2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Bangladesh: Slowly coming together

Sean Mortell reviews another steady Australian win, as he is satisfied that the team’s balance is slowly improving throughout the tournament

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Sri Lanka: Not pretty, but it does the trick

Australia continued their World Cup campaign with another imperfect win against Sri Lanka, as Sean Mortell details the problems the Aussies need to fix if they are to go deep into the tournament

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Pakistan: Battling hard, doing enough

The mecurial Pakistanis have been hard to pick and Australia caught them on a middling day writes Sean Mortell.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v India: Simply out-classed

Australia faced their first set back in the 2019 Cricket World Cup against India last Sunday night. Sean Mortell wonders whether it was a necessary reality check.

Round 12 – Collingwood v Melbourne: A big freeze and some cold play

Seam Mortell reports on Collingwood’s return to form over a struggling Melbourne, even as the Big Freeze action threatened to overshadow the football.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v West Indies: Restoking old rivalries

Sean Mortell reviews Australia’s last gasp win in their second match of the 2019 cricket World Cup against the dangerous West Indies.

Almanac Tennis: Ash Barty – the perfect role model for young Australians

Sean Mortell channels the view held widely through the Australian populus about new French Open champion Ash Barty. [Lovely tribute – Ed]

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin I: New personnel, same result.

Sean Mortell is a Melbourne lad but has always kept an eye on rugby league so that he always recognised the big names of Queensland’s decade of dominance. But what now with so many unfamiliar faces in the maroon? Read his description of a Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series which showed that Kevvy Walters has put together another fine team.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Afghanistan: A nerve-settling start

As Australia looks to its game against the West Indies, Sean Mortell reviews their opening win over Afghanistan.

Round 11 – Collingwood v Fremantle: Reality checks and good Saturday arvo footy

Sean Mortell travelled to the MCG for a traditional Saturday arvo game against Freo. Despite the disappointing result, he came away having enjoyed a thrilling finish.

Round 10 – Sydney v Collingwood: 50 metre penalties and miracle goals

Sean Mortell was anxious coming in, but ultimately relieved to see an undermanned Collingwood get the points at the SCG.

Round 9 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Shades of 2010

Sean Mortell attended the MCG on Saturday afternoon to see his Pies square off against St Kilda. The result left him pondering the glory days of 2010.

A student’s tribute to Bob Hawke

Sean Mortell is a first year university student – doing journalism. He discusses how the public memory of Bob Hawke has informed his understanding of him. [Very interesting to see what is strongest in the public memory – Ed]

Almanac Local Footy: One of many places in the Melbourne suburbs on a Sunday winter afternoon…

Sean Mortell tells the story of a transformed young footballer and a classic muddy match between Hillside and Aberfeldie.

Round 8 – Carlton v Collingwood: Too close for comfort

Sean Mortell felt apprehensive about the Blues and Pies Round 8 clash, no matter their position on the ladder, it’s always game on, and this match was no exception.

AFL Round 7 – Collingwood v Port Adelaide: Tiring Friday nights – nothing better

Sean Mortell reflects on Collingwood’s Friday night win.

Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood: Heart-racing footy at its finest

Uni student Sean Mortell has a day off from his job selling Footy Records to take in the Anzac Day clash – and is happy to claim the four points.

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.