Almanac Satire – Please explain: Desmond interviews an AFL Executive

David Wilson’s character, interviewer extraordinaire, Des Troyer is again joined by our anonymous up-and-coming AFL Executive to discuss equality and fairness in the AFL.

Echoes of Dreamland: on footy and footy writing and 2018

As a teenager, David Wilson (as one of 1200) sang the hymn “Forty Years On” each year at school. Its “echoes of dreamland” live in 2018.
On footy, history, place, story, responsibility. Follow-up!

A Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman – part 2

ER continues his deep and thoughtful, poignant tale of a Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman.

State of the game?

Our favourite gum-tree themed writer waddles back into the debate around “The State of the Game.”

Respect for women – the conversation we shouldn’t be having

Violence against women needs urgent addressing. We are sadly reminded of its daily prevalence following the tragic murder of Eurydice Dixon last week. Here is reposted from 2016 – a series of web excerpts and videos around “respect” from Eddie McGuire, James Brayshaw, Danny Frawley, Wayne Carey, the Commonwealth of Australia’s “Respect” program, the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Erin Riley, Alan Jones and Clementine Ford.

Almanac Teams – “Writers, from the backline…”

E.regnans goes all literary to come up with his best team ‘This Side of Paradise’.

Almanac Fiction – Daz Cooper Chapter 6: Rivers of suggestion

Daz Cooper returns – and he’s in class. His story is changing direction.

Aesop’s AFL: The footy competition that laid golden eggs

Who’d have thought old Aesop was across AFL footy. [First published March 2014, with June 2018 addendum]

Win-Win: When sportspeople pull out (Re-defining ideas of winning)

What is success? In any competition, you can only control yourself; not your opponents. So how does a sporting team build a winning environment? David Wilson provides a thought provoking and stimulating discussion about this issue.

Round 8 – Collingwood v Geelong: None the wiser

It was cold in the breezy shade of M51 at the MCG and there wasn’t enough excitement in the first half to warm the crowd. But there were things to observe and food to eat. E.Regnans and the Buds were there, with some Geelong friends.

State of the game, state of mind (time moves a little slower here)

When sport is just another entertainment option, it’s no surprise when it’s criticised as being less compelling than, say, Game of Thrones.

Almanac Satire – AFL announcement: Twilight Grand Final

Scene: A plush new room with plush new carpet and extremely clean windows, Perth. Media has buzzed all day with rumours of an impending AFL announcement that the 2018 Grand Final will be played at twilight. Unexpectedly, the League boss awkwardly comes face-to-face with a member of the public. An idle microphone overhears their conversation…

A New Love

‘When Dane Swan retired, my footy-supporting stocks reached a low ebb. Things were bleak; dark. They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn.’
Find out which player has now claimed E.regnans’ Collingwood heart.

Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

Cheating at cricket: acceptable standards; forgiveness and the false equivalence of #MeToo

Australia’s ball tampering fiasco in South Africa has David Wilson wondering why he bothers to follow sport. Here he navigates ideas of failure, forgiveness and acceptable standards. The sun will rise again.

Before Round 1: “The billion shards of light…”

For little Jimmy, little Ezgi, for little all of us – now is the time to be swept up in the possible. Cusp-of-season meanderings from David Wilson.

Women’s Footy – Bud Breakfasts and the Shifting Horizons of Girls

Saturday morning breakfast at the Wilson’s. In 2014 and 2018. The newspaper is a constant. The conversation, and the back page, have changed. E.regnans with a poignant piece on the growing stature of Women’s footy. Especially in the eyes of his two daughters.

Almanac Cricket – Davey Warner and the Deluded Toxic Masculinity of the Australian Cricketer: A Performance in Six Acts

David Wilson says: Such a shame – this #Warner fiasco. When cricket should be the focus. But we shouldn’t walk past this standard of behaviour.

Almanac Satire – AFL Executive interview: Tasmania, AFLX, AFLW

David Wilson’s character Des Troyer is again joined by our anonymous up-and-coming AFL Executive to discuss all the latest AFL hot topics.

A letter from summer

As another summer finishes rolling on, leaving some behind, E.regnans reflects on life, death and our physical, sporting and political landscapes