The Hawthorn Chronicles: Rebuilding the fortress

For years, Launceston was considered a fortress for Hawthorn, and for good reasons. The Hawks hadn’t lost a game in the UTAS stadium between Round 8, 2012 and Round 19, 2016. The Saints ended that streak last year, thumping the Hawks by 75 points. To add injury to insult (pun intended), the Hawks also lost…

AFL Power Rankings – Round Six

With not all wins created equal the AFL ladder doesn’t always get it right. To right this wrong the Pinch Hitters attempt to provide a more accurate picture of where each team stands with our very own Power Ranking formula.

Collingwood Commentary: So this is what the Top Eight feels like

Three in a row is always handy and sitting 5th after Round One and Two losses is not a bad comeback at all. Better if you remember that everyone had written us off after the Hawks got up in what I like to call a warm-up game. Even some of our own supporters. In a way, it’s helped spark something and turn it around. The Pies are looking like a real team and it’s glorious.

AFL Power Rankings – Round Five

With not all wins created equal the AFL ladder doesn’t always get it right. To right this wrong the Pinch Hitters attempt to provide a more accurate picture of where each team stands with our very own Power Ranking formula.

Kings Bounty: Bogut agrees to NBL swansong

Andrew Bogut, already one of the most accomplished Australian basketballers, by signing with the Sydney Kings may well play a part in something larger. The rise back to prominence of the NBL.

The Hawthorn Chronicles: Rude awakening

Last week, Hawthorn were irresistible in their comeback, and beat Melbourne despite being down by 4 goals at quarter time. On the back of that solid win, they were tipped to be overwhelming favourites against North Melbourne. To me, it was always going to be a danger game. For some reason, we never match up…

What on earth is cricket officialdom thinking?

It is fair to say that the ECB announcement of their intention to create an eight-team league to play 100-ball innings matches has created much more bewilderment and outrage than excitement. While those excited by the announcement have suggested it is a bold initiative, most others would suggest this a positive spin on a decision…

Saints Summary – Signs of Life

The old saying is that a draw is like kissing your sister but St Kilda’s Saturday afternoon 73-all tie with GWS was nothing of the sort given the three weeks of pain prior to it.