Vale, my first true love…

The first flush of young love consumes you, body and soul writes Earl O’Neill. Movingly, he reflects on the life of that young love Wendy who recently lost her battle with cancer.

Australia v India – MCG, Day 2: “It was bound to happen!”

It was bound to happen reports Citrus Bob. The outcry from the general public and cricket personalities today about the state of the wicket at the G would match anything The Donald has to say in a State of the Union speech. Citrus reports from day 2 at the MCG.

Boxing Day Test – Melbourne Concrete and Gravel

Peter Baulderstone celebrates the return to a traditional Australian wicket at Melbourne Concete and Gravel. Premier Daniel Andrews has guaranteed that Victoria will hold the traditional Boxing Day wake for the rest of the millennium. Australia yawns.

Almanac A-League: Victory v Glory Heavyweight battle that could save the A-League

As the current A-league season meanders along there are two teams that have been the standouts of the competition as DrCruel73 explains.

Simon Phillips – Flipper, you’re a ripper!

Rulebook bids a fond farewell (as a Norwood footballer) to one of the most exciting players to pull on the red socks in the club’s recent history

Australia v India – MCG, Day 1: It’s Christmas

Why is it we stuff ourselves every Christmas Day?  Citrus Bob ponders this question as he heads to the cricket on day 1 at the G before watching a sedate day’s play on a lifeless deck.

“I can’t wait to see us bowl, Dad”

The love of Test cricket, in fact all forms of cricket by his young son has been a joy to behold for Edward P Olsen as he explains.

A team that flew the coop, soaring high in the sky

Glen has called upon our fair feathered friends to come up with a footy team of an avian theme. Have any flown the coop and missed the team?

Almanac Pro-running: Paul Young’s (epic) 2018 Bay Sheffield Form Guide

This epic tome conveys the form of every nominee for this year’s time-honoured Bay Sheffield at Colley Reserve, Glenelg. It’s worth the read just for Paul Young’s similes regarding the chances of the battlers. [A mighty effort from this trainer – JTH]

Harry Simington: Roaring Lion to kick goals and Rising Sun to be drafted

During an Osaka Dingoes training session, Yoshi met and interviewed Harry Simington, then Gold Coast Suns Academy player, who dreams of being recruited by an AFL club.

Almanac Cricket – Interview with Jason Sangha

Following Jason Sangha’s thrilling burst onto the Australian domestic cricket scene, Sean Mortell asked the former Australian Under-19 captain and current New South Wales player what it was like to break through and begin to make a name for himself in the cricketing world.

A Santa Sighting and the Tiger Train

Guess who Kate Birrell saw last night as she sat at the railway crossing in Glenhuntly Road waiting patiently for the Long Island steel train to pass? In her rear view mirror she spotted Santa in his bright red suit. He was cursing away at the incessant ding dinging and the outrageous length of time it was taking for the train’s fifty-five empty steel coil wagons to pass.

Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy” and me

Mickey Randall’s favourite Christmas song, Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy”, is twenty-two. But it seems as though it’s been around forever. Like Love Actually, which premiered in 2003, they’re both part of the festive furniture, and signal the season’s arrival. Mickey explains.

The All Victorian One Test 11 – just in time for Boxing Day

From the 70 players who only played one Test for Australia, Sean Curtain names an All Victorian One Test Eleven.

Celebrating a feast of Saint Davids

As a thankyou gesture, Gigs names a Saints team of Davids in honour of Almanacker David Downer.

Almanac Cricket- Back to the Tests

Les Everett explains his return to watching Test cricket live.

Almanac Surfing: Dips is up (for real)

Evidence of Dips O’Donnell as a genuine surfer has landed at Almanac HQ.

Almanac Basketball: Collingwood Wildbeasts meet some stars on their US tour.

Steve Earl with a quick update on the Collingwood Wildbeasts’ trip to the US where they’ve rubbed shoulders with some legendary American sporting figures.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 12: Drafting predators

A bit of John Lennon, a bit of Michael Clarke, a bit of IVA Richards and some theories of McGilchrist and Panksepp all make this piece, on predators and prey, in a sporting context, much food for thought.

Almanac Art: Nick Howson

Nick Howson’s paintings are held in prominent Australian collections. His art is best known for its sporting and historical themes. Check out some of Nick’s art here.