May 2014

My five best indigenous Australian football players of all-time

This weekend’s fixtures in the AFL will be played under the banner of the ‘Indigenous Round’. It is a time to celebrate the incredible impact that indigenous Australians have had on our national game – both past and present. So, with that in mind, I have chosen my top-five indigenous players of all-time. It is […]

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What can be done about the AFL’s compromised draw?

The AFL’s annual fixture is totally compromised. We know as much because the outgoing CEO Andrew Demetriou said so in the strongest possible terms in September 2011 when he stated that it was “unashamedly compromised”. Mind you, none of us needed Demetriou to draw attention to the issue as we have long understood it to […]

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Sir Jack Brabham – a trailbazer and a champion

The world of motor sport has lost one of its greatest with the passing of Sir Jack Brabham at the age of 88. In terms of what he contributed to the sport of Formula I he was a nonpareil. From humble beginnings racing on the speedway cinder tracks of Sydney he went on to become […]

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Which has been the most successful club of the AFL era?

This year marks the 25th season since the VFL morphed into the AFL which begs the question as to which club has been the greatest in that quarter century. With this season less than half over let’s just restrict ourselves to the performances across the preceding 24 years. Sadly, for some clubs the change to […]

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ASADA – from best practice to basket case

It was not that long ago the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority was seen by many as representing world’s best practice in the fight against performance enhancing substances in sport. It has now become a flagship model for how not to undertake such battles. With reports doing the rounds that ‘show cause’ letters are imminent with […]

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Are the Gold Coast Suns finals bound?

In the words of Australian songwriter Paul Kelly, “from little things big things grow”. It could well be the mantra of the Gold Coast Suns. In its fourth season in the AFL it is well on track for a maiden finals appearance. The Suns currently sit in fifth position on the ladder ahead of their […]

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Is Jack Viney a culprit or a victim?

In recent times the AFL has further toughened its stance with respect to the head being sacrosanct when it comes to collisions between players. The latest to fall foul of this edict is Melbourne’s Jack Viney who last night was handed a two-match ban for an incident that resulted in Adelaide’s Tom Lynch sustaining a […]

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AFL umpires have one of the toughest gigs in sport

Having hosted sports talkback programs for over two decades I can assure you that know sporting officials in this country draw more ire or criticism than those who adjudicate Australian Football. And having listened to plenty of sports talkback overseas I can also vouch for the fact that the airwaves abroad do not carry the […]

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