Flying North For The Winter (The CYs Preview)

The annual migration to warmer climes has commenced. The CY’s are not alone in dealing with this issue, but will be particularly hard hit in the next few weeks

VAFA – Smokie’s CYs preview: House Parties

Smokie Dawson is sniffing the social glue that has held Willy CYs together over the years.

VAFA: Winners’ beer! Smokie brings the latest from Williamstown CYMS AFC

Smokie previews Williamstown CYMS AFC’s VAFA clash against Fitzroy this week.

Almanac Teams: Vocations & Occupations

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” Aristotle.
There are many and varied lost trades lurking within the names of footballers and Smokie has found a few to create another Almanac Team.

Williamstown CYMS AFC: Into The Ammos!

Smokie Dawson reviews this week’s games for the Williamstown CYMS AFC, and also provides a history of the club’s inception into the VAFA.

VAFA Premier C – The CYs Preview: Uni Daze

In this week’s preview, Smokie reminisces about his tumultuous time at Melbourne Uni

VAFA Premier C – the CYs Preview: Road Hog

As usual, it took only days for Smokie to break his New Year’s resolution

VAFA Premier C – The CY’s Preview (Rd 3): The E.H. Holden

When he played in the Under-19’s, Smokie’s mode of transport was an old E.H. Holden.

VAFA Premier C – The CYs Preview: Round 2

In Ammos C Grade, Williamstown CYMS travel to Old Ivanhoe in an important test. Meantime, Smokie reminisces about an old boss.

VAFA Premier C – The CYs’ Preview: Round 1

Amateur footy kicks off in Melbourne today. And Smokie will be at the Fearon to watch his old club play. This is the first of his weekly Williamstown CYMS previews.

AFL Round 1 – Gold Coast v North Melbourne: Wet Season

What were they thinking when they scheduled a game in Cairns during the wet season?

Missing Red Symons

You don’t know what you’ve got til you lose it. In AFLW Grand Final week, Smokie recalls Red’s ways, Red’s traits and Red’s strident ambivalence to footy.

AFLW Round 3 – Collingwood v GWS: Three blokes walk into a bar

Smokie and his mates meet for a beer down the coast and take in the Collingwood v GWS AFLW match at the pub, though only after convincing the bartender to put the game on at least one of the TV’s that were all switched on to PyeongChang.

T20 International – Australia v England: Another ‘Big Ship’

Smokie Dawson went to the T20 at the MCG on Sunday with a very well-named mate. [from the MCC’s Balcony Banter]

Tayla Harris by Aidan (9)

Last season it was footy cards. Now Smokie’s talented footy-mad nephew – 9 year-old Blues fan Aidan – has been drawing a portrait of Tayla Harris

The Final Round at the House of Stoush

There is a part of Smokie that dies just a little when a familiar old building is demolished. It will be even more so when Festival Hall meets the wrecking ball.

The Ashes – First Test, Days 4 and 5: If

Test Match cricket is a game of “Ifs”. The Brisbane Test was no exception.

Almanac Teams: Hollywood Womens’ FC – The Leading Ladies

It is not right that there has been no women’s ‘funny’ team. In the spirit of equality, Smokie seeks to put this right with the “Leading Ladies” team.

Almanac Music – Midnight Oil at Kuranda: Still burning

Smokie Dawson capped off a week long holiday in Far North Queensland by seeing one of Australia’s most popular bands of all time Midnight Oil. The beautiful Kuranda Amphitheatre surrounded by the rain forest and company made it a gig to remember.

I hate Richmond

Smokie Dawson tries to explain his deep-seated hatred of Richmond.