Almanac Flashback – ‘Creeket iz life’: Mathilde de Hauteclocque

Fathers’ Day has come and gone, but there are always more stories of family and fathers from the Almanac archives…

Mathilde de Hauteclocque tells the story of her love of cricket and in doing so reveals much about her family, especially her father, the French Count, and his deep appreciation of the game (‘Creeket iz life’). A great tale of where life takes you and what it offers when your eyes are open and alert to possibility.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 22 – Sydney v Hawthorn: Unexpectedly brilliant and ready for finals

Rod Gillett turned up to the SCG in 2007 worried about the Swans, but left enthused about what lay ahead in the finals.

Round 8 – Sydney v Hawthorn: One of those Saturdays

Jan Courtin is restless. It’s the nature of her universe at the moment – and The Universe generally. She listens to music. And she watches her Swans. Both are uplifting.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 17 – Sydney v Richmond: Richmond-hurt

Cameron Noakes chose a bad night in 2007 to try convincing Richmond supporters to turn to Collingwood. Another debilitating loss to the Tigers only brought out more hurt and anger.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 15 – Sydney v Carlton: Danish superstitions don’t always come true

Apart of the secretive ex-South Melbourne fan club, Mark Branagan travelled to a Danish pub in 2007 to overcome superstitions and watch his Swans play Carlton.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 14 – Sydney v Fremantle: Victory for milestone men Goodes and O’Loughlin

Rod Gillett enjoyed Sydney’s barnstorming win over the dismal Dockers in 2007 to celebrate milestone matches for favourite sons Goodes and O’Loughlin.

Round 2 – Sydney v Essendon: That is how you break a drought… narrowly!

After a nervy first-up win ten weeks ago, Essendon made the trip up to Sydney to renew their rivalry with the Swans. Caspar McLeod was kept on the edge of his seat as the game tightened up in the final minutes.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 10 – Sydney v Essendon: Lamenting umpires, curse the Dons

After this controversial 2007 match, Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy commented on the growing knowledge and passion of the Sydney crowd. Rod Gillett gives his take on the tight finish, highlighting the horrible umpiring decisions that proved costly for his Swans.

Almanac (Cricket) Life: Jack Mundey and the Right Line

Paul Nankivell first met Jack Mundey in 1971, and then bumped into him from time to time, including one pre-Test meeting at the Olympic Hotel near the SCG when Keith Miller may have been involved. [Great to have you on the site Nank – JTH]

Australia v New Zealand – Third Test: Day 3 at the SCG

Liam Hauser reports on Day 3 of the Third Test between Australia and New Zealand at the SCG where the Kiwi batsmen got starts but couldn’t go on against the nagging off-spin of Nathan Lyon and the relentless quicks.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v New Zealand: Third Test Blog

Here’s an opportunity for you to share your observations and thoughts on play as the game unfolds through our Third Test blog. What catches your eye? Will we be bowled over by a NZ resurgence? Or will the Kiwis be stumped by the Aussies yet again? Tell us all about it.

Almanac Cricket History – Australia v New Zealand Tests at the SCG

With the third and final Test against New Zealand starting tomorrow, Ian Hauser looks back over previous SCG stoushes between the Aussies and the Kiwis.

Round 17 – Sydney v Carlton: The Winds of Change

Joe Moore completed yet another family trip up to the SCG for the rivalry between Sydney and Carlton. His account, already published on www.sydneyswans.com.au, details the fun-loving nature of what footy means to families.

Round 15 – Sydney v Gold Coast: Can we?

On a wintery afternoon Craig Dodson gathers the cygnets around to tell some fireside stories while watching the Swans win impressively against the Suns. He’s now wondering how far they can go.

Round 14 – Sydney v Hawthorn: Finally

It is a nervous night at the SCG for Tom Bally, as he rides the peaks and troughs of the Swans win over the Hawks

Round 10 – Sydney v Collingwood: I believe this is what’s known as an honourable loss

Jan Courtin travelled to Sydney for her team’s encounter with Collingwood. Little did she know she would be followed by boisterous Pies supporters throughout her weekend away.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 10 review, Round 11 preview

Cam Hooke reviews Collingwood’s Friday night heart-stopper against Sydney and looks forward to the Pies’ Saturday match against Fremantle.

Round 4 – Sydney v Melbourne: Hopeful trip to the SCG

Craig Dodson and Mrs. D take their young boys on an adventure to their first game of the SCG with high hopes and reminiscing about the days of footy in 1987.

Round 2 – Sydney v Adelaide: Me, Football and Owen Too.

The Swans’ start to the season has been inconsistent to say the least. A frustrated Tom Bally doesn’t have the answers as to why.

Round 18 – Sydney v Gold Coast: We’re still fourth!

‘Each week brings up unbelievable upsets and we don’t want to be on the end of one of those….!’
Jan Courtin reflects on a devastating Sydney loss to the Suns on the weekend.