Leading from the front: Neil Thompson’s journey

Neil ‘Thommo’ Thompson has a remarkable life story, ranging from over 20 footy clubs (12 of them being guided to flags by Neil) and a few harrowing tales of the Bali bombings and UN involvements. Rob Spurr has been lucky enough to know ‘Thommo’, and has produced a wonderful recount of ‘Thommo’s’ many tribulations [a must-read, this is an amazing story – Ed].

Almanac Music: Dave Kimber – Scavenger hunts in Beverly Hills and Malibu.

More adventures from Dave Kimber and his mates on scavenger hunts around Beverly Hills and Malibu.

Almanac Short Fiction: Floundering

A passage from Kevin Densley on a boy, a fish and the ripples of their brief and frenzied interaction.

Almanac Poetry: The Wilful Murder of Constable Samuel Nelson

Kevin Densley shares his poetry for the week – this time it’s a dive back to a 19th century Australian gang scenario, as well as a link to a review of his own poetry collection.

Almanac Literary: Lament in 2020

Nicole Kelly discusses some of the background information about her forthcoming book, ‘Lament’ in the lead up to its publication in October.

Almanac (Memoir): Finding Igor

Jamie Simmons was a late starter on the footy field, thanks to school social strata of athletes and mobsters, outlandish legwear and stymied encouragement from a Blues hero during his early years. Read on to discover the steps to the emergence of Igor in adulthood. [Simply superb – Ed.]

Neil Sachse: 45 years on

Paul O’Connor (from the Western Bulldogs Past Players, and good friend of the Almanac) presents a terrific tribute to Neil Sachse who was seriously injured in a tragic incident 45 years ago. (We republish this piece to pay respects to Neil Sachse, who passed away on Aug 26, 2020. RIP, Neil. – Ed).

Almanac Life: ‘Chilla’ Porter, Colac, and childhood memories

The death of Olympian ‘Chilla’ Porter rekindled many memories for Peter Fuller of the Melbourne Olympics and growing up in rural Victoria around that time.

Almanac Life: One of those Melbourne lockdown Saturdays

A day in lockdown quickly evolved into an emotional reflection on Jan Courtin’s parents. Whilst typing out some letters from years gone by, Jan discovered her family history, making the day worthwhile.

Almanac Life: A Digger’s Words

Nicole Kelly fondly remembers her great-grandfather Jack Dodd and shares poetry he wrote while fighting in Tobruk during WW2,

Almanac Football: Port Power and mind power – Travis Boak’s transformation

Tess Pryor interviewed Port Adelaide player Travis Boak about the beneficial changes he has made to his life since his involvement with The Resilence Project.

Everyday Obituaries: Onya Pal – a tribute to Kelvin Reynolds

Luke Reynolds pays tribute to his grandfather Kelvin on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Almanac Life: Looking back in lockdown

Nostalgia, going home, the innocence of childhood, living life – 50 years down the track, Dips O’Donnell remembers and relishes a rich tapestry.

‘Waging war on a relentless opponent…..’ by KB Hill

KB Hill shares the story of Terry Greaves, a stalwart of country footy in north-eastern Victoria. After a distinguished career on the field, Terry continues to fight health battles off the park.

‘One of Nature’s Gentlemen….’ by KB Hill

W. J. Findlay Oval is a special place up Wangaratta way. KB Hill and Phil Nolan give the the background story of the remarkable man whose name graces the beautiful ground.

Almanac Memoir – My Favourite Trophy

Many of us have memories of running our guts out in sporting carnivals while the wind whooshed all around and glory was on the line…here’s Kevin Densley’s recollection from 1973.

Almanac Rugby League: Like father, like son, like grandson

Dan Keary inherited his father’s passion for the mighty Eastern Suburbs Roosters and supported them through thick and thin. His task has been to honour that legacy by passing it on to his children. [A rollicking yet poignant family story – Ed.]

Almanac Rugby League: Generations of Brethren

Brothers Football Club, the O’Hanlon family and a particular table go back over a hundred years. Matt O’Hanlon, part of the third generation, shares this tale of one family’s life in footy – they just love it!

Almanac Life: Love in the time of Collingwood (and other pestilence).

Jamie Simmons is a new father. He and Mel have had a baby boy, Archie, named after his grandfather whose story is also told. In this wonderful piece, Jamie considers love and the nature of chance. [Great piece Jamie, and congratulations to you all – JTH]

“ ‘Mouse’…….the opportunist……..” by KB Hill

His nickname may have been ‘Mouse’ but Shane Wohlers roared his way through a very successful career in the Ovens and Murray League. KB Hill takes up the story.