Almanac Footy (Umpiring): Unexpected debut….Why did I agree to this again?

Mick Jeffrey finds the combination of playing, umpiring, running marathons, nursing injuries and entering a fifth decade a bit of a challenge. But what will he do about it in 2024?

The Ashes – First Test, Days 2,3: Man on a Mission (and I’m not Steve Smith)

Mick Jeffrey gets about. Now he’s at the Gabba for the cricket, where he’s been on a shirt hunt. And he’s found some obscure ones (from an Australian perspective).

Almanac Athletics: So you want to run the world’s toughest half marathon?

Mick Jeffrey talks us through the experience of the Point to Pinnacle Half-Marathon in Hobart – dubbed the toughest in the world. (We’d rather you than us, Mick! – Ed)

Grand Final – Adelaide v Richmond: Musically Inspired?

Mick Jeffrey spent at least an hour coming up with this clever Billy Joel inspired rundown of Richmond’s recent history.

Round 23: West Coast v Adelaide – The Last Hurrah at Subiaco (well not really)

Mick Jeffrey was in Perth for the final AFL game at Subiaco. If you don’t want to know the scores Melbourne fans, look away now.

Local Footy: The Bernie Gottke Medal

Local leagues are starting to wind down for the season, and this also means that the best of the best are lauded at the major functions throughout the nation. Mick Jeffrey relives the Bernie Gottke Medal count night in Central Queensland.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 23: Wests Tigers v Manly – Bucket list one shorter!

Mick Jeffrey crossed another item off his sporting bucket list with the visit to Leichhardt Oval to watch the Wests Tigers play Manly.

Round 18 – Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast: Thoughts on some fun in the sun

Mick Jeffrey has taken a novel approach to this piece, using a game of word association to add some flair to a game that lacked in that department.

Local Footy: The Coaching Caper Rolls On

It’s been a tough year for coach Mick Jeffrey, but you just have to keep at it and work through the frustrations.

Comrades Marathon 2017: More humbling than a prelim final loss

Mick Jeffrey loves a challenge. He has taken on many and this one was huge: the famous Comrades Marathon.

Almanac Local Footy – AFL Capricornia: I love this coaching caper!

Mick Jeffrey is now a footy coach; coaching reserve grade Aussie Rules in Far North Queensland at Brothers AFC in the AFL Capricornia. How is he going?

Round 6 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: Lions All Went on a May Day Holiday

A Queensland Labor Day weekend meant a poor performance from the Lions during their Port Adelaide match, leading much to be desired for Mick Jeffrey.

Round 4 – Carlton v Gold Coast: As interested in the third game as Gary is about one

A fallen mascot and a Suns victory marked the end of the Easter triple-header for Mick Jeffrey.

Round 4 – Melbourne v Fremantle: Perhaps ‘Ross Ball’ needs the heave ho

Mick Jeffrey laments the style of play he calls ‘Ross Ball’ by Fremantle. As for Melbourne, it is another missed opportunity.

Round 4 – North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Will membership next year include health insurance?

Mick Jeffrey is in Melbourne for Easter and took in the reigning premiers (he still can’t believe this) Good Friday scrap against North. It was a game of two halves, as they say in the classics.

A real flood report… oh, and a footy update.

Here’s a report from Up North where the flood is no big deal – it’s just part of life. There’s some big footy news as well. [Hope this strikes a chord Down South Mick – JTH]

Pre-Season: Can a limited numbers comp work for the AFL?

Mick Jeffrey has seen the success of the Auckland Rugby League Nines. He’s got some ideas for the AFL to stage an equivalent pre-season tournament.

Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test, Day 2: By The Tweets (and other things)

Mick Jeffrey brings us the Day 2 view from Bay 49 of the Olympic Stand, right next to the MCC gate.

Almanac Local Footy: Pre-Season Grinds are never the same it seems

While footballers around the country have commenced pre-season training, Mick Jeffrey discusses his program and asks how your training works especially before Christmas.

Australia v South Africa – Hobart Test, Day 1: Oops We did it again

On the first day of a new Test match, many questions were asked of Australia’s batting, Mick Jeffrey had a few of his own on junior development of the game.