Almanac Athletics: Track Scars

Our own Jake ‘Cobba’ Stevens was fast enough to compete at the 2021 Australian Track & Field Championships in Sydney. In the semi-finals of the 800m event, Cobba got to experience the full range of emotions that competitive racing can bring for aspiring Olympians.

Round 5 – St Kilda v Richmond: Extremely disappointing and devastating loss

It was a tough time for Yoshi, who saw his Saints get crushed by Richmond on Thursday night footy. Bemoaning his side’s inadequacies, Yoshi calls for a tougher response against Port Adelaide next week.

Almanac Life: The end of civilisation as we have known it?

Roy Hay laments ‘The Conversation’ having to remove all debates on Indigenous affairs, and instead turns his eyes to the Almanac’s community feel.

Almanac (Footy) Book: A copy of Peter Lalor’s ‘Ron Barassi’

Dan Hoban stumbled upon Peter Lalor’s book on Ron Barassi. From there, Dan’s affection for the VFL/ AFL legend only grew.

Round 1 – …and Horse Racing: Sal’s Preview – A busy return to action

Sal Ciardulli is back for 2021 with a massive preview of the AFL’s opening round and the weekend racing action.

Almanac Tennis: Ant bed nation – why Australian tennis owes the termite

With the topic of ant bed tennis courts running hot on the Almanac in recent weeks, Michael Sexton delves into the career of one of Queensland’s finest tennis players in Mal Anderson, and the influence growing up of the famous ant beds.

Almanac Poetry: Bob Craig’s Funeral

In this Tuesday’s poem, Kevin Densley recalls a small, particularly sad funeral he attended (the real name of the deceased has been changed), many years ago, where a notable local sportsman gave a memorable eulogy.

Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: Facebook on my mind

The recent Facebook changes didn’t just impact the Almanac – partner site Stereo Stories also had to work out a way forward. Site founder Vin Maskell ruminates on an interesting week and a slow return to normality.

Almanac Teams: The Eclectic Six (1980- )

Rodney Boyd has returned with a deep dive into VFL/ AFL history, pulling out some forgotten names who happened to pull on the number six jumper at some stage in their career.

Almanac Life: Things I Like

In an extensive list of moments, people and ideas that ranges from Shane Warne to garfish, Mickey Randall’s list of things he likes is entertaining to follow.

Almanac Cricket: 36 into 11 won’t go

After seeing Australia select 36 players for two separate tours in the coming months, Citrus Bob has his (rather outraged) say on the decision to enlist so many troops.

Almanac Book Launch: ‘Born Lucky: The story of Jack Potter, Australia’s finest 12th man’

Get along to the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club for the official book launch and lunch of the autobiography of Jack Potter, one of Australia’s finest cricketers never to play Test cricket.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Port Adelaide v North Melbourne: Pain, pain and more pain

Politics and footy are eternally linked for Tony Roberts. In 2007 he was left bemoaning the latter when the Roos came crashing down to Earth in their Preliminary Final against the Power.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Port Adelaide v North Melbourne: Might and power

Local Adelaide guru John Kingsmill watched Port Adelaide trounce the Kangaroos en route to the 2007 Grand Final. A powerful display brought down the curtains on the career of Glenn Archer.

Round 8 – Port Adelaide v St Kilda: Membrey’s acrobatic goal of the century highlights a pulsating win

St Kilda’s win on Saturday night was already impressive enough, but Braham Dabscheck was left astounded by the soccer-like genius of Tim Membrey late in the last quarter.

Round 6 – Richmond v Sydney: Disinterest

It was only a fortnight ago, but Paddy Grindlay’s tale of watching Richmond play Sydney at a Victorian pub hurts those left in lockdown. From young teenage life stories to a flowing tab, Paddy’s story has it all on a difficult day for a Tigers fan.

Round 5 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: Top of the Table – a Story of Two Defences

After Brisbane’s resounding victory over Port Adelaide (typified by Brisbane’s superior defence), Royboy Phil Hill is extremely confident in their chances for season 2020.

Round 5 – West Coast v Sydney: There’s been a long time between drinks!

Cathi Johnston was nervous about her Eagles’ poor start to 2020. A massively improved performance on Saturday against Sydney gave her reason to hope that a return to Optus Stadium could kickstart West Coast’s season.

Round 5 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: Where does that leave us now?

With the crowds back and some free-flowing footy being played, Sam Evans is loving the Lions’ approach to the 2020 season. Their win against the ladder-leading Port Adelaide gave him hope.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 14 – Richmond v North Melbourne: What to do with Richo?

Paul Daffey finishes off the 2007 Heritage Round with a recount of North Melbourne’s easy win over the Tigers, which prompted Richmond fans to either love or loathe their favourite son.