Almanac Tennis: Watching Ash and Thinking About Stuff

Edward P Olsen first saw Ash Barty play tennis as a 14yo in Melbourne, but it was world events of that day Edward associates with the young tennis player that continues to this day. Read his story about Ash and the Russian riots.

Almanac Tennis: Ash Barty – the perfect role model for young Australians

Sean Mortell channels the view held widely through the Australian populus about new French Open champion Ash Barty. [Lovely tribute – Ed]

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Brooks’ double among New York rabble

Hamish Neal with his weekly golf report which features the US PGA win of Brooks Koepka and includes some strong views about New York’s golfing crowds.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Shifting majors, shifting coaches

Hamish Neal weighs in on this weekend’s new date for the PGA Championship and what’s been happening in professional golf.

Dan McCarthy – Inspired by the racing game by KB Hill

KB Hill talks to Dan McCarthy, who was schooled in the football cradle of Assumption College, but really made his name as a successful horse trainer.

Running with the Richmond Harriers

Andy Fuller gives a first hand recount of running with the Richmond Harrier’s during training Wednesday night.

Almanac Pro Running: The Bull of Stawell (Part I)

Craig Little tells the tale of Luke Versace’s 2014 Stawell Gift victory – a remarkable comeback story, more than a decade in the making, which starts in Pamplona and finishes at Central Park. [Epic – JTH]

Almanac Books: Not Bad Thanks is a hoot

If you want an entertaining examination of mateship and sporting obsession, John Harms thinks Graeme Willingham’s ‘Not Bad Thanks’ is an excellent investment. For extracts, and details on how to obtain the book, please read further.

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

Peter Baulderstone reflects on Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! – Ed.)

The All-Rounder, the Import, and the Coach who stayed – KB Hill

KB Hill goes back a hundred years and more to bring us stories about the talented, the ‘colourful’ and the committed. The Wangaratta Football Club certainly went through some interesting times back then.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: winnowing time?

Round 6 of the NRL looks likely to separate the wheat from the chaff, an autumnal winnowing to reveal the substance of the real contenders and blow away the pretence of the hollow wannabes.

Almanac Rugby League – Farewell Greg Inglis

‘The word “great” tends to be overused in rugby league, but I believe the word is strongly applicable to Greg Inglis.’ So says rugby league author and historian Liam Hauser as he looks back on the career of club, Origin and Test star Gregory Paul Inglis.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital- Masters Episode Five, Return of the Cat

Hamish Neal shares his take on Tiger’s Masters triumph and brings us up to date on other happenings in the world of golf.

Should Governments fund AFL and NRL high performance centres?

Thinking Sport asks the question as to what extent, if any, governments should be funding major sporting facilities for elite, high performance sports. [Timely comments considering the upcoming election. Ed]

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 5 Wrap

The gap in the NRL between top and bottom got worse this weekend. But it was a great day at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday – except for the infernal noise that supposedly passes as entertainment.

“Not Bad Thanks” – Graeme Willingham: extract no. 3, Playing above oneself

Exceptionalism, or playing above oneself? Graeme Willingham defines his thoughts on both in this extract from his new book, “Not Bad Thanks”.

When The Mighty Fall/ Fail

The Ruminator asks us to think beyond the easy road of character assassinations and instead explore constructive, respectful and meaningful conversations with those with whom we may disagree strongly. A challenging and perceptive call to pause, think and then engage. A short treatise on humanity.

Almanac Rugby League – Round 5 and it’s getting desperate for some

The harsh reality of an ‘also ran’ tag for the 2019 season hangs over the heads of several NRL clubs as they head into this weekend’s Round 5 – and it’s only April!

“Not Bad Thanks” by Graeme Willingham: So, who is Graeme Willingham?

The Footy Almanac has featured extracts from Graeme Willingham’s new book, “Not Bad Thanks” over the past week or so, but little have we heard about the author himself and his background. All is revealed above.

Almanac Rugby League: ‘Interesting season unfolding’

‘Interesting season unfolding’ says Harms with respect to the AFL season. The same can be said about the NRL after four rounds. Here’s why.