Almanac Life: Tony Dell – Soldier in a Baggy Green finds peace at last

Ron Reed discusses Tony Dell’s short Test career sadly thwarted by PTS, a consequence of his tour of duty as a conscript in the Vietnam War. Unknowingly Tony suffered from PTS for four decades until his recent recovery which is told in a forthcoming book, ‘And Bring The Darkness Home: The Tony Dell Story’ by Greg Milam.

Graeme Watson (Don’t leave it too late)

John Gordon remembers the late Graeme Watson, who was a big early influence during his teenage years in Perth.

Almanac Life – Paying Homage to the great DK Lillee

‘Smokie’ Dawson takes us on a tour of the statues of his adolescent heroes, DK Lillee and Malcolm Blight, and relates a close encounter with the great fast bowler.

Almanac History – January 30 over the years

The Almanac investigates January 30 – major events, births, cricket and the arts. There are too many to choose from, but Ian Hauser remembers some that left an impression on him.

The Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test: Oval-teamie, The Oval Australian Test XI

Dave Brown has selected an Australian Test X1 based upon their performances playing at The Oval.

Book Review – Golden Boy by Christian Ryan: When dreams come true

To mark the occasion of Christian Ryan’s ‘Golden Boy’ being declared Wisden’s best-ever cricket book, Les Everett reprises his insightful review of that book. (Kim Hughes was someone Les had personal experience of – Ed).

Almanac Cricket – Lillee v Cummins: the competition no one needs to have

Dave Brown crunches the numbers on a question there’s no need to ask but gets asked anyway

Almanac (Australian) Cricket: Beset by crisis because the system is spoiled

This is the regression we had to have.  In ironmike20’s life, Australian cricket has suffered three great crises and rebounded.  This crisis is self-inflicted, but a setback is an opportunity for a comeback.  The Aussies have done it before and can do it again a passionate Mike claims.

Almanac Cricket: An Australian side from L

Glen! is on the (cricket) ball early today starting a run of themed cricket teams. He begins with a team of Ls to mark the debut of Marnus Labuschagne. One selection might send you scurrying to your Wisden.

Wests Juniors Australian Football Club (WJAFC) 90th Anniversary Keynote

Turning 50, Geoff Woolcock has pulled some thoughts together about the significance of local community and junior footy while reflecting upon his long and distinguished footy career.

Almanac Cricket: Wayne Phillips – 159 On Test Debut

Malcolm Rulebook Ashwood pays tribute to the career, life and humour of South Australian left-hander Wayne Phillips, who famously made a brilliant 159 on his Test debut.

The false hope of King Arthur, the Border wars and the collapse of the Lehmann Brothers – a plea against insider training

Crankypete looks at cricket history. And at today.

He concludes: “So either these guys in Australian cricket are duds at hist0ry. Or have just found a convenient way of getting their mates into a team, against a hapless opponent.”

Discuss.

Almanac Cricket: Peace and war; a selection minefield – 1979-80 revisited.

Peter Warrington looks at what transpired in and around the 1979-80 Test series (England and West Indies toured that summer), the first series after the WSC split. Great memories. Intriguing analysis.

Round 4 – Adelaide v Essendon: Betts & Walker the New Beethoven & Mozart

Tex Walker and Sir Edward Betts combine in perfect symphony to crush Essendon. As always, Malcolm Rulebook Ashwood is on hand with a comprehensive match report.

Caught Lillee Bowled Marsh

Rod Marsh bowling at the WACA with Dennis Lillee keeping? Damian Balassone faces up to this reverse combination in his latest short poetry piece.

It’s Just Not Cricket

Robbo suggests how debilitating it can be to always seek to find blame in someone or something else, in particular with regards to specific sporting issues, and the difficulty there is in resolving a satisfactory outcome for those same issues.

Grand Final Preview: Sal’s predictions, and thoughts about other sports as well.

For all thoughts in football, cricket, rugby, and horseracing, Sal has all the tips for you.

Sport’s Many Cups Runneth Over, and Over

Jeff Dowsing muses on the supply-side economics of professional sport; “Give us time to miss you…”