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Train to Kandy

by Bob Utber Forget about the cricket, the train trip from Colombo Fort to Kandy was worth its weight in chocolates. The British (as the locals call them) built the railway in the 1860’s as their route to the tea plantations that they were establishing.  The engineering skills of the Brits can still be seen. [Read more]

True Blue Siddle

   by Bob Utber You can take the boy out of the bush but you can’t take the bush out of the boy. So it is with Peter Siddle. When he saw me on Day 1 that cheeky grin came over his face and he first words were “what the hell  are you doing here? [Read more]

Millewa League Grand Final

  from Bob Utber   Millewa League Grand Final at Lake Cullulleraine – something different – no club out there, beautiful scenery.  Real old fashion footy (see my article last year on preliminary final)   If interested :- *    I could arrange accommodation on houseboat/s *    Dinner at Stefano Di Peiros’ *    Visits to wineries, *    [Read more]

Book Line-Up

2011   Round 24   Carlton v St. Kilda                               Joseph Walker Port Adelaide v Melbourne                 Julian Morison Western Bulldogs v Fremantle           Tom Riordan Sydney v Brisbane                             Chris Bracher West Coast Eagles v Adelaide           Callum O’Connor Collingwood v Geelong                       Ben Jensen Richmond v North Melbourne            Paul [Read more]

Time for a change, Andrew

 by Bob Utber After spending an enthralling 10 hours (yes, I watched the replay just in case!) watching the final round of The Masters at Augusta I believe that Andrew Demetriou must make some urgent changes to this year’s Grand Final. We already have one momentous change playing the big game in October but I [Read more]

My Grand Final

by Bob Utber I decided on Friday night that I would line up at 4.00am instead of the original time of 5 as I had every reason to think that there might be a crowd already. Driving through the streets of East Melbourne it was hard to find a parking spot and I took a [Read more]

Great day out at “The Lake”

by Bob Utber Lake Cullulleraine is “dead centre” between Renmark in South Australia and Mildura 58 kilometres either way on the Sturt Highway with virtually nothing in between.  The township of “the Lake” has a permanent population of 78 with itinerant workers living on the Lake’s shores taking the population to over the 100 mark. [Read more]

Launch: An Adelaide trip with a few twists

By Bob Utber With the Copenhagen climate summit in full swing as I wandered down from Mildura to Adelaide last week, I could not help but notice the way in which country clubs in South Australia and Victoria look after their sporting ovals.  Indeed some of the finest grounds are along the highway between Mildura [Read more]

What were your favourite Almanac pieces of 2009?

This is not a forum for ranking. However, one of the pitfalls of this fantastic site is that so many articles can appear and then be smothered soon after. In the spirit of end of year lists, I wish to highlight some of my memorable reads from in 2009.

General Footy Writing: More attention should be given to footy’s dams as well as sires

By Bob Utber If footballers where racehorses we would always know their sire and dam, wouldn’t we? Pakenham is probably the best-known racing town outside metropolitan Melbourne. It’s the home of that great racing family, the Bourkes, one of whom,  incidentally, is married to the caretaker North Melbourne coach Darren Crocker.

General Footy Writing: Life is confusing when you’re a Cat at the Cattery and you’re barracking for the Crows

By Bob Utber I need to speak to Mr John Harms. I think that with his understanding of life  he is the only one who can sort me out. I went to the president’s lunch at the Cattery last Saturday as a guest of the former mayor of Geelong, Bruce Harwood.  Nothing odd in that, [Read more]

Local Footy: Peat Bog Champions emerge from Cora Lynn to put stamp on the game

By Bob Utber Those in the know acknowledge that Cora Lynn has the best football ground in Victoria, nay, Australia. With its peat bog soil it can take six inches of rain and you still do not get muddy. A huge amphitheatre, the ground is famous for staging the Grand Finals of the former West [Read more]


2011 Round 7 Port Adelaide vs. Hawthorn Merryn Sherwood Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney Swans Manuka Oval  David Butler Geelong Cats vs. North Melbourne Skilled Stadium Craig Down Richmond vs. Fremantle MCG Michael Allan Gold Coast Suns vs. Brisbane Lions Tim Pekin Essendon vs. West Coast Eagles  Andrew Else Melbourne vs. Adelaide Crows MCG Steve Healy St. Kilda [Read more]

Almanac Cricket – Australia v Pakistan: First Test – The ‘Gabba Blog

The 2019/20 Summer of Test cricket gets underway this morning at the ‘Gabba and the Almanac continues its practice of giving you the opportunity to add your comments via our rolling blog as play unfolds.

Nostradamus Speaks

‘Citrus Bob’ Utber gives us his bold predictions for AFL season 2017. Let’s see how his thoughts hold-up at the end of year.

Travel Almanac: Saturday in VB

More observations from Villers-Bretenneux by Citrus Bob.

The Ashes – Second Test wrap: England Cooked: Bell’s Lyth hangs in the Ballance

A considered reflection on the second Ashes Test from ‘Cricket Froth’ – Pat White. While England has some selection issues facing them as the series moves to Edgbaston, rest assured she’ll be a pretty hot third test.

SCG Test, Australia v India – Day Two: When Citrus Met Blowers (Fashion Worlds Collide)

Conformity abounds: Two of cricket’s most colourful correspondents – Henry ‘My dear old Thing’ Blofeld and ‘Citrus Bob’ Utber – lament the lack of colour, expression and daring when it comes to mens fashion. Oh, and cricket…