The Simpson

Yes the Bucks story is a ripper … but so is the Adam Simpson story.
Rick Kane pays tribute to the 2018 Premiership coach.

Hawks 2018 season: Exit, pursued by a bear

While his Hawks were bundled out of the finals in straight sets, Rick Kane knows that 2018 was never going to be their year. Like a big, hard to split stump, it pays to chip around the edges. Look out for Hawthorn in 2019.

Finals Week 1 – Hawks? Canaries!

Trucker Slim assesses his Hawks but can’t find any easy answers to how they, or anyone for that matter, can tame the Tiges. That doesn’t stop him from offering his advice to anyone willing to listen.

Round 21 – Hawthorn v Geelong: All aboard

Trucker Slim reveled in the Hawks/Cats rivalry during Saturday’s thriller. He might just be sensing some Glory Days ahead for the Hawks?

AFLW Round 7 – Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: Gorn, Gorn, Gorn

Trucker Slim finally made it to an AFLW match to cheer on his Dees in what was essentially a Preliminary Final. Though only heartache awaited him when the Bulldogs came out snarling in the final minutes.

AFLW: Great game, good game, so-what game, bad game … still game (Jay Z reference)

Trucker Slim responds those who had the knives out for the AFLW following Round 1 of the new season. He looks at the nature of AFLW and the purpose it serves, and the opportunity it has provided and will continue to provide. It’s a revolution which has opened up the world of women’s and girls’ capacity to play the game. He also makes some interesting points, when looking at AFLW in commercial terms, about the nature of the so-called market or fan base.

Mercedes turns 50

Mercedes celebrated her 50th game with the Darebin Falcons U18s footy team last Sunday. Trucker Slim reviews the game.

Round 14 – Adelaide v Hawthorn: Half a Chance

Rick Kane spots something; a little thing. And then another. And then another. How many half chances explain his re-building Hawks beating top-of-the-ladder Crows?

Round 11 – Port Adelaide v Hawthorn: From small things mama

Rick Kane sees Hawthorn’s second half phoenix stirring in the ashes of their first half at Adelaide Oval

Round 4 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Hard Times Come

It was quiet on the South Morang train as Rick Kane made his way back from the MCG on Easter Monday.

AFLW Grand Final – Brisbane v Adelaide: Just a Girl

Trucker Slim was totally enamoured with the AFLW Grand Final: from the effort and the skills to the crowd and the passion. History was made and the revolution has well and truly began.

AFLW Round 6 – Adelaide Crows v Melbourne Demons: Under a splendid sunset

Trucker was too distracted by the brilliance on field to behold a glorious Darwin sunset, and caught every moment of a nailbiting fight for a chance at the premiership between Adelaide and Melbourne.

AFLW Round 1 – Melbourne v Brisbane: Dees v Lions v the weather

Trucker Slim watched the tough battle in the rain between Melbourne and Brisbane.

I Barrack for the Dees

Why is Hawker Rick Kane now following the Dees? He’s got some very good reasons, none of which involve velcro. Daisy Pearce is just one of them.

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: The Premiership Quarter

Trucker Slim witnessed a wave of Bulldog belief, powered by their members, fans and the footy loving public flush the previously impervious Hawks back to reality.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Hawthorn: Boxers, ballet and our glorious bastard of a game

With a heartbreaking loss on Friday night, Trucker Slim admired the game, its theatre and poetry in motion. In his words, “Footy is a glorious bastard of a game. It is cruel and capricious, scintillating and rewarding and none of this is in equal measure”. [Great read – Ed]

Round 22 – West Coast v Hawthorn: All the Tired Horses – a look at the Hawks 2016

Trucker Slim diagnoses Hawthorn’s season and provides a prognosis for the Finals after the loss to West Coast.

Almanac U18 NFL Grand Final: Want it … Maintain the pressure … Have fun

Trucker Slim experiences another GF win, this time it’s the U18 VWFL Grand Final with his daughter Mercedes’ team Darebin Falcons v Montmorency. [Great result and a great story – Ed].

This one goes out to the mighty Mitch

Trucker Slim pays tribute to Sam Mitchell as he prepares for his 300th game. Is Sam Mitchell as good as Trucker would have us believe?

A good game of footy

Trucker Slim ponders the complexities of performance and contribution.