Backwards to go Forwards: an Ode to Defence (or ‘Tash and Dash’)

Football is football. But it is also a way in to thinking and feeling. This meditation from Mathilde de Hauteclocque offers a half back flanker’s response to omnipresent grief.

In the firing line with the ruck rovers

The role of the ruck-rover is defined by the many wonderful exemplars Carolyn Spooner refers to from teams of the’60’s through to the current day.

Round 7 – Sydney vs Geelong: My name’s Lucy

Mathilde de Hauteclocque describes her footballing weekend, which was made by Sydney’s win over the Cats, and coincided with Luke Parker being inspiration for the solution to her quest for a coffee name.

This is for The Bloods: Ten Years On

Stephen Quartermaine’s cry of “Leo Barry, you star!” remains one of the most enduring memories of the 2005 AFL Grand Final between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles. A decade later, Joe Moore looks back on Brett Kirk and his Blood Brothers.