AFL: The dire need for better monitoring

Melbourne Demons 2009 team (sourced from Google Images)

Melbourne Demons 2009 team (sourced from Google Images)

If the AFL has taught us one thing in these past two weeks, it is the fact that they are seemingly wish to avoid any meaningful discussion about worrying issues in the league.

Andrew Demetriou – in panel discussions, newspaper articles, and press conferences – clearly did not think that tanking was something that existed, for one.  Add this line of thinking  to the Essendon drug saga, and you have formed a mountain out of a molehill.

Granted, both are concerning issues, but the way they have been handled rings alarm bells that something is wrong. Continue reading

Cricket: India the proving ground for Ashes

Glenn Maxwell v Sydney Thunder, Jan 8, 2013 (photo  mine)

Glenn Maxwell v Sydney Thunder, Jan 8, 2013 (photo mine)

India.  The dustbowls.  Home of the raging turner or the swinging sensation.

Also the proving ground for a host of Australian players before the Ashes series in England in July.

Questions will include; do both spinners get played, which pacemen get the gig, and who is going to open the batting?

Nathan Lyon will relish the challenge of really getting the chance to prove why he is Australia’s number one spinner.  Michael Clarke returns to the country where he burst onto the test scene in 2004.

Will it be the left arm combination, the Mitchell’s, Starc and Johnson, who can undo India with pace and swing?  Or perhaps Peter Siddle will enjoy steaming in and kicking up a cloud of dust.

Chennai is the first venue between these two rivals.  And if there is going to be any indication of form, it is going to be the sub continent.

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Australian Sport In The Dark Days

A metaphoric bomb. One way to describe the madness that has descended upon Australian sport this week.

From the AFL to the NRL, from Stephen Dank to sports science, no one really knows what’s going on. Details are revealed; evidence hasn’t been presented to back up said details.

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) yesterday released a scathing statement directed at the ‘cheats.’  That’s all well and good, but a lot of fans are crying for blood and action to be taken.  There also seems to be little on who is the actual culprit here. Continue reading

AFL: Brisbane Lions 2013 season preview

Brisbane Lions logo

Brisbane Lions logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Season Overview Preview

Some timely performances from the Lions youth brigade and a string of wins saw the struggling 2001-2003 premiers find some late form to finish 13th in 2012.

Considered to be something of a pretender team for several years now, Lions fans started to claw their way back out of their hiding holes, as a plethora of injuries saw many key players out for large chunks of last season.  The shining light for the club was the way in which the likes of Dayne Zorko, Tom Rockliff and Daniel Rich in the midfield stepped up a gear to support the veterans and new players. Continue reading

Cricket: Women just as good as men-and they need more exposure

The Australian women's cricket team, the Southern Stars

The Australian women’s cricket team, the Southern Stars (sourced from Cricket News)

Equality is something the majority of people like to strive for, or perhaps participate in.  Sport, however, seems to be a whole different playing field at times.

Australia has a reputation for producing strong cricket sides.  However, it seems to be a little known fact that the Australian women’s cricket team, the Southern Stars, have been setting the bar across the world for women’s teams for several years now.
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