Our Writers


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 loves his Hawks, and is finally able to enjoy the Golden State Warriors after 30 years of pain. 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.

Follow him on Twitter at @themongrelpunt


Cam is a Carlton supporter, but don’t hold that against him. With a good eye for detail and a genuine love for footy, Cam can have an acid tongue, pen, or keyboard when he sees something he doesn’t like.

You used to be able to follow him on Twitter… but not anymore. You will see him on The Mongrel Punt Facebook page, where he is happy to discuss his columns and opinions in the comments.


Tom Basso is based in South Australia and absolutely adores Port Adelaide. But it’s not all bad. He also loves the footy, ice hockey, a good scandal and writing about it. He also talks non stop and quite loudly so you can probably hear him in the distance, or on Adelaide’s 1079 LIFE and Arch D Radio.

You can follow Tom on Twitter @TheTomBasso


Mip sees the world a little differently to most. He’s a unique character, with no social media accounts, so really I could write whatever I like about him here, and none of you guys would be able to contact him to let him know about it. He loves the Hawks, and also follows the Phoenix Suns – hahaha.

You can follow him on the street. He likes that.


Trent started his Aussie Rules infatuation early, attending his first game as 3-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.

You can follow Trent on Twitter @trentra15


Melbourne comedian since 1996. Can be seen regularly at The Comic’s Lounge in North Melbourne. Passionate Blues man. Single-figure handicap golfer (it’s a sport page, so let me brag).

You can get more of Gab at www.gabrielrossi.com.au


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


Loud and opinionated. A parochial South Aussie living in Melbourne (the worst type), Paul is an EX-cricketing export (still hanging onto that one 15 years after retiring…)

He tends to love successful clubs that aren’t successful anymore (examples include Port Adelaide FC, Liverpool Football Club, and the Aussie Test Team). A Professional Speaker and Facilitator, Paul also writes for Inside Small Business, The Retailer, and The Australian Sporting Goods Assoc. As a Mongrel, expect his articles to take themselves way too seriously.

www.paulfarina.com.au https://www.facebook.com/paulfarina.com.au/


Paddy Grindlay has filled the void with sport since an early age. An avid Richmond fan, cricket nuffie and late-blooming Milwaukee Bucks supporter, he’s a little concerned about juggling Year 12 along with his love of sport.

You can chuckle at his ranting on Twitter @pgrindlay42


Rob is an avid sports enthusiast based out of Perth and has been a lifelong Eagles supporter. He loves his footy, cricket and long distance running. Rob also loves writing analytical pieces on contemporary issues in the footy world, as well as articles which are bound to generate rigorous debate.


A 25 year Armchair sports veteran (remarkable considering he’s just 28), 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.


Want to write for The Mongrel? Give us a yell at hbmeyers@themongrelpunt.com and we’ll have a bit of chat.