Finding the Joy

Trucker Slim illuminates today’s page with a heartfelt tribute on the loss of two loved ones. Amongst the sadness and the struggles, he finds joy. (Simply beautiful! Ed.)

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 5: School’s out for the Aussies!

Citrus Bob reports from a washed out day 5 at the SCG, and in his inimitable schoolmasterly manner appraises the form of the Australian team.

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 4: A Waste!

Day 4 at the cricket proved to be very frustrating as Citrus Bob reports.

A night at the Big Bash – Taking one for the kids

Craig Dodson will take a bullet for his kids, however, under no circumstances will he put a Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken bucket on his head while watching a bunch of mediocre state cricketers hack it around the park in the Big Bash. Craig reports on a night at the BBL with his “scallywags”.

Growing Old Gracefully – what’s that all about!

Growing Old Gracefully may be a euphemism, with the connotation “Showing signs of ageing, but still powering forward with life” being a positive one, but at times Jan Courtin simply refuses to believe that a mere statistic, telling her the number of years that she’s been around, matters at all! It doesn’t!

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 3: Pink Day at SCG

Citrus Bob was resplendent in pink at the SCG as he reports on today’s play and the Aussies’ ever dwindling fortunes.

Almanac (Country) Cricket: The national carnival is under way in the Goulburn Valley

One of Australia’s finest bush sports writers and photographers (helps to be an all-rounder up the bush) Peter Argent has jumped in the old Magna and made his way to Shepparton to cover the national country cricket carnival.

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Australia v India – Sydney, Day 2: The day the sky fell in

Fellow cricket lovers, you may say god save Virat Kohli but nothing will save Australia. Citrus Bob reports on a disappointing performance from Australia as India takes a stranglehold on day 2 of the Sydney Test.

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 2:  Pujara and Pant produce punishing performances

Pujara, Pant and Jadeja produce punishing performances on day 2 to put India in the box seat of the Fourth Test in Sydney.

Almanac Cricket: Luigi returns!

Luigi the fruiterer has finally felt he has to say something about Australian cricket. He’s back – and he’s not happy.

Australia v India – Sydney, Day 1: India continue on their merry way

India are 2 – 1 entering the final Test of what has been a great series and in the long term will be seen as the series that changed the face of cricket for the better. Citrus Bob reports on day 1 from Sydney and asks who you think the top six players of the series have been.

Almanac Cricket: Two-Test tyros from the `80s until now

D.T. Hoban remembers the two-Test wonders for Australia. There are some names here you won’t have thought of for a while.

Almanac Teams: Where have all the Garys gone?

Gary Ablett Jnr and Gary Rohan may be the last Garys to play Australian Rules footy at the highest level. The name is on the verge of extinction and that is a shame reports Phil Dimitriadis. Phil has come with a team of Garys to acknowledge all the Garys that have played our great game. [This is such a good article we’ve published it twice – and we’ll keep both on the home page as we have comments on both – JTH]

Almanac Teams: A Team of Garys

What has happened to all the Garys? Phil Dimitriadis remembers some of the finest.

Almanac Music: Top Albums, EPs and gigs of 2018

What are your favourite albums and gigs for 2018? Luke Reynolds lists his standouts for 2018.

Almanac Cricket: Batsman or Batter?

When did the word batter take over from batsman in cricket vernacular? Citrus Bob is confronted by this question during a lull in the cricket at the ‘G.

Australia v India – MCG, Day 5: “All over Red Rover!”

All the talk overnight has been about the performance of Pat Cummins yesterday and the likely hood of changes for the 4th Test in Sydney. Citrus Bob presents his insights on Day 5 at the ‘G while waiting for the rain to clear, and eventually, India’s well deserved victory.

Almanac Art: Waiting for play to start at the MCG

Kate Birrell is at the cricket at the MCG on this final day, waiting for the rain to stop, the covers to come off and play to begin. This is how she has been filling in her time.

Australia v India – MCG, Day 4: “The drums of India are beating…..”

The drums of India were beating early this morning as their team zeroed in for victory but a sensational performance from Pat Cummins has muffled their beat, at least for the time being. Citrus Bob reports on day 4 at the ‘G.