The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 18 – Melbourne v Sydney: A haphazard trip to Manuka

Like many of the opposition’s fans, Cameron Noakes traipsed to the snow in 2007. A bet on the Swans proves to be astute in a dismal clash for the Dees in the nation’s capital.

Almanac Local Footy – Community football: Nothing better

Anne Cahill Lambert fulfilled her duties as an aunt on a cold Canberra day, trekking down to Phillip Oval to watch her niece compete for an improbable Grand Final berth.

Round 21 – GWS v Hawthorn: Records Tumble

Multiple records tumbled, along with the snow, at the Giants v Hawthorn match in Canberra – both on and off the field. The observant Edward P Olsen ensures that we appreciate their full array, even if not all of them will find a place in the official records.

Round 7 – GWS v St Kilda: We Haven’t Got the Close One

Manuka Oval in Canberra is superbly suited to Saturday afternoon football, as William Westerman reports. But as a neutral observer he was hoping for a closer game.

Almanac (Cricket) Reflection: Taking the kid to the Test

Taking his 7 year old son to his first Test match at Manuka reminded Edward P. Olsen of his own experiences of his first Test match. And, the speed of parenthood is also brought clearly home to him as he reflected. Beautiful piece.

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 1: Aussie ton drought breaks

After early wobbles, Australia’s batsmen rediscovered the art of Test century-making. Citrus Bob Utber was on the spot to report.

Round 21 – GWS v Adelaide: The View From Jenkins’ Hill

William Westerman, an Englishman and 13,247 others walked into Manuka Oval. At the end of the night, the joke was on Adelaide as their campaign for the 2018 finals came to an end while GWS kept marching towards a top 4 spot.

Round 1 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: A windy day in Canberra

William Westerman files from “convivial” and “intimate” Manuka Oval, Canberra. While the Dogs’ premiership was just 23 games ago, this game was dominated by the Giants.

AFL Round 4 – GWS v Port Adelaide: The Gray Area

Sean Mortell reports on a Giants win in the frosty Canberra air.

AFLW Round 7 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: Footy Fairness

Classy piece from Seadog about heading to Manuka in Canberra with his daughter Audrey.

Round 19 – Greater Western Sydney v Richmond: Notes from a Visitor

Notes from Manuka. Peter Vine is in Canberra visiting Canberra and forks out the hard-earned to watch a very good footy side against very ordinary opposition.

Round 19 – Greater Western Sydney v Richmond: A Giant dilemma

Well, after the Great Richmond Disappointment of 2015, and all the excuse-making, why wouldn’t you sign up with the Giants! That’s exactly what Gill Dite did. [This is interesting – and is sure to generate comment! Ed]

Round 19 – GWS v Richmond: The final insult

Paddy Grindlay begins reading “Finding Jack Dyer” but he’s nowhere to be found in Canberra

Round 2 – GWS v Geelong: Prophetic

Canberra turned on a perfect autumn afternoon, the game was a sell-out and Geelong was smashed at the stoppages.

Canberra Day – a celebration of the capital’s home ground and “local” team

Canberra turns 103 today. Manuka Oval has been a constant for 85 of them. Now the second home of the GWS Giants, will Canberra let it grow? Let us hope so

Almanac Cricket: A bit of diversity and respect, please

Swinging the ball between seething and high dudgeon, Anne Cahill Lambert makes strong cases for more women’s voices in the commentary box, the boardroom and for more international cricket at Manuka Oval

Going to the Footy at Manuka (a.k.a StarTrack Oval, but only on game day)

For the uninitiated; Bruce Kennedy supplies you with this handy cheat-sheet of what to expect when breaking your maiden status at Manuka for AFL footy. It’s not exactly glowing in praise, but proof that local knowledge goes a long way.

Round 17 – GWS v Geelong: They Call the Wind….*

GWS supporter Steve Duffy’s day ended in disappointment as he saw his Giants go down to the Cats, after he took the bus to the nation’s capital from Sydney.

Round 4 – GWS v Gold Coast: Shiel scythes through and Cameron displays full repertoire.

Former Crows, now Giants supporter Peter Crossing discusses how the game between the Giants and the Suns at Manuka Oval ended in a one sided contest as his Giants did a number on the Suns.

Round 4 – GWS v Gold Coast: Gnats become Giants

Author Tony Robb gives his take on the special day which is Anzac Day and how he believes the Giants, through their smashing of the Suns have gone past them in the clash of the expansion clubs in Canberra.