Finals Week 2 – Richmond v St Kilda: Sad end to the Saints’ stellar season

Braham Dabscheck is disappointed to be bundled out of the finals but very happy with the Saints’ much-improved year. His boys had a red hot go all season.

Finals Week 1 – St. Kilda v Western Bulldogs: Saints fly high in heart stopping encounter against the Dogs

“Let’s face it: you have to be a Saint to be a Saint,” writes true Saint Braham Dabscheck as he tells the tale of a desperate last quarter.

Round 18 – St. Kilda v GWS: Saints take a Giant step into the finals

It was a nervy night, but Braham joined the St. Kilda supporters elated by the Saints’ return to finals action after a crushing win over the Giants.

Almanac Book Review – ‘The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina’ by Patrick Skene.

Patrick Skene’s book on Olsen ‘Big O’ Filipaina has been reviewed by Braham Dabscheck, who delves into the importance of his story for the modern nations of Australia and New Zealand.

Round 16 – St. Kilda v Hawthorn: Here we go ’round the mulberry bush sandwiched between two explosive quarters

Have the Saints regained their mojo? Braham Dabscheck thinks they may have, though there were signs against Hawthorn that a few more creases need ironing out before finals.

Almanac Book Review – “Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin: A man between two worlds” by Roy Hay.

Braham Dabscheck has reviewed the recently released biographical work on Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin by Roy Hay.

Round 13 – Brisbane v St. Kilda: The Sir Doug Nicholls Round: Here’s to you Robert Muir, St. Kilda’s number 32

There was already a sense of significance to this game between two of the best teams going around, both which feature Indigenous players in key roles; Russell Jackson’s article on former Saint Robert Muir made it moreso for Braham Dabscheck.

Round 12 – St. Kilda v Essendon: Saints defuse Bombers on a sunny Sunday

The way the 2020 AFL season has played out, teams are showing evident signs of fatigue after following tightly-contested games with a short break; Braham Dabscheck’s Saints reinforced this with their dominant performance over a lacklustre Essendon.

Round 10 – Gold Coast v St Kilda: Saints and Suns in a classic under the stars at Metricon

In an exciting game where the fortunes of both teams ebbed and flowed, Braham Dabscheck was more than happy when the Saints ran out eventual winners over the Suns in their Round 10 match.

Round 9 – St Kilda v Sydney: Series of Saints’ scintillating left foot snaps snap Swans’ spirits

After a closely fought game for three quarters, the Saints broke away in the final quarter for a well deserved win over the Swans reports Braham Dabscheck.

Round 8 – Port Adelaide v St Kilda: Membrey’s acrobatic goal of the century highlights a pulsating win

St Kilda’s win on Saturday night was already impressive enough, but Braham Dabscheck was left astounded by the soccer-like genius of Tim Membrey late in the last quarter.

Round 7 – Adelaide v St. Kilda: Enigmatic Dr JeKyll and Mr Hyde Saints finally have something to Crow about in historic win at Adelaide Oval

Braham Dabscheck was happy to watch his Saints overcome their Adelaide Oval hoodoo against the Crows.

Round 5 – Carlton v St. Kilda: Ben Long’s speccy highlight of Saints giving Carlton the blues

Braham Dabscheck is feeling pretty good about his Saints after their win over the Blues. He was particularly taken by Ben Long’s speccy.

Round 4 – St. Kilda v Richmond: Saints punt Tigers in marvellous display at Marvel Stadium

It had been hard for Braham Dabscheck to get a good read on the Saints in season 2020. But a wonderful win over last year’s premiers instilled confidence ahead of a clutch match against the Blues in Round 5.

Round 2 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: Hark that was no lark with Saints onto the mark as the Dogs lost their bark

Braham Dabscheck was very pleased with not only the Saints’ win over the Dogs, but also that their previously lacking accuracy in front of the big sticks was much improved.

Remembrance of things past – sort of: 1966 and all that!

Braham Dabscheck was 17 in 1966 , his Matriculation year. He has always been a passionate Saints fan and remembers their premiership year, and his. Braham mentions here that he started to write about sport, and study it. [Braham has been a world leader in the field of professional players’ unions across codes and countries. It was a privilege and pleasure to work with him on the VFL Players’ Association HIstory – and to continue to publish him here on the Almanac site – JTH]

Almanac Book Review – Roy Hay’s Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere

We bring you two highly respected thinker-writers in the field of sport and sports history: Braham Dabscheck reviews Roy Hay’s recent book Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere.

AFLW Round 6 – St. Kilda v Richmond: Saints achieve their goal against goalless Tigers

The Saints produced their best performance of the season writes Braham Dabscheck.

AFLW Round 5 – Carlton v St. Kilda: Saints on the improve despite experiencing the Blues

Although the Saints lost their Round 5 AFLW match against the Blues, Braham Dabscheck saw many positive aspects from the developing Saints that pleased him.

AFLW Round 4 – St. Kilda v Fremantle: Saints outpointed in unlucky loss to Dockers

Heartbreak in Moorabbin, the Saints came off their first ever win and fell just a single point short of competition heavyweights Fremantle. Braham Dabscheck sees positive signs and areas needing polish before the next game against the Blues.