Referendums, Gilchrist and a record-breaking run chase – the Australian cricket summer in 1999/2000

1999 was an interesting time in Australia. Sean Mortell tells the story of a nation’s referendum and the connection it had with a famous Australian test match victory.

Collingwood, a season in review: A blur of emotion, success and fighting ‘til the final siren

Hoping to rebound from disappointment, Collingwood’s season had many fluctuations. Sean Mortell reviews the Black and White 2019 season.

Grand Final – Richmond v GWS: The yellow of poise, the black of power

Footy Records, the crowded throng, and soaking up the atmosphere were all a part of Sean Mortell’s Grand Final Day.

Preliminary Final – Collingwood v GWS: Arrogance doesn’t blight an absorbing contest

The pre-match cockiness of his fellow Magpie supporters gave Sean Mortell a bad feeling. The game reinforced it, despite the frantic conclusion.

The Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test: The Australian performance we expected, but barely got

With the 5th and final Test in the books, Sean Mortell gives us his overview of the last chapter of an interesting Ashes.

Ashes 2019 – Fifth Test Day 1: Deuce; a topsy-turvy day of Test cricket

Seam Mortell sums up Australia’s day in the field on Day 1 of the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval. Some fine bowling from Mitch Marsh, but some easy chances put down lets the Poms off the hook.

The Ashes 2019 – Fourth Test: Drama, tension, glorious joy

A great victory for the Aussies in the 4th Ashes Test at Old Trafford as reports Sean Mortell.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: An unlikely chance to create something memorable

Collingwood had a great win over Geelong in Week1 of the Finals and have set themselves up for a real shot at the big one according to Sean Mortell.

The Ashes 2019 – Fourth Test Days 1 & 2: Steve and his little mate Marnus

Steve Smith leads the way for Australia as they take command on the first two days of the Fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester as Sean Mortell reports.

Collingwood: From the Inside Out reaction – Will this change AFL forever?

Last night’s ‘From The Inside Out’ documentary revealed to Sean Mortell much more than he was expecting. It has him thinking.

Finals Week 1 – Preview

Sean Mortell previews Finals Week 1 making his predictions who he believes the winners will be.

Almanac Footy History: Drawn grand finals – so what happened next?

Sean Mortell is our Peter Stirk Scholar. He has chosen an interesting topic to pursue as a major feature – in the case of drawn VFL/AFL grand finals, how have the protagonists responded? He considers the three examples.

A Mr. Fix It, the life and soul: The Tyson Goldsack tale

Sean Mortell profiles the career of Collingwood favourite Tyson Goldsack who has announced his retirement from AFL football once the Magpies finals campaign is over.

Round 23 – Collingwood v Essendon: A wonderful Friday signalling greater things to come

Cold night, big crowd, and a great game between two traditional rivals. Sean Mortell reports on a determined Collingwood victory over a fighting Bombers in their Round 23 match at the MCG.

The Ashes 2019 – Third Test Day 4: Wow!

Ben Stokes shattered the hearts of all Aussies with his history making magnificent innings reports Sean Mortell with his review of Day 4 of the Ashes Test at Headingley.

Ashes 2019 – Third Test Days 2 and 3: Aussies fire ahead, but England give themselves a wild shot at it

England give themselves a chance in the Third Test at Headingley as they fight their way back into the match on day 3 reports Sean Mortell.

The Ashes 2019 – Third Test Day 1: Archer blitzes through, unlikely heroes hold firm

Sean Mortell reports on Australia’s disappointing effort with the bat against some excellent fast bowling on Day 1 of the Third Test at Headingley.

Almanac Local Footy – A season at Banyule: Friends, fun and some fine football

Sean Mortell has enjoyed his time playing footy at Banyule, experiencing all the highs and lows associated with being a part of a local sporting club and showing how important sporting clubs are to healthy community life.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 5: Momentum yo-yos, youth thrills

Sean Mortell reviews Day 5 of the Second Ashes Test at Lord’s, a game the English nearly pinched from the Aussies.

Round 22 – Adelaide v Collingwood: Another season-defining win against the Crows

An initially nervous Sean Mortell had reason to embrace a bubbling confidence as his Pies shifted up a couple of gears to dominate a woeful Crows team – he’s now looking ahead to the finals.