Round 18 – Sydney v St Kilda: So Proud! And to think I could have been a Saint!

Did you know that Swan-supporting Jan Courtin could have been a Saint?

Familiar faces in strange places!

Well this is a beaut story – which features a Billie Holliday, a Buddhist nun, Brett Kirk and a council bus. [How interesting – JTH]

Round 17 – GWS v Sydney: I could gloat – but I refuse!

The stats don’t interest Jan, the speculation doesn’t interest her. All she wants is for the Swans to continue playing good hard-fought contested footy, as they have in recent weeks, then all the hype can take care of itself. Jan is a happy lady at the moment! Maybe into September? Who knows!

Almanac Boxing: Why does society put up with the brutal sport of boxing?

Jan Courtin has little to no time for boxing, a ‘so-called sport’ that she believes should be banned. She asks what do fans (and society) see in this sport where ‘prolonged and repeated brutal behaviour by one person upon another’ is encouraged?

Round 16 – Sydney v Gold Coast: The Dean Towers Cheer Squad have their say

The Almanac community has found one. Thanks to Jan Courtin for this match report which adds to the interest in Dean Towers established earlier by Matt Zurbo. And thanks to Dean Towers himself.

Round 15 – Essendon v Brisbane: Could these young Lions create their next dynasty?

Jan Courtin was fast forwarding through the Essendon v Brisbane replay, until the resurgent Lions found her hiding the remote and watching the last quarter in real time.

Round 15 – Melbourne v Sydney: The flames from hell, and those Demons!

A road trip, some classical music, Catholic guilt, mutilated cars, dead birds, live music at the RSL, and a Bugg for the confessional box are all part of Jan’s trip from Sydney to the MCG for the footy!

Round 14 – Sydney v Essendon: Plugger revisited, but this was a miracle!

It was indeed a bloody miracle writes Jan Courtin as her Swans pull off a ridiculous win at the SCG.

Round 13 – Richmond v Sydney: After 30 minutes – Why do we bother? After 120 minutes: That’s why!

Jan Courtin made the trip to Tigerland to watch the Swannies go from exasperating to exhilarating. Was it worth the bother? You bet it was.

Happy Queenslanders this weekend!

Jan Courtin is a very happy lady as teams from the Sunshine State have successful results over the weekend. And now for Origin II.

Round 12 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Where to now, Bloods?

Jan Courtin welcomes the arrival of some young feathered Swannies at Moore Park. The new kids must have inspired the other Swans as they towelled up the reigning premiers on a Thursday night in Sydney.

The Swans: Can a lifetime of habit be changed?

Jan Courtin wonders if she can kick her 67-year habit of worrying about the Bloods, and whether their big win against the Saints will make it even more difficult!

AFLW: Those Lions are Roaring! Can they go all the way?

Jan Courtin is impressed by the success of the Brisbane Lions in the AFLW. With The girls given little chance at the beginning off the season we may be seeing very different headlines in two weeks’ time.

A week in a life: and footy is just around the corner

As the sun shines, Jan Courtin reflects on the world around her. Much of it is sad however it reminds Jan of how fortunate we really are. And with footy around the corner, Jan and Marshall get the tick for round one.

India v Australia: Bangalore Test, Day One – Who would have thought?

Australia blitzed India with the ball for the third innings in a row, bowling them out for 189 on the first day of action. Jan Courtin was very impressed with Lyon after his brilliant figures of 8/50.

Our great game of Australian Football – Jason Ball (the gay one) leading the way

Jason Ball was in Sydney for Mardi Gras this weekend. Jan Courtin looks at his groundbreaking advocacy.

India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 1: It just didn’t feel like cricket!

Jan Courtin felt a bit let down by day 1 of the test match between Australia and hosts India.

Almanac Cricket: Mad Dogs, Englishmen, and the Midday Sun

Jan and Marshall enjoy a day at the SCG watching Shield cricket in the Sydney heat. The Blues get the better of Jan’s Maroons but the serenity of the traditional format makes the day worthwhile. That and some luck with parking meters

Women’s Footy – and their breasts

Jan Courtin has a team to follow in the women’s national footy league. She was impressed with the footy. She has been impressed with the support from all quarters. She does have a gripe or tow about some understandings – as she points out.

Ed’s note: This is not click-bait. The author, Jan Courtin, wrote the title.

At long last, over 100 years of women’s footy has finally been recognised!

Historian and friend of the Almanac, Rob Hess, wrote an excellent piece on the long history of women’s footy which was published on The Conversation. Jan Courtin has based this article on that piece.