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The Artful Defender by KB Hill

Defenders aren’t traditionally the most popular heroes on-field, but some are exceptional – like Jim Sandral who played in one of the greatest of all time sides, Melbourne 1956. KB Hill shares his story from Corowa to getting lifts with Norm Smith to training and back again.

Finding form at the right time by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts the story of the 1978 Wangaratta Rovers side, a textbook example of ‘finding form’ when it counts the most.

The Wangaratta Flyer by KB Hill

This week’s KB Hill take us away from the footy field to around the track – featuring the indomitable Wangaratta Flyer, Thomas Cusack.

A star from the VFA’s halcyon days by KB Hill

This week’s KB Hill features Rod Cobain, who played in the VFL & VFA before heading up to Yarrawonga

“Be Home Before Dark……” by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts the long football history of the Gayfer clan, and the fortunes of the Rutherglen footy club. Two stories which reflect the ebbs and flows of a country footy fortunes.

The Cheerful Pocket Dynamo by KB Hill

“Jack Dillon is renowned for his story-telling. He doesn’t mind coating his yarns with a liberal dab of ‘mayonnaise’, but this one, he assures me, is spot-on.” And so begins another KB Hill country footy classic.

‘When Murmungee made the news…..” By KB Hill

Another KB Hill classic. This time, he recounts the football odyssey of Ovens and Murray League legend Ron Critchley.

Saint Rick Abdicates by KB Hill

KB Hill takes a slight diversion from the O&M this week (only slight, Wang does get a mention) to look at son of a gun and Territory footy champ, Rick Nolan

Wangaratta Jack by KB Hill

KB Hill on a truly great character of Wang, Jack Dick

Robbie Walker…what a corker! by KB Hill

The careers of country footballers who could’ve been goers in the big smoke – but never did – make for interesting tales. KB Hill tells of one of them: Wangaratta Rovers great, Robbie Walker

I don’t mind if you call me a Mallee boy by KB Hill

KB Hill’s story of a shy lad from the Mallee who rolled up to Arden Street as an observing university student and was playing for North just over a month after

A champ of football’s golden era by KB Hill

KB Hill has taken a look at the life and times of Albury legend and Essendon Hall of Famer, Jack Jones, shared with the Almanac here

The sad demise of trooper Le Brun by KB Hill

Shared with the Footy Almanac by KB Hill, this is the tale of Norman Le Brun, coach of Wangaratta’s historic 1937 premiership. A mere three years later, his career would be put on hold when he enlisted in the army…

The colourful, charismatic ‘K’ Mack by KB Hill

The Almanac welcomes the return of country footy writer par exellence, KB Hill. This time, we’re sharing his tale of one of the true characters of the Ovens & Murray league, Kevin Mack.

On reflection – Peter Harvey… and that imaginary white line – by KB Hill

KB Hill has seen a lot of north-east Victorian sport. Enjoy this tale of Peter Harvey – regional cricketer, footballer and international traveller. [We would love to hear from anyone who knows P Harvey – Ed].

The Boxing Journey Of Willie Perez by KB Hill

KB Hill introduces us to Willie Perez, who commenced his boxing career in Madrid as a teenager, rising up the ranks before eventually settling in Wangaratta.

Introducing KB Hill: father, sportsman, writer.

John Harms met KB Hill at his 70th birthday, and this is KB Hill’s first piece for the Almanac.

Horseracing: Barmy Oakbank and a wet Rosehill offer plenty

Turning my racing calendar to April has clarified the scheduling confusion caused by an “early Easter”. Monday, it seems, has been conceded to glorified midweekers at Moonee Valley and Canterbury and the AJC will get the subsequent three Saturdays for Randwick’s Autumn features. Easter Saturday is a racing bonanza, from the quirky Oakbank via some [Read more]

‘Louie’s 87…….And Still Kicking……’ – by K B Hill

KB Hill brings us the delightful story of Lou Cesa who, according to his wife Roma, is still kicking on at 87 and can’t get enough off the footy! Lou is yet another Wangaratta-based personality who personifies the success of immigrant families who have contributed so much to both our country and our game.

“The day ‘Chopsy’ joined the greats……..”: by K B Hill

Another great read from K B Hill, this time about Brendan McAuliffe, winner of The Warrnambool cycling race in 1995.