Almanac (Footy) Reminiscence: Planting a blue and white garden

It’s the first week of the finals in 2007 and John Harms and The Handicapper are contemplating the colour of the plants for their spring garden. [A version of this was published in The Age – Ed]

Round 1 (2012) – Fremantle v Geelong: The greatest of all pests

Head back to Round 1 at Subiaco in 2012. JTH and P. Flynn were in the crowd. It was a memorable opening match.

Paul Chapman art (by Martin Tighe)

Celebrate Chappy’s great career with a Martin Tighe print.

Round 22 – Geelong v Collingwood: A night of insults as the season and era end with a whimper – is Chris Scott a better politician or coach?

The era is dead! Long live the era! What of this Geelong we see before us?

Chappy: he’s so reliable

Chappy! He’s so reliable. [A piece first published for Chappy’s 200th – Ed]

Round 2 – Essendon v Hawthorn: A Few Good Men

Home, family and footy: Trev Blainey makes sense of Essendon’s remarkable victory. [Marketers, read this and you might learn why footy has such appeal – JTH]

AFL Round 5 – Essendon v St Kilda: I’m onto you Bomber!

Danni Eade backs up for a second game in a single day and, with her interest in a sloppy game waning, takes to some crowd-watching. You would not believe who she ends up sitting with. And the penny drops regarding Essendon’s poor performance.

AFL Round 1 – North Melbourne v Essendon: Let down

Josh Barnstable, now studying in the big smoke, gets the train to see his beloved North. But they aren’t so kind to him.

On spotting Paul Chapman in the sash

John Harms was jolted from his daze by the NAB Challenge last night.

Father Time

Paul Chapman was and always will be great. Three premierships, one Norm Smith, one Carji Greeves, two all-Australian teams, countless crunch-time goals and a booty of hard-man qualities. Not bad for a 31st draft pick. Indeed, to watch Chappy rise this year above premature forecasts of his demise is a credit to the man, his [Read more]

The Old Firm Saves the Day

It’s a balmy and breezy Sunday at Kardinia Park. While it’s a problematic zephyr for wig wearers, it’s a beautiful wind to unfurl a premiership flag. A flag success that many thought could not be achieved by an ageing list, a virgin coach and sans number 29. The now biennial flag unfurling conducted by retired [Read more]

45 to 27 by Peter Flynn

It is ten minutes or so into the second quarter of the 2011 Grand Final. Geelong is playing reasonably well. Johnno can’t feel his knee (a good sign). Selwood, as usual, is maniacally attacking the ball.

Chappy’s pact remains intact

The two arch-rivals prepare to do it all again. Mooney is a late scratching. Menzel the Magician (leading the goal kicking at Geelong) is named as substitute. The match begins under glorious hazy sunshine. I’m standing among a bunch of triumphal Hawthorn fans. Where is Charles Darwin when we need him? The message emanating from [Read more]

Cats’ Do Enough Against Wayward Pies by Anthony Jensen

CATS ASSERT SUPREMACY OVER MAGPIES Anthony Jensen 10 April 2009   GEELONG continued its unbeaten run in season 2009, ending up 27 point winners over near-certain finals contenders Collingwood at the MCG on a clear Thursday night in the opener to this Easter weekend of football. While Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse had hinted otherwise, there [Read more]