HB has been around and seen a bit. He’s possibly been around too long and seen a little too much. Some would call him jaded, and others would call him any number of unflattering names. He is a passionate Hawks fan but is highly critical of them a little too often for some. An unashamed football romantic, he makes no apologies for the way he writes about the sport he loves. We’re about footy at The Mongrel. Not gossip or scandal. Just footy.
A 29-year armchair sports veteran (remarkable considering he’s just 32), Matt loves his footy, and can be seen at every Central Districts game in the SANFL. He’s followed Hawthorn since 1998, Chelsea FC since the Russian took over, and his American sports teams, the Detroit Pistons and New York Jets are average at best, but are on the right track.
If you’re in Adelaide, he can be heard in 1079 Life FM from time to time, but head to Elizabeth Oval and he’ll be there. Count on it.
TRENT ADAM SHIELDS
Trent started his Aussie Rules infatuation early, attending his first game as a three-week old, a record he proudly bested with his own son at age 2.5 weeks. He is a 30+ year club member, and 25+ year MCC member, the fortunate beneficiary of a prenuptial agreement between his football loving parents that saw his Mum raise him as a passionate Hawk, while his dear sister until recently was burdened with a love for the Tigers following after her Dad. Trent is heavily involved in community sport, most notably Subbies Cricket with the Mighty Oaks, and is a long-suffering Washington Nationals fan in the MLB.
Another bloody Geelong fan… they’re multiplying too quickly for my liking…
Nick has a keen eye for the little things and spots things in the context of a game that others miss. His reviews are spot on and he doesn’t get too upset when the Cats blow Grand Final leads and fall in a heap. Of course, we don’t hear from him for a while after those occasions…
The Doc is a Bulldogs man and loves both their AFL and AFLW teams. Well-versed in knowledge around the women’s league, Alex leads our coverage of the AFLW season and is one of the more respected voices on the competition amongst those in the know.
A North Melbourne man, JB is best known for his stunning good looks and manner. Often seen as part of the Melbourne social scene, his fashion sense has seen him attempt to bring back double-denim, as well as the look where you tuck your thumbs into the belt-holders on your pants and lean against a doorway. Classy!
Also, he is a hell of a game reviewer.
Quickly gaining a following as a breath of fresh air within AFL writing circles, Tim loves to dive deep into stories and really get to the meat of things. His article on the history of the West Coast Eagles was extensive, and with a St Kilda version in the works, expect him to go onto bigger and better things.
A Bombers man, Jimmy likes to concentrate on the historical side of footy whilst maintaining a love for the current product. His work detailing the lives of personalities like Neale Daniher and Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer have drawn praise from those close to their subjects.
Sam is not a dyed-in-the-wool Geelong supporter. In fact, no one is really sure why he goes for the Cats, but everyone agrees that he’s fairly passionate about the cause. Growing up in a family of long-suffering Carlton and Richmond supporters, the AFL has been charmed for him for the majority of his memory. As a footy purist, he’ll endeavour to watch any game he can, even if that means enduring an open-roofed Marvel Stadium. You can see his inane ramblings on Twitter at @sammarcolin2
Fremantle tragic, dedicated father and lover of annoying Essendon fans with his notoriously prophetic tipping. Is now a teacher, so is responsible for the education of your children – be afraid.
You can get more of Matt and peruse his thoughts on Twitter
DANIEL JON KERSHAW
Our resident West Coast Eagles supporter and perhaps the only rational one in the country. Just kidding, DJK is as irrational as any West Coast fan when it comes to his Eagles.
A Gold Coast fan. I am not lying – he exists. With a more tactical view of the game, Hodgey provides insights many others simply miss.
With a background in statistics, and having worked in that field for an AFL club, Jimmy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. Loves his footy, loves his Cats, and leaves no stone unturned with his analysis.
Matt loves his stats. he crunches the numbers and believes in them. His analytical mind enables him to see patterns and trends in the game that we often miss. He’s kind of like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind… only not as rich.
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