VAFA Division One Round 8 – NOBs/St Pat’s v MHSOB: Parklife

“…all the burning leaves…” A perfect autumn day is spent watching North Olds/ St Pat’s against Melbourne High School Old Boys. Suburban footy doesn’t get much better.

AFL Round 11 – St Kilda v Collingwood: Gathering storm

Wild horses wouldn’t drag David Wilson to Docklands, unless they were accompanied by golden syrup dumplings and the rest of the circus troupe. Still he settled in with Bruce, Dennis and the two Buds to watch proceedings.

AFL Round 10 – Collingwood v West Coast: From disdain to perspicacity (or footy as the Antipodia atralba butterfly)

The Almanac’s resident lepidopterist, David Wilson, awakens the Black and White Skipper from its chrysalis in time to evade the marauding Eagle.

AFL Round 9 – Adelaide v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): Tick. Tock. It’s an ambush!

The full moon, time passing, Tommy’s passing, neighbour Bob’s passing, Collingwood’s temporary (?) passing. If life is about acceptance, how can Collingwood’s loss matter?

Open sewage: the need for a people person’s plan

Can the 1854 fatal cholera outbreak in London Town inform the AFL in 2014? David Wilson searches for signs of enlightenment and epidemiology.

AFL Round 7 – Carlton v Collingwood: “…the days it’s made out of. Nothin else.”

A tale of stories, students, a barber of Turin. All sorts of yesterdays unfold and the Collingwood gypsies dance again.

AFL Round 6 – Collingwood v Essendon: Suspending judgement (muddling along)

E.regnans takes in a Collingwood group effort while getting a perspective workout. Life is hard. We’re all just muddling along.

AFL Round 5 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Oily skins and intelligent hands

David Wilson celebrates the life and writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dane Swan and other mysterious poets. Collingwood are magical, but for North its another lesson in realism.

AFL Round 4 – Richmond v Collingwood: Ghosts of Hoddle Street in the CityLink era

A chat with Syd Coventry proves rather revealing: the past matters, things change, and Collingwood and Richmond are like the once-grand navies of Spain and England. And what of football as a game these days? [E. Regnans: poignantly creative again – Ed]

AFL Round 3: Collingwood v Geelong – Midnight’s Children (avoid sperectomy)

David Wilson (aka EiiR) reveals the secrets of his wondrous imagination, and why magic (not realism) is the preference of Collingwood supporters everywhere.

AFL Round 2 – Sydney v Collingwood: Remnants of the Roman legion, Nick Maxwell and the hipster paradox

David Wilson celebrates a brave Magpie win, and the former captain in his 200th game who is no less a leader for the change of title. Nick Maxwell – a man within a team within a club.

AFL Round 1- Collingwood v Fremantle: Fairytale of Sandy Point

E. Regnans heads to the South Gippsland Coast with nothafagus cunninghammi and the footy is uncommonly, but appropriately, second fiddle.

Third Test – Day 1: Cape of Good Hope

Vintage ERegnans/DWilson. Captures a little of the first day (night?) of the Test, and much of what is important in life. Poetry in motion.

Second Test: Day 4 – Havoc

E. Regnans is dhrinkin’ pints and watchin’ cricket again.

Second Test – Day 1: No-one blinks

E. Regnan (and Clarrie Grimmett) make their way to South Africa for a testing day’s play.

First Test: Day 4 – Carnage

E. Regnans records a Roddy-Doyle-like conversation which records the blood-on-the-wicket final day of the Centurion Test which Australia win comfortably without Watto.

First Test – Day 1: Making hay

E. Regnans gets on his horse to see (?) the Australians accumulate a solid tally on the first day of the Centurion Test. He is unimpressed with the South African attack and amazed by G. Smith’s decision to bat last.

Where are all the girls, Dad?

David Wilson shares insight gleaned from the mouths of babes. Or at least from his 6 and 8 year old daughters. How come there are so few pictures of women in the sports pages?

Team sport success: Where can I buy a magic carpet? (Illywhackers v. controllers)

E. Regnans writes of the magic (whatever you call it) which is hard to identify yet transforms teams, and also reflects on the impact of one G.J. Bailey.

A search and a small revelation on 21 January

David (Mountain Ash) Wilson reveals a little of his journey from A grade to C grade and back again – and again. A journey from ignorance to fear to wisdom – and back again. As all good journeys are. (A ***** Classic – Ed).