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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.

Round 17 – Geelong v Hawthorn: The sins of their father

Patrick Dangerfield turned back time on Saturday afternoon. John Harms felt he was a kid again.

Round 13 – Richmond v Sydney: The Half-time Break Requires Alcohol

Joe De Petro donned the custard catcher to watch Richmond v Sydney from the Balcony.

What do you do in Melbourne when Richmond has a bye?

Richmond had the bye this weekend so Joe De Petro attended two games of football: the friendly between the world’s top two countries Brazil and Argentina, and a footy clash between fallen champions (Hawthorn) and a team on the rise (Gold Coast).

Round 4 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Dam Busters

John Harms tells the happy Geelong yarn of the boys great win on Easter Monday.

MCG Memories – The 1956 Olympics

This week is the 60th anniversary of the start of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Ann Rusden tells about going along to watch, not knowing she would later be friends with one of the athletes in action.

Almanac Poetry: ‘People’ – Tommy Mallet

The crim, the writer, the barred lawyer, the thugs, and the one sure to be a mass murderer, are among the many characters introduced in ‘People’, an epic poem by Tommy Mallet. [Language warning – Ed]

Almanac Footy – The 1954 Grand Final: Melbourne v Footscray

In preparation for Saturday’s season decider, let’s go back to the last time this year’s Grand Finalists clashed for the flag – 1954 – and revisit how that match unfolded.

A summer lesson

Having followed the Murray Marathon 410km down the river from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill, DIps had much to reflect on waiting for his daughter to return from final night celebrations.