Almanac (Cricket) Memoir: ‘Creeket iz life’

Mathilde de Hauteclocque tells the story of her love of cricket and in doing so reveals much about her family, especially her father, the French Count, and his deep appreciation of the game (‘Creeket iz life’). A great tale of where life takes you and what it offers when your eyes are open and alert to possibility.

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v Essendon: Sending your music into the Bradman twilight (fortissimo)

The O’Reillys become Bradmans for an evening – an interesting idea – and admire a finely-tuned ensemble of players as the spirit descends.

Round 23 – Sydney v Carlton: The Pelican of the SCG

Interesting what you see at the footy, and where that might take your thoughts. Mathilde de Hauteclocque enjoys the final match with the O’Reilly crew as the Swans take their place in the finals.

Backwards to go Forwards: an Ode to Defence (or ‘Tash and Dash’)

Football is football. But it is also a way in to thinking and feeling. This meditation from Mathilde de Hauteclocque offers a half back flanker’s response to omnipresent grief.

Round 20 – Geelong v Sydney: Finding what you’re looking for

Mathilde de Hauteclocque heads off on her annual Geelong pilgrimage. Along the way she looks for God in the sky, the Clowder on The Terrace and wisdom in a bluestone bar. She considers pressure and re-entry and wards off disappointment, however briefly.

Round 17 – GWS v Sydney: There and not there

I’m not sure Mathilde de Hauteclocque is entitled to sit in the House of Reps but her impact comes from the keyboard anyway. Here she describes the green shoots of genuine rivalry in Football Sydney on a night to satisfy the senses and sensibilities, French and otherwise.

Round 16 – Sydney v Gold Coast: Rohan is the danger man

Mathilde de Hauteclocque compares Gary Rohan to sulphur… and why not! The cultish figure had another superb game and damaged the Suns whenever he got the ball.

Round 12 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Welcome surprise

Mathilde de Hauteclocque offers up a slice of footy wisdom as she explains why the unpredictable nature of the game is what makes it so enthralling.

Round 10 – Sydney v Hawthorn: Refuge, time, space, kinship, dialogue.

Mathilde de Hauteclocque with a thought-provoking meditation on unbinaries, and imaginings that are on the edge of imagining yet are somehow expressed in footy.

Wall and the Art of Swans Maintenance

The Swans have hit the wall. ‘You just have to find a way,’ Longmire lamented post-Round 6. Mathilde agrees with him and explains how she found a way when confronted with problems repairing a wall in her house, suggesting her problems are no different to those experienced by the Swans, and like her, the Swans must also find a way if they are to repair the damage of their horrible start to the season.

Round 5 – Sydney v GWS: The Swans face the world of the zombie apocalypse, the French election and the talent of their neighbour

A timely Mathilde de Hauteclocque meditation.

Round 3 – Sydney v Collingwood: Swan Lake

Mathilde de Hauteclocque had a premonition of Sydney’s demise on Friday night with a new phone ringtone chosen by her Cygnet. Afterwards, she couldn’t help but think about the impact Lance Franklin has had on her team.

Round 2 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: The Dogs are no Bunnies

Mathilde de Hauteclocque and the Cob head to the local Pakistani in Enmore and on to the old Warren View to watch the flag unfurling from Melbourne. Their Swans battle hard. They take in the night. [More engaging contemplation from MdeH – JTH]

Round 1 – Sydney v Port Adelaide: Sydney’s injury woes

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is bracing herself for a rough start to the season for Sydney with injuries coming into play.

Changing of the seasons: AFLW to AFL

Mathilde de Hauteclocque answers her son’s questions about the AFLW and why the men’s competition isn’t called ALFM. She also excitedly awaits the start of the AFL season to see her Swans in action.

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]