Gwangju 2015: No clutter on court for Elliott

Elliott Clutterbuck (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Elliott Clutterbuck (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Elliott Clutterbuck of Australia has quite the badminton resume.  More than 10 international tournaments, time in Beijing and starting the sport at age nine means his experience allows him to play an all-round role for the team.

“For the last two years I’ve been based in Beijing, playing for a Beijing team and in Northern China.  I first played for Australia when I was 16.” Continue reading

EFL: New look, new Lions

Doncaster East lines up for ANZAC DAY (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Doncaster East lines up for ANZAC DAY (photo: Davis Harrigan)

“We’re a work in progress,” says Doncaster East Lions coach Steve Buckle, into his second year at the helm of the club.

After four rounds, and heading into a match against Scoresby this week, the Lions sit in a chase pack behind ladder leaders Croydon.  A spate of new recruits have brought youth into the side, and Buckle says the re-appointment as head coach is allowing him to understand the players and club strategies to a deeper degree. Continue reading

EFL: North Ringwood go two from two at the Panther Pit

Max Otten (Blackburn) is pressured by his North Ringwood opponent (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Max Otten (Blackburn) is pressured by his North Ringwood opponent (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Determined to prove to the 11 unfamiliar Division One teams that they were no slouches, North Ringwood pulled out a memorable victory to send Blackburn home winless after the first two rounds of season 2015.

Yet the final scoreline of 9.13.67 to 6.13.49 belied what went on for 95 percent of the game.  The seesawing first quarter, which saw just four goals, was a scrap of a game, with ball handling errors and relentless pressure from the Panthers and Saints.  Sam Banfield opened the Blackburn account, and it only took an additional two minutes before Nick Murphy’s booming left foot slotted one through for North Ringwood. Continue reading

EFL: Panther Pit’s red and black roar

Blackburn players run out in the final v Balwyn, August 2014 (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Blackburn players run out in the final v Balwyn, August 2014 (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Such is the roar from the mighty Panther Pit and Morton Park, people have to stop for a second to listen.

This year is important to Blackburn, as they look to consolidate what was a very impressive season 2014; one that ended in a 22-point loss to Balwyn in last year’s elimination final. Continue reading

EFL: Croydon ready to dish out the blues in 2015

Croydon players go in for the ball against North Ringwood (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Croydon players go in for the ball against North Ringwood (photo: Davis Harrigan)

(first seen HERE on the EFL website)

In season 2014, coach Paul Newlands wanted his Croydon men to go all the way to the Grand Final.  They started off in fine style, with seven straight wins, each one of them bigger and better.

Having had time to build up a platform to go big was key to the approach last year for the club, says Newlands. Continue reading

From the eyes of an amateur photographer: the sport

La Trobe v Wollongong, Australian University Games, 2013 (photo mine)

La Trobe v Wollongong, Australian University Games, 2013 (photo mine)

Across all my experiences in the sporting industry – including game day reporting and article writing – there is one aspect that is consistent across each thing that I do; photography. Continue reading

AFL: 5 magical moments of season 2013, from the Beyond Realisation desk

Jeremy Howe of Melbourne flies high over Heath Grundy (photo: Triple M)

Jeremy Howe of Melbourne flies high over Heath Grundy (photo: Triple M)

Where to begin?  The season is still going through finals, but AFL fans have seen some spectacular moments that will be embedded in the history books of 2013.

From the screamers to the howlers, the bombs to the flops, and the fabulous dashes across the field, there is no doubting the league has seen a plethora of highlights amidst controversies.

Not every amazing moment from the season will make this list, but here are five occasions where the AFL world stopped, and stared. Continue reading

AFL: Lions coach Voss will finish at season’s end

Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss (sourced from AFL.com.au)

Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss (sourced from AFL.com.au)

The Brisbane Lions today announced that coach Michael Voss will not have his contract renewed come seasons end.

Voss took over the coaching reins from Leigh Matthews at the end of the 2008 season, and took the Lions to finals in the 2009 season.  It is reported the club offered Voss the opportunity to coach out the year, but he is believed to have declined. Continue reading

AFL: Baby Giants taking steps in the right direction

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GWS Guernsey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They might be finishing just their second season in the AFL, but the Greater Western Sydney Giants have shown they will not go down without a fight.  Under the guidance of veteran Kevin Sheedy, the new boys in town have pushed some of the powerhouse teams until they can go no further.

With GWS coming towards the end of its second season in the AFL, the hype that surrounds the young brigade in the side is no secret.  The likes of Jeremy Cameron, who has blossomed this year in the forward line, and Dylan Shiel are fast becoming the core of the Giants side. Continue reading

VFL: Northern Blues take out Frankston at Preston

Northern Blues players shepherd & get chased at Preston City Oval (photo mine)

Northern Blues players shepherd & get chased at Preston City Oval (photo mine)

Six goals in a brilliant performance from Khan Haretuku was not enough to save the Frankston Dolphins, who went down to the Northern Blues at Preston City Oval on Saturday.

The ground was dry and disposal clean, however it was the Blues who got the home crowd fired up, with Luke Mitchell, Kane Lambert and Shaun Hampson all putting goals on the board early. Continue reading