Round 1 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: Almost, but we left it too late.

Jan Courtin was feeling great after the opening minutes of the Swans Round 1 match against the Doggies. But the feeling didn’t last long. And then her boys came storming home only to be held out in the final minutes. [You’ve got a big month coming up Jan, All the best – JTH]

Names but no faces!

Good looking, handsome? Or not as envisaged! After many literal interactions on the Footy Almanac site, Jan Courtin ponders the visual, what do her fellow Almanackers look like? She hopes to find out on her return to Melbourne.

It’s far from funny – but sometimes you just have to laugh!

Dementia has visited the Courtin clan, and sometimes you just have to see the funny side of the experience as Jan explains.

Growing Old Gracefully – what’s that all about!

Growing Old Gracefully may be a euphemism, with the connotation “Showing signs of ageing, but still powering forward with life” being a positive one, but at times Jan Courtin simply refuses to believe that a mere statistic, telling her the number of years that she’s been around, matters at all! It doesn’t!

Is it too soon for a bit of a laugh?

The things commentators say! Jan has a laugh.

Footy Grief, Hope and Perspective

Just as Jan felt that her Swans grieving period was drawing to a close – known to last until the cricket season – a simple road trip set her back as she explains.

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: The only thing you’ll learn from this is that footy makes me cry!

It is difficult, it is tough, but Jan Courtin does not shirk the issue of providing her post-match thoughts following the Swans’ big loss. And yes, there are tears.

Ticketek Insanity!

Jan Courtin is not happy! Getting AFL Finals tickets should not be as hard as it is at the moment, and something needs to be done says a frustrated Jan.

Round 23 – Sydney v Hawthorn: A loss, but our 20th finals series in 23 years awaits!

One thing Jan Courtin knows for sure, despite this loss, and with a couple of their stars back, they’ll be fighting in true Bloods spirit to do whatever is needed, at home or away, to carry the Swans onto victory.

Round 22 – GWS v Sydney: Never doubt us

Death, taxes and Sydney making the finals – Jan Courtin on a come from behind win in the Sydney Derby.

Round 21 – Melbourne v Sydney: All you doomsayers, how dare you doubt the mighty Bloods!

Jan Courtin’s Bloods stuck it right up the haters and naysayers – getting the job done against a disappointing Demons.

Round 20 – Sydney v Collingwood: The goal Tom McCartin will never forget!

For Jan Courtin, the rivalry with Collingwood stretches all the way back to her first season watching footy as a child. This week wasn’t so much about the Pies as it was about her Bloods, putting two questionable performances behind them in a last-gasp win.

Essendon v Sydney: The funeral march

Jan is absolutely gutted! She fears she will have to rid herself of her Swans obsession before she dies, if she is to leave this earth peacefully.

Bobby Skilton immortalised at Lakeside Oval

Die-hard Swan Jan was honoured to attend the unveiling of the Bob Skilton statue at Lakeside Oval on Thursday.

Round 18 – Sydney v Gold Coast: We’re still fourth!

‘Each week brings up unbelievable upsets and we don’t want to be on the end of one of those….!’
Jan Courtin reflects on a devastating Sydney loss to the Suns on the weekend.

Round 17 – North Melbourne v Sydney: Talk about a win!

‘Talk about a game of footy! Talk about a win! Talk about those young first year Bloods! Talk about those young second year Bloods! Talk about those young third year bloods! Talk about, well, simply, the MIGHTY BLOODS!’
Jan Courtin certainly had a lot to cheer the red and the white about on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

Sydney v Geelong: I’m down in the dumps. Strewth! Imagine if they’d kicked straight!

Jan hates losing. At anything. Tennis, “snap” at midnight on the beach but when her team loses, then it feels personal.

Round 15 – Richmond v Sydney: A road trip and a Richmond idiot

It was all too scary and “unbelievable” for Jan as the Tigers flexed their muscles to defeat her Swans.

Sydney Swans – The Bye: Reflection and Anticipation

The bye gives Jan Courtin the opportunity to reflect on the Swans’ season that has been and what is left to come.

Round 13 – Sydney v West Coast: If anyone can beat them, we can!

Jan Courtin is basking in the glory of a great win by the Swans.