Almanac Life: Betty Croker (nee Cashill )– Part 1: A Country Life

Keiran Croker’s mum, Betty, turns 100 on the 29 April. Keiran provides the first of two parts about his mother’s long and fruitful life.

Almanac History: Perspective Reminders

Getting old and feeling aches and pains is nothing like those experienced in two of the most incredible stories of survival and greatest examples of overcoming adversity explains Ian Wilson.

Almanac Book Review: Athletes and Near Death Experiences – The Case of Triathlete Emma Carney

Braham Dabscheck summarises Emma Carney’s experiences of hardship, politics, injuries, mental and physical abuse. Highlighting what it took for her to reach the elite level of a Triathlete throughout the 90’s. Her story as Dabschek reviews, uncovers the incompetence and inadequate support for athletes such as Emma Carney that nearly cost her life, signifying the much needed attention for change in management structure and policies for future Australian athletes to not have to endure the experience Carney had suffered throughout her career.

Almanac Literary: Adelaide Writers’ Week 2022 – Further highlights

Col presents more highlights from the wonderfully stimulating Adelaide Writers’ Week 2022.

Almanac History: Yahl – South Australia

Ever heard of Yahl, South Australia? In this Friday’s column, KD writes about the place and its close connection to the German branch of his family history.

Almanac Book Review – Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin: A Man Between Two Worlds

Kevin Densley recently read Roy Hay’s book on Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin and provides some general impressions.

Confidence: A big year in a young footballer’s life

Daniel Boss revisits his last year as a rugby league player, a year full of highs and lows, a year that helped shape him as a person a great deal.

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 1)

Neil Craig’s career has been so prolific Rulebook is covering it in two parts, all starting with the Yorke Peninsula, Carmel Court and the Norwood Football Club.

Almanac Cricket Obituary: Brendan McArdle remembers Graeme Watson

Former Australian Test cricketer all-rounder Graeme ‘Beatle’ Watson passed away last weekend. He is remembered here by his teammate Brendan McArdle.

The anxious look of a ruckman – the true story of ‘Bub’ Smith

For Anzac Day, Michael Sexton brings us the story of Stan ‘Bub’ Smith – West Torrens footballer, soldier, club administrator. ‘Smith had every reason to be sour on life and football, but he acted against the darkness and embraced the light the game could provide.’

Memories from an Old Wooden Box

Objects can provide a gateway to memory. While sorting through his study, Allan Barden rediscovered an old wooden box. Its contents took him on quite a journey.

David ‘Malt’ Wildy: Sobers, Richards, Wildy

League footballer, state cricketer, record breaking commentator, newspaper columnist, fireman – there’s not much David Wildy hasn’t done according to Rulebook.

John “Patto” Patterson: from Legacy larrikin to living legend

Racing is all about people, and one such person is John “Patto” Patterson, Clerk of the Course at Flemington for over 50 years. Roger Lowrey reviews a recent biography of this legend by Trevor Hastings.

Almanac History – What happened on January 9? (Part Two)

Roger Lowrey reflects on events that happened in his life on January 9, over a three year period from 1971 – 1973.

From your new Almanac correspondent above the Arctic Circle ….an Introduction

Welcome to our new Footy Almanac correspondent Richard Marlow reporting all the way from the frozen north of the Arctic Circle. Check out Richard’s background and how he came to be in the Arctic. [Welcome to the team Richard!]

Memories of a Good Bloke, Football, Aboriginal Children and a Car!

Allan Barden reminisces about his time in Darwin, a great mate and their work with disadvantaged Aboriginal kids through footy. His car played a starring role! (A beautiful memoir – Ed.)

Stab Punt Jim Johnson – one of the Almanac’s many characters

The Almanac has unearthed many characters over the years – octogenarian Jim Johnson is one of them. Jim is best know as the inventor of the stab punt and we’ve shared his research previously on the site. But what about the man himself? Ian Hauser tells the story of Jim’s life.

‘A Hard-Man……On And Off The Field’ – KB Hill

KB Hill knows his local characters! This week he recounts the colourful life of Ray Burns, policeman, hotelier and football hard man. And no-one does it like KB!

Phil Matson: Prince of Coaches

FitzroyPete profiles early twentieth century legendary player/coach Phil Matson of the East Perth Royals. And what a story – an extraordinary player, peerless coach and colourful character all wrapped up in one! Read also of Pete’s plans for a commemorative series on Matson’s premiership successes. (Great reading – Ed.)

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.