Round 9 – North Melbourne v Sydney: How impressive are our young cygnets!

The young Swans are beginning to make an impact on the Sydney team, and Jan Courtin is very happy about this as her report of the Round 9 match between the Roos and Swans at Blundstone Arena indicates.

Round 8 – Sydney v Essendon: What the hell am I doing?

The heart, the teeth, feeling absolutely terrible, and don’t forget the Bloods, are all just part of a day for Jan Courtin as she explains.

Round 7 – Brisbane v Sydney: True Believers

Jan Courtin can remember previous struggles for the Sydney Swans (and South Melbourne). So she’s thankful for recent success, and looking forward to her club rising again.

Round 6 – Sydney v GWS: “Why do you bother?”

Jan Courtin ventures up the highway from her new home of Melbourne to the SCG. When asked “Why do you bother?” supporting the Swans in the lowest times, she knows that as a die-hard fan win, lose or draw; it’s worth it.

Round 5 – Richmond v Sydney: Go the Mighty Bloods – I love you, win or lose!

Jan Courtin is a magnificent supporter – so much Swans love in her heart as is evident in this report of their match against Richmond.

Round 4 – Sydney v Melbourne: Change, and the challenges ahead

Jan Courtin and her husband, Marshall, travel to Sydney to watch their beloved Sydney Swans play against the Melbourne Demons. Jan reflects on the inevitable changes in her football team and life itself.

Round 3 – Carlton v Sydney Swans: A footy win is a tonic

Reflecting upon her road travelled to the Harbour City, Jan Courtin prepares for her return to Melbourne, but not before watching her Swans score a desparately needed win against an improving Carlton.

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.