Finals Birth

Last week, we had a great response to Kate Birrell’s homage to suburban cricket; ‘Wicket Keeper‘.

Today, we feature ‘Finals Birth‘.



‘Finals Birth’ – Kate Birrell, 2014


For information on how to purchase a great piece of art capturing one the AFL’s most visceral group of supporters enjoying (arguably) the upset of the season to reach the 2014 finals, visit Kate’s website 


'Wicket Keeper, Carnegie Cricket Club' - Kate Birrell 2014.

‘Wicket Keeper, Carnegie Cricket Club’ – Kate Birrell 2014.

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And to read more about Richmond’s season, order your copy of The 2014 Footy Almanac.



  1. Hi Kate,

    You are a talented artist. Tigers’ last minute grabbing a seat for September was the biggest drama in the 2014 AFL Home and Away Season, I think. You show Richmond fans’ excitement well.

    As always, good painting :)


    P.S. I hope we will see such a beautiful drawing for the mighty Saints soon!

  2. G’day Kate,
    Perhaps a person’s reaction to artwork (like writing) is an individual thing.
    For me, your artwork has an uncanny knack of describing a scene and filling it with the sounds and smells and feelings of a moment.
    The two on this page here are perfect for this, each in a very different but powerful way.
    Thanks for sharing your talent here.

  3. Captured the moment beautifully Kate.

  4. Yoshi…you are certainly in tune and up to speed with the AFL game. Well done, you must read a lot, or spend a fair bit of time in the sports bar.

    E.regnans and The Wrap
    “As with writing, we often don’t know what we think about something until we draw it.”
    ….something I read on an art site yesterday. This probably sums it up for me.
    Have a relaxing hoilday break everyone and happy to hear you glean something from my pictures.


  5. Hi Kate again,

    Thanks for your compliment on what I have been doing. At an Australian pub here in Sapporo, Japan, I watched the last minutes of the Round 23 Sydney-Richmond match and was surprised to see the upset. I have watched AFL games not only St Kilda ones but also other matches including the Preliminary Final between Hawthorn and Geelong in 2013 where Jeff Kennett Curse was killed. Now these ‘hard work’ can use well with my talents.

    I read the content expressing appreciation of opportunities in writing and your comment on the article. I also reckon the Internet brings you more opportunities showing your art works and is doing PR jobs for your exhibitions. Keep doing your great works, Kate.

    Merry Christmas!


  6. Warwick Nolan says

    Love your work.

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