Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 3: A deserving finale

Sean Mortell concludes his series of reports on the NRL’s 2020 State of Origin series. He’s getting to understand just what that famous Maroon jersey means!

Almanac Rugby League – 2020 State of Origin, Game 2: Simply Blue

State of Origin in Sydney has a certain feel about it. Sean Mortell taps into it to provide his evaluation of Game 2 of the 2020 Origin series.

Almanac Rugby League – 2020 State of Origin Game 1: Setting Origin alight

Sean Mortell has catholic tastes when it come to sport in general and football in particular. Here he offers his perspective on last night’s Game 1 of the 2020 rugby league State of Origin series.

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Dusty’s masterpiece leads a stirring premiership win

Sean Mortell was a captivated neutral observer of the Gabba Grand Final. Like for so many others, in the wash up it all comes down to one man – Dustin Martin.

Grand Final preview: a potential classic

In what he sees as a potential classic Grand Final, Sean Mortell casts his eye over the teams and tips his winner.

Gary Ablett Jnr – from God’s son to Jesus, and how one final stand may cement something special

Sean Mortell reflects on Gary Ablett Jnr’s remarkable career which comes to an end on Saturday night. ‘If he can lead the Cats to an emotional triumph on Saturday night, he may leave the game with one final sparkling moment, one last mind-blowing goal. But he may also depart having put together the best career in recent memory…’

Finals Week 2 – Review: Finals Week 3 – Preview: Will the underdog Victorians shine through?

Our AFL analyst Sean Mortell explains how Geelong and Richmond progressed to the Qualifying Finals before assessing their chances this weekend against Brisbane and Port Adelaide respectively.

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Collingwood: A disappointing chapter to an otherwise great read

The taught rivalry of Cats and Pies in finals is dead…long live the rivalry. Sean Mortell opines on a dirty day for his team putting a full stop to a year of promise.

Week 1 Finals Review, Week 2 Preview: An All-Victorian weekend of drama

Sean Mortell continues his detailed analysis of the 2020 AFL Finals series.

Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Collingwood: USA, underdogs and numbness

Sean Mortell was hoping for the best for his Pies and, as the belief built, so did the challenge from the Eagles. He describes one of the finest ever Collingwood victories. [Terrific account of a classic game – JTH]

Week 1 Finals preview: A long weekend of exciting clashes

Our regular AFL analyst, Sean Mortell, weighs up the chances of each team as we enter Week 1 of the 2020 Finals series.

Almanac (Cricket) Obituary: Dean Jones – remembering a showman who laid the platform.

With the death of Dean Jones, Sean Mortell remembers a great Australian cricketer renowned for his dash as a batsman, and passion for the game of cricket.

Round 18 – Collingwood v Port Adelaide: Revolutionising ball-handling and the bad karma that comes with it

‘Collingwood are training with footballs dipped in baby oil to simulate dewy Brisbane conditions.’ Sean Mortell couldn’t believe his ears! He took in the clash of the birds to see how that plan worked out.

Almanac Basketball – NBA 2020 Play-Offs: Conference Semi-Finals review

Despite the restrictions, the NBA is currently producing an exciting play-offs series. Sean Mortell has the review of the Conference Semi-Finals, which included overtime finishes and numerous game sevens.

Round 17 Review, Round 18 Preview: Plenty of teams, one finals spot on the line

The Almanac’s Sean Mortell explains what Round 17 results mean for the competition before sorting through what’s at stake in the AFL’s Round 18. There’s a lot to play for!

Round 17 – Collingwood v Gold Coast: Learning to trust again

Collingwood’s hard fought win against the Suns combined with Jordan De Goey’s fine performance has helped Sean Mortell ease some of the concerns he had for the team.

Round 16 Review, Round 17 Preview: Top four settles, but top eight is up in the air

Round 16 provided several interesting results. After reviewing those and with finals places on the line, Sean Mortell runs his eye over the AFL’s Round 17 match-ups.

Almanac Sport: Caley Manzie – A lifetime of family, pride and sport

RMIT University student Sean Mortell chatted with fellow pupil Caley Manzie about her Indigenous Australian heritage and family involvement in sport, specifically hockey.

Round 15 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Well-scheduled work breaks worth nothing

      It felt like a movie scene.   I’d already pulled the strings. Some would say it takes a clever mind and Zen-like patience to wait to have your work break six hours into your shift just so you can catch the first ten minutes of your footy team playing. Some would say [Read more]

Almanac Basketball: 2020 NBA Playoffs – Series One Review

Sean Mortell presents his thoughts about the 2020 NBA playoffs featuring Series One of the Western and Eastern Conferences.