Almanac Poetry: Fighting Words

This poem by Kevin Densley concerns his father, poetry, reading and a boxing great. [Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this contains the image of a deceased person.]

Almanac Boxing: Why does society put up with the brutal sport of boxing?

Jan Courtin has little to no time for boxing, a ‘so-called sport’ that she believes should be banned. She asks what do fans (and society) see in this sport where ‘prolonged and repeated brutal behaviour by one person upon another’ is encouraged?

Top 21 Indigenous sporting people of all time

In this NAIDOC week, Citrus Bob Utber has named his Top 21 Indigenous sports stars of all time. What do you think?

Boxing: Happy Birthday Slim


Lionel Rose would have celebrated his 66th birthday on June 21. Patrick Skene tells the story of how he was part of Lionel’s 60th birthday celebrations in Sydney. (An Almanac Classic)

Crio’s Question: Sporting legends

Blokes can be sporting legends even when you don’t know about their “back story” or individual achievements.
I thought of this last week upon hearing of the passing of Jack Rennie. Any others?

Lionel Rose Radio Tribute

A young bloke having a go

The news of the passing of Lionel Rose was very sad indeed and brought back a few memories.   I was appointed to Yallourn North Primary School in the early 1960’s and every now and then I would head back to Melbourne for the odd weekend.  One Sunday afternoon on my way back to Yallourn I [Read more]

Ron Casey’s call of the Rose-Harada fight in `68

Folks (radio link follows) In tribute to Lionel Rose….. have a listen to this call of the last round and the decision of his world title fight with Fighting Harada in Tokyo in 68 I was 14 at the time and listened to it broadcast down a phone line from Tokyo on my transistor. I think I [Read more]

Essendon, West Coast and Lionel

Once upon a time, a mate of mine and I created the “Let the Eagles Fly at Yarraville Action Faction” for the” Coodabeen Champions”, at that stage broadcasting on 3RRR.  We got a few honourable mentions for our entries  and even had a victory one week.  I would still like to see the Yarraville VFA [Read more]