Almanac History: Yahl – South Australia

Ever heard of Yahl, South Australia? In this Friday’s column, KD writes about the place and its close connection to the German branch of his family history.

Almanac Footy – SAPSASA Football Team 1973: Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson was selected for the SA Primary Schools footy side in 1973. He wants to find out who else was in this team photo. Can you help?

Almanac Beer Review: Prancing Pony and Smiling Samoyed at the Normanville pub

A kaleidoscopic spread of brews crossed the paths of Mickey Randall and Co. at Normanville’s historic pub; some were more palatable than others.

Almanac Poetry: Semaphore, Adelaide

Some places feel haunted by the past. In this week’s poem, Kevin Densley deals with one such location.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 12 – Port Adelaide v Essendon: Aggression beats Hird’s final Football Park hurrah

Port Adelaide rectified their form in season 2007 with a nervy win over Essendon. John Kingsmill watched the game from the stands, and objected to the way the Power faithful treated James Hird.

Almanac Obituaries: Colin Churchett

Colin Churchett, best known as a post-war Glenelg full forward, passed away in 2012. Mike Sexton paid tribute to him. (Reprised)

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 8 – Adelaide v Richmond: Falling into the trap of tempo footy

John Kingsmill ventured down to AAMI Park in Round 8, 2007, expecting to see Adelaide make light work of the Tigers. But he was surprised (and dismayed) by the tactics of the home side in a lethargic display of football.

Blindsided: a conversation overheard in a socially-distanced Adelaide meeting room

Dave Brown must have been hiding behind a strategically place pot plant (read that however you want to) when this conversation was held earlier today.

SA’s Lost Video Treasures – Vol 2: BetaMax

Swish has opened that other box of SA themed videos. Maybe he shouldn’t have. [But we’re glad he did – Ed].

SA’s Lost Video Treasures

Swish’s recent clean up revealed a host of SA video history that was thought to have been forever lost or otherwise disposed of. Have you seen any of these before? [Swish really is the cultural historian SA deserves. This is brilliant – JTH]

Footy Park: farewell or good riddance?

As the final grandstands are demolished at Football Park, Dave Brown remembers the good and bad times, the SANFL Grand Finals, Modra, McLeod, chicken salt and the tarps at West Lakes. What are your memories of Football Park?

Almanac Book Review: Adelaide Sporting Sites by Bernard Whimpress, Santo Caruso and individual contributors

Bernard Whimpress, Santo Caruso and a band of contributors have compiled a history of Adelaide sporting sites. Peter Crossing reviews a book he finds rich in detail and historical knowledge.

SANFL – 140 years of football in South Australia Exhibition

The SANFL through its History Committee and in conjunction with the State Library of South Australia is holding a major exhibition to commemorate 140 years of football in South Australia.

Almanac Music – Jazz and Me

While Mickey Randall’s own music career was fleeting, once he found jazz he found a love that was enduring. From his youth in Kapunda, his Mum & Dad’s jazz records showed him there was a bigger world out there to visit.

Boundary Writer: Graeme Hugo and the science of football recruiting zones

A fascinating tribute from Mike Hugo to his uncle, the late Professor Graeme Hugo AO and the ground breaking work of the Adelaide University Geography Department in bringing science to the vexed issue of football recruiting zones

SANFL Grand Final: Last Day at Football Park

Bernard Whimpress honours the passing of Football Park in Adelaide, after Sunday’s SANFL Grand Final. Memories of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly that would fill a dozen spaghetti westerns.

King George Whiting and the Jumbo Prince

A day’s fishing near Tumby Bay takes an unexpected turn for Michael Sexton and his mates when SANFL great Rick Davies (inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame) drops into the pub that night. As it turns out, Davies doesn’t mind a yarn.

AFL Round 8 Adelaide v St.Kilda: Crow me a river

St.Kilda have made their last trip to Football Park. Praise be, says David Downer. Praise be.

HALL OF FAME – Graham Cornes

  I am sure there are plenty of Victorians wondering how Graham Cornes made it into the AFL Hall Of Fame given his less than memorable 5 game career for North Melbourne in 1979 (admittedly he was 31 by then). Some may assume that there is a quota required to be reached (e.g. non-Victorians must [Read more]


By Peter Argent While the famed Festival Fringe had many acts playing around the Adelaide CBD on Saturday evening, February 25, at the home of SA sport, there was plenty of theatre as well. For South Australia they had a Doctor who was trying prove he still had what it takes to impact for his [Read more]