All it takes is a smiling Shrek

Teddy bears, and chalk drawings on the footpath not only bring joy to children but also to senior citizens as Jan Courtin explains.

About time the inevitable happened!

Jan Courtin did manage to watch her Swans win and it did feel great…but in the larger scheme of things, she’s surprised we forged ahead as far as we did with footy in 2020.

The virus – What about the Players?

Jan Courtin raises a very valid point with regards to coronavirus and sport. What do you think?

ICC T20 Women’s World Cup: An assault on the auditory, but a delight to the visual

Jan Courtin may be more of a purist when it comes to the form of the game, but she witnessed some pure elation from the stands of the T20 Women’s World Cup. Here are her thoughts fresh from a visual feast and auditory cacophony at the ‘G.

Living in the moment – and I mean, the moment!

In this honest and frank offering, Almanac favourite Jan Courtin shares her challenging experiences loving and caring for her beloved Marshall who is struggling with dementia. (Raw and courageous writing at its best – Ed.)

Australia v New Zealand – Second Test, Day 2: How to (almost) ruin a day at the cricket

The cricket was excellent, but the performance of security at the Second Test at the MCG was heavy-handed, writes Jan Courtin.

Come on Queensland! Sheffield Shield cricket at its best.

Jan Courtin had a fabulous day at the cricket, marvelling at the exploits of the new, young, up and coming cricketers, the closeness and excitement of the match, and of course letting out her emotions in true style celebrating Queensland’s great win.

Cricket is now firmly on the agenda

Jan Courtin’s sporting allegiances can be complicated, but a sunny day at the Junction Oval, watching Aaron Finch blast the ball into the crowd, produced many delights. Even with the change of seasons, Jan can still spot a Swans connection.

Round 23 – Sydney v St Kilda: Love is in the air!

An emotional day for Jan Courtin with many tears shed by her and fellow Swans supporters as they farewelled some of Sydney’s favourite sons in their final game with a great win over the Saints in their Round 23 match at the SCG.

Round 20 – GWS v Sydney: Heartbreak, but pride aplenty.

The Swans put up a magnificent fight against the more-fancied GWS and were pretty unlucky to go down, but Jan Courtin was filled with pride by their performance. [Mark or free kick, take your pick – Ed]

Round 19 – Sydney v Geelong: We can hold our heads high!

Reflecting back on a famous Swans victory over a dominant Cats side in the 1960s, Jan Courtin had hopes the current iteration in red and white could stage a similar upset against the ladder-leaders. It was not to be, but the exercise gave her pause to think about the legacies of two of our finest ever players of Indigenous background – Goodes and Farmer.

Round 18 – Fremantle v Sydney: My preferred interpretation of success!

After watching her Swans lose by a point, Jan Courtin spends a restless night contemplating a number of topics, including the meaning of “success”

Round 17 – Sydney v Carlton: Oh Dear!!

Sydney’s defeat by Carlton finds Jan Courtin not at the SCG, but in the philosophical principality of St Kilda East. [Congratulations on the Lake Oval move – Ed].

Round 16 – Essendon v Sydney: A rare loss to Essendon

A circumspect Jan Courtin reports after her Swannies suffered a rare defeat at the hands of the Bombers.

Round 15 – Sydney v Gold Coast: Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa!

Jan Courtin misses her first Swans game at the SCG in 20 years but the Rising Sun Hotel in South Melbourne makes an admirable alternative for her to watch the game. Read her Round 15 report of Sydney’s clash against the Suns.

Almanac Cyber Crime: There are experts and there are experts!

For those of you who have been following Jan Courtin’s computer problems, she has her files back. But in the midst of all the tears, she discovered that not all experts are alike.

Round 14 – Sydney v Hawthorn: One of the pleasures of life, beating Hawthorn!

Boy, is Jan Courtin over the moon! Her beloved Swans have had a great win over the Hawks, and Jan loves to beat the Hawks. Read her report of Sydney’s win over Hawthorn in their Round 14 match at the SCG.

Almanac Footy History – Supporters’ Tribute to a Bloods Legend

Swans tragic, Jan Courtin relives a special day with Peter Bedford, as supporters pay tribute to a Swans great.

Bye Round: Our future is looking extremely bright!

Jan Courtin continues her lifelong affair with the Swans as her recent report to the Sydney Swans site indicates.

Round 12 – Sydney v West Coast: If this is a team in transition, then a mighty Cheer Cheer for transition!

Happy Jan and Not Happy Jan all in the same piece. One part scary, one part delighted. But at least Jan’s developing Swans were on fire.