Almanac Cinema – Movie Review: Lion

Noel McPhee needs to tell us about this film “Lion;” a memorable film in many different and compelling ways. [Spoiler alert. Some storyline is divulged in this report – Ed].

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Hawthorn: I am potentially Geelong

Noel McPhee doesn’t barrack for Geelong but living in the region gives him licence to switch temporarily, especially in a Final against Hawthorn.

Round 14 – Richmond v Brisbane: 20 years ago today…

Walking in to the MCG for Richmond’s game against Brisbane, Noel reflects on how things have changed

Round 16 – St Kilda v Richmond: The Sunday Observer

Not quite ‘The Innocents Abroad’ but Noel McPhee’s observations from the St Kilda v Richmond match would do old mate Samuel Clemens proud.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Half full/half empty

Richmond lost after leading at half time. Still, at least they finished the season above Collingwood, writes Noel McPhee.

AFL Round 10 – Geelong v Gold Coast: Turn on the lights

Geelong – the football team and the city – continue to grow, says Noel McPhee.

VFL Round 16 (1968) – Hawthorn v Collngwood

HAWTHORN v COLLINGWOOD Rd 16 1968 3rd August My parents are whispering. I can only hear muffled parts of the conversation. We are at a cubs footy carnival. We’ve played two games and I am so proud of my 1.1.7 in the first game. The behind is as good as the goal to me. I [Read more]

AFL Round 1 – Footscray v Brisbane Lions: Hope Versus Hope

There’s various levels of hope for each footy fan and dependent on the stage of the season, isn’t there?

Worse places to be than the first ODI of the summer

There weren’t too many present at the first One Day International of the Summer. Noel McPhee was there – his first one-day game in 20 years.

Nicknames

Some people at my work came up with a clever nickname for me recently ‘Grassy’. As in grassy knoll (Noel). There have been some good ones over the years. Loved Afghanistan (the forgotten war) for Mark Waugh and Audi when he made 4 duckss in a row. What are some other good ones you have [Read more]

What’$ the point?

There was a lot of hype this year of it being the closest top eight for many seasons; up to six or even seven of the top eight could win the whole thing. No one had ever had to win 13 games to get eighth before. Geelong fans were talking up the possibility of winning [Read more]

Cutting the grass

We did a seachange. (That’s poor English). We seachanged. (That’s worse). We were one of the original seachangers. (Don’t really like that either). Here I am trying to improve my writing skills; trying to engage the readership as the website encourages me to and I come up with that tripe. Anyway, you get the idea. [Read more]

360 hours

360 hours. In anyone’s language that it a fair chunk of your life. Straight out it is 15 days. In working time (8 hour days) its 45 days. Measured at one hour per week it takes well over six years. And this is the point that I am trying to make – it can be [Read more]

Coaching appointments

Now that the coaching dust has settled and all clubs have made their choices for 2012 I thought it would be an opportune time to see whether history tells us anything about the wisdom of going for a brand new coach (Adelaide, Collingwood, Melbourne, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs) or someone who has been ‘in the [Read more]

Like a favourite toy

  by Noel McPhee I remember as a child having a toy with a long skinny ‘cord’ with frets which fitted into the cogs on the wheel of a car.  The excitement of ripping this cord out as fast as you could and then letting the car speed down the hallway or crash or bounce [Read more]