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 Music: Smoky Dawson’s ‘The Hero of the West’

At this time of the year, the hearts and minds of traditionalists turn to the Adelaide Oval and Rodney Marsh who made such an impression on the nation that Smoky Dawson produced this masterpiece (thanks to Graeme Orr and Australian Kitsch for alerting me to this).

Almanac Cricket – The all-time Australian men’s MCG XI: dodging the snorefest

It’s one thing to get the runs on the board on a flat deck, quite another when the game is in the balance. Dave Brown looks at the best men’s performances at the MCG over the years

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).

Adelaide Oval in the Eighties: Rodney Hogg, Adidas Romes and Mondo Rock

‘Our world was still wonderfully small, and for a few days every summer Adelaide Oval was at its centre.’ Mickey Randall revisits a well spent youth where heaven was a day out at the cricket for the lads from Kapunda.

Almanac (Cricket) Teams: My Least Favourite Australian Cricket Side

Phil Hill has picked a side of cricketers who have made him yell at the TV over the years.

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.

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.

Almanac Cricket – The best and worst* at the Gabba

In the lead up to the Gabba Test, Dave Brown looks at some of Australia’s good and not so good performers at the venue

Almanac Cricket: “Is this your fifty, mate?” A day at the Sheffield Shield

Tbone proves that a day out at the Sheffield Shield is worth more than the admission price.

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.

Almanac Cricket: An Australian WACA XI

Dave Brown looks at the numbers, and some other things, to pick an Australian XI for the WACA test

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.

Almanac Cricket: The reverse sweep and other phenomena

With the Aussie cricketers battling on the sub-continent, Peter Crossing makes a few salient points in relation to Australian Cricket’s health.

My Friend Flicka

Citrus Bob Utber tries valiantly to keep across three big sporting events from the weekend just past: the Wallabies in their quest for the Bledisloe Cup, Adam Goodes’ return to footy at Geelong and the demise of the Australians at Trent Bridge.

Rod Marsh – traitor and treason

Matt Watson has pulled the knife out of the back of the staggering Saints, wiped the blade, and plunged it into the front of Australian cricket traitor Rod Marsh,

Brushes with fame (or Never meet your heroes)

Ever been disappointed when one of your heroes is found to be something other than the image that you have formed (or he/she has allowed to be cultivated) – even worse, when you find this out first hand? Or pleasantly surprised when they turn out better than you had imagined?