Cricket: Yeah, but is it cricket?

By Darren Dawson The movable feast that is the “20twenty Big Bash” is all but over for another season, and I am now feeling a little bloated from the viewing. However, a number of questions remain unanswered, and to me, chief among those queries: “Is it really cricket?” As a traditionalist, I have been a [Read more]

Footy: When Jeff joined in the chorus

By Josh Barnstable School athletics have always been fun to me, through primary school years and in high school. In primary school, you strive for that finish line, trying to win points for your house, while in high school, many kids, like myself, would rather go down the street to grab some fish and chips [Read more]

Link: Stand up and fight like hell!

Peter Flynn’s rollicking report on the Grand Final in The Footy Almanac 2009 (Go Travis!) concludes with the following memorable scene: On Sunday, I call in at The Lord of the Isles. Chappy signs the Courty ard Bar’s blackboard. I congratulate Chappy. He is humble, gracious and polite. Brilliant. The replay of the last quarter [Read more]

Cycling: Tour offers one of the highlights of the year for an Adelaide sports fan

By Anne Federowytsch The middle of January is a time I look forward to every year. And no it’s not because of the chance to spend mornings sleeping in, afternoons lazing on the couch watching Ricky make a double ton, or warm evenings with my toes in the sand at Glenelg; it’s because of the [Read more]

Fantasy Footy: Any pointers? I’ve just got to beat my mate

Flashback, January 2009: My wife brags that she is taking these competitions seriously this year and will purchase the AFL Prospectus to assist her. “You’re kidding. Just go with the players you know and see how you go,” I indicate to her, having confidence in her football knowledge.

Book Review: Krakouers biography is full of heart

Brotherboys: The story of Jim and Phil Krakouer, by Sean Gorman Reviewer: Paul Daffey As footy-mad youngsters, the Krakouer brothers’ inventive quest to improve their Aussie Rules skills included practising over the kitchen table in the family home at Mount Barker, WA. While their father Eric, one of several quiet heroes in this sad and [Read more]

Twenty-first Century Names

by Dave Nadel There’s no footy and the cricket is one sided and so lying on the beach I wrote the following piece of doggerel. I stress that it is doggerel, it doesn’t even scan. It should not be classed as poetry – there is a Magpie supporter who writes poetry for the almanac but [Read more]

Roo rivalries: past, present and future

North Melbourne Football Club has been robbed of its traditional rivalries in recent years. But an AFL Gold Coast team presents a unique opportunity for NMFC to capitalise on a very real rivalry. While rarely acknowledged in the media, North Melbourne has some fascinating traditional rivalries. The Hawthorn-North Melbourne rivalry, founded on the teams’ three [Read more]

Third Test, Day 5: Predictable end to a strange Summer

By Paul Daffey The final Test of the Australia-Pakistan series ended predictably enough, with Danish Kaneira chopping Peter Siddle on to his stumps to give Australia victory by a handsome margin and a 3-0 series whitewash. But while Australia did take six wickets to seal the match, it was only after a measure of resistance [Read more]

OUT: Richo, Wallace and bad times. IN: D Martin, Hardwick and FINALS!

By Jeff Paterson. Well, I’ve been reading the newspaper (mostly the Herald sun) and reading what they’ve had to say on the internet – and something’s come to my attention. For the first time in quite a while Richmond, the team I’ve supported most of my life, isn’t getting talked up to do anything spectacular this [Read more]

Footy: Mum’s the word on these dream-team tips

So it’s that time of the year again. Well not quite, but you can now register for all sorts of AFL fantasy footy teams. Those fantastic games where you pick 18 players, they score points when they get a kick and then you get to beat other people. It’s your own little team! I usually [Read more]

American football: Mixed feelings for New York fans

By Adan Hesketh I’m living in New York and I’m pretty excited about the NFL playoffs. The mood in town is predominantly a mixture of excitement (and optimism) for the Jets, who looked no chance to even make finals late in the season, and disgust/disinterest from Giants fans, who had expected a lot more and [Read more]

Pakistan proceed quietly to a Hobart demise

Not even the most determined spin doctor would have succeeded in whipping up much anticipation prior to the start of this day’s play. In a manner that’s become depressingly predictable, Pakistan had ended Day 2 in comic opera disarray, with selfishly negligent running from Salman Butt seeing off his side’s two most dangerous batsmen. At [Read more]

Third Test, Day 2: Ponting a chance for the Camira?

by John Harms We are on the Newell Highway. At last. Just south of Goondiwindi. Stumps have just been drawn at Bellrive; a couple of disastrous run outs ruining the Pakistanis day . The Handicapper has taken the wheel. The kids have been very good, sleeping from Michael Clarke’s dismissal, all the way to Pakistan [Read more]

Cricket: Commentary contributes to soundtrack of holiday bliss

By Damian O’Donnell Picture this: You’re sitting on the banks of the Murray at Yarrawonga just down river a bit from Bundalong. You are shaded by a large leafy willow tree that has seemingly been there since whales walked on land. An ice cold beer is sitting on the arm of the chair, kept ice [Read more]

Tennis: My Australian Open preview

By Domenic Favata Men The men’s singles is headlined by Federer, Nadal, Murray, Del Potro; all have a chance of claiming the first tournament of the year.

Third Test, Day 1: Dysfunction, thy name is Pakistan

3rd Test Australia v Pakistan at Bellerive Oval, Hobart Day 1, Thursday 14 January 2010 [Stumps score: Aust 3/302. Ponting 137*, Clarke 111*.] by Tony Roberts Preview My return to work having blessedly liberated me from reliance on Channel Nine or the ABC’s deteriorating radio commentary, I followed the first day of this match via [Read more]

Tennis: Things to look for at the Australian Open

By John Butler * Numerous folk called Bruce, Baz or Cheryl suddenly discovering long lost Swedish or Spanish heritage and a love of foreign flags and group chanting. * Maria Sharapova’s picture to appear at least daily in the major metropolitan papers. Some of the pictures may even relate to tennis.

Tennis: C’mon, give it a go. Tip someone other than Federer

It’s that time of year again: the time when everyone tips Roger Federer to win the Australian Open. Is anyone willing to tip another player in the tournament that starts in Melbourne on Monday? What about Juan Martin del Potro? Or the unlikely-sounding Robin Soderling? As for the women’s title, surely there’s a candidate among [Read more]

Tennis: Federer’s class separates him from the rest

By Domenic Favata Roger Federer, the magician, the king, whatever you want to call him, is back at Melbourne Park and ready to rock. The fifteen-time grand slam winner is back after a loss to Nikolay Davydenko in Qatar. Some may call it a setback, but I call it ‘warming up’. Federer will release his [Read more]