Test cricket preparation: Ashes encounter on the doorstep (or wherefore art thou, everybody?)

What has Cricket Australia been thinking? It’s been difficult to understand which hemisphere everybody is in, let alone how form is shaping up. David Wilson takes a look at the preparation of the national Test squad and finds only a forget-a-thon of tiddly-winks.

Animal Farm: from the new coach of the schoolyard mouse racing

David Wilson (on behalf of MT) explains why some mice are more equal than others. It’s got to do with Wizz Fizz (injected not snorted). Somehow I think this may be allegorical, but I’m not sure about what. See if you can decipher the hidden code.

What is loyalty? (Or what’s the difference between loyalty and jousting sticks?)

Loyalty, commitment, allegiance. David Wilson has taken a good hard look at where we are and what the future might be.

Monday’s experts: R.Lyon is a successful coach with a successful method (or where would you rather be?)

You can’t blame Fremantle’s style of play for the Grand Final loss, writes David Wilson. The style works. It took Lyon’s team to a Grand Final and, but for several fluffed shots at goal, could have taken them all the way.

The club fan buries its de-listed

The fate of the de-listed played (with a nod to Henry Lawson).

Life of Bucks (or the curious business of how an AFL “reporter” can fill air time, column inches in the absence of news)

“My suffering left me sad and gloomy.” Yann Martel, Life of Pi, Chapter 1   Collingwood was out. The AFL finals had 3 weekends to play. Collingwood was out. Finished the home and away rounds in fifth spot. Eliminated in one match. Sunk.   “The elements allowed me to go on living. The lifeboat did [Read more]

AFL Finals Week 1 – Collingwood v Port Adelaide: Why is a raven like a writing-desk?

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland It’s a curious day. People of [Read more]

AFL Round 23 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Drifting

Round 23 and the impact of a Polish wedding make Star Wars and a Collingwood game more ethereal than usual.

Fifth Test – Day 2: Smith stands up in swinging London as the Poms scrap to stay in the match

Smith puts Australia in a good position but the story of the second innings is the wasting by Australia of the new ball. The visitors are playing with intent to win but there are three days ahead and twenty wickets remain to be taken.

Ahh now, about the hurling

A shared love of sport – in this case hurling – traverses all borders, as David Wilson can attest.

AFL Round 21 – Hawthorn v Collingwood: Great Expectations and the human condition

E. Regnans leaves his Dickensian life to head to the MCG with two colourful Russian women, and finds the spirit of Dickens in the MCC as well. (Quality Regnans – again. Ed) [Good to see appearances from Miss Havisham and Fagan – JTH]

AFL Round 18 – Collingwood v GWS: Bullfighting

E. Regnans finds himself with children and Jeremy Cameron at the MCG.

AFL Round 15 – Carlton v Collingwood: Awakening under the stars

Superb stuff from E. Regnans on last night’s game. [Hard to believe I know, but you’ll enjoy every Collingwood word of it – Ed]

O Coach, My Leader

With much discussion about finding the “right” coach for Melbourne, David Wilson asks: What actually is the job of a coach?

AFL Rounds 11, 12, 13 – Bye Bye AFL: Memo – Grasp the light

Footy, and interest in footy lives and dies on the weekly conversation. The weekly cut and thrust at work, at home, in one’s mind. By scheduling each team to have a bye over a three week period, the AFL has diluted interest in the competition over this entire period.

AFL Round 12 – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: Word associations and unanswerable questions

David Wilson is multi-tasking (badly) and would like some help from the ABC commentary team. Stop spouting cliches and reading statistics – give us the vibe of the match.

AFL Round 10 – Collingwood v Brisbane: Dr Seuss and the big storm

There was a game on Friday night but David Wilson (aka e.regnans) had bigger fish to fry: A thought-provoking week; a brilliant community book launch; a crackerjack storm. Dr Seuss was right.

AFL Round 9 – Collingwood v Sydney: Acceptance under the May full moon

Can Buddhists be competitive asks E. Regnans? Full moon or no full moon?

AFL Round 8 – Collingwood v Geelong: Thinking differently as the penguins huddle

View Melbourne and the Pies-Cats clash through the eyes of those from Darwin. As their host says, they think that little bit differently in the Top End.

AFL Round 6 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Homebody’s neighbourly duty brings him into the world of the tweet

“As I ease through the back door,” writes E. Regnans, “I immediately clock that my aforementioned life partner is wearing her flannelette pyjamas and it’s not yet 6.30pm. That’s a solid claim to home base.”