Almanac Footy: Don’t touch the umpire

Footy umpire Paddy Grindlay presents his thought provoking comments about Toby Greene’s on-field action bumping a field umpire and its consequences.

Ash Barty, Australia’s authentic champion

Any way you slice it, Ash Barty is a marvel on and off the court. In light of her win on tennis’s biggest stage during NAIDOC Week, Paddy Grindlay takes a look at her composure, abilities and ongoing legacy.

Almanac Life and Humour: Things that may happen before a vaccine rollout in Australia  

The vaccination rollout is taking forever! Paddy Grindlay has a list of changes that he thinks are more likely to happen before we’re all jabbed and jocular. (Ed’s comment – Don’t hold your breath!)

Round 1 – Adelaide v Geelong: James and Stephen Rowe – Good boy!

There was joy galore celebrated in the broadcast box by Stephen Rowe as his son James Rowe kicked his first goal in AFL footy on debut for the Crows as Paddy Grindlay reports.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Playing possum

It’s the season for new beginnings: for the league, the reigning premiers and for Paddy Grindlay. Freshly ensconced in his Melbourne digs, it’s clear that home is where you make it, but can always be familiar and welcoming.

Falling, flapping, away from the nest

It’s moving on time for Paddy Grindlay – from home to the city, from teenager to what comes next, all in this still uncertain age of Covid. It’s enough to exercise a young man’s mind.

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: Loves a paddle.

Paddy Grindlay relives the moments that caught his eye during last night’s AFLW season opener.

Finals Week 3 – Port Adelaide v Richmond: Another option

Paddy Grindlay depicts snippets which construct a picture of a high-pressure game which was crazy-random at times and predictable at others. [Some tremendous observations in this – Ed]]

Finals Week 2 – Richmond v St Kilda: Oh my god, they killed Kenny!

Tiger-loving Paddy Grindlay is picking up the vibe that his boys are the new bastards. [Astute Paddy – JTH]

Round 6 – Richmond v Sydney: Disinterest

It was only a fortnight ago, but Paddy Grindlay’s tale of watching Richmond play Sydney at a Victorian pub hurts those left in lockdown. From young teenage life stories to a flowing tab, Paddy’s story has it all on a difficult day for a Tigers fan.

Round 3 – Richmond v Hawthorn: Underdone

Paddy Grindlay was busy on the griddle flipping burgers while his Tigers were getting smashed by the Hawks.

Round 2 – Collingwood v Richmond: Discomfort

Footy’s back! Paddy Grindlay reviews the hard slog of the Collingwood and Richmond game that resulted in the first draw of the season.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Nando’s, Tigers, other things, and the Season For Beanies

In unprecedented times, a new footy season starts, some things remain the same but this year it’s so different as Paddy Grindlay explains.

Black Summer

Paddy Grindlay has a message for Scott Morrison, a message he articulates so well in this time of catastrophe and emergency, his thoughts and words we emphatically embrace. [Well said Paddy! Eds]


Senior high school student Paddy Grindlay expresses his thoughts about Adam Goodes, the footballer and the person.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: McGovern, Vardy, Ryan, Sheed.

Paddy Grindlay writes with tremendous energy to capture a classic grand final and West Coast premiership, with a special nod to the match-winning sequence.

Preliminary Final Preview: Richmond v Collingwood – Just beat the Pies

‘This Preliminary Final weekend, it’s two teams at opposite ends of the streets, two clubs with a history that burns, old rivals whose hatred for one another is everything but fabricated.’ Paddy Grindlay looks towards Friday night’s big crosstown rival clash.

Round 16 – Richmond v Adelaide: Hatred at the G

First on the ladder and flying, Richmond have lost their underdog mantle. To beat them, you must work inconceivably hard for each miniscule victory. It is a position as unfamiliar to once-starved fanatics as their position as Premiers. And for Paddy, the pleasure of watching his Tiges power to victory over the Crows is immense as he articulates so well.

Round 9 – West Coast v Richmond: Bloody Sunday

Richmond flew to the West but were swooped on by the Eagles. Paddy Grindlay saw his Tigers not so much clawed but out-tigered. Here he pays his respects.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: 37 minutes < burnt mocha

Paddy Grindlay takes you inside the inner sanctum of the Richmond members bay of M15 at the MCG on Thursday night as the reigning premiers defeated Carlton in the opening game of Season 2018.