Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 18 Review, Round 19 Preview

Losing to Carlton hurts says Cam Hooke as he reviews the Round 18 match, and looks ahead to the Round 19 clash against the Power.

Round 18 – GWS v Sydney Swans: Almost as triumphant as Beethoven’s Ninth!

The triumph of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony came to mind as Jan Courtin watched the Swans roll onto victory in their game against the Giants.

Almanac Music: ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’

‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ is one of the greatest songs ever written according to Col Ritchie. Gary Brooker performs in concert the song he wrote with Keith Reid, and recorded by Procol Harum in 1967.

FEARLESS 2021: Double Header Rounds 15 and 16…and another thing I’ve been wondering lately…

FEARLESS 2021 catches up his match reports with those for Rounds 15 and 16. He also offers his thoughts of some current footy issues.

Round 18 – Collingwood v Carlton: Football in the Time of Covid

Covid has certainly played havoc for Merv Collins and his football going days as he explains the trials and tribulations of this time.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Scratchy Greys’

Awaking from the stupor of deep sleep can leave the mind with the fear of dread as Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Scratchy Greys’ implies.

Almanac History: Old Grandstands

Grandstands come in all shapes and sizes. Col Ritchie has come across one incorporating a huge tree trunk at Beech Forest in the Otways long ago. It’s a ripper!

Round 18 – Collingwood v Carlton: Thrashed (Floreat Pica Society)

Frank Taylor valiantly reports for the Floreat Pica Society on Collingwood’s disappointing loss to Carlton on an emotional occasion for all footy fans.

Almanac Life – Old Movies for Modern Kids

Some movies are classics for a reason. Matt Quartermaine has named a wide selection from several genres and decades condensed into the category of ‘old movies’ perfect for viewing with kids of most ages.

Almanac (Covid) Life – Lockdown submarine

All you need is love sometimes…in this time and place E.r was moved to share a local riff on one of Ringo’s finest moments while living in lockdown.

Almanac Basketball: Historic Mines

Harold Peacock relates the wonderful story of Sidney Mines, from his journey as an African American man from the civil rights conflict area of southern USA to Australia and becoming a basketball legend in Queensland.

Almanac Teams: Saccharine Sixteen (1980- )

A few players who wore Number 16 in recent decades caught Rodney Boyd’s eye for their more interesting feats or foibles…including one player with a surprising basketball background.

Almanac Poetry: Sickle Moon

This Monday’s poem from Kevin Densley looks in detail at the sickle (or crescent) moon – compared to its gibbous and full cousins, it is found wanting!

Almanac Rugby: Australia v France (The Decider)

The Wallabies in a more disciplined and determined display of rugby win the deciding match in the Trophee des Bicentenaires reports Brian The Ruminator.

Round 18 – St Kilda v Port Adelaide: A day of barracking for and against the Saints

Nick Kossatch had his heart in two places; against the Saints in Melbourne playing his team the Power, and for the BITS Saints in Rockhampton. The results caused mixed feelings as he explains in his match report of the games.

Almanac Cricket- West Indies v Australia T20 Series Review: Crunched in the Caribbean

Missing some star players, it was a miserable T20 series against the West Indies for the Aussies as Luke Reynolds reports in his review of the series.

Almanac Footy: Vale – Serge

Warren Tapner pays a fitting tribute to Carlton great Sergio Silvagni, who passed away a few days ago.

Gravel & Mud: Chris Fagan’s Preface

As you will see over the coming days, as the Almanac publishes this series of extracts, Gravel & Mud is full of wonderful yarns.

Round 18 – Sal’s Preview: The Great Number 1

Sal Ciardulli remembers Carlton great Sergio Silvagni, and presents his thoughts and tips for the Round 18 matches.

Almanac Tennis: Why Barty matters so much

Ron Reed, an award-winning sports editor, columnist and feature writer with the Herald and Weekly Times, and a past Australian Sportswriter of the Year, reminds Australians why Ash Barty matters so much us.