AFL Grand Final Permutations

Which team has the most to prove? What other factors might come into play? Paul Spinks looks the the AFL Grand Final contenders.

Almanac (Finals) Footy: Meandering thoughts and Finals observations while camping in the bush, and beyond

Paul Spinks has been meandering, both mentally and geographically, pondering the possibilities for the Cats as we head into the Qualifying Finals this weekend.

Almanac Footy: Can a peculiar footy year stop Cat history repeating?

Paul Spinks wonders whether Chris Scott’s Cats are caught in a loop. And whether things will be different in this finals campaign.

Ode to Women’s Footy (in the Corona absence)

Paul Spinks celebrates his joy for women’s footy by penning a wonderful tribute to their game.

Almanac Book Review – 1989: The Great Grand Final

Paul Spinks brings us his review of a book that has already captivated a few Almanackers, Tony Wilson’s tome covering the 1989 VFL Grand Final.

A Mea Culpa for Chris

Based on Chris Scott’s actions in the past week, Paul Spinks is moved to offer a mea culpa.

A Corona Cure for Cat Virus?

Waiting at Changi Airport for a flight back home, Paul Spinks had time on his hands to ponder the prospects of the Cats for the coming season. Here are his thoughts.

Slippery slopes, domino effects and why fans switch off at half-time

Sick and tired of the AFL’s tinkering with the game, Paul Spinks renews his call for fans to be given a representative voice in deciding the direction of the code.

The Australian Open Revisited (or ‘A Day at the Tennis’)

Paul Spinks enjoys a massive day at the Australian Open – the middle Saturday – the first time he’s been in quite a while. He recounts his experience (includes some supporting pics).

Thoughts on the decline of Aussie tennis (and why grinners are winners)

Paul Spinks ponders the reasoning behind Australia’s decline in world tennis since the mid 1970s. This is a longer version of Paul’s article published in The Age recently.

Does anyone remember Venice?

Paul Spinks has vague memories of an epic Venetian footy match amidst his first trip beyond our shores – did it ever really happen? Does the clash continue to this day? [Folklore worthy of Livy, Marco Polo and Casanova – Ed.]

No Mea Culpa for Chris (as pointyenditis continues)

Is it the coach’s fault for lack of success at a club or can it be put down to something else? Paul Spinks examines the role of Chris Scott as a coach and wonders whether “pointyenditis” is a problem at the club.

Crossing the line

Paul Spinks takes up the challenge of discussing respectfully and responsibly the issues involved (real, perceived and alleged) in the crowd control controversy. He gives us a range of various perspectives to ponder.

Finals Week 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: Cat flu over the cuckoo’s nest

Paul Spinks reflects on Geelong’s loss to Melbourne which drew him to compare the match, and the Cats’ 2018 season to an illness they just couldn’t beat and wonders what next season will bring for the Catters.

Round 22 – Geelong v Fremantle: Mediocre Expectations

‘In the Footy Cats box of chocolates you never know what you’re going to get. That hasn’t stopped me opening the lid yet, though.’ Paul Spinks wonders what Geelong might bring in September after a solid thumping of Freo on the weekend.

Round 21 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Reporting Antisocial Behaviour

It was a disappointing day out at the footy for Paul Spinks on Saturday as he saw his Cats go down to the Hawks – though some of the ‘entertainment’ at the ground might have been more frustrating than his team’s on-field performance…

Round 16 – Sydney v Geelong: Infrequency

Paul Spinks was on the edge of his seat at home watching his Cats take on the Swans in Sydney. Luckily he had his mate to text and talk through the frustrations of the game – getting it all off his chest to enjoy the win.

Half Way Cat Report: Pussies Postscript

The Cats’ defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs on Friday night has Paul Spinks re-thinking the situation at Geelong. Do the players have their heads screwed on? And who at the Cattery is taking any notice?

Half Way Cat Report

Reviewing Geelong’s performance at the half way mark of the season, Paul has seen enough to suggest the Cats can be more than successfully mediocre, especially once some experienced players return from injury. Though, the elephant it still in the change room. Is it hungry?

Almanac Footy: Cats got our tongue

Can real change only occur if the Cats finish in the cellar? Paul Spinks ponders this scenario and others as he contemplates Geelong’s forthcoming AFL season.