Henry and the Jets: That freak hailstorm

Introducing Henry Ballard, our recently arrived Deakin University writer, whose column ‘Henry and the Jets’ will appear each week for the remainder of the footy season. Great material – readers will be reminded of the weekend’s event – and beautifully put together.

Round 8 – Hawthorn v Sydney: A perfect storm

As the heavens opened up over the Apple Isle and gifted Joe Moore a long weekend, his Swans stood up in clearing conditions in the Garden State, registering an impressive fourth away win on the trot

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 13: Storm v Sharks – Back to Earth

Jetlagged and homesick, Andy Frame finds watching his Sharks outclassed to be all too reminiscent of his painful flight from Australia to Heathrow.

AFL Round 10 – Collingwood v Brisbane: Dr Seuss and the big storm

There was a game on Friday night but David Wilson (aka e.regnans) had bigger fish to fry: A thought-provoking week; a brilliant community book launch; a crackerjack storm. Dr Seuss was right.

Almanac Rugby League – The highs and lows of a Preliminary Final

Oh, the highs and the lows of preliminary finals weekend. They’ll hit your harder than Brad Izzard on a cold day and they’ll stick with you until you breathe your last. There is something enduring about it, something special, something that separates it from Grand Final weekend, giving it a unique feel, an individual aura. [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – A relentless wave

Despite the absence of my team, and ignoring the Melbourne – Newcastle game, this has been an extremely high quality finals series – the St. George/ Brisbane, St George /Wests Tigers and Wests Tigers/NZ Warriors games were all incredibly exciting but this game – from start to finish – topped the lot. It was fast, [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – A numbers game

Coming into this weekend I found myself once again scratching my head, just like most rugby league fans as to how this McIntyre Finals system operates. Apparently it’s all about rankings, and provided you keep winning, elimination isn’t a problem. On the surface, it sounds simple enough. But delving a little deeper, I realised that [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – A clinical win, an expected loss

The Knights hadn’t beaten the Storm in Melbourne for seven years and despite Melbourne losing their last two matches of the regular season, this Knights fan was pretty confident of another loss being added to that record. The first fifteen minutes was fairly back and forth. The Knights looked to exploit Melbourne’s up and in [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Free of the rubbish and smiling

I love rugby league. A few years ago, I was asked by a neighbour whether I had watched the Bledisloe Cup. I explained that I had not, because it clashed with 13th placed Penrith playing 14th placed North Queensland in the mud, in front of 5,000 people. He still thinks I was joking. And so, [Read more]