The Ashes 2015 – Third Test, Day 3: For Whom the Bell Tolls!

Jill Scanlon here on that rapidly finishing Third Test, with questions of not only the Australian team, but of the future of Test cricket itself.

Where to from here because it’s time to cut the crap!

Don’t step back, step right into it with a clear idea of the most important trait in football: enthusiasm. That’s Jill Scanlon’s advice for New Carlton in the 14 weeks they have left of the 2015 season.

SCG Test, Australia v India – Day One: Test cricket with an ocean view!

Summer traditions blend by the ocean for Jill Scanlon as she combines her love of the beach and her love of cricket.

Brisbane Test, Australia v India – Day One: Initiation of heat!

It was the subtle beginning of a new era: Jill Scanlon reports on a day of attrition at the Gabba.

Adelaide Test, Australia v India – Day Four: The Beauty of Day Four

Jill Scanlon offers a beautiful summary of Day 4, as the gathering storm for a torrent of wickets (or runs?) to come as the cricket drought breaks over Day 5 of the Adelaide Test.

Adelaide Test, Australia v India – Day One: The Emotion of Cricket

All of the emotions were on display on Day 1, writes Jill Scanlon. What’s your view on nightwatchmen?

The White Noise of T20

Jill Scanlon went to watch the T20 “cricket” at the MCG on a Friday night. She found that the firewalker, hoop twirler, DJ, bmx rider, neon lights and fireworks obscured the view.

AFL Round 23 – Carlton v Essendon: The Perfect Ending

Jill Scanlon finds that a draw was somehow the appropriate ending for her Carlton Blues season.

AFL Round 18 – Gold Coast v Carlton: “To tag or not to tag – that is the question”

A week after Nathan Buckley decided to let Ablett roam free, Mick Malthouse sends a tag to Ablett and the Blues take the points.

AFL Round 7 – St.Kilda v Carlton: Who wants another go on the roller coaster?

Monday night footy – another anomaly in the season. Still not sure whether I like it or whether I feel the AFL is encroaching further into my life by stealth.

Footy keeps on keeping on!

Jill Scanlon looks at footy in the Top End.

AFL Round 22 – Gold Coast v Carlton: The Coach doesn’t kick the ball!

I aged ten years tonight; ten years, truth-be-told, I cannot spare!

Olympics – Glory off the dais

If you look close enough in the aftermath of the 2012 Summer Olympics, you’ll notice many athletes returning home feeling enormous pride and satisfaction with their performances in London, even though they never got near a dais, a medal ceremony or even a final.


I really enjoyed my footy last weekend! It started with great anticipation leading into Friday night footy at the MCG where the Blues took on the Pies. Then my daughter and I watched an unexpectedly absorbing contest between the Gold Coast Suns and the Bombers on Saturday night. Come Sunday afternoon, as I thought the weekend was winding [Read more]

Small steps in an industry built on four legs

On Saturday afternoon, I – as unassumingly as I could – entered the age-old ambiance of the TAB Sportsbar at a local pub. This is neither a first-time practice for me but nor is it a regular one. This is about family! With six minutes left before they jumped out of the barrier at Hamilton for [Read more]

Setting the Bar High

In this Olympic year, thoughts go to many and varied events across those two weeks of that competition which comes around once every four years: events that would be given barely a second thought by any of us at any other time. My thoughts seem to have wandered to the field event of high jump. [Read more]

Serial Pest or clever combatant?

Sunday morning, while listening to a favorite radio sports program, I heard the question posed … “what does he actually do that’s so wrong?” The question was being posed in reference to the eventful Saturday night meeting of reigning premiers Geelong and the perceived lesser of the western lights, Fremantle. The ‘he’ in question is Hayden Ballantyne – [Read more]

Sporting achievements to be proud of

by Jill Scanlon Sport – It’s part of being an Australian. In saying this, I mean no disrespect to those who prefer the Arts, music, literature and the like – not that these are mutually exclusive to sport. But Australians by-and-large truly are brought up with a healthy respect and enthusiasm for sporting endeavour and [Read more]

AFL overestimate supporters’ attitude to pay TV

It is a disgrace when on a brisk Saturday in May, only ONE game out of FOUR being played today, can be viewed on television. Last weekend when there was no free-to-air televising of any day games, my daughter and I decided to go for a stroll into the ‘centre hub’ of our busy little [Read more]

Time for fans to stand up for our game

By Jill Scanlon On Thursday, Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes commented in the media about his disgust with the fact that racial vilification from spectators still occurs in our wonderful game, more than a decade into the new century. This comment emerged in the week following an incident during Hawthorn’s Round 4 match at Aurora [Read more]