1980 Premiership Port – Harry Tinson

Matt Watson has his late grandfather’s unopened bottle of 1980 Richmond Premiership port. How much potential in a bottle of alcohol? As he uncovers the story behind the bottle, Matt pledges to open it if the Tigers salute on Saturday.

Round 23 – Brisbane v North Melbourne: The wooden spoon – a useless utensil

Matt Watson dissects the history of the wooden spoon in AFL as the Lions and Kangas battled it out this weekend to avoid the dreaded tag of wooden spooners.

Doug Gott – deep connections to football

Matt Watson brings us Doug Gott’s sporting story, from the days when each year had two seasons (cricket and footy). Gott succeeded at both.

Graham Carbery – a man who stood up

Graham Carbery, the boundary umpire head butted by Phil Carman passed away recently. As Matt Watson highlights, this was a man who should not be defined by one fleeting moment.

One left hook

Tomas Bugg landed a massive left hook on Callum Mills’ chin on the weekend, scoring a knockout blow. Unfortunately for Bugg, it took place on the footy field, not a boxing ring.

Almanac Boxing: School teacher to champion

The Battle of Brisbane was a real fight. Horn is world champion. Australian boxing has a new face.

Fabulous Phil Carman – an extract about punches

In this extract from Fabulous Phil, Matt Watson relates the reasons why Max Richardson ‘ … just turned around and biffed him.’

Fabulous Phil – gathering the story

Matt Watson’s book Fabulous Phil – The Phil Carman Story has just been released. Best for me to say, just read this terrific piece by Matt about Phil Carman and the process of writing the book.

Girl footy (part two): Girls against boys

Mike remembers a school competition of indoor soccer that led to an invaluable lesson of inclusivity in sport.

Historical similarities

If Hawthorn is looking for a way out of the 2017 season they might need to look back 30 years or so to Matt Watson’s Kangaroos

Girl footy – Don’t You Dare Laugh

The success of the weekend has Matt Watson reaching back to his primary school days and his involvement with girls’ footy.

Darryl Sutton – underrated poise and consistency

North Melbourne premiership player Darryl Sutton passed away last week. Matt Watson provides this touching tribute.

Journalists have the right to resist compulsion to intrude

Ironmike provides plenty of food for thought about the dilemma facing journalists when preparing an item for publication, particularly the ethical considerations and the implications that may result from that story.

North Melbourne v Carlton: Round 9 ancient history

Remembering Round 9 1978, Ironmike feels a sense of history repeating itself as the Kangas prepare for the Blues.

Ancient Caribbean Memories

Matt Watson is not happy. He wants the old Windies back.

The Snake at full-forward

As a six year old, whenever Matt Watson played ‘sock footy’ in his bedroom, he was Snake Baker. Here’s Matt’s story of his old hero, a player who, on his day (often in finals), showed how much talent he had.

2015 AFL Grand Final – No ticket, no worries – part two

In the second part of his Grand Final ticket odyssey, Matt Watson heads from Brisbane to Melbourne for work, but without a ticket to the game. When all seems lost, however, Matt becomes involved in a ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ style race to Melbourne’s outer west in search of the gold. [SPOILER ALERT: Matt’s available to help with your Lotto and Quaddie numbers for Caulfield this weekend. – Ed]

No ticket no worries

After a slow start, Matt Watson has now attended many Grand Finals in many and varied guises. Bt this year he will be watching from a pub somewhere in Melbourne.

Preliminary Finals – West Coast v North Melbourne: Eagles Do Eat Roo Meat

Matt Watson had to lie about the eating habits of Eagles, when assessing the chances of his Roos. Will he get a ticket for this weekend?

Preliminary Final – West Coast v North Melbourne Preview: Difficult, not impossible

We defy you not hear the theme music from “The Godfather” playing in your mind, as you read Matt Watson’s thoughts on North Melbourne’s “impossible” task in Perth. Can they get out alive?