Round 5 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Powerful and Poignant

The Gabba was rockin’ like it was in the good old days of its triple premiership heroes. As Sean Mortell marvelled at the throngs of fans, the heroes of the piece in 2019 were wearing black and white.

AFL Round 4 – Collingwood v Bulldogs: Gritty, Gritty… Got it!

Cricket presentation commitments didn’t help, but Sean Mortell still managed to follow developments at the ‘G on Friday night.

AFL Round 4 – Sydney v Melbourne: Watching our J-Mac

Former Banyule and Marcellin player Justin McInerny made his debut for Sydney on Thursday night. Sean Mortell watched on excitingly with his Banyule teammates as J-Mac’s Swans suffered a dire defeat.

Round 3 – Collingwood v West Coast: Too close to home

The night of April 6th was full of trepidation for Collingwood supporters as they entered the MCG, took their seats at the local pub or parked themselves on the couch at home, waiting for the match to begin against the West Coast Eagles. This was their chance for redemption.

Round 2 – Richmond v Collingwood: Victorious and home satisfied

Sean Mortell made it home despite delays to his train trip – what he saw was a dominance from the Pies over fierce rivals Richmond. At their best, Collingwood are sublime, but will they stop all stations successfully on the quest for the flag?

AFLW Preliminary Final – Adelaide v Geelong: Prelim humiliation

Adelaide absolutely maul and humiliate the tame Cats in their AFLW Preliminary Final as Sean Mortell reports.

Round 1 – Collingwood v Geelong: Giggles and fumbles

Sean Mortell is selling Footy Records to help get through uni – and when the job is done he’s straight into the MCG to watch his beloved Pies. Here’s his story of the night.

AFLW Round 7 – GWS v Geelong: Fumbling into Finals

GWS ended their AFLW season in great style, but Sean Mortell asks why they didn’t show the same ruthless streak when their season was on the line.

AFLW Round 6 – Geelong v Fremantle: A major step back for inconsistent Cats

Sean Mortell on a game of two halves – did Geelong fade out or did Fremantle run away with it in this contest with ramifications for both AFLW conferences?

AFLW Round 5 – Brisbane v Geelong: Stamping finals intentions

Who would’ve thought that, in their first season in the nationwide competition, the Geelong Cats would be taking part in a make-or-break contest for the top spot in their conference? Sean Mortell wonders how far the Cats AFLW team can go in 2019 after their impressive win over Brisbane.

AFLW Round 4 – Geelong v Carlton: Cats scrap past the wasteful Blues

Carlton had their chances but the Cats prevailed on a hot afternoon in Geelong. Sean Mortell analyses the fiercely fought match.

AFLW Round 3 – Adelaide v Geelong: The benchmark has been set

Sean Mortell reports on the free-flowing Crows’ high-scoring win over the Cats. It was positive, open footy at Norwood where the skills of both sides were on show. The Crows have set a standard.

AFLW Round 2 – Western Bulldogs v Geelong: Second week blues for the Cats as the Dogs look strong

The Cats started well – with the advantage of the breeze – but the classy and experienced Dogs showed why they were premiers. Sean Mortell reports on their strong win and observes that they are still in low gear.

Super Bowl LIII: Pat-ernal dominance for fathers Belichick and Brady

It was low-scoring but the Patriots did what they do best writes Sean Mortell.

AFLW Round 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: AFLW in the summer – why not!

Sean Mortell is about to become a first year journalism student and is one of our Rookie Riters (more on that later, and yes our patron likes alliteration and Wookie Witers was a bridge too far). A Collingwood fan, Sean was hoping the Pies would break their first round duck. But, like all real sportslovers, he’s been able to see this game for the exciting contest it was.

Almanac Cricket – Interview with Jason Sangha

Following Jason Sangha’s thrilling burst onto the Australian domestic cricket scene, Sean Mortell asked the former Australian Under-19 captain and current New South Wales player what it was like to break through and begin to make a name for himself in the cricketing world.

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 5: Pessimistic Optimism

Sean Mortell is expectant and more than a little nervous as he takes his position in front of the TV. He sees the Australians put up a super fight but the Indians claim victory.

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 4: Same, same but different

Final year high school student Sean Mortell is trying to cope with change – in the commentary box and on the cricket field. This is his Day 4 report of proceedings at the Adelaide Oval which have left Australia with a massive fight on their hands. [Great line about honesty Sean! – Ed]

For my Nanny

In 2018, it became clear to Sean Mortell that Footy is drastically important to so many people. It’s a lifestyle, a religion – one that causes people to pray and beg for a goal, a score, a win. It unites people, and helps cope with loss, and what could be better than that? Sean remembers with affection his beloved nanny.

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Collingwood: 11pm Friday night, a packed Ponsford Stand

Magpie fans just didn’t want to go home on Friday night. Sean Mortell took in the euphoric scenes.