Round 18 – GWS v Sydney Swans: Almost as triumphant as Beethoven’s Ninth!

The triumph of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony came to mind as Jan Courtin watched the Swans roll onto victory in their game against the Giants.

Round 17 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: South Melbourne! South Melbourne!

Jan Courtin is a very happy Swan after Sydney’s fantastic win wearing the old South Melbourne colours against ladder leader the Western Bulldogs in Round 17.

Round 16 – Sydney v West Coast: I’d like more of that, please!

Jan Courtin was reminded of the days when Sydney were South Melbourne by the small but vocal crowd in red and white. A sea of Swans fans makes for a rare event nowadays outside of NSW!

Almanac Life: The small things that really matter

To visit a favourite cafe for breakfast on a sunny day after the easing of covid restrictions brought great joy to Jan Courtin as she tells in her wonderful story.

Round 12 – Sydney v St Kilda: If Only!

It wasn’t the barnstorming performance Jan Courtin expected, but she was left relieved and satisfied once the final siren confirmed a nail-biting win for her Swans over the luckless Saints.

Almanac Life: Ten Things I Love

Responding to Kevin Densley’s things he hates, Jan Courtin has come up with a list of things she loves.

Round 11 – Sydney v Carlton: My Swans–addled brain

Jan Courtin is planning a novel approach to combatting her Swans-related nerves – in the meantime, at least the Blues were tamed!

Round 9 – Sydney v Collingwood: What is it about Collingwood?

Jan Courtin has had a chequered past with Collingwood, but no matter how she feels about the club as a whole, it’s always incredibly satifying to get the four points over them!

Round 7 – Sydney v Geelong: Oh, ye of little faith!

Jan Courtin watched, but couldn’t watch, her Swans as they tackled Geelong at the SCG. Somehow, in the end, she managed to see it through in a most peculiar way.

Round 5 – Sydney v Greater Western Sydney: Sport. Sport. Sport.

Jan Courtin is back the SCG for the first time since June 2019 to see her beloved Swans in action on their home ground. While Sydney didn’t get the win, another of her favourites, the Queensland Bulls, triumphed in the Sheffield Shield final.

Round 4 – Sydney v Essendon: Another of those heart stoppers!

Another cracker-jack game between the Swans and Bombers as a relieved Jan Courtin explains.

Round 3 – Richmond v Sydney: Bloody Amazing! We’ve just strangled Richmond!

Jan Courtin was not expecting her Swans to have a win against the Tigers but they did, and is she rapt!

Round 1 – Brisbane v Sydney: How to get the excitement juices flowing

Jan Courtin’s Swans pulled off a massive upset in Brisbane, she celebrated the new name Bloods from the heartland of old South Melbourne on Raglan Street.

Australia v India – Second Test: Simply being at the G is what has mattered!

Jan Courtin recounts the trials and tribulations of getting to the MCG, entering the ground, and happenings within the ground but she enjoyed being in the crowd for three days of the Boxing Day Test.

Round 15 – Sydney v Melbourne: Well, doesn’t that break your heart. No, mate, not my heart!

It was an unusual time for footy, but Jan Courtin quickly chose to follow her Swans as they upset the Demons. Off the back of some strange commentary, she rode the ups and downs of the young Sydney team.

Almanac Life: What is a gluten–free, organic, non–dairy, save–the–whale girl to do, on a cold Melbourne Saturday?

Jan Courtin slips away from the reality of a cold, wet winter’s day in Melbourne via her wonderful world wide memories of times past.

Round 12 – Sydney v GWS: If that’s what we can expect in the near future, I’ll be one very happy Jan!

Jan Courtin is a great believer in her beloved Swans, and against the odds they did not let her down smashing GWS for a big win in their Round 12 match.

Almanac Life: One of those Melbourne lockdown Saturdays

A day in lockdown quickly evolved into an emotional reflection on Jan Courtin’s parents. Whilst typing out some letters from years gone by, Jan discovered her family history, making the day worthwhile.

Almanac Life: Masked Melbourne and a Swans thought

During a pleasant walk by the Lake Oval on a beautiful Melbourne day Jan Courtin came across a decorated old tree inspiring her to pen a poem. Not such a pleasant day for her Swans though!

Round 8 – Sydney v Hawthorn: One of those Saturdays

Jan Courtin is restless. It’s the nature of her universe at the moment – and The Universe generally. She listens to music. And she watches her Swans. Both are uplifting.