Almanac Art (pen and ink): Game by the Beach


Cold, wet and muddy.

Fortunately, this very early morning game at Brighton Beach last weekend was done just as the rain began. In having said that, there was plenty of mud which saw to these boys sliding their goals through the sticks at each end of the ground.

I love the location of this ground at Brighton Beach, nestled in amongst the suburbs and yet perched right on the edge of Port Philip Bay. It is flanked on one side by the local bowls club and on the other, a children’s playground.

The clubrooms have been built in the 1950’s style orange brick with a first floor enabling good viewing and protection from the stiff bayside breeze. Local real estate agency boards adorn the outside walls.

Some parents dot the perimeter fence line watching closely, some chat to other parents ,not watching closely, whilst others seek refuge in their vehicles not watching at all.

Against the backdrop of ocean views, palm trees and railway stanchions these schoolboys slipped, slid and splashed their way across the ground with endurance, valour and an extra degree or two of dexterity, so as to manage the wet Sherrin.

The depleted home side, Brighton Grammar, with borrowed opposition players, lost narrowly to the away team, St. Kevins.

All in good spirit.

image: Game by the Beach, pen and ink sketch 



  1. Kate

    Loving these every week.

    Know the ground well, played there for Kostka, late 70s, when we outgrew the smaller ovals over the road. Have a memory of Slug Jordan coming down to coach one afternoon!

    Pretty part of the world and great place for junior footy.

    Hope you and yours are enjoying the season


  2. Thanks Sean

    I had no idea who Slug Jordan was until just now. I had to consult the trusty google for info.

    My first thought was that he sounded like a character worthy of a sketch. Funnily enough Wiki informed me he was known particularly for his colourful language so I am guessing a sketch with speech bubbles and lots of typographical [email protected]#!



  3. Dear Kate, these are fantastic pieces, and very inspirational. Well done.


  4. Kate

    These pages and its authors could write reams about Ray ‘Slug’Jordan.

    State Wicketkeeper, famed North reserves coach, general knockabout larrikan with a foul mouth.

    yep, perfect to be guest coach for a bunch of kids!


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