Western Desert Dreaming

The Western Desert Football League is arguably the most remote football league in Australia, possibly the world.

Carlton Dreaming

Almanac supporter Marcus Spiller recently discovered this gem of a photo dating back to 1965 at Princes Park, when as a young Italian-Australian growing up in North Carlton, he spent many a weekend playing footy and dreaming of bigger things.

Missing out on a flag

Sasha Lennon wants to profile former players who have missed out on playing in a premiership side and he needs your help.

For Dad…Always Hawthorn

Two weeks ago today it was with great sadness and the happiest of memories that I said goodbye to my Dad for the last time.  Born Edward Michael Lennon in Dublin in 1941, to all of us, he was known simply as Eddie or, as many liked to call him, Big Ed.  This said more [Read more]

Damian Bourke: Standing Tall

  by Sasha Lennon At six foot five inches tall, Damian Bourke looks every bit as lean as the Geelong Football Club captain who retired from the game almost 20 years ago.  Making coffee in his suburban Brisbane kitchen, he recalls with fondness his days at Geelong and later at the Brisbane Bears/Lions where he [Read more]

Confident, Confused, Content

With the Hawks in winning form and the finals upon us, I’m feeling quietly confident, though a little confused. I’d written the Cats off just a week ago.  I’ve been writing them off all year.  All season, I’ve watched and waited for the once mighty to fall, their gallant but weary warriors unable to defy [Read more]

Road Warrior

By Sasha Lennon My profession takes me to lots of places.  Last week it took me to Western Australia’s Gascoyne region. The Gascoyne is a big place, twice the size of Tasmania but with only a fraction the population.  And like everywhere else in WA, the Gascoyne is big on footy.

Allan Jeans: he frightened, he inspired

  By Sasha Lennon This morning, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Allan Jeans. There are lots of ‘Yabby’ stories, one of the best being the time he made a rather arrogant Robert DiPierdomenico cry during a half-time address. The Hawks were down but not out and apparently a boisterous ‘Dipper’ was [Read more]

Thanks Barry and Go Pies!

Carlton plays Collingwood next week and as a Hawthorn supporter I couldn’t be happier. Against a dispirited North Melbourne, Collingwood reminded us all on Sunday afternoon why the Magpies are the team most likely in 2011.  Defeating the Kangaroos by 117 points made even Mick Malthouse look a little embarrassed after the match. And after [Read more]

Good Guys and Heroes

By Sasha Lennon Saturday the 18th of June 2011 was a special day.  It was a day for good guys and heroes.  It was about players past and present, and what happened on the field was just a side-story. My eight year-old daughter Molly and I were in Hawthorn’s second home of Launceston, to watch [Read more]

Oh Cyril

As a Hawthorn supporter who owns and still listens to every Australian Crawl album, I love it every time Cyril Rioli kicks a goal and the Hawks supporters break into song with “Oh Cyril, I would do anything just to be like him”.  It’s a tongue-in-cheek take on the classic song Errol from 1981’s Sirocco, [Read more]

Karmichael, I take it all back. What a goal!

By Sasha Lennon Saturday night provided us with one of those ‘momentous occasions’ in footy. The Gold Coast Suns played their first real ‘home’ game at the redeveloped Carrara. Amidst the fanfare marked by the ‘shock and awe’ style fireworks which burst above the crowd prior to the opening bounce, the punters were giving the [Read more]

Lions roar, Tigers dream and a young Roo makes his mark

By Sasha Lennon How good is Jonathan Brown? Of course, that’s a rhetorical question.  We all know he’s very, very good. Brown, for his presence on the field alone, if not for his ability to read the play and present himself as a target just like Wayne Carey or Dermott Brereton did before him is [Read more]

Seven-zip tells me the Cats should stop searching for their new Messiah

by Sasha Lennon   Now that Geelong is the undisputed competition leader after accounting for flash-in-the pan Collingwood last Friday night, Cats fans can stop badgering the rest of us about the emerging brilliance of Travis Varcoe and refocus their attention on the cup that beckons.  With the departure of ‘Bomber’ Thompson and Gary Ablett [Read more]

From now on every loss just makes it harder for Voss

By Sasha Lennon As a Victorian living in Brisbane, Saturday night’s inaugural ‘Q-Clash’ between the hapless Brisbane Lions and the exuberant Gold Coast Suns was a mouth-watering affair. But for Lions coach Michael Voss, I imagine the result left a particularly foul taste. Voss must be nervous.  A Brownlow medallist, three-time premiership-winning captain and without [Read more]

Suns thrashing reflects Power failure and a team in disarray

By Sasha Lennon There’s been a fair bit of talk since Sunday afternoon (mostly by Bombers fans) following Essendon’s record-breaking 139 point annihilation of the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium. Some will say it’s a sign of how undeveloped the new northern franchise is.  Others will claim it’s a clear indication of just how [Read more]

Well I guess Chappy’s happy…but Hawks should not despair

By Sasha Lennon Last week I berated one Paul Chapman for boldly claiming that “never again” will the Cats lose to the Hawks in a Grand Final. Actually, he meant never again, full stop.  And sure enough Chappy was true to his word. I still reckon the Cats are doing it the hard way (did [Read more]

Don’t worry Chappy, there’s no chance of that!

By Sasha Lennon I read this morning that Geelong star Paul Chapman says he’s still hurting from the 2008 Grand Final loss to Hawthorn, so much so that he has vowed “never again” will the Cats lose to the Hawks on that biggest of days. Well let me be the first one to offer you [Read more]

Richo is back, and his name is Jack

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Hawks pound the Tigers on Saturday night, dishing out a 63 point lesson in all things football. Buddy was at his best, aided by the class of Burgoyne, Sewell, Gibson, Hodge, Ellis, Guerra, Hale and a host of others. The pundits are on the money in predicting a [Read more]

Gary’s Gold Coast fails to glitter, so Bluey give me a run

By Sasha Lennon Having recently surpassed the age of the great Michael Tuck the day he retired in September 1991 (he was 38 years and 95 days old), I have finally conceded that Hawthorn will not be phoning me any time soon with an invitation to come down to training on a Thursday night. But [Read more]