What’s in a Name?

By Sasha Lennon As the footy season proper approaches and our interest in off-field indiscretions and the confusion of the NAB Cup begins to wane, more important questions confront us.  Will Collingwood go back-to-back?  Will the Saints wither and die?  Can Buddy kick a tonne?  How far up the ladder can the Demons climb?  Is [Read more]

Almanac Launched in Oxley’s Town under a Waning Gibbous Moon

by Sasha Lennon Travelling home along Milton Road past the spot where John Oxley arguably ‘discovered’ this town some 185 years ago, I reflected on this warm November evening in West Toowong, where a northern passion for all things Aussie Rules was fully illuminated in the glow of a retreating moon. With much aplomb, Professor [Read more]

Giant Name Leaves Little Room for Inspiration

By Sasha Lennon I knew this would happen.  It’s taken me ten years or more to accept ‘The Dockers’.  I still can’t digest ‘The Power’, and I can’t even say ‘The Suns’ out loud but now we have the GWS Giants!  What happened to all the animals? Have we run out of good names?  Surely [Read more]

Hawks Hang on as Burgoyne Does the Number 9 (and the Helmet) Proud

By Sasha Lennon Hawthorn has kept its season alive after holding on against a gallant Richmond in what was certainly not a clash of the titans. Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that the Round 8 match between Hawthorn and Richmond would be a battle of the cellar-dwellers?

AFL Round 2 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Classy Cats Claw Their Way to Victory

By Sasha Lennon Reigning premier Geelong now officially has ‘the wood’ over Hawthorn after a hard-fought nine point victory on Easter Monday. In front of a crowd of almost 70,000 people at the MCG, Geelong clawed its way through four quarters to eventually wear down a tiring Hawthorn who, for a good part of the [Read more]

Hungry Hawks Devour Demons

By Sasha Lennon A new look Hawthorn looked like the Hawks of old in a convincing 56 point win over a shell-shocked Melbourne. Hawthorn entered Round 1 for 2010 without Franklin, Bateman, Rioli, Sewell, Young or Taylor.  The fact that Gibson, Petersen, Kayler-Thompson and Hooper had come in to replace the 2008 premiership players gave [Read more]

AFL Round 21: Hawks beat Tigers in another game that vindicates my childhood choice

When I was five years old it was 1977 and I was in my first year of primary school.  It was the year I discovered footy.  Duffle coats decorated with footy badges and football heroes’ numbers on the back were the fashion, and footy cards were exchanged like local currency.  That year, more than most [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn: I should have watched Pulp Fiction

By Sasha Lennon I thought about watching a movie but decided to watch the game.  And now the only way I know how to put myself out of the misery of writing this report is to take a leaf out of Quentin Tarantino’s book and start at the end before cutting back to somewhere near [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Hawks too good for Freo

By Sasha Lennon   Fremantle: 9.11 (65) Hawthorn: 13.9 (87)   Round 8 and we’re three wins and four losses.  Hawthorn’s premiership defence was officially looking shaky and I was concerned.  I knew this for certain after I found myself preparing for the game – donning the Hawthorn socks, making sure I had the 2008 [Read more]

Hawks Home In A Classic

by Sasha Lennon I was worried about the Hawks. Carlton had a confident buzz about them, as they have all year. I could almost feel it from my Brisbane lounge room as I made myself a coffee to aid the concentration and then took my place on the couch as the players took to the [Read more]

Save the Bounce

by Sasha Lennon     I actually like Mike Sheahan.  By that I mean I like (most of) what he writes in the paper and what he says on the telly.  I especially like when, sitting on the couch alongside Wallsy he makes one of his softly-softly, it’s only business, I’m just doing my job [Read more]