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

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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: Countdown to Season 2015: 37 days to go: Montrose

Montrose goes h2h with Vermont in the 2014 finals series (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Montrose goes h2h with Vermont in the 2014 finals series (photo: Davis Harrigan)

(First seen here on the EFL website)

Choose Tap” Countdown | Montrose Football Club

Coach Brett Johnson has belief for Montrose.  Since arriving in 2012, the club has seen great consistency with finals appearances since 2010 – with the ultimate prize coming in 2013; a Division 2 premiership and a promotion to Division 1 in the Eastern Football League. Continue reading

Quiney works seagull magic as Stars burst into life

Peter Handscomb tees off on his way to 103 at the MCG (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Peter Handscomb tees off on his way to 103 at the MCG (photo: Davis Harrigan)

The 33,580 fans that flocked to the MCG on Wednesday night went to see a Stars win – but they got a lesson in “bird handling” as well.

As the Stars – with much of the thanks to Peter Handscomb, who scored a career-defining and magnificent, unbeaten 103 – powered to a three wicket win after an early struggle, the entertainment, for a time, was front and centre on a seagull. Continue reading

You cannot switch out new for old; cricket is no different

Steven Smith celebrates a century against India (photo: Getty Images)

Steven Smith celebrates a century against India (photo: Getty Images)

After his first test in charge of the Australian test cricket team, Steven Smith showed poise, humour, tenacity, grit, and positivity.

Michael Clarke watched on from his home in Sydney, live tweeting his thoughts about the game.  The crowd and audience were glued to the action in earnest and suspense; more so after India were able to post a competitive total with the bat. Continue reading

EFL: Hungry Norwood sends Tigers running

Norwood players fend off a Balwyn attack at Bayswater (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Norwood players fend off a Balwyn attack at Bayswater (photo: Davis Harrigan)

In the biggest game of Eastern Football League action for the year, Norwood came out looking confident from the first bounce.

On a day where thousands from around the community, along with club supporters, media and players flocked to Bayswater Oval, the Wooders put on a spectacle, winning 14.16.100 to Balwyn’s 7.7.49.

After the traditional grand final pleasantries, including the presentation of the match ball, flown in by the Channel Nine News helicopter, Norwood took charge and never let up.
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Southern University Games: Edition One: How university students can “Be the Influence”

University students at the Be The Influence workshop get creative (photo: Davis Harrigan)

University students at the Be The Influence workshop get creative (photo: Davis Harrigan)

(This article was first seen here, for Australian University Sport)

Australian University Sport (AUS) hosted the third of five leadership workshops for university students on Wednesday.   The workshop was held at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne campus, involving 45 students, team captains and a number of university staff who will be attending the 2014 Southern University Games in Wodonga next month. Continue reading

EFL: Norwood taking flight

Leigh Williams pulls in the contested Mark from Blackburn's Michael Locco (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Leigh Williams pulls in the contested Mark from Blackburn‘s Michael Locco (photo: Davis Harrigan)

The purple army at Mullum Reserve could not be flying any higher over Division One right now.

Norwood Football Club are doing everything right, and not much wrong in season 2014.  They started their campaign off with a bang, defeating East Ringwood away by 42 points, before returning home and hurting Vermont to the tune of 56 points.
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AIHL: Ice on fire, and some loud noise

Mustangs Jamie Bourke goes on attack v the Ice (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Mustangs Jamie Bourke goes on attack v the Ice (photo: Davis Harrigan)

At the Medibank Icehouse on Saturday, May 10, I witnessed what was quite easily the best game of ice hockey I have ever watched – albeit from a handful of matches.

The Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs – perhaps the two strongest teams in the competition – took full flight in front of a capacity crowd.  Continue reading

EFL: Mulgrave fight for victory till the bitter end

 

Clash of bodies between Doncaster East (L) and Mulgrave (R) at Zerbes Reserve (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Clash of bodies between Doncaster East (L) and Mulgrave (R) at Zerbes Reserve (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Eastern Football League, Division 2

In slippery and testing conditions at Zerbes Reserve on Saturday, the Mulgrave Lions pulled off a gritty and last-gasp win against Doncaster East, 9.15.69 to 10.8.68. Continue reading