Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: The Winds From the West

Who can remember the details of a lost Grand Final? A DVD and a bag of lemons as Mathilde de Hauteclocque practices the calm now the storm is over.

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: Loss equals Opportunity

In footy parlance a week is a long time unless that week belongs to Mathilde de Hauteclocque as she prepares for and recovers from the Swans QF.

Round 20 – Sydney v Port Adelaide: ‘Cuddles’ Heeney finds his place

Delightful observational piece on Mathilde de Hauteclocque’s footy week – with references to The Marngrook Footy Show, the Sydney Swans Ladies’ Lunch, and a rock-solid win.

Round 16 – Geelong v Sydney: Wild enough

Mathilde de Hauteclocque travels to Kardinia Park (as is the tradition) to see her Swans take on the locals and meets Swans on trains, planes and in markets. She also sees her side have an impressive win. [A piece which almost assuages the loss – JTH]

Listening to The Listener

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is challenged to think by Martin Flanagan, Erin Riley and Stan Grant on a writer’s festival panel in Sydney. She then applies that thinking to the week which follows in her roles as museum curator, mum and O’Reilly Fan. Her Kangaroo barista is also challenged – but his is a different form of contemplation. [Characteristic MdeH stuff – JTH]

Round 5 – Sydney v West Coast: Things we do in the arbitrary, shifting name of home

Mathilde de Hauteclocque on home, the nature of home, the defence of home and the things we do in the arbitrary, shifting name of home.

Round 4 – Adelaide v Sydney: Omens

Stepping out onto the roof of Australia, Mathilde observed a murder of Crows and Betts Creek, ominous signs for the Swans.

Round 1 – Sydney v Collingwood: An artful rogering

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is back with her O’Reilly family to see her Swans thrash the hapless Pies. [Nice – Ed]

Swans 2016: What Comes Before Pre

Rejoice. Mathilde is back for 2016. “It’s easy at the start of the season to take up the obvious, reassuring footy narrative. Positive thinking, the best of sports science mindfulness, confidence and pre-emptive strength. But the fact is, that the intra-club is the very beginning of something, the plan before it’s even hatched and we don’t know what will come. It can’t ever be truly mapped or pre-prepared. And it cannot be hurried. This is true light heartedness…”

Seasoned

Mathilde de Hauteclocque reflects on Sydney’s transition from 2015 into 2016, as only she can.

Finals Week 2 – Sydney v North Melbourne Preview: There are ways

Can the Swans deliver the right result on Mathilde de Hauteclocque’s birthday? She previews tonight’s big game in Sydney Town.

Round 23- Sydney v Gold Coast: Unshackled Melancholy & Frivolity

An unshackled Mathilde de Hauteclocque is in the familiar surrounds of the O’Reilly Stand for the final round of 2015. Farewells & uncertainty. Sans Cygnet.

Round 21 – GWS v Sydney: Bridging conversations

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is chatting here and there, while trying to get herself plonked down in front of the footy.

Round 19 – Geelong v Sydney: New country

Mathilde de Hauteclocque travels to Melbourne and Geelong and walks among the locals.

Round 17 – West Coast v Sydney: Gwen, Chuck the Truck and other gurus

Metaphor? Allegory? You be the judge.

Being and the thinking Cygne

Bastille Day and the Tour and Francobubbles yet M. de Hauteclocque (Mathilde’s papa) is thinking cups of tea, Test cricket and Antiques Roadshow. So how does this affect the sense of being in the thinking Cygne?

Round 13 – Sydney v Richmond: Ten whole years

Mathilde de Hautecloque thanks a giraffe for her experience of the famous Swans Grand Final victory in 2005, as she comes to terms with what happened during last Friday night’s anniversary celebration game. [Beaut piece – Ed]

Round 8- Hawthorn v Sydney: YOLO

In footy you live at least once each week. Mathilde de Hauteclocque has lived it this week. We are the better for it.

Round 7 – Sydney vs Geelong: My name’s Lucy

Mathilde de Hauteclocque describes her footballing weekend, which was made by Sydney’s win over the Cats, and coincided with Luke Parker being inspiration for the solution to her quest for a coffee name.

Round 5 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: The road less passable

Mathilde is back. That’s all that needs to be said.