Balcony Banter Round 3 – Hawthorn v North Melbourne: Roos remain winless, MCG remains timeless

Almanacker Darren ‘Smokie” Dawson had no trouble finding his sweet spot to view this game. He just wishes he could say the same for his Roos. But a day at the MCG always has its compensations.

Almanac Music – Aussie album review: Midnight Oil “Earth and Sun and Moon”

In the eighth of his occasional series looking back at iconic Australian albums, Smokie muses on his favourite Oils record.

Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: “The Boys Light Up”

Smokie’s latest Stereo Story is a tale of Australian Crawl, of his first pub gig, and of an enormous bar-room brawl

VAFA Media Awards “Best Online Feature Story” 2018 – Williamstown CYMS AFC: Into The Ammos!

Great news. Smokie Dawson has won the 2018 VAFA media award for “Best online feature story.” We first published it here in May. The story of Williamstown CYMS AFC; a history of the club’s inception into the VAFA. Here it is.

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 5: In The End

The series is not over. But Smokie Dawson reckons Australia’s brittle batting line-up will need to improve markedly.

Sheffield Shield – Victoria v New South Wales: Back to the future

It’s been a while between innings for Smokie when it comes to watching the Sheffield Shield at the MCG, so when a gap appeared in the covers of life, he slipped in to watch the Vics take on NSW and reminisce.

Almanac Music – Aussie album review: INXS “Shabooh Shoobah”

Smokie returns to share the seventh in his occasional series of Australian album reviews- this time “Shabooh Shoobah” by INXS.

VAFA Premier C – Williamstown CYMS v Old Geelong Preview: Once in a Lifetime

The chance to play for a promotion to B Grade, or play for a premiership are opportunities that may never again present themselves claims Smokie. Saturday is a once in a lifetime situation for Williamstown CYMS to not “let the days go by” and to exhort themselves to greater things.

VAFA Premier C – Williamstown CYMS v Fitzroy: Smokie’s Second Semi-Final Preview

Smokie presents his preview of the VAFA Premier C 2nd Semi-Final.

VAFA Premier C – Williamstown CYMS: What We Deserve

With one round remaining in C Section, Williamstown CYMS will play Fitzroy on Saturday week for the right to ascend to B Grade. Who “deserves” it? Who “deserves” anything?

VAFA Premier C – Williamstown CYMS v Fitzroy: Smokie’s preview of the big match

Boorish spectators and the wind across the Fearon can at times get to Smokie but like his beloved Willy boys, he soldiers on. Here are his thoughts for this week.

Round 21 – North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Home Truths

Let not some unexpected wins paper over the cracks. Smokie delivers some home truths for Brad Scott and co.

VAFA Premier C – Williamstown CYMS v Old Camberwell: Conspiracy theories?

Smokie is a bit partial to a conspiracy theory as he explains in his report.

VAFA: Williamstown CYMS AFC – Smokie reminisces about times past

Smokie reminisces about times past as a player, administrator, and supporter at Williamstown CYs.

“Our Game”

This piece has been taken down following a reader’s request.

Almanac Teams: The True Believers

Count your blessings, for Smokie has selected a team with a decidedly religious flavour.

The Blue & The Gold: A Win for the Ages

Smokie revisits the memorable Williamstown CYMS Grand Final victory of 2009 against Peninsula.

VAFA Premier C – Willy CYs v Ivanhoe: A Multiplicity of Smokies

Smokie works out how he can be in two places at once – down at the old Fearon and on duty at home.

Flying North For The Winter (The CYs Preview)

The annual migration to warmer climes has commenced. The CY’s are not alone in dealing with this issue, but will be particularly hard hit in the next few weeks

VAFA – Smokie’s CYs preview: House Parties

Smokie Dawson is sniffing the social glue that has held Willy CYs together over the years.