2019 NRL premiership season kicks off tomorrow night when the Melbourne Storm play host to the Brisbane Broncos. Here’s our season preview complete with fearless predictions.

Almanac (Finals) Footy: The Wild Card Weekend

The jungle drums are beating, with rumblings of a change to the time honoured AFL Final Eight that would give ninth and tenth a September sniff. Give us your $0.10 worth.

Almanac Rugby League: Season 2019 – 7 days and counting

One week out from the 2019 NRL season’s Round 1 kick-off, a call goes out to rugby league supporters to get on the Almanac wagon. If the on-field action is half as frantic as the off-season’s antics, we’re in for one hell of a ride!

‘The Kneebones of Brookfield…..’ – KB Hill

Eugene Kneebone was quite a man – “The World’s Strongest Man’, father of 16 children, local sporting colossus and a legend in his own time. (And not short on self-confidence!) KB Hill provides another classic story from country Victoria.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Mitchell’s first win and Tiger’s pain in the neck

The Almanac’s principal golfing writer, Hamish Neal, brings us up to date with all this week’s news in the world of golf.

Almanac Biography – Sir Norman Brookes: An Australian sporting icon.

Sir Norman Brookes was a great Australian sporting icon who is best remembered as a champion tennis player. Allan Grant has researched the man and his life in sport as presented in his detailed report.

‘Ross Greenwood – telling the finance story with style….’ – KB Hill

This week, KB Hill favours us with the story of local boy made good, Ross Greenwood. Better known as a finance guru, Ross remembers his roots and still rolls his arm over in Sydney.

The 2019 Ennui Cup – Pre Season

Earl O’Neill is back for another season of tipping advice to the masses. Should literary style replace enigmatic single-voice meanderings? Or should Earl get off his couch and read more of The Greats so he can mimic them?

‘Johnny Brunner’s Thirst For Sporting Challenges……………’ – KB Hill

This week, KB Hill shares with us his profile of John Brunner, country football legend, handy tennis play, ex-drag racer and supremely fit sportsman. And a humble community servant to boot! (Country sporting folklore is all about people like this. – Ed.)

Almanac (Pro) Running: Death of a Friend

Dips O’Donnell is concerned. We all know how much the Stawell Gift means to the O’Donnell family. Well, things have taken a turn, resulting in a summit on Friday night. [Dips at his finest – JTH]

Sarah’s Big Swim – Part 1: This is Sarah

Sarah’s Big Swim is one of THE sporting events of 2019. John Harms explains. [That would be Sarah Wapling – Ed]

Almanac Horseracing – A reflection on the current state of racing

Lover of horseracing and a small punt, Damien Morgan is sadden by what is happening in racing at the moment as he laments the state of the racing industry in his report.

Almanac Rugby League – Australian Indigenous All Stars v New Zealand Maori All Stars: a promising start to the new season

The rugby league season kicked off last night when the Australian Indigenous All Stars took on the NZ Maori All Stars – and a promising start to the season it was. Here’s how Ian Hauser saw it.

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.)