Almanac Music – Sticky Fingers’: Caress your soul – passion, adolescence, Australia

Sean waxes lyrical about teens and bands in this piece, set in the wee small hours of the morning in a garage in suburban Sydney.

Almanac Music – Ocean Alley, The Comedown: Introspective, unassuming, contemplative

Sean Mortell catches Ocean Alley in the mot ordinary of places, but it’s impact is definitely not ordinary.

AFL Round 4 – GWS v Port Adelaide: The Gray Area

Sean Mortell reports on a Giants win in the frosty Canberra air.

Round 3 – Gold Coast v Hawthorn: Setting the sun on the Hawks’ horizon

Sean Mortell watched Gary Ablett Jnr answer his critics and help Gold Coast Suns put Hawthorn to the sword.

Almanac Music – Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’: Dividing sounds, but not opinions

Sean Mortell is completely blown away by Ed Sheeran’s new album, “Divide”. His comprehensive review will give you everything you need to know about Sheeran’s third studio album.

Almanac Music: Slightly Different Teenager’s Review of 2016 Music

Sean Mortell gives a 16 year old’s take on the music year that was 2016. [I suspect Sean is not your average 16 year old – Ed]

Northern FL Div. 1 Grand Final: Macleod v Heidelberg

Sean Mortell had a cracking day out watching local footy at Preston Oval, where Heidelberg proved too strong for Macleod.

Round 21 – Western Bulldogs v Collingwood: Bontempelli v Treloar

A Friday night spent watching two young stars go head-to-head.

Junior Footy – Banyule Colts v Preston: Snags and Bags: A Fighting Finish

It was a dead rubber, but that didn’t cool the contest in what was a heated footy match between Banyule and Preston on the Cabbage Patch.

Almanac Footy History – 1958 Grand Final: Collingwood save their record

Sean Mortell, a Year 10 student from Viewbank College, looks at the famous 1958 Grand Final between Collingwood and Melbourne when the Pies unlikely victory kept their record of four successive premierships from 1927-30 in tact. [Excellent stuff Sean – JTH]

Junior Footy – Banyule Colts v St Mary’s: Snags and Bags – The Last Hurrah

The Banyule boys gave it everything but, as Sean Mortell is willing to concede, St Mary’s were too classy. [A very self-effacing report – Ed]

Junior Footy – Banyule Colts v Whitehorse. Snags and Bags: Glass Half Full

Sean Mortell lost an all-important toss on a breezy day at Beverley Road, but that meant his Banyule Colts had the wind at their backs in the final quarter. Were they good enough to fight back?

Junior Almanac – Banyule Colts v Surrey Park: Snags and bag, back to the drawing board

The Banyule boys took on Surrey Park and one muddy cricket pitch.

Junior Footy (Colts) – Banyule v North Brunswick: Snags and Bags

Banyule Colts head to North Brunswick to play for a spot in the final four. They find a lot of mud, a fiery opponent and (pleasantly) a dressing room with genuinely hot showers. Sean Mortell tells the story.

The Turbulent Tales of a Footy Record Seller

Sean Mortell is a Year 10 student at Viewbank College. He has been spending this week doing work experience at the Almanac. A keen young writer, a student of literature, and centremen at the Banyule Colts, he has produced two pieces of writing. This one about being a Footy Record seller may generate some memories from other Record sellers. [It certainly also brings back memories of Bridget Schwerdt – Ed]

Round 2 – Fremantle v Gold Coast: A hazy future ahead

Sean Mortel explains how the fortunes of the Gold Coast Suns and Fremantle have intermingled and swapped in an unexpected fashion.

Dear Gillon, here’s a Grand Final day idea…

Sean Mortel provides a template for Gil McLachlan to consider when selecting the entertainment for this year’s AFL Grand Final.

Grand Final virgin turned into nail biter veteran

It was a day of twists and turns. Sean Mortell tells of the nerves he encounters as he plays his first grand final – in the U/15’s for Banyule-Bundoora.

The Ashes 2015 – Fifth Test, Day 4: Farewells and awkward celebrations

Sean Mortell delivers his take on Day 4 at The Oval; on what proved to be the final day of a topsy-turvy series. [Wonderful perseverance, Sean – Ed].

The Ashes 2015 – Fifth Test Day Three: Siddling into action

Sean Mortell watched day three of the final Ashes test, with Peter Siddle’s unerring accuracy proving a highlight.