Tigris centenarius

November 24, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

A celebration of 100 years of Glenelg Football Club in the SANFL, Saturday 6 November 2021, Grand Hotel @ Glenelg A good year: one crap day. Unfortunately, that one bad day was Grand Final Day, in which the team was more or less humiliated (15.9 to 4.8.).  The Tigers have the worst Grand Final win ratio of any club with 26.32%, having lost 14 out of their 19 Grand Final appearances. (I have seen 12 of those defeats.) So while musing in my room at the Grand Hotel, gazing out at the gloomy sea, it occurred to me that losing…

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Falling Short

September 19, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

SANFL 2nd Semi-Final, Adelaide Oval, 18 September 2021 It was hard to watch, hard to take, and hard to write about, but there is a clear and bright silver lining out of Glenelg’s loss to the Eagles on Saturday night. Sure, the opposition was better on the night and deserved to win. They beat the Bays for 3 quarters and while they were fully up for it, Eagles were handed the initiative by their opponents, who were playing in a static, clumsy and tentative manner, confirming fears over the last few weeks that the Tigers had lost their Mojo. In…

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A Loss Redeem’d

September 5, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Norwood Grand March, Norwood Oval Glenelg v Port Adelaide, Alberton Oval (Saturday 4 September 2021) A rather surreal day marked the end of the minor round in the South Australian National League competition for 2021. At the end of it, there were clear winners and clear losers; in some cases, it was hard to tell. First, L and P attended the Memorial Gardens outside Norwood Oval (or Cooper’s Stadium, as it is badged in corporate-speak), she in her Fortis in Procella top (see below).  From the Latin, it means “Forward into the Abyss” or something…seriously, it means something like “Strength…

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Nearing the Pointy End

August 30, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v West Adelaide at Richmond Oval, Friday night, 27 August 2021 A lovely evening but a pretty modest crowd at “Hisense Stadium” saw a spirited contest, with wooden-spoon certs West having a go all evening, falling short to superior skill and attacking method. West fans might be forgiven for staying home and watching the AFL rather than rolling-up, given we are nearly at the end of the season for half the teams, but the home team showed a bit, including snaring the last 3 goals of the game. The Tigers won every quarter though and at the final siren…

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Springtime Limbering-Up

August 16, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

[Glenelg v Central Districts at Glenelg Oval, 14 August 2021] Your correspondent had been pressed into service as deputy Door Bitch for the Past Players and Officials function for the last home game of the season (see main image) but there was still time to enjoy the game on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the weather a presage of Spring.  With the minor premiership wrapped up, it was time to keep the streak going and celebrate Brad Agnew’s 150th league game in style, which we did against the Bulldogs, honest toilers in a re-building phase. 10 goals to 3 in the…

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