Balcony Banter, Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: A test of family unity

How did the Fithall family negotiate their divided loyalties on Friday night? Read Andrew’s Balcony Banter piece to find out.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: Pies umbrella or Geelong wife?

The qualifying final was supposed to be a family affair. But Magpie Andrew Fithall mucked up his MCC booking (so he says) so he had to sit on his own rather than with the Geelong-supporting part of his crew..

Balcony Banter Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood: Observing (almost) 25 years of ANZAC Day at the ‘G

Andrew Fithall and the Anzac Day game go back a long way. He was pleased to share the occasion once more with family. And not too disappointed when the Pies snuck home.

Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): ANZAC Day 2019

The crowd was in early for the traditional ANZAC clash and Andrew Fithall and crew were very much part of it. The arithmetic progression of Pies goals was becoming a worry, but sometimes Maths can be beaten. [I agree on Darcy Moore and the reasoning – JTH]

Almanac Music: 10 Favourite Austral(as)ian Albums of 2017

Andrew Fithall knows his music alright. If you aren’t familiar with any of these, check them out and be rewarded.

The Cup Day Quaddie

A Cup Day tale from Andrew Fithall that many of us can relate to.

Almanac Music: Ten Favourite Australian Albums of 2016

Andrew Fithall is a true music lover – and will sniff out new talent and take a tip and suss out anything and travel anywhere and has his finger on the pulse. Just like Luke Reynolds who was part of the inspiration for this piece.

Father and Son: Mark and Lachlan Hunter

Andrew Fithall traces the journey of Lachlan Hunter, hoping to be named as a father-son selection for the Bulldogs where his father, Mark, played 130 games.

Round 10 – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: I hate hypocritical me

‘Never look a gift horse in the mouth,’ goes the saying. Despite knowing this, Andrew Fithall takes several long, contemplative inspections. [And you didn’t read of Lachie Hunter here – Ed].

Round 22 – Geelong v Collingwood: Border force and hope without finals (Floreat Pica Society)

Andrew Fithall, on behalf of the Floreat Pica Society, finds perspective in a house unaccustomed to life without finals football. The young ‘uns are going to be alright.

Almanac Lacrosse – Under 19 World Championships: Australia 14 England 13 in quadruple overtime

Sudden victory or sudden defeat: coming to terms with a monumental struggle and its denouement.

Bec Lane Prepares to Take On the World

Scotland hosts the under 19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championships in July this year. One of Australia’s stars, Bec Lane, needs your help to get there. Andrew Fithall brings Bec’s story to the Almanac. [Hear Bec and others on 774 ABC Melbourne tonight – March 31]

Almanac Music: My Favorite Australian Albums of 2014

On this Australia Day weekend, Andrew Fithall – that most ardent fan of Australian music – lets us in on his favourite Australian albums of the year just gone.

Upcoming lacrosse finals around Melbourne

With footy finals going on all over the place, I thought I would bring to your attention another sport which has finals scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Lacrosse. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be lacrosse finals played all over Melbourne. Check out the roster to see if they are playing near you.

The Non-Aligned Supporter

The non-aligned supporter is a ghastly beast. The AFL Grand Final attracts them, but they can also be found at barbecues and pubs on the day. Andrew Fithall hates them, possibly because he is one of them.

AFL Round 15 – Carlton v Collingwood: When a win brings joy

Andrew Fithall was on the spot to see excellent performances that will have some significant outs struggling to get their place back in the side. He was ready to applaud – but only when the time was right.

AFL Round 13 – Western Bulldogs v Richmond: Father-Son? It is the family

Andrew Fithall provides an insight into the community-minded Hunter family, who proudly watched young Lachlan make his debut for the Bulldogs on Saturday (along with a large contingent from Williamstown it seems).

AFL Round 9 – Collingwood v Sydney (Floreat Pica): Pies fans under attack

Pies fan Andrew Fithall copped a ribbing from a Swans supporter for the first time in his life following the Freo match two weeks ago. [On their current trajectory, he may need to get used to it – Ed.]

Lacrosse Under 18 National Championships

Sam Pang has been heard to describe netball as “basketball with all the good bits taken out”. Lacrosse is like hockey, but with a lot of good bits thrown in.

Floreat Pica – Collingwood v West Coast – Best Win of the Year (to-date)

At the conclusion of Saturday night’s game, West Coast Eagles players quickly showered and then headed for the airport. They would back in Perth in the early hours of Sunday, head home and then get some sleep. They adopt this strategy because after a game of football, players find it hard to sleep anyway, so [Read more]