Finals Week 2 – Brisbane v GWS: Extraordinary footy I had never seen

Our Japanese correspondent and friend Yoshi experienced an up and down weekend following the AFL Asia Championships, as the Brisbane v GWS final gave him entertainment as well as some cause for concern about the contest’s unnecessary violence.

Round 20 – GWS v Sydney: Heartbreak, but pride aplenty.

The Swans put up a magnificent fight against the more-fancied GWS and were pretty unlucky to go down, but Jan Courtin was filled with pride by their performance. [Mark or free kick, take your pick – Ed]

Round 13 – North Melbourne v GWS: Brendan, Beanies, and Blundstone.

Smokie surprises his son by making a lightning visit to Hobart, where together they watch North submit to the Giants at Blundstone Arena.

Round 12 – Sal’s Preview: The Wounded Edition

Sal is chirpy this morning as he previews Round 12. With the eyes of the footy world on his Carlton this week, he’s happy to offer his insights. And, as he points out, we’ll learn a bit about the Giants this weekend.

Round 7 – GWS v St Kilda: We Haven’t Got the Close One

Manuka Oval in Canberra is superbly suited to Saturday afternoon football, as William Westerman reports. But as a neutral observer he was hoping for a closer game.

AFLW Round 7 – GWS v Geelong: Fumbling into Finals

GWS ended their AFLW season in great style, but Sean Mortell asks why they didn’t show the same ruthless streak when their season was on the line.

AFLW Round 4 – Collingwood v GWS: Destination Morwell

Sydney-sider Georgina Hibberd has vowed to attend every GWS game this AFLW season. On Sunday she completed a round trip to Morwell to see her Giants take on Collingwood, her first taste of footy at a Victorian country ground. The Giants did not let her down.

Second Semi Final – Collingwood v GWS: When Jeremy Howe defies physicists and mystics

David Wilson and the buds are at the MCG to see what he describes as an “open savanna of a match” and “a 1500 metre race of a match”. But it’s Jeremy Howe’s moment that is the focus of his poetic prose. What a moment! What a mark!

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: Spring buds not yet ready to burst

‘Sometimes the signs of spring arrive pre-emptively but it’s not yet time to burst. The Swans have had that kind of season.’ Mathilde de Hauteclocque wraps up the elimination final that saw her Swans bow out of premiership contention.

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: The only thing you’ll learn from this is that footy makes me cry!

It is difficult, it is tough, but Jan Courtin does not shirk the issue of providing her post-match thoughts following the Swans’ big loss. And yes, there are tears.

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: A long way to go.

Keiran Croker has an interesting musical month ahead of him – and an interesting footy month. Here he previews the Swans-GWS semi-final.

Round 23 – Melb v GWS: A Weekend of Melbourne Culture

Peter Crossing gives an entertaining account of the various forms of culture he imbibed across the Melbourne weekend, from the NGV to the MCG and other pleasant haunts. ‘The Arts’ in all their multi-faceted glory. Very Melbourne.

Round 21 – GWS v Adelaide: The View From Jenkins’ Hill

William Westerman, an Englishman and 13,247 others walked into Manuka Oval. At the end of the night, the joke was on Adelaide as their campaign for the 2018 finals came to an end while GWS kept marching towards a top 4 spot.

Round 19 GWS v St Kilda : Yet another footy odyssey with too many losses in a row but great people shine some light and warmth.

Yvette Wroby has a weekend of footy losses and at least some diversions. A weekend in Creswick was a good relief from football. There’s always next week.

Round 17 – GWS v Richmond: But what is the goal? Or even a goal? How a visit to Spotless inspired a post-modern observation of Australian Football.

I think Ben Fenton-Smith has unleashed a new Almanac genre: the spoof academic essay. But is it spoofed? [If you’ve had anything to do with the life of the mind since the rise of post-modernism and Cultural Studies this will be much more than a match report. The challenge to the primacy of the goal is brilliant – JTH]

Round 17 – GWS v Richmond: The Giants’ last laugh

John Green watches his Tigers take on GWS in Sydney from his lounge room chair. It’s a game of pulses. And the Tiges can’t quite get enough out of their final quarter surge. [Quality match – Ed]

Round 15 – Fremantle v Brisbane: Going West and Seeing the Light

After a win over Freo, Brin assesses the future of the Lions and weighs in on the loss of Harris Andrews.

The Father of the Giants

Former Comms manager at the Giants, Nick Johnston got to see what a great people person Kevin Sheedy is. On the occasion of Sheeds’ elevation to Legend status, Nick remembers those early days at the Giants.

Round 5 – St Kilda v GWS: It takes a village

A village helped Yvette Wroby get to the Saturday afternoon game. And the village of noisy Saints supporters helped the Saints get within a whisker of an upset to top of the table GWS.

Round 3 – Sydney v GWS: When a skyline of cranes is no match for tenderness, beauty and (another) Buddy moment

Is Mathilde de Hauteclocque over Sydney? Not the Swans, just the city? Jump inside her mind as she thinks her way through her night at the footy and is lifted by an Ukrainian educator and O’Reilly James’s view of that Buddy goal. [Yep! – JTH]