AFL Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: Tigers in spite of themselves

Round one is the round of hope, where every team begins with a clean slate and all lies ahead. This is the theory. In reality, no club enters any given season unencumbered by the baggage of what preceded.

Third Test – Preview: A Climax in Act One?

How much will Australia be spurred by Punter’s last hurrah? What has the man himself got left in the tank?

Second Test – Day 1: Saffas capitulate amongst the scaffolding

Having so far claimed 10/1047 in the series, John Butler believes the South Africans may even settle for getting Michael Clarke out. Just once.

Let those who are without sin…

It’s been a tumultuous season for followers of the Navy Blue, particularly if you pay any heed to those more priapic pundits who fill their days writing about football without ever really mentioning the play. A winless pre-season had us in crisis, according to some. Then we were proclaimed premiership favourites after stomping the Pies [Read more]

Collingwood TV – An Idea For The Ages

  So they’re seriously considering a dedicated Collingwood channel. I don’t doubt this idea is manna from heaven for many. People will suddenly realise what’s been missing from their lives all these years. Myself? My reaction is rather more like Alex in his maximum security ward in A Clockwork Orange: strapped to a gurney, eyes [Read more]

A Good Time To Reflect

  Football is a pretty reliable mirror. The many ways we express our passion for the game reveal us. The industry that has grown around the game  also tells us much by the way it chooses to operate. All manner of issues regarding indigenous footballers have arisen lately. In the case of Liam Jurrah, the [Read more]

Book Review: Australia Story of a Cricket Country

  Editor:  Christian Ryan Publisher:  Hardie Grant RRP:  $90   (Almanac price $75. Details here)   We are told a lot of things nowadays. We’re told nobody buys books anymore. That iPads and eBooks are the inevitable, irresistible way of the future. Even cricket administrators tell us few under thirty care much about test cricket now. [Read more]

The Ascension of Pup

  The test summer has concluded in unanticipated rout. Australian success has spawned a thousand post-Argus paternity claims, whereas Indian failure is truly an orphan. Indeed, it seems India’s initial inclination is to pretend the summer never happened at all. But as we bask in the afterglow, Australian fans might still harbour a nagging doubt. [Read more]

Hit Me Again: Djokovic vs. Nadal

  Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, the tennis served as an eminently companionable side show to my flannel-centric summers. I fondly remember Kooyong and White City grass courts. Newk, Muscles, Eddo, Phil Dent and, yes, even JA, were a welcome support cast filling in the gaps between test matches. The tennis was as [Read more]

Another Australian Day

In the context of this increasingly lopsided ‘contest’, the celebration of Australia Day seemed a case of considerable overkill. What day hasn’t been Australia’s day in this series? India have certainly proved themselves a most accommodating opponent this summer. Unable to muster serious resistance when it counted, the prospect of them showing much fight here [Read more]

A Tale of Two Captains

It seemed like a classic contest:  India’s batting monuments facing Australia’s rejuvenated pace attack,  with one last chance to claim a series victory in this country at stake for some. It has only taken eight days of cricket for conversation to turn to consideration of a whitewash. Instead of a great confrontation, we’re left reminded [Read more]

A Confederacy of Dunces (Pt 2): Big Bash League

  Glamorous, jaw dropping, captivating, brilliant. No, it is not Erin McNaught strutting down a catwalk. It is T20 cricket – and it is about to rock Australia like never before. BBL ‘20 Days to go’ promo “KFC T20 Big Bash League is the most talked about event in the country. Fans love their teams [Read more]

That’s Real Entertainment!

Owing to illness, Peter Flynn was unable to provide his scheduled report.   For those marketing types on constant lookout for ways to repackage cricket as an ‘entertainment product’, this match should hopefully serve as a reminder that cricket has long offered one of the best entertainment packages there is to be had in sport. [Read more]

The Limits of Aggression

  Australian cricket has long worn aggression as a badge of honour. In our modern period of domination  that badge was often brandished with zealous fervour.  It gave our cricket with an uncompromising edge. Sometimes it seemed we courted controversy for its own sake, even when it was superfluous to the requirements of victory. In [Read more]

Qualified Joy in Kiwi Clobbering

  Two seasons ago Australia were undefeated in six test matches against the mediocre opposition put up by the West Indies and Pakistan. All that success served to achieve was to mask the deficiencies of an ordinary team, and set Australia up for last summer’s Ashes debacle.  So an easy win over a New Zealand [Read more]

A Confederacy of Dunces* (Pt 1)

  Poor governance is as integral to the folklore of cricket as WG Grace’s girth and Spofforth’s demonic gaze. For every cricketer who ever thought Yes I Can, there’s usually been an administrator coming up with a reason why he couldn’t. The rule of egg-and-bacon-tied buffers from Lords became entrenched in the Victorian era and [Read more]

The Presidents Men Come to Town

  If, like me, you have played a lot of (bad) golf, but don’t follow the PGA tour that closely outside of the majors, then a local Presidents Cup is about as good an opportunity as you’ll get to put faces to some unfamiliar names. The team match play style of the event also exposes [Read more]

Vale Peter Roebuck

  As a website which values writing – more specifically writing on sport – it is fitting that the tragically premature passing of one of sport’s finest scribes and commentators has already drawn eloquent tribute. More is likely to follow. At the risk of redundancy, I feel compelled to add a few thoughts of my [Read more]

Book Review: Tortured Tales of a Collingwood Tragic

Tortured Tales of a Collingwood Tragic James Gilchrist Connor Court Publishing  Paperback  $30   Your choice of football team can affect so much. This presumes, of course, that familial loyalties allow for the luxury of choice. For many, this is not an option. Food, shelter and clothing can be at stake. Even if you are [Read more]

A Players Victory

Geelong and Collingwood. A classic case of starting from a similar spot and ending up in very different places. Two communities who in their own ways felt wronged. Who sought approval from others to compensate for a sense of inferiority. Who burned at ambitions thwarted. Two football clubs who came to represent a means of [Read more]