Almanac Cricket – A view of Australia from fine leg: Match 4 – Rupertswood Cricket Club

Craig Dodson’s cricketing odyssey reaches the birthplace of the Ashes.

Almanac Cricket – A view of Australia from fine leg: Match 3 – Payneham Cricket Club

Craig Dodson has completed Game 3 on his summer-long cricketing odyssey, the object of which is to play for 10 different cricket clubs across several States and raise funds for charity along the way.

Almanac Cricket – A view of Australia from fine leg: Match 2 – Lake Albert Cricket Club

Peripatetic cricketer Craig Dodson played Game 2 as he continues his summer-long journey to play for 10 different cricket clubs across several States and raise funds for charity along the way.

A view of Australia from fine leg – let the adventure begin

Craig Dodson is raising funds for Mental Health Foundation Gotcha4Life (www.Gotcha4Life.org) by playing 10 cricket matches with different clubs each week across Australia. Here is his match 1 report. [Great effort Craig, help him support this cause! Ed.]

Kieren Jack – Hero to the Dodson boys (and their old man!): Farewell thoughts

For the Dodson boys, Kieren Jack has been their hero lovingly edged in that direction by their dad. Craig Dodson tells the story together with the family’s thoughts about the retirement of Swans great Kieran Jack.

Round 21 – Port Adelaide v Sydney: Gee, I love footy

What a difference seven months makes…when Craig Dodson set aside the weekend of the Port Adelaide v Sydney encounter, he was picturing an early Spring thaw and the Bloods en route to the finals. Despite the harsher reality, perspective won out.

Round 15 – Sydney v Gold Coast: Can we?

On a wintery afternoon Craig Dodson gathers the cygnets around to tell some fireside stories while watching the Swans win impressively against the Suns. He’s now wondering how far they can go.

Junior Footy: Sport in its purist form – The Macleod JFC Under 8s

Though he could do without the 6am wake up calls, and he suspects he’s not entirely in synch with modern coaching priorities, Craig Dodson doesn’t regret coaching the Macleod Under 8’s for a moment. (A piece sure to put a smile on your face – Ed).

Round 4 – Sydney v Melbourne: Hopeful trip to the SCG

Craig Dodson and Mrs. D take their young boys on an adventure to their first game of the SCG with high hopes and reminiscing about the days of footy in 1987.

Season Preview – Are the Swans good enough to be in the mix this year?

Craig Dodson can’t wait for his beloved Swans to hit the ground running for another season of AFL. He’s over all the summer stuff and is philosophical about what the season may hold for his Swans.

Almanac Cricket: The anatomy of a batting collapse

‘What is the anatomy of a batting collapse? Like a rollercoaster, it starts slowly…’ Sixteen and a half years later, the impact of that calamitous match is still almost enough to send Craig Dodson into therapy.

Never give up the chase for a baggy green!

Another great yarn from Craig Dodson who can now proudly say he has donned the famous baggy green! Here is his story.

A night at the Big Bash – Taking one for the kids

Craig Dodson will take a bullet for his kids, however, under no circumstances will he put a Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken bucket on his head while watching a bunch of mediocre state cricketers hack it around the park in the Big Bash. Craig reports on a night at the BBL with his “scallywags”.

Bring back the great Australian backyard!

Craig Dodson has a theory as to why Australian Cricket is stuffed. It all comes down to the death of the great Australian backyard. He asks us to hear him out.

The curse of the flat stick

Craig Dodson knows only too well the curse of the last shot (for most of us mere mortals anyway) from the short stuff – so much so that he now has it down to “tee” via a five step plan.

Round 21 – Melbourne v Sydney: Game of cards

Craig Dodson reckons sometimes in life you get dealt a decent hand, other times not so much. For his young ones, being gifted the Swans as a footy team doesn’t seem such a bad deal.

Simon Madden and the 5.07PM train from Moonee Ponds

Wracked with memories, apprehension and a sense of a real “sliding doors” moment, Craig Dodson had the chance to meet his first footy hero, Dons ruck extraordinaire, Simon Madden.

Round 15 – Richmond v Sydney: A test from the Tigers

Craig Dodson felt the cheer squad’s fervour was a bit overwhelming as his Swans headed south to face the reigning premiers .

Round 7 – Sydney v North Melbourne: Finding their old self

‘Thank you to the North Melbourne Football Club for wrecking my 40th Birthday.’
Craig Dodson’s milestone celebrations were tainted when the Roos defeated his Swans in Sydney on Saturday night – sorry about the loss Craig but Happy 40th from all us here at The Footy Almanac!

Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: The moment

Craig Dodson had his ‘moment’ over 30 years ago; he had the chance to witness his children’s own Swans moment as Ollie Florent sealed a famous victory.