The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 2: Swings, tension and everything good about test match cricket

As the rain continues to exert a major influence on proceedings at Lords, Sean Mortell recalls the fluctuations of a scheduled Day Two that actually became Day One in playing terms.

Round 21 – Melbourne v Collingwood: One’s slowly building, the other’s crumbled away

In a tale of two recent finalists, Sean Mortell’s look at a somewhat regulation Pies win (given the other results this week) over a free-falling Demons side.

Round 20 – Collingwood v Gold Coast: Typical Sunday arvo footy done well

The MCG has a different feel about it when the Suns are in town. Sean Mortell thought this afternoon was just what the Pies wanted.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 5: A sudden end, a lack of fight.

Clinging to their wickets does not seem to be the aggressive Englishmen’s forte writes Sean Mortell who also thinks that this Ashes might offer a vert tight contest.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day Four: Nerves dissipate into a sweet day of Aussie rearguard action

Sean Mortell is taken by the cricket on display. The Ashes contest is just four days old and anything is possible.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Days 2 and 3: England surge ahead, but don’t consolidate.

Sean Mortell looks back on Days 2 and 3 of the Edgbaston Test.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 1: Celebrating Smith and a history-defining knock

Sean Mortell reviews Steve Smith’s stunning match-changing innings on Day 1 of the Edgbaston Test of the 2019 Ashes series.

Round 19 – Collingwood v Richmond: Two flag fortunes, completely different tales

Sean Mortell wonders whether Collingwood is letting slip their opportunity for a premiership crack after their recent poor form, injuries, and a bad loss to Richmond in their Round 19 match as he explains.

Round 18 – GWS v Collingwood: Dipping into despair

Despairing game of football for Sean Mortell and fellow Collingwood supporters after their Round 18 loss to GWS as his report shows.

I’ve lost faith in Australia: A reaction to ‘The Final Quarter’

First year university student Sean Mortell writes that ‘The Final Quarter’ has had a big impact on him. He has been saddened by some of the reaction, especially on social media, and what that reaction suggests about Australian culture. He looks to Young Australia to lead the way in changing deep-seated racism.

Round 17 – West Coast v Collingwood: One of those wins you’ll always remember

Under the pump, far from home and facing a foe who had their number, Sean Mortell’s Pies had him managing his expectations on Friday night – after a famous victory, his entire weekend had an extra glow!

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v England: A cruel end

Edgbaston and England got Australia once again, but Sean Mortell is trying to see some positive signs after Australia’s departure from the 2019 World Cup.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v South Africa: Old rivals still go hard

Before Australia’s World Cup semi-final clash against England tonight, Sean Mortell reviews their last game against South Africa and details what may change for tonight’s line-up

The Pat Cronin Foundation – combatting the coward punch

A moving account presented by Sean Mortell tells of the “cowardly one punch” and a family’s committed effort to combat this totally unacceptable behaviour after their son was tragically killed in such an incident.

Round 16 – Hawthorn v Collingwood: A horrible night’s footy

A hard day in the Under19s hopefully was to be off set by a Pies win that night, but it was not to be for Sean Mortell as he reports.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v New Zealand: A hard-fought, well deserved win

‘World Cup clashes with the little cousin are always special.’ There were great expectations as the 2015 finalists confronted each other at Lord’s on Saturday. Sean Mortell tells us the story.

Round 15 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: Outclassed, outfought, destroyed

‘…the Pies learnt the hard way that a team relying on solo brilliance rather than a gritty indestructible system would never pull away as victors.’ Sean Mortell exposes the deficiency in Collingwood’s recent approach to explain North’s big and unexpected win on Saturday. It needs to be fixed before September.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v England: An incomplete yet resounding victory

Australia managed to out-class England in a blockbuster World Cup clash at Lord’s, as Sean Mortell reviews the encounter and what Australia got right.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin 2: A downpour of rain and tries

With a format that, in theory, could prove repetitive, State of Origin continues to deliver the drama and quality to capture the imagination of much of the nation. Sean Mortell reports on the dominant Blues effort in Perth.

AFL Round 14 – Western Bulldogs v Collingwood: Gritty goals grind a win

Sean Mortell watched his Pies unconvincingly beat the Bulldogs with mixed emotions, but as the old adage says; a win’s a win