Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: Devastated but Oh So Proud!

Jan Courtin is devastated (a powerful word) but proud of her mighty Swans who went down by a single point against GWS.

Round 23: A wonderful reminder that sport plays a vital role in many lives

In the wake of one of the most exciting rounds of the AFL in recent memory, Jan Courtin looks back on the comforting role footy has played for her in troubling times – with a bonus rundown of the (surprising for some!) Swans season so far.

Round 1 – Adelaide v Sydney: The touch of the unknown

Mathilde de Hauteclocque watches her Swans whilst striving to come to terms with a very different season. A year on, the Swans are contending for the flag once more – still, perhaps, in front of nowt but seagulls. (This piece was originally published in March 2020 – Eds.)

Round 20 – Essendon v Sydney: You have to love these Bloods!

It was another classic encounter between the Swans and the Bombers but it was a smiling Jan Courtin at the end of the match as her Swans hung on to win by seven points.

Round 18 – GWS v Sydney Swans: Almost as triumphant as Beethoven’s Ninth!

The triumph of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony came to mind as Jan Courtin watched the Swans roll onto victory in their game against the Giants.

Almanac Footy (heartbreak): She was teasing me all along

Earlier this week, Chris Bracher poured his heart out over his beloved South Melbourne. Now he’s lost her again to the uncertainties of the far north. Oh, the pain!

Round 17 – Western Bulldogs v Sydney: South Melbourne! South Melbourne!

Jan Courtin is a very happy Swan after Sydney’s fantastic win wearing the old South Melbourne colours against ladder leader the Western Bulldogs in Round 17.

Almanac Football History: A letter to Tom

The Emerald Hill Chronicle returns to profess a deep and undying love rekindled by a timeless red ‘V’ on white worn by a victorious Swans side.

Round 16 – Sydney v West Coast: I’d like more of that, please!

Jan Courtin was reminded of the days when Sydney were South Melbourne by the small but vocal crowd in red and white. A sea of Swans fans makes for a rare event nowadays outside of NSW!

Round 16 – Sydney v West Coast: An unfamiliar day at the footy

Craig Dodson was champing at the bit to hit the highway down to Geelong. The days out don’t get much bigger for the generally more dour Swans, a source of real joy on a red and white family road trip.

Round 16 – Sydney v West Coast: A nice red and white rarity

Caspar McLeod’s Swans took to an unfamiliar home ground this weekend – but true to form when in Geelong, Sydney showed they know how to use the ground well as they smashed the Eagles. What comes next is all up in the air in a topsy-turvy top eight!

Round 12 – Sydney v St Kilda: If Only!

It wasn’t the barnstorming performance Jan Courtin expected, but she was left relieved and satisfied once the final siren confirmed a nail-biting win for her Swans over the luckless Saints.

Round 11 – Sydney v Carlton: Swans show us the way

With this loss to Sydney, John Butler sees Carlton expectations for 2021 are fading fast. Where to from here?

Round 11 – Sydney v Carlton: My Swans–addled brain

Jan Courtin is planning a novel approach to combatting her Swans-related nerves – in the meantime, at least the Blues were tamed!

Balcony Banter: History in the making

Demon fan Lynda Carroll is aware she is watching history week by week.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 9 review, Round 10 preview

The humiliation of five losses on the trot avoided with last week’s win over the Kangaroos, Cam Hooke’s Magpies unfortunately couldn’t keep things rolling at the SCG. How will they shape up against the powerful Port?

Round 9 – Sydney v Collingwood: What is it about Collingwood?

Jan Courtin has had a chequered past with Collingwood, but no matter how she feels about the club as a whole, it’s always incredibly satifying to get the four points over them!

Round 9 – Sydney v Collingwood: Frustrating (Floreat Pica Society)

Unusually, this year Pam Lowther did not travel to Sydney for the game. But she volunteered anyway to write this report for the Floreat Pica Society. (And following Jim Kesselschmidt’s FPS recipe of Round 8, Pam includes one of her own).

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 8 review, Round 9 preview

Cam Hooke gives the Collingwood Life perspective on the victory over North Melbourne, then he looks to the Pies’ prospects against Sydney.

Round 8 – Melbourne v Sydney (and lots of other observations): Barry Gibb plays for Sydney

Pure genius from Old Dog. Who players look like. [So glad you stayed up through the night to write this Old Dog – JTH]