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Tony has been writing about sport since making a debut at the Queensland Times, Ipswich, in 1989 with a column entitled 'That's What I reckon Sport!' He has since worked as a reporter and editor with organisations including Fox Sports, Fairfax, AAP, The AP and ACP magazines, covering four Olympics, three FIFA World Cups and WC's in cricket and rugby. Favourite team: Arsenal. Favourite question: 'Did you even watch the game?'

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Let's celebrate rugby for its differences: Why imitating league is not the answer

Thanks Tristan, very much appreciate you returning to pay tribute to David.

RIP, David Lord: Australian sports journalism icon was 'always thoughtful and thought-provoking'

Thanks Patrick and well said. Appreciate you taking the time for this tribute.

RIP, David Lord: Australian sports journalism icon was 'always thoughtful and thought-provoking'

That’s a fair cop. Twice! (and I clearly stated I’m a freaking jinx)

'Brain explosion': Wallaby stars sent off as Queensland left red-faced in Moana Pasifika shocker

You can’t be serious. The four questions were ALL from the Souths’ own employee. They were never going to be loaded. The guy works for the club.

'That's it?': Angry Demetriou storms out of 27-second trainwreck press conference as Souths sharpen axe

You reckon he’s the only one who tipped the Reds? #agenda

'Brain explosion': Wallaby stars sent off as Queensland left red-faced in Moana Pasifika shocker

Thanks Danny have taken another look. Looked to me at first that it landed lower, but the TMO says it hit the head so have adjusted the story.

'Brain explosion': Wallaby stars sent off as Queensland left red-faced in Moana Pasifika shocker

What are you on about? There were four questions. All from a person holding a Bunnies microphone. Loaded questions?

'That's it?': Angry Demetriou storms out of 27-second trainwreck press conference as Souths sharpen axe

Pretty gutless to hold a press conference and then only answer questions from your in house media. Just take the fine and keep your dignity maybe?

'That's it?': Angry Demetriou storms out of 27-second trainwreck press conference as Souths sharpen axe

Oh [insert poo emoji] – thanks

The Roar's Super Rugby expert tips and predictions, Round 8: Lock in the Reds, pray for the Tahs, fear the jinx

You are correct. The squads come from Rugby Australia and they’ve erred there. Having checked with the club can confirm it’s Jonah Lowe in the No.13

Super Rugby teams round 8: Tahs drop Marky Mark, Kellaway returns for Rebels, HMP replaces Lynagh

It’s a very fair question that a lot of people are asking

What the UCL? Kane pain and 'alarming' penalty dramas for Gunners, Modric magic and stunning strikes in Madrid as 10 goals rain in

😂 Believe me I’ve watched it more! Think he’s definitely trying to maximise the contact once his path is blocked. It’s one of those you can think it’s a pen or not and you’d be able to justify both stances.

What the UCL? Kane pain and 'alarming' penalty dramas for Gunners, Modric magic and stunning strikes in Madrid as 10 goals rain in

It’s not a dive. It might not be a penalty depending on your point of view but he’s charging at pace and collides with the keeper and is knocked over.

What the UCL? Kane pain and 'alarming' penalty dramas for Gunners, Modric magic and stunning strikes in Madrid as 10 goals rain in

Excellent summary. I am however worried about Kane, but excited to see how Gabriel and Saliba handle him. Feeling weirdly confident however despite Arteta yet to really prove himself as a manager in European competition.

Resurgent German is key as Arsenal ready to pay back Bayern for seven years of Champions League pain

Jacko, it’s not surprising people in Melbourne don’t refer to Melbourne as Bleak City is it? It is however (at the risk of flaring this relatively futile discussion up any further) a nickname of long-standing used by some in Sydney to refer to Melbourne, and one that continues to be used when the occasion befits.

What the Rebels players should be demanding to know, as Twiggy's ex-rival throws a familiar hail Mary

I reckon you need to get your google into the shop for a repair.

Mine threw up lots of more recent references including from that notorious News Corp hack Peter Fitz in 2016, this headline on an AFR piece in 2020 (Bleak city lives up to its name) and this from Secret Melbourne less than 2 years ago.

https://secretmelbourne.com/australia-place-nicknames/


And what about Melbourne?

Bleak City, Mel Brooks, Melboring, Melbs, Melbum, Smelbourne and Smellbun.

It’s a nickname for Melbourne, like it or not.

What the Rebels players should be demanding to know, as Twiggy's ex-rival throws a familiar hail Mary

Ah the only point I think it proves is that it has been a nickname for a long time. And continues to pop up in Sydney about Melbourne regularly. And here it actually is a common nickname, as misguided as it might be.

What the Rebels players should be demanding to know, as Twiggy's ex-rival throws a familiar hail Mary

What the Rebels players should be demanding to know, as Twiggy's ex-rival throws a familiar hail Mary

Why does being born in 2006 preclude him from this? Why not use the competition to help him develop emotionally, if that’s the reason for not including him?

'Hate to be in his shoes': Olyroos coach explains why he's snubbed Irankunda for Paris qualifiers when 'I could be selfish'

Story updated with quotes now. Fairly clear it is a Vidmar call

'Hate to be in his shoes': Olyroos coach explains why he's snubbed Irankunda for Paris qualifiers when 'I could be selfish'

Stay classy Chelsea… Jose Mourinho would have never…

Hypocritical response? Chelsea coach Emma Hayes cites male aggression, then shirt-fronts Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall

Thanks by the way 😱

Super Rugby teams round 7: Bell returns but Tahs hooker gone for season, Jack back for Brums, Rebels' Leota blow

Agree!

Annesley admits Roosters were robbed as obstruction rules come under blowtorch despite Panthers' statement win

Apologies, the list we received had him incorrectly listed. Have fixed it now

Super Rugby teams week six: Foketi back after horror injury, Suli benched, Sam Carter set for debut, DMac rested

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