Why I am considering handing in my notice to the SARU

I don’t know how to start this rant. To be honest my intro alone should consist of just about every four letter word I can muster. Suffice to say if there is anyone out there that isn’t aware of the fact that South African rugby is in too deep, then they must be following ballet. […]

Buddy and Dangerfield’s lament as premiership slips over horizon

There’s only so much Lance Franklin and Patrick Dangerfield can do. A week after Franklin was named AFL All-Australian captain and Dangerfield was honoured as his deputy, what the two stars want most looks well out of reach. Franklin’s most recent premiership was five years ago, in his last year at Hawthorn, and Dangerfield is […]

Josh Allen, Bunchy Stallings win SEC Player of the Week Awards

Congratulations are in order for Josh Allen and Bunchy Stallings, who were both honored by the SEC today for their performances vs. Florida. Allen won SEC Defensive Player of the Week, while Stallings won Offensive Lineman of the Week. Allen had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, one fumble caused, one pass breakup […]

Writing on wall for Wayne Bennett: Carne

D-day is looming for Wayne Bennett and Brisbane great Willie Carne believes the writing is on the wall for the master coach after the Broncos’ shock NRL finals exit. Two-time premiership winner Carne believed an embarrassing NRL elimination final loss and 68-year-old Bennett’s age would work against the coach when the Broncos board finally unveiled […]

Reflections on the way forward for Australian rugby

In his excellent article of 3 September, ‘The Wrap: A way forward for Australian rugby – how hard can it be?’, Geoff Parkes astutely sketched the rugby landscape in Australia and outlined changes that could be made to engage fans, build on traditions, safeguard revenues and coordinate programs to strengthen the development of and pathways […]

Players and pundits blowing the wrong horn when it comes to Usain Bolt

There is plenty of commentary currently regarding Usain Bolt’s football trial. Those who are anti-Bolt look for any argument to strengthen their point. Pro-Bolters will forgo reality to jump on the positivity bandwagon. Why is this concept so divisive? Because like all things outside of the norm, it threatens the current balance. Does Bolt have […]

Behind the barriers: Five bets for Tuesday, 11 September

There are three meetings set down for Tuesday, with some good depth across the board. Here are my five plays for the afternoon. Bet 1: Each-way – Tamworth Race 1, number eight: Hey Dude I’ve seen much worse double-figure shorts. This bloke is on debut for Mel O’Gorman and I think he can run a […]

AFL top 100: The wash-up – Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide showed during the season that they could compete with most teams and play finals, but only at times. They fell away at the end of the season, losing their last four games and missing the final eight by four points and percentage. Power had recruited strongly over the off-season and had picked up […]

AFL top 100: The wash-up – Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide showed during the season that they could compete with most teams and play finals, but only at times. They fell away at the end of the season, losing their last four games and missing the final eight by four points and percentage. Power had recruited strongly over the off-season and had picked up […]

GWS Giants to embrace hostile MCG crowd

GWS key forward Jeremy Cameron insists a parochial pro-Collingwood crowd at the MCG can help inspire his team in their AFL semi-final. The Giants confront the Magpies at the home of football on Saturday. The winner will advance to a preliminary final against Richmond while the losers’ campaign will be over. The MCG expects a […]