AFL: Finals hotting up

On the back of come-from-behind wins to Adelaide and Collingwood over the weekend, this week’s preliminary finals promise to be nothing short of spectacular.

Collingwood will face Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.  The Swans will be raring to go after their qualifying final win against the Crows, while the Magpies are coming off a triumphant, emotionally driven victory over the West Coast Eagles.
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AFL: Fremantle Dockers 2012 Season Review

The Fremantle Dockers were the underdogs of the top eight.  While the AFL community was hot on the backs of Geelong, Carlton and Essendon, Fremantle went about their business rather unphased.  Their regular season form stunned many, knocking off the likes of Geelong, West Coast and North Melbourne during the regular season.
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AFL Finals Week 2: Adelaide v Fremantle, West Coast v Collingwood


Week 1 of AFL finals action had its fair share of spoils.  Week 2 promises no different, with a thumping 96 point point win to West Coast over North Melbourne and Fremantle’s incredible 16 point win over Geelong gives this week an uncertain edge. Continue reading AFL Finals Week 2: Adelaide v Fremantle, West Coast v Collingwood

Cricket: How much longer: Ponting and Hussey

With another Australian cricket summer fast approaching (with series against South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies) it comes as no surprise that there will be questions over the squads picked.  With the first test against the Proteas at the Gabba on November 9th, the selectors will need to think long and hard as to whom makes the cut. Continue reading Cricket: How much longer: Ponting and Hussey

Social media and today’s sporting world

Today, the Australian football world was rocked hard by the news that Port Adelaide player (now former) John McCarthy died in Las Vegas while on holiday with teammates.  The news first broke via Twitter and then spread like wildfire across media agencies, online newspaper websites and general Twitter users.

After the meltdown over Australian athletes using Twitter at the London Olympics, and being too socially active, a lot of questions are being raised about the huge prominence of social media and its sometimes dire consequences.
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Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Preview

As the Australian summer draws ever closer, the Aussies must overcome their recent series loss to Pakistan in the UAE (and their subsequent rankings drop) and contest the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, starting on September 18.

Well off the top of the ICC T20 rankings, with South Africa and England sitting first and second respectively, Australia must progress into the final if it has any chance of pushing itself up the rankings, currently in tenth position, prior to the 3rd T20 against Pakistan to be played on Monday night.
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AFL 2012: Geelong Season Review

Of all the teams to finish in the top eight, the Geelong Cats threw up the most questions in terms of their dominance, ability and chances.

After a slow start early in the season (the Cats were 4-4 after eight rounds), just three more losses saw them finish a respectable sixth on the ladder.  The 5 years before had yielded four grand finals, three flags and preliminary final. Continue reading AFL 2012: Geelong Season Review

AFL: Finals review: Fremantle v Geelong


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In a dramatic finals series, Fremantle has pulled off an incredible upset, defeating Geelong by 16 points at the MCG last night.

Outplayed at almost every turn, and stunned by a five goal to none first quarter, the Cats never really looked like they would threaten to produce a massive turnaround.  However, despite a spirited five goal last quarter, and a three goal burst early in the second quarter, the Cats could not contain a Fremantle outfit which was helped immensely by the Cats squandering numerous chances.
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Cricket: The top ten cricketers in the last twenty years

It’s always difficult to pinpoint the greatest athlete in any sport: there are far too many.  However, it is a lot easier to choose those which have had such a stellar career it is extremely hard to overlook them as great.  In the last two decades, there has been a swathe of old and new generation cricketers.  Here are just ten of them. Continue reading Cricket: The top ten cricketers in the last twenty years

Cricket: Australian Cricket 2012-2013: team in focus: PKF Tasmanian Tigers

2011-2012 season

Ryobi One-Day Cup: 2nd (Runner up)

Bupa Sheffield Shield: 2nd (Runner up)

The Tigers, certainly by table placings, were the most consistent team in 2011-2012.  With names such as Tim Paine, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus and George Bailey, who have all represented Australia, the Tigers should look to bigger and better things from both experienced players and their newer brigade. Continue reading Cricket: Australian Cricket 2012-2013: team in focus: PKF Tasmanian Tigers