Preseason musings in the Merks

It briefly enters the public consciousness after an incident of great notice, but Phil Hill has been mulling over general rule changes in sports, with a few examples. [Could throw rugby league into the mix after recent events – Ed.]

Ball tampering in the Merks

‘It is an offence for any player to take any action which changes the condition of the ball.’ Rule 41.3.2. Phil Hill contemplates an umpire’s dilemma when the ball ends up in the poo. (Highly amusing – Ed.)

VAFA B Section – Fitzroy v Something Important: A Moment

Local footy is a great leveller, a community of compassion, where empathy is openly displayed no matter your standing in life, as Phil Hill’s day at footy so clearly demonstrates.

Round 16 – GWS v Brisbane: Footy on my Phone, somewhere in Korea

Travelling down the west coast of Korea by bus, it’s difficult to keep up with the footy scores when your team is playing as Phil Hill explains. But he’s a happy man, his Lions defeated GWS in their Round 16 clash.

Round 6 – Gold Coast v Brisbane: Peering into the Glare

Phil Hill heads to Metricon for the first time ever – but forgot to take his shorts and thongs. He was impressed by his Lions.

Round 3 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: The View from the Royal Derby

Phil Hill now bases himself at The Royal Derby pub to watch the Brisbane Lions play. With like minded supporters, he was impressed by what he saw against the Power.

VAFA Premier B, Round 1 – Old Scotch v Fitzroy: The pain begins

Phil Hill on the Golden Orb spider, old girlfriends and newly-promoted Fitzroy’s Round 1 meeting with Premier B heavyweight Old Scotch. [And a call to get down the Brunswick Street Oval on Saturday – Ed].

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 2: Ashwin puts India on top

Phil Hill says the Indians are on top after some poor shots from some of the Australians and some tremendous bowling from Ashwin. He also remembers the late Neville Turner.

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 1: 9/250 makes for a delicious Day 2

I have been in nine different countries this year and there has been one constant: people all over the world are so polite and generous with their advice and time. In Paris, which has the opposite reputation, all the locals would stop, when I was fumbling with my map and compass, and insist on accompany [Read more]

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 1: Tickets please!

Phil Hill is sort of organised but sort of not as he describes the logistics around getting to this morning’s first session at the Adelaide Oval.

Almanac (Cricket) Teams: My Least Favourite Australian Cricket Side

Phil Hill has picked a side of cricketers who have made him yell at the TV over the years.

VAFA Premier C – Fitzroy v PEGS: We had the close one

Freeway traffic and footy. Phil Hill combines the two in this report.

VAFA Premier C – Fitzroy v Ivanhoe: What a day for the Fitzroy faithful!

Footy, flowers, and highflyers, are all part of the day for Phil Hill as he celebrates victories by the Fitzroy FC.

VAFA Premier C – Old Mentonians v Fitzroy: Oh Hum, Just a Twelve Goal Win

An easy win for the ‘Roys against Mentone as reported by Almanacker Phil Hill.

VAFA Premier C – Fitzroy v Marcellin: Reasons to be Cheerful

Back from volunteering in Timor Leste, Phil Hill wanders down to Brunswick St to watch Fitzroy defeat Marcellin

VAFA Premier C – Fitzroy v Old Mentonians: You know the season has started when…

Phil Hill has hit the ground running with his Round 1 match report(s) of the big triple-header on a stunning afternoon at BSO. [Great win to the Roys – JTH]

Round 1 – St Kilda v Brisbane: Out the Back, URTI and Costco

Phil Hill reports on the St Kilda’s goals out the back and the lack of response from Brisbane’s coaching box.

Almanac Cricket: Number 11 and how to be a good one

The number 11 position in the batting line-up is crucial. And, as a number 11, you should never underestimate your place in the team. Phil Hill offers some important (and amusing) advice. [It must be cricket season – Ed]

Blind Deaf and Clueless; Park cricket Returns

Phil Hill looks forward to the return of park cricket and umpiring in the Merks

VAFA Premier B – Fitzroy v Old Carey: Cuzzie sans two teeth? Whatever, the Roys prevail.

Dr Phil is impressed with the Roys start, but is called on to patch up Cuzzie and misses half the game. On his return, the Roys are still up.