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T20 International – Australia v England: Another ‘Big Ship’

Smokie Dawson went to the T20 at the MCG on Sunday with a very well-named mate. [from the MCC’s Balcony Banter]

Calling MCC members who went to the T20 on Friday night

If you went to the T20 on Friday night and would like to write a short piece for the MCC Members Blog – Balcony Banter – please drop me a line.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Hawthorn: A Classic

John Harms’s piece on Geelong v Hawthorn, first published on the MCC Blog, Balcony Banter. Classic day, classic match.

Almanac E-newsletter – July 23 2021: Peanut, Lord North.

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The Ashes 2019 – First Test: Has Steve Smith Won Our Aussie Hearts back?

After Steve Smith’s century making heroics in the Ashes 2019 First Test, Anna Pavlou wonders whether he has won back the hearts of Aussie cricket lovers.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Traditions

Joe De Petro relives the 1972 VFL Grand Final and the rivalry established between Richmond and Carlton, while watching the Round 1 match between the Tigers and the Blues at the MCG.

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.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: The Grand Final Ticket Game

After a night of queuing in the cold Andrea Buckland and her group managed to secure the place at the biggest game of the season. Though it was a cracking game, it wasn’t the result he had hoped for as a Pies fan.

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Collingwood: We’ll always have Paris

In front of a huge crowd at the MCG, Joe De Petro endured watching his Tigers’ back-to-back premiership dreams deflate in the hands of a dominant Collingwood side. Richmond’s 2018 season might be over but he’ll always have Paris…

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: Lid?

‘If I had a dollar for every time one of my friends or colleagues told me that I should ‘keep a lid on it’ via text, email or in person, I’d be very rich.’ Is the lid well and truly off now for Dees fan Cat Jones as they prepare to take on West Coast this Saturday?

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: My generation’s 1987

As Chris Weaver saw his Demons home, thoughts of the past, and those not attending, came readily to mind.

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: Out of the Swamps of Sadness

Jack Gunston’s poster was a true Sliding Doors moment for Jonathan Rivett, one that led him out of the Swamps of Sadness.

Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Hawthorn: It’s only the Beginning

It might only be the beginning of the finals series but Joe De Petro has plenty to be optimistic about early for his premiership-defending Tigers.

Round 22 – Richmond v Essendon: When a Rioli is Near

Friday night’s game had different meanings for the Tigers and the Bombers. Joe De Petro kept a close eye on their contrasting approaches.

Round 19 – Richmond v Collingwood: Like a Tiger Defying the Laws of Gravity

‘These are games of wonder, they restore our youth, they will bring us back for more, again and again. When these two mighty tribes clash on the MCG, we do more than simply watch.’ Joe De Petro poetically sums up Saturday’s blockbuster.

Round 16 – Richmond v Adelaide: The Edge of Chaos

Joe De Petro channels mathematical concepts, chaos theory and even Evil Roy Slade to explain the success of his Tigers. Whatever it is, it sure as hell works!

Round 13 – Geelong v Richmond: I Was There

Peter Fitzpatrick gives us an absolutely cracking yarn about being drenched and frozen at the MCG, the warmth of optimism, and how he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Round 12: Melbourne v Collingwood – ‘Come on…!’

It may surprise some but there just might be more important things in life than footy. Joseph Ryan gives another perspective after a frustrating visit to the ‘G’.

Round 10 – Richmond v St Kilda: Saturday’s Child

Joe De Petro’s take on Richmond’s win over the Saints, which featured an eyebrow-raising tactical change

Vale, Roy Willard

This the story of a sensitive, gentle and thoughtful man who was subjected to unspeakable hardships during his early adulthood in the Second World War. Joe De Petro’s presents his moving and loving tribute to his father-in-law.