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.

‘Fired by passion…..’ – by Simone Kerwin, courtesy of KB Hill

KB Hill recently invited Simone Kerwin to tell the tale of Wangaratta’s Julian Corboy, master farrier.

Almanac Football – Most Improved and Most Dedicated for the Osaka Dingoes

The AFL’s keenest Japanese fan, Yoshi, tells us about his first year with the code – and how he came up trumps at the Osaka Dingoes’ end of season awards. Well done, Yoshi, and congratulations from all at The Almanac.

Almanac (Footy) Memoir: The day I met Captain Blood

Murray Walding comes from a Richmond family. This is his story of meeting Jack Dyer. [Brilliant atmospheric description – Ed]

Australia v India – Perth, Day 5: The Australians mop up

Bob Utber enjoys his stroll to The ARK and then watches Australia tidy up the Indian innings for a fine victory.

Pub Review: The Cumberland, Glanville

So, if you’ve a raging thirst, or you want to hear one, then this pub is right there. And, should you wish, you can catch a train. Mickey Randall reviews The Cumberland Hotel in Glanville.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v India Test series: Thank god we met Kohli!

After a day of escalating inter-team on-field antics, things could be, and were, worse

Australia v India – Perth, Day 4: “It’s all happening!”

Citrus Bob reports on another enthralling day of Test cricket as the Aussies edge closer to victory over India.

Australia v India – Perth, Day 3: Brilliant contest

Citrus Bob is captivated by another superb day of Test cricket as the Indians do the best they can to get back into the contest. And should Virat Kohli’s masterful innings have been ended as it was?

Australia v India – Perth, Day 2: Tension in The Ark

Cirus Bob Utber makes his way to The Ark. He describes a brilliant, even day of test cricket, where the Indian skipper led the fightback.

Australia v India – Perth Test, Day1: A nose in front?

Citrus Bob reports from Perth on Day 1 of the Second Test between Australia and India.

Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club November Review

Catch up on all the latest happenings at the Pomborneit Cricket Club with the Bulls November review.

The Eagles Almanac Launch – photos

Some photos taken at the launch of The Eagles Almanac at the North Fitzroy Arms on Wednesday night.

VAFA Media Awards “Best Online Feature Story” 2018 – Williamstown CYMS AFC: Into The Ammos!

Great news. Smokie Dawson has won the 2018 VAFA media award for “Best online feature story.” We first published it here in May. The story of Williamstown CYMS AFC; a history of the club’s inception into the VAFA. Here it is.

A meditation on this Australia. Australia v India: this near wild heaven

David Wilson leans on R.E.M. in this meditation on Australia, 2018 – the place, the idea, the “vibe” that represented Australian men’s cricket this past week in Adelaide.

Party! Dec 12. The Eagles Almanac Melbourne Launch

Our end of year function – the launch of The Eagles Almanac 2018 and Almanac Christmas Drinks all rolled into one night – will be held on Dec 12 at the North Fitzroy Arms. All welcome. Details in this post. [Free event of course – drinks at pub prices. Comp pub nibblies.]

‘…..SPUD……….’ – KB Hill

There’s no stopping KB Hill. This time he profiles a real character from Wangaratta – Renato Leonardo Patat, better known as ‘Spud’. Comparisons with Nino Culotta aren’t far off the mark!