Photo Essay – AFL Round 19: Richmond v Collingwood




On Swan Street before the game, you can feel it. You’re thinking about it. You know everyone else is thinking about it.



Richmond and Collingwood, on a Saturday afternoon, at the end of July. You know things only get warmer from here. Bob Murphy’s “July Test” is nearly done. And August? Well, August will fly by…



It’s been a weird week; a week of change, or at least, a week of proposed change.



The game is in crisis. Not enough goals – not enough ads?



Nine has merged with Fairfax: another of Kerry Packer’s pipe dreams, come to pass.



You read The Age before the game, and pass your eyes over the “Independent. Always.” mantra beneath the title on the front page.



Uncertainty; chaos.



You watch the opening bounce, Nankervis crashing into Grundy, midfielders tussling at their feet. This chaos is familiar.



Two old foes, and a top two spot up for grabs. The crash of bodies. The rise and fall of the crowd…






The MCG, looming over one of the scarred trees outside the ground, used by our Indigenous peoples to make canoes and shields. A timely reminder of whose backyard we’re in…










CrocMedia bought the AFL Record during the week.




Post-match, acting out dreams.




A Yellow and Black future



Waiting for that football train…



Thanks to Kasey Symons for snagging me a seat in the front row. Made things pretty easy!


Go Tiges!





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About Jack Banister

Journalism student @ Melbourne Uni, Brunswick Hockey Club Men's Coach, tortured Tigers fan.


  1. Stainless says

    What I said to Jarrod.
    Beautifully captured – in words and images.

  2. Love this Jack! A really interesting way to capture an interesting week in footy!

  3. Joe De Petro says

    Really clever way to present this, Jack. Games between the super-tribes capture the imagination like no others.

  4. Jarrod_L says

    Good stuff mate, my fave is the little Tiges waiting to contest the mark – hardly ever saw kids wearing those colours when I was coming up, now they’re everywhere!

  5. E.regnans says

    Well played, J Banister.
    It was probably Grundy crashing into Nankervis.

    -H Collier.

  6. JBanister says

    Thanks all – a marvellous day all round.

  7. John Butler says

    Nice work, Jack.

    Sounds like quite the day.

    Not sure Suns v Blues generated equivalent excitement. #offbroadway

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