Almanac Comedy: ‘Mo Goes to the Dogs’

Kevin Densley introduces an episode of the classic Australian radio comedy series, McCackie Mansion, from just after WW2, starring the legendary actor/comedian Mo. In this episode, Mo McCackie, his son, Young Harry, Uncle Horrible and Spencer the Garbageman go to the Harold Park dogs – KD describes it as “seven and a half minutes of hilarious, nostalgic joy”.

Round 4 – Sydney v Essendon: I have no nails left after yet another classic!

Another nail-biting classic between the Swans and Bombers as Sydney hang on for a three point win. Caspar McLeod reports.

Almanac Footy (and Life): A sense of perspective

Patrick O’Brien’s two favourite teams, Arsenal and St Kilda, endured horror Easter weekends on the field. He was distraught but two pieces of reading recalibrated his thoughts and challenged him to take a new perspective.

Balcony Banter: Footy is back at the ‘G’

The return of footy to the MCG has, for some, an almost spiritual dimension. Two such insights appeared recently on the MCG Members’ blog Balcony Banter.

Almanac Footy History: The Crapp Chronicles Part 8 – Assaulting a Crapp

Tim Guys returns with Part 8 of his series about Ivo Crapp whose umpiring in the 1904 Round 10 clash between Geelong and Carlton had courtroom consequences.

Round 4 – Sal’s Preview: The return of the spearhead and local footy

After a series of ‘bags’ last weekend, Sal thinks that ‘the age of the spearhead’ may have returned to the footy. He also casts his eye over the fields at Randwick.

Almanac Rugby League: Meeting Tommy Raudonikis after the 1981 Grand Final

Wayne Ball goes back to his childhood to recall his memory of ‘the people’s champion’, Tommy Raudonikis.

Almanac Rugby League: Iosia Soliola, a legend on and off the field!

‘Iosia Soliola is one of the most well-regarded rugby league players I have ever encountered personally or heard of. He was (and is) an absolute champion of a fellow with the Sydney Roosters, Newtown Jets, St Helens and the Canberra Raiders.’ Here’s why!

Book Release: ‘War Games’ by Ron Reed

The most recent book by veteran journalist Ron Reed is called ‘War Games’ which deals with his father’s wartime experiences in Japan, and the plan Ron had to honour those memories with one last trip to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 5: Is there more to this competition than meets the eye?

Are the Dragons going to confound the ‘experts’? What are the Titans made of, and do the Sharks have enough teeth to maul the Roosters? Ian Hauser previews the NRL’s Round 5.

The Furphy Literary Award 2021

Entries for the Furphy Literary Award for 2021 close on April 30. More details in this post.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Tom Raudonikis

Tommy Raudonikis, champion halfback for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Newtown Bluebaggers, NSW and Australia, and larger-than-life rugby league icon, has passed away aged 70. Ian Hauser pays tribute to the little Aussie battler who never took a backward step.

Round 3 – GWS v Melbourne: Sunday Night Lights

On a warm (for Autumn) Canberra evening, with Manuka a picture, William Westerman sees the emerging Dees deal with the battling Giants.

Almanac Rugby League: …and then Tommy scored

As his tribute on the passing of Tommy Raudonikis, Neill Jones revisits that day in 1981 when Tommy starred for the Newtown Bluebaggers but could not stop Parramatta from winning the Grand Final.

Seve – Part 4: The Green Jackets

Seve Ballesteros’ Green Jackets, as told by Deakin University student Connor Schmidtke, in the fourth of his eight-part series on one of the most-loved golfers of all time.

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 11 1952: Essendon v Geelong – A draw… but Geelong’s undefeated run continues

Another encounter with Coleman’s Essendon sees Geelong’s run severely threatened. Peter Clark’s series on the record breaking Cats of 1952-53 continues.

On the rise but just short of finals action: Fitzroy’s promising 1982 season

Philip Mendes provides us with an epic re-cap of Fitzroy’s 1982 season

Round 3 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Made a nightmare of it

Like many Collingwood supporters, Danielle Hakim was stunned by the Lions goal after the siren to pinch the game away from the Pies. Danielle expresses her thoughts and frustrations in her report.

The Unsung – Round 3: Sam Wicks and Harrison Jones

Deakin Uni student Chris Mangos’ third weekly column ‘The Unsung’, featuring young, up-and-coming footy stars Sam Wicks and Harrison Jones.

The Beeaanly Bugle: The Beeaans Go Bang!

Connor Hoetzel’s local basketball team The Beeaans have their first win in this week’s column of The Beeaanly Bugle. [Great pics – Ed]