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                          The Australian Open is on. Others play country tennis. Read Glen Natalier’s memories here.


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                          Almanac Cycling – Tour Down Under: Stage 3

                          Peter Baulderstone adds to his long list of expert commentary on sports he knows nothing about. Now adding cycling to his football and cricket portfolios with a week’s visit back to his South Australian roots to see the Tour Down Under.

                          ‘The Horseman……..’ by KB Hill

                          Peter McIntyre played in the Adelaide Crows’ very first match back in 1991. Footy and life have taken him in various directions ever since. KB Hill tells the tale of Peter’s perambulations.

                          Brains versus Brawn: What Wins in Sport – an example from the Australian Open

                          What wins in the end, Power or Skill, Brains or Brawn? It’s the age-old question. JuneeJunction adds a perspective from the freezing tundra of Arctic Canada.

                          Test Cricketers with German Origins

                          Glen! has been looking into his family origins and came up with group of Test players with Germanic origins. (Is this our first ‘creative team’ of the year? Ed.)

                          The Tent Hill Tennis Club

                          A beauty from Glen Natalier; memories of tennis in the Lockyer Valley [One of the kids in the photograph c1948 is Cecil Logan, my (late) uncle. He was as big a character as Uncle Stan. Glen Natalier, is a former teaching colleague of mine – he grew up on the farm just up the road from my grandparents’ spud and watermelon farm. You haven’t played tennis until you’ve played on antbed – JTH]

                          NFL Playoffs: Championship Monday – A day of emotion, a display of Super Bowl football

                          Sean Mortell takes us through the NFL play-offs with a place in Super Bowl LIV up for grabs. His report gives us an insight into what to expect come February 3.

                          On This Day – January 23rd

                          Where’s the cricket? What’s January without Test cricket or at least an international ODI series? To compensate for this programming disaster, today’s “On This Day” series provides a cricket focus – with a few other bits thrown in.

                          AFLW – Jess Wuetschner survives lightning strike

                          Some things you can never plan for. Brisbane Lions AFLW player Jess Wuetschner has had a very fortunate escape.

                          Volunteer of the Year 2019: Who is Donna Cartwright?

                          Shannon Cole looks at Donna Cartwright, and the work of her organisation, Mums Supporting Families in Need.

                          AFL Japan GO League – Osaka Dingoes vs R246 Lions: Great Last Quarter for the Home Side

                          The 2020 footy season is underway in Japan. Yoshi reports on a see-sawing clash between Osaka Dingoes and R246 Lions from Tokyo.

                          On Fires and Fairness

                          In his thought-provoking article, Edward P. Olsen wrestles with the emotion and angst provoked by the recent bushfires, wondering about the fairness for those affected, and the dilemmas confronting those wishing to make appropriate responses.

                          Villers-Bretonneux remembers once again: School supports bushfire efforts

                          What a fantastic message from the students of the Victoria School, Villers-Bretonneux, France for sharing information of their efforts in supporting victims of the Australian bushfires. [Thanks Citrus Bob – Ed]

                          Balcony Banter – John Cain: A man for all women

                          Anne Cahill Lambert pays tribute to former Premier John Cain acknowledging his role in providing the opportunity for women to become members of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

                          Basketball Almanac – Trailblazer Damian Lillard’s event proposal could rejuvenate All-Star weekend

                          Mark Miller discusses the proposal by NBA superstar Damian Lillard to add life and excitement to the NBA All-Star Weekend.

                          A view of Australia from Fine Leg – Game 8: Macleod Cricket Club

                          Craig Dodson continues his quest raising money for Gotcha4Life by playing for 10 different cricket teams in matches around Australia. Here is his report of Match 8, Macleod CC v Greensborough CC.

                          Almanac Club Review: The Cobdogla Club

                          Mickey Randall takes us along the mighty Murray to the always welcoming Cobdogla Club… he also takes us back to the 1990s both through anecdote and the Cobby’s very reasonable drinks prices on offer! [Reminds me of the classic Crackerjack quote “beers at genuine 1972 prices” – Ed.]

                          Aspiring Young Writers’ Group: Conflict, of interest

                          Ben Kirkby and friends gather again and the discussion turns to conflict.

                          Thoughts on the decline of Aussie tennis (and why grinners are winners)

                          Paul Spinks ponders the reasoning behind Australia’s decline in world tennis since the mid 1970s. This is a longer version of Paul’s article published in The Age recently.

                          To drive or to walk? That is the question.

                          Shannon Cole explores getting kids into more exercise by encouraging them to walk to school rather than being driven by their parents.

                          Almanac Walking – Therapy for the Soul: Some links

                          Walking is a therapeutic and relaxing pastime that can bring substantial benefits to both mind and body. Check out some interesting reads that look at the philosophical aspect of walking.

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