Round 12 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Welcome surprise

Mathilde de Hauteclocque offers up a slice of footy wisdom as she explains why the unpredictable nature of the game is what makes it so enthralling.

Round 10 – Sydney v Hawthorn: Refuge, time, space, kinship, dialogue.

Mathilde de Hauteclocque with a thought-provoking meditation on unbinaries, and imaginings that are on the edge of imagining yet are somehow expressed in footy.

Wall and the Art of Swans Maintenance

The Swans have hit the wall. ‘You just have to find a way,’ Longmire lamented post-Round 6. Mathilde agrees with him and explains how she found a way when confronted with problems repairing a wall in her house, suggesting her problems are no different to those experienced by the Swans, and like her, the Swans must also find a way if they are to repair the damage of their horrible start to the season.

Round 5 – Sydney v GWS: The Swans face the world of the zombie apocalypse, the French election and the talent of their neighbour

A timely Mathilde de Hauteclocque meditation.

Round 3 – Sydney v Collingwood: Swan Lake

Mathilde de Hauteclocque had a premonition of Sydney’s demise on Friday night with a new phone ringtone chosen by her Cygnet. Afterwards, she couldn’t help but think about the impact Lance Franklin has had on her team.

Round 2 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: The Dogs are no Bunnies

Mathilde de Hauteclocque and the Cob head to the local Pakistani in Enmore and on to the old Warren View to watch the flag unfurling from Melbourne. Their Swans battle hard. They take in the night. [More engaging contemplation from MdeH – JTH]

Round 1 – Sydney v Port Adelaide: Sydney’s injury woes

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is bracing herself for a rough start to the season for Sydney with injuries coming into play.

Changing of the seasons: AFLW to AFL

Mathilde de Hauteclocque answers her son’s questions about the AFLW and why the men’s competition isn’t called ALFM. She also excitedly awaits the start of the AFL season to see her Swans in action.

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: The Winds From the West

Who can remember the details of a lost Grand Final? A DVD and a bag of lemons as Mathilde de Hauteclocque practices the calm now the storm is over.

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: Loss equals Opportunity

In footy parlance a week is a long time unless that week belongs to Mathilde de Hauteclocque as she prepares for and recovers from the Swans QF.

Round 20 – Sydney v Port Adelaide: ‘Cuddles’ Heeney finds his place

Delightful observational piece on Mathilde de Hauteclocque’s footy week – with references to The Marngrook Footy Show, the Sydney Swans Ladies’ Lunch, and a rock-solid win.

Round 16 – Geelong v Sydney: Wild enough

Mathilde de Hauteclocque travels to Kardinia Park (as is the tradition) to see her Swans take on the locals and meets Swans on trains, planes and in markets. She also sees her side have an impressive win. [A piece which almost assuages the loss – JTH]

Listening to The Listener

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is challenged to think by Martin Flanagan, Erin Riley and Stan Grant on a writer’s festival panel in Sydney. She then applies that thinking to the week which follows in her roles as museum curator, mum and O’Reilly Fan. Her Kangaroo barista is also challenged – but his is a different form of contemplation. [Characteristic MdeH stuff – JTH]

Round 5 – Sydney v West Coast: Things we do in the arbitrary, shifting name of home

Mathilde de Hauteclocque on home, the nature of home, the defence of home and the things we do in the arbitrary, shifting name of home.

Round 4 – Adelaide v Sydney: Omens

Stepping out onto the roof of Australia, Mathilde observed a murder of Crows and Betts Creek, ominous signs for the Swans.

Round 1 – Sydney v Collingwood: An artful rogering

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is back with her O’Reilly family to see her Swans thrash the hapless Pies. [Nice – Ed]

Swans 2016: What Comes Before Pre

Rejoice. Mathilde is back for 2016. “It’s easy at the start of the season to take up the obvious, reassuring footy narrative. Positive thinking, the best of sports science mindfulness, confidence and pre-emptive strength. But the fact is, that the intra-club is the very beginning of something, the plan before it’s even hatched and we don’t know what will come. It can’t ever be truly mapped or pre-prepared. And it cannot be hurried. This is true light heartedness…”


Mathilde de Hauteclocque reflects on Sydney’s transition from 2015 into 2016, as only she can.

Finals Week 2 – Sydney v North Melbourne Preview: There are ways

Can the Swans deliver the right result on Mathilde de Hauteclocque’s birthday? She previews tonight’s big game in Sydney Town.

Round 23- Sydney v Gold Coast: Unshackled Melancholy & Frivolity

An unshackled Mathilde de Hauteclocque is in the familiar surrounds of the O’Reilly Stand for the final round of 2015. Farewells & uncertainty. Sans Cygnet.