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.

Away and away

Paul Spinks looks at the issue of more home games for Geelong at Kardinia Park. He compares the Cats home games to other teams in the comp in light of the Qualifying Final being played at the MCG.

Supporters Review Panel

Paul Spinks has taken issue with the staging taking place in the AFL.

Round 2 – Geelong v North Melbourne: Caps, Cats and Kangaroos in Krungthep

On a Thai summer’s morning and missing his hat, Paul Spinks travelled to an expat sports bar to watch the Geelong v North Melbourne game.

Should the Cats have had a review last year?

2016 proved to be another great year for Geelong but a disappointing preliminary final loss to Sydney put them and their coach Chris Scott on the pressure cooker. Phil Spinks asks whether a season review was needed like the one in 2006.

Number Five

Paul Spinks takes us back to 1985 where he watched a Geelong pre-season inter-club game in Anglesea. His South African friend Samantha didn’t know much about the game, but she couldn’t help but be impressed by a certain number 5.

A Festival of Football

Paul Spinks has a novel idea for football – all of football. This is an edited extract from his piece which will appear in Long Bombs to Snake 2 (which is almost ready for release – Ed]

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Not so Bleak House

When Buddy was seen berating team mates it suggested a side on the verge of becoming rattled. As Paul Spinks articulates so well, it was indeed a great win for the Bulldogs.

Finals Weeks 1 – Geelong v Hawthorn: Finally Unsociable (and seeking answers to shepherding on the mark)

Enjoy Paul Spinks Friday night as Geelong falls over the line against Hawthorn, his report also has a clarification on the contentious man on the mark rule that Hawthorn exploit so beautifully!