Switching football loyalties: Transitioning from the Fitzroy Lions to the North Melbourne Kangaroos, 1997

Following Fitzroy’s demise at the end of 1996, Philip Mendes switched allegiances. Here he gives a round-by-round account of his first season supporting the Kangaroos.

Australia v India – Third Test, Sydney: A call for writers

Aspiring cricket writers out there are invited to join the Almanac’s cricket guru, Citrus Bob Utber, to provide daily reports from this week’s Third Test between Australia and India from the SCG.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Gravel Bay’ – Tommy Mallet

There is nothing better than a dip in the ocean after a day’s work. Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Gravel Bay’ reflects the serenity of this feeling.

Almanac Footy History: The Crapp Chronicles Part 6 – Ivo Crapp v Dick Condon

Tim Ghys presents The Crapp Chronicles Part 6 which looks at the story behind the conflict between Ivo Crapp and Dick Condon.

Almanac Poetry (and Food): Stargazy Pie

Fish gazing heavenwards out of a pie? Of course! In this poem, Kevin Densley draws on his inner Cornishman (he does have some Cornish ancestry) to describe this unusual dish.

Almanac Life: Longing for the open road

Born to travel, Nicole Kelly hit the bitumen alone and unbridled in the waning weeks of 2020. Beechworth in the heart of Kelly Country was her destination, but this story is mainly about the journey and trips that came before.

Almanac Music: Vale Gerry Marsden

Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the iconic 60s British band Gerry and the Pacemakers, had died aged 78. Ian Hauser still gets the tingles when he hears their iconic songs as he explains in this tribute.

Almanac Music: Top Albums of 2020

Luke Reynolds runs through his favourite albums of 2020. What were your favourites?

Almanac Cricket – A trip down memory lane: Recalling iconic Australian cricket incidents from 25 years ago

It’s 25 years ago tonight that Michael Bevan smashed a last-ball boundary to give Australia an ODI win over West Indies. It left a mighty impression on the then 13-year-old Liam Hauser.

Almanac Music: Australian Summer Songs – Name a Personal Classic.

Summer, memories and music go together so well. In this piece, KD asks Almanackers for a favourite summer song, a ‘personal classic’, and provides one of his own.

Book Review: ‘Lament’ by Nicole Kelly

Mickey Randall reviews fellow Almanacker Nicole Kelly’s recent release ‘Lament’.

Almanac Life: What A Year!

Former Almanac work-experience kid Bridget Schwerdt’s 2020 didn’t turn out as expected. [Congratulations Bridget – well done. Ed]

Almanac Life: A Short Note to 2020.

2020 was a year like no other but Dips O’Donnell is optimistic for 2021.

‘Boony and the curator…….’ by KB Hill

John Hill has had a huge career in the WDCA, both on and off the field. Wangaratta’s leading sports historian, KB Hill, recounts a life in cricket.

Australia v India – Second Test Review: Inept Aussies lose a battle of intent

Where did Australia go wrong? Where did India go right? Sean Mortell offers his views.

Almanac Book Review: ‘The Definitive Rulebook’ by Malcolm Ashwood

Almanac regular Malcolm ‘Rulebook’ Ashwood has just released a book of his interviews with sportspeople. Fellow ‘Knacker Luke Reynolds reviews it.

Almanac Teams: The best bunioned left footers on the non-preferred

Tony Newport, with a funny team of a sort. Perhaps we take this as a comment on AFL footy writing in the silly season? (You be the judge – Ed).

Australia v India – Second Test Day 4: India finishes the job

Bob Utber was there to see India put the finishing touches on a series-levelling victory.

Australia v India – Second Test: Simply being at the G is what has mattered!

Jan Courtin recounts the trials and tribulations of getting to the MCG, entering the ground, and happenings within the ground but she enjoyed being in the crowd for three days of the Boxing Day Test.

Balcony Banter: My First Test – Australia v India, MCG, February, 1948

Citrus Bob Utber recalls the first ever Test match he witnessed, Australia v India MCG 1948. It is a classic!