AFLM Round 2 – Adelaide v Richmond: Not Our Night

For the Richmond faithful, watching on as the umpire crosses his arms and uncrosses them again for the sake of theatre, you can only avert your eyes, remind yourself it’s round two, and gently proclaim, “it’s just not been our night.”

Round 1 – Hawthorn v Collingwood: A Pom’s Perspective

Jack Banister’s old hockey mate from university days, Matt Rose, picked a very opportune time to visit Australia. He penned this reflection after attending his first AFL game at the weekend.

A Profile of AFLW Pioneer Chyloe Kurdas

Jack Banister profiles Chloe Kurdas. (first published in The Age)

AFLW Round 5 – Western Bulldogs v Collingwood: Woof 

The Daughters of the West solidified their place as top Dogs on the AFLW ladder on Sunday while on the road in Moe against the in-form Pies. Jack Banister reports.

Book Review (4 of 52): The Cricket War by Gideon Haigh

Jack Banister is back with his 4th book review of 2018. Under the Banister microscope is Gideon Haigh’s masterpiece ‘The Cricket War’. In the new cricketing climate that now exists, Jack recommends you revisit the game’s original revolution

The People’s Game Podcast 

Jack Banister has started a new footy podcast. Here’s the run down and the first episode.

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: Unusual Crowds

The diverse crowd at Princes Park contributed significantly to Jack Banister’s match day experience at Friday night’s AFLW Season Opener.

Almanac Books: Empathy, Race and Australia Day – thoughts based on A Rightful Place, edited by Shireen Morris, & Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge.  

Jack Banister responds to the discussions which make up Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge and A Rightful Place: A Roadmap to Recognition by various authors. His review essay is timely. [These are books 3 and 4 in Jack’s 52 book odyssey]

Almanac Books: A Clear Blue Sky by Jonny Bairstow & Duncan Hamilton – Book Review 1 of 52

Jack Banister has kicked off his ambitious 2018 goal of reading a book a week with a thoughtful review of Jonny Bairstow & Duncan Hamilton’s ‘A Clear Blue Sky’. One down, Fifty-one to go Jack!

Australia v England ODIs – MCG: In the Shadow of the BBL

Jack Banister ponders the future of ODIs against our love of epic tests and the shiny new toy that is BBL.

The Ashes – Fifth Test, Day 3: The Brothers Marsh

It was hot in Melbourne yesterday – perfect for taking it easy in front of the TV, which is what Jack Banister did while sipping cool drinks and reading Gideon Haigh’s The Cricket War. It was a lot tougher for the English bowlers as the runs flowed for the Australian batsmen, some of whom were intent on booking their passage to South Africa.

The Ashes – Fifth Test: Call For Writers 

This is an invitation for writers of Test cricket; all styles, all ages; to submit their observations and thoughts on the fifth Ashes Test from the SCG.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 4: Sod It 

In the bowels of the ‘G, people mill about, wearing confused expressions. What is a man or woman to do when his or her day at the cricket is ruined by the glory of Melbourne summer rain? Jack ponders this question as the rain begins to play a part in determining the outcome of the fourth Test.

Summer – Quiet, Reading, Silence

Jack Banister’s been thinking a lot about silence, and its been shaping his summer reading list.

BBL Heat v Renegades – Good, Ordinary Cricket

JB is left with the feeling he’s witnessed a good, ordinary game of cricket. Rubi, the cannons, sprinkler cam, robot cam, the music between balls, and so on, feels like a contrived attempt to convince him the BBL was more than what it was.

The Ashes 2017/18 – Fourth Test, the MCG: Call For Writers

Calling all writers to help us cover the Boxing Day Ashes Test from the MCG! We’ll also be having some beers on the fourth day…

The Ashes – Third Test, Days 1 and 2: Ebb and flow

In Melbourne, J Banister enjoys the Days 1 and 2 action from the WACA ground. Via TV, radio, web, phone, the ebb and flow of Test cricket fits with the ebb and flow of a life.

The Ashes 2017/18 – Third Test, the WACA: Call For Writers

We’re looking for writers to help us cover the third Ashes Test in Perth, which will be the final Test at the WACA. Let us know in the comments

The Ashes – First Test, Day 1: Farm Animals

Jack Banister reflects on the performance of the English on day one of the Ashes, where the touring side showed they might have more goats than bunnies in their batting line-up.

AFL Grand Final – Adelaide v Richmond: It’s Us

Jack Banister has had a lifetime of following Richmond. He contemplates his Grand Final week and Grand Final day state of mind before settling with the faithful at Punt Road. These are his observations. [Terrific piece – JTH]