April 2013


Should AFL players be open to bans for doping?

On ANZAC Day eve the Essendon Football Club made a public admission that the anti-obesity drug, AOD-9604 had been administered to some of its players last year. A few days earlier WADA had put out a media release clarifying the situation surrounding the said drug. It contained devastating news for Essendon and also potentially the […]

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We can’t stop doping in sport, so why not just give up?

In recent times we have been bombarded with news of doping scandals in sport – both confirmed and alleged. From the contrite and seemingly stage managed confession by Lance Armstrong to the current allegations swirling around the AFL and NRL, the issue of drugs in sport has not been too far from the headlines of […]

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CA selectors have got it right

There is an oft used saying in sport – “we are taking it one week at a time”. In many ways, that adage has become the mantra for the National Selection Panel in its naming of the touring party for the forthcoming Ashes series. The bolter into the 16-man squad is veteran left-handed opener Chris […]

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Australian cricket faces a crisis of leadership

Success in any team – whether it be sporting or business – is driven from the top. Of late, that concept has proved an issue for Australian cricket. With just days until the announcement of the squad to take on England for the Ashes, Shane Watson, the vice-captain in situ, fell on his sword and […]

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Psst, did you even know the IPL is on?

It features some of the best players in the world and its television rights were sold in 2008 for a staggering US$1.6 billion over ten years, yet in Australia you would be hard pressed to know that cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently under way. For the third successive year the highest profile Twenty20 […]

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James Hird’s future far from clear

There is one thing that is certain with regard to the Essendon drug scandal – James Hird is guilty. Guilty of naivety. Hird has a CV in the sport that reads like few others in the code’s history – 253 games, dual premiership player (once as captain), Brownlow medallist, Norm Smith medallist, Jim Stynes medallist, […]

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Why won’t the AFL fall in line and adopt a send-off rule?

There are few sporting leagues in the world that do not have a send-off rule and the AFL is one of them. Soccer, rugby, rugby league, hockey, water polo, basketball … you name it, it is hard to find a code that does not have some form of send-off or ejection rule that is enforceable […]

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Will we see the Olympics on our TV screens?

Each of the three major free-to-air television networks in Australia – Seven, Nine and Ten – has decided it is not interested in bidding for the latest Olympic rights package. Up for grabs at present are the broadcast rights for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and 2016 Summer Games in Rio. The Seven Network […]

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CA’s contract list and Inverarity’s comments an eye to the Ashes

Cricket Australia’s latest list of centrally contracted players for 2013-14 has increased in number by three from last year’s list, but the newly anointed group of 20 has some interesting omissions. Missing from the list is a quartet of players who all have claims to an Ashes berth in the forthcoming twin home-and-away series – […]

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