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The penultimate round of the National Rugby Championship is upon us, and by my count, three of the four games can have some degree of bearing on the top four and the potential playoff combatants.
The rugby league grand final is something we all look forward to with great anticipation. We talk about it and read about it virtually all week leading up to the game. We plan barbecues, invite mates and buy beer.
It was not an upset victory, nor a big-name player signing, but Football Federation Australia’s announcement that chairman Frank Lowy will be succeeded by his son Steven could be the most significant moment in Australian football over the next year.
Cricket Australia thought it would be a good idea to include a team of young men in this season’s One Day Cup. The result has so far been a chastening experience for those thrown into the fire.
I pen this as I finally emerge from 72 hours of oblivion following Sunday night’s grand final. That theatrical beast was two hours of the most exhausting emotional abuse I have ever endured – and I’ve been on a Japanese game show.
There are as many as four positions up for grabs in the Australian Test side for the first Test against New Zealand in four weeks’ time, yet the Test squad seems certain to be announced before there is a single Sheffield Shield game played.
Caulfield Guineas day is upon us, the first of the five consecutive Saturdays of the biggest racing Melbourne, and Australia, has to offer.
In what was a grand final to forget for many West Coast players, there may be an upside to their 46-point loss to Hawthorn.
It’s fitting that Craig Joubert and Nigel Owens, two of the best performed referees in the tournament, will control the most vital final pool rounds at the weekend.
Over his career, golfer Gary Player accumulated nine major championships on the regular tour and six Champions Tour major championship wins.
They say cats have nine lives, and the Geelong Cats look to have spent their last in season 2015.
There is an oft-repeated saying around the Tour de France, ‘You can’t win the Tour in the first week, but you can lose it.’
A few days ago I sat in front of my TV and watched a rugby team who were the real deal. Dominant in the scrum, dynamic in the loose, untouchable at the breakdown, a flyhalf at the peak of his powers and a back line that could both defend and attack in equal measure.
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Following a shaky start to his Adelaide United tenure, Josep Gombau produced a slick and entertaining team in South Australia, which won the FFA Cup last season but faltered when it came to finals football.
For so many, the football pitch is more than a patch of grass. It’s a sanctuary. The dirt patches on the local field for an all-age Division 12 match can feel like Suncorp Stadium if you try hard enough.
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Namibia and Georgia will be keen to rise above their minnow tags when they clash in Exeter this morning. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6.00am (AEDT).
Three weeks out from tip off in the 2015-16 NBA season and Tristan Thompson remains in some bizarre form of basketball purgatory.
Last Saturday, Hawthorn became the first team in twelve years to complete a premiership hat-trick when it defeated the West Coast Eagles by 46 points in the AFL grand final.
The AFL’s trade period is just around the corner, beginning on Monday October 12, and it’s set to the be the biggest in the history of the league.
Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool D fixture between Ireland and Italy saw the men in green scrape a 16-9 win against a determined Azzurri team in uncomfortable circumstances.
The dust has yet to settle on 2015 and there is a trade and draft period to come. But hey, why not take a look at what the ladder will look like in 2016.
No Wallabies side has achieved the Grand Slam (defeating the four home nations – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – on the same tour) since 1984, but the current side could achieve a World Cup Grand Slam.
“Most people live life on the path we set for them, too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along who knock down all the obstacles we put in your way.” – Harry Mitchell, The Adjustment Bureau (2011).
As we leave behind an impressive grand final weekend, horse racing takes centre stage for the first time in 2015 with the Guineas meeting at Caulfield this Saturday.
Being still a young man at 20, I feel disappointed knowing I missed golden eras of Formula One history. Moments such as the amazing James Hunt and Niki Lauda rivalry of the 1970s as well as the intensely heated Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna debacle of the late 1980s and early ’90s.
Make no mistake about it, Steve Johnson is a champion. With 253 games of AFL football, three premierships, three All-Australian selections and a Norm Smith medal, he has been a champion of the Geelong Football Club.
If you are an Aussie or Kiwi, the newly formed Trans-Tasman rugby competition should sit well with you. Less matches against South African teams, same number of local derbies, better time zones and less travel, plus an extra international opponent.
The President Cup might not be as legendary or prestigious as the Ryder Cup, but given the dominance of Australian and South African golfers in past couple of years the 2015 tournament promises to be one of the most closely contested yet.
Sunday’s NRL grand final will never be forgotten. It has been lauded as one of the greatest ever and is up there with the 1989 and 1997 deciders.
The Wallabies well and truly dispatched England on Saturday, winning in a way that we are unaccustomed to seeing from an Australian team. A hugely dominant forward performance set the tone from the first tackle, and the team adjusted well to the shifting nature of the game.
After two brutal defeats from their opening two matches, the debut season for the recently launched Cricket Australia XI could not have gotten off to a worse start.
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