AUFC Blacks 1982: Join The Club

Swish came across this Adelaide Uni Blacks new player information sheet from 1982. The secrets to their long-lived success can be found between the lines.

The Thread’s Broken (RIP Sisto)

You need only be in Pellegrini’s for a moment to know Sisto loved his customers. This was obvious to everyone including Adam Fox as he reflects upon an icon within an icon.

George Ogilvie Jnr: Echuca’s gun `30s centreman

You have to be a pretty handy player to be inducted into a footy league’s Hall of Fame. And if you’re one of 20 named in the very first Hall then you’re clearly an outstanding candidate: a star, to be exact. Such was the case with George Ogilvie jnr., Echuca’s gun centreman of the 1920s and 30s.

The death of Simon Shaw, ‘a grand little sportsman’

Roger Spaull is back with this piece about Simon Shaw a much-loved post-World War II figure of Yallourn and its footy club who died after a swimming accident.

“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.

Almanac Rugby: Rugby and Footy in a Single Day

Yoshi got the chance to take in some rugby, and a good dose of queuing. But he was really itching for the Aussie Rules footies to come out.

Almanac Footy History: Not one, but two famous George Ogilvies

Richard Jones recounts the football history of George Ogilvie Snr, named as one of the 20 inaugural inductees of the Bendigo Football Netball League’s first Hall of Fame created in 1986.

Defining ‘The Moment.’

In this shorter than ever period of “breathing room” between seasons, trades and drafts, the Sydney Swans have featured tales from some more notable supporters, when the love for the Red and the White blossomed in a mere moment. Ross Treverton is a proud and passionate Swan too, but for him there was never ‘a moment’…

Familiar faces among Assumption College Kilmore cricket greats…. KB Hill

KB Hill has a night out at Assumption’s 125th Gala Dinner, including the inducting of several famous Kilmore College’s high-achieving alumni to their Hall of Excellence, and the unveiling of their ‘Cricketers of the Century’. Some well-known names there!

My Mate Dave

There was something of a fighter in Dave, particularly when his eyes bore into you with that steely gaze. And there was also something very gentle. Peter Crossing fondly remembers his mate; a great man, and a great groundsman.

Ben Jefferies, aka Joffa, the role player and clubman

Malcolm Ashwood, ìn his latest Norwood FC piece, profiles triple premiership player Ben Jefferies.

Why does sandpaper hurt so much?

Peter Baulderstone muses about the place of sport in our individual and collective consciousnesses. How are sports different from each other? Is there an ongoing meaning of sport in our lives that explains just why sandpaper hurts so much?

Sport as Entertainment – 5: Case Studies

Stainless has argued the trend of major sport is becoming predominantly a form of mass entertainment, and in this article he takes cricket and soccer – and analyses how each has changed in Australia in line with these trends.

“Meeting the ghost of local cricket….” by KB Hill

KB Hill recalls some fabulous cricketing tales from long ago related to him by an old timer he met while watching a local cricket match.

Plenty of practice and empty heads- Part 8: 8…2%ers

The small acts in sport, the so called 1%ers, don’t often make the highlights package but highlight packages cannot exist without them. David Stiff discusses the importance of these acts as he continues his excellent series of articles related to the psychology of the development and implementation of skills in sports.

Almanac Cricket: First game

Col reflects on some more fond cricket memories from his childhood.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 7: Intuition in sport

To David Stiff, intuition is the evaluation of voluminous data points that lead to a resolution or course of action within the field of play. He examines the issue in this excellent article.

A Relaxing Sunday and The Womens Footy Almanac

With long weekends and holidays approaching, Kate Birrell highly recommends The Womens Footy Almanac 2018 as a terrific read to both reflect upon the season that was and to contemplate that which lies ahead.

Almanac Teams: A cricketing team. Naturally.

Glen’s been thinking about a team of cricket naturals, reflecting the myriad examples of nature on our planet. What do you think of the team he has come up?

Sport as Entertainment – 4. Changing Lifestyles and Declining Participation

A major trend in the developed world of changing lifestyles and declining participation shows we’re doing less and less physical activity. Stainless continues his series on the topic of sport as entertainment with another thought provoking article.