AFL Round 4 – Gold Coast v Hawthorn: Haughty Hawks hark back

Sasha Lennon and family head to Metricon where he kids have to listen to some serious reminiscing until (thankfully for them) the game starts and the Hawks are mighty again.

AFL Grand Final: Riding the bumps with a grin

Well, it took a prod and a push, but it had to come eventually folks. Sasha Lennon gives the unexpurgated Hawthorn view of the Grand Final. [He tries hard to be generous, but it's very difficult for them - Ed]

Ross Glendinning: Good as gold

Sasha Lennon spoke to Brownlow medallist Ross Glendinning and found a very humble champion.

Journalism, Gender, Feminist Theory and News Reporting on the AFL

This article reports on a review of selected theory and practice in sports journalism to determine if the prominence of female journalists reporting the news of the AFL could be attributed to a feminist response to the traditional domination of male values in the sports media complex.

AFL Round 15 – Geelong v Hawthorn: Like David Bowie and Queen

The argument that the 2008 premiership matters more than the matches the Hawks have lost to the Cats since then is beginning to wear a little thin, writes Hawks fan Sasha Lennon.

AFL Round 4 – Hawthorn v Fremantle: We talked about Dad

Sasha Lennon’s daughter, Molly, reminds him of her Grandad when they’re at the footy. They raised a glass to him, and the mighty Hawks, after their annual trip to Tassie.

AFL Round 3 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Smart-Bomb

Hawthorn’s well-drilled infantry, led by its indomitable general in Luke Hodge, reminded anyone interested in the fate of the 2013 season why Hawthorn should be rightful premiership contenders, writes Sasha Lennon.

Western Desert Dreaming

The Western Desert Football League is arguably the most remote football league in Australia, possibly the world.

Carlton Dreaming

Almanac supporter Marcus Spiller recently discovered this gem of a photo dating back to 1965 at Princes Park, when as a young Italian-Australian growing up in North Carlton, he spent many a weekend playing footy and dreaming of bigger things.

Missing out on a flag

Sasha Lennon wants to profile former players who have missed out on playing in a premiership side and he needs your help.

For Dad…Always Hawthorn

Two weeks ago today it was with great sadness and the happiest of memories that I said goodbye to my Dad for the last time.  Born Edward Michael Lennon in Dublin in 1941, to all of us, he was known simply as Eddie or, as many liked to call him, Big Ed.  This said more [Read more]

Damian Bourke: Standing Tall

  by Sasha Lennon At six foot five inches tall, Damian Bourke looks every bit as lean as the Geelong Football Club captain who retired from the game almost 20 years ago.  Making coffee in his suburban Brisbane kitchen, he recalls with fondness his days at Geelong and later at the Brisbane Bears/Lions where he [Read more]

Confident, Confused, Content

With the Hawks in winning form and the finals upon us, I’m feeling quietly confident, though a little confused. I’d written the Cats off just a week ago.  I’ve been writing them off all year.  All season, I’ve watched and waited for the once mighty to fall, their gallant but weary warriors unable to defy [Read more]

Road Warrior

By Sasha Lennon My profession takes me to lots of places.  Last week it took me to Western Australia’s Gascoyne region. The Gascoyne is a big place, twice the size of Tasmania but with only a fraction the population.  And like everywhere else in WA, the Gascoyne is big on footy.

Allan Jeans: he frightened, he inspired

  By Sasha Lennon This morning, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Allan Jeans. There are lots of ‘Yabby’ stories, one of the best being the time he made a rather arrogant Robert DiPierdomenico cry during a half-time address. The Hawks were down but not out and apparently a boisterous ‘Dipper’ was [Read more]

Thanks Barry and Go Pies!

Carlton plays Collingwood next week and as a Hawthorn supporter I couldn’t be happier. Against a dispirited North Melbourne, Collingwood reminded us all on Sunday afternoon why the Magpies are the team most likely in 2011.  Defeating the Kangaroos by 117 points made even Mick Malthouse look a little embarrassed after the match. And after [Read more]

Good Guys and Heroes

By Sasha Lennon Saturday the 18th of June 2011 was a special day.  It was a day for good guys and heroes.  It was about players past and present, and what happened on the field was just a side-story. My eight year-old daughter Molly and I were in Hawthorn’s second home of Launceston, to watch [Read more]

Oh Cyril

As a Hawthorn supporter who owns and still listens to every Australian Crawl album, I love it every time Cyril Rioli kicks a goal and the Hawks supporters break into song with “Oh Cyril, I would do anything just to be like him”.  It’s a tongue-in-cheek take on the classic song Errol from 1981’s Sirocco, [Read more]

Karmichael, I take it all back. What a goal!

By Sasha Lennon Saturday night provided us with one of those ‘momentous occasions’ in footy. The Gold Coast Suns played their first real ‘home’ game at the redeveloped Carrara. Amidst the fanfare marked by the ‘shock and awe’ style fireworks which burst above the crowd prior to the opening bounce, the punters were giving the [Read more]

Lions roar, Tigers dream and a young Roo makes his mark

By Sasha Lennon How good is Jonathan Brown? Of course, that’s a rhetorical question.  We all know he’s very, very good. Brown, for his presence on the field alone, if not for his ability to read the play and present himself as a target just like Wayne Carey or Dermott Brereton did before him is [Read more]