Round 21 – GWS v Sydney: Bridging conversations

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is chatting here and there, while trying to get herself plonked down in front of the footy.

Round 19 – Geelong v Sydney: New country

Mathilde de Hauteclocque travels to Melbourne and Geelong and walks among the locals.

Round 17 – West Coast v Sydney: Gwen, Chuck the Truck and other gurus

Metaphor? Allegory? You be the judge.

Being and the thinking Cygne

Bastille Day and the Tour and Francobubbles yet M. de Hauteclocque (Mathilde’s papa) is thinking cups of tea, Test cricket and Antiques Roadshow. So how does this affect the sense of being in the thinking Cygne?

Round 13 – Sydney v Richmond: Ten whole years

Mathilde de Hautecloque thanks a giraffe for her experience of the famous Swans Grand Final victory in 2005, as she comes to terms with what happened during last Friday night’s anniversary celebration game. [Beaut piece – Ed]

Round 8- Hawthorn v Sydney: YOLO

In footy you live at least once each week. Mathilde de Hauteclocque has lived it this week. We are the better for it.

Round 7 – Sydney vs Geelong: My name’s Lucy

Mathilde de Hauteclocque describes her footballing weekend, which was made by Sydney’s win over the Cats, and coincided with Luke Parker being inspiration for the solution to her quest for a coffee name.

Round 5 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: The road less passable

Mathilde is back. That’s all that needs to be said.

I Need to be in Drummoyne

Their first date at Marrickville went surprisingly well, and after their second date at Drummoyne, Mathilde de Hauteclocque is well and truly in love with suburban footy.

Pre-Season 2015: Swans in the Suburbs

A week out from their NAB Challenge match against Brisbane, the Swans headed to Henson Park, Marrickvile for intra-club hit out. It was the perfect Friday night for Mathilde de Hauteclocque and the Cygnet.

Swans TV Unlimited

A Swans pre-season featuring Swans TV, Hip Hop, One Day and Marty Mattner. Mathilde de Hauteclocque at her pre-season best.

Jiminy’s Cricket

A wonderful and heart-felt meditation on how cricket has enhanced the bonding between mother and cygnet.

AFL Grand Final – Sydney v Hawthorn: Twinkle Twinkle Little Swan (how I wonder where you’ve gone)

Mathilde de Hauteclocque looks to the heavens for meaning where there is none, and hope where there may be some. Was Saturday the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning for her Swans?

Finals Diary: Week 3

Mathilde de Hauteclocque is skittish as a kitten as Grand Final week and the Swans consume her life.

2014 Finals Diary: when time steps out of its regular gait

Each year Swans’ fan Mathilde de Hauteclocque tries to feel the joy of finals, the renewal of September, the luck bestowed on her by supporters of teams not so lucky. [Exquisite – JTH]

AFL Round 19- Sydney v Essendon: Team Conversation

Sans the cygnet, the Almanac’s O’Reilly Stand correspondent Mathilde de Hautecloque reports on a big Swans win. She enjoyed the conversations, both on and off the field. And with the baristas.

AFL Round 11 – Sydney v Geelong. Out: agapanthus (disorientated); In: Warrabirra.

Mathilde de Hautoclocque on the intersection of worlds: football and other. And what might have been.


Mathilde de Hautecloque at her very best. Classy writing. Just read it, and respond. [Well, you keep asking for fresh sportswriting – Ed]

Between remembering and forgetting: an update on the baristas

Let Mathilde de Hauteclocque explain. If your team is losing it is more important that you forget than remember, because it is only by forgetting that you can remember how to win.

Chaos and control

When trying to imagine Mathilde de Hauteclocque it’s best to think of a woman in a sackcloth. [must read – Ed]