Almanac (Racing) Poetry: Melbourne Cup Blues

The Melbourne Cup can bring on the Blues.

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.

ODI – Australia v South Africa: Proteas too good at Blundstone Arena, but Australia start remembering how to play the game

Mark Duffett took the pushie to Blundstone Arena and found the best park in the world before watching Australia chase the Proteas’ challenging total.

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.

Almanac Footy Tipping: We have some winners for Season 2018

The results of the Almanac Tipping Comp are finally in.

ODI – Australia v South Africa: Worth the drive from Mildura

Citrus Bob Utber drives from Mildura to Adelaide to see how the troubled Australian team is going first hand. He is part of a small-ish crowd who see a much-imporved performance form the Australians.

Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club October Review

The Pomborneit Bulls are off to a solid start in the 2018/19 season. All the highlights and happenings from October are listed here. #gopombobulls

Almanac Ocean Swimming: What an effort!

Swim around Great Britain! You must be mad! Read about Ross Edgley’s epic swimming feat of physical and mental endurance he completed this week.

“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 Cricket – Questions of legacy

With the revolving door at Cricket Australia spinning ever faster, John Butler assesses the legacies of those departed, or soon to depart.

Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

This piece was first published in April 2018. We re-visit it here…

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

Almanac Book Review – The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018: Bobby’s banter is good for footy

Fourteen year old Grace Kerwin is a big Bobby Macumber fan. In this review of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018 she highlights Bobby’s contributions.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Nov 9: Gideon Haigh, and Sam Perry of The Grade Cricketer

With so much happening in Australian cricket, join Gideon Haigh and Sam Perry for lunch at The North Fitzroy Arms on November 9. Details here.

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 Golf – Golf Capital: Bryson, Rose, Hakatoa win again in 2018, concern at 2019 Saudi event

The rise of Justin Rose back to the top of the men’s world golf rankings highlights Hamish Neal’s wrap of the week in golf.

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.

Almanac 2018 Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch Selections: Another losing year.

Unfortunately we missed out again. Close with the trifecta. Miles off with the first 4.

Melbourne Cup Preview: Can the Cummings story continue?

Who to back for the Melbourne Cup? Sal provides an overview and his predictions for the big race.

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’…