Category Archives: sport

My adventures with the Commonwealth Games Baton

The news had come through from the local Track & Field Club; I’d been selected to run a leg of the 1982 Commonwealth Games Relay as the Queens Baton wormed its way up the coast to Brisbane. I was 12 years old. There was one problem, I was a sprinter, the 100m, 200m and occasionally under sufferance the 400m. The distance I had to run with the baton through my hometown of Budgewoi was a little under 3km, oh no. Continue reading My adventures with the Commonwealth Games Baton

NRL Season Preview 2018

Next Thursday the St George Dragons and Brisbane Broncos kick off the 2018 NRL season at Jubilee Oval which means its time footy fans to enter those tipping comps and fill up your Sportsbet account. Melbourne shellacked an injury riddled Cowboys in last year’s Grand Final, lets take a look at what your team has done in the offseason and where they might go:  Continue reading NRL Season Preview 2018

Australian Open Finals Preview 2018

Halep vs Wozniacki

This is an unlikely final, not for the fact that we have the number 1 and 2 seed up against each other but that in the second round Wozniacki was down 5-1, 40-15 in the 3rd to Croation Jana Fett and escaped, Halep also saved match points in a 9-7 third set nailbiter over Angelique Kerber in the semi finals. This is the luck you need to win Grand Slams; points are won in inches, sometimes the biggest points. Continue reading Australian Open Finals Preview 2018

US Open Finals Preview

Sloane Stephens vs Madison Keys

I can safely say nobody, and I really mean nobody saw this final coming. Sloane who had a ranking of 934 a month ago due to a long injury layoff has worked her way through this draw and survived a marathon 3 set thriller over Venus in the semis. Then we have Madison Keys who has dealt with injury concerns of her own and has come into the US Open with a pedestrian 11/8 match record this season. They’ve only played once, in Miami back in 2015, Sloane won 6-4, 6-2. Continue reading US Open Finals Preview

A mushroom omelette, coffee and grunting

The other morning I was keen to check out the blockbuster first round matchup at the US Open of number two seed Simona Halep up against five time major winner Maria Sharapova. I was ready, I’d pottered around in the kitchen, cooked up a mushroom omelette, brewed some coffee and plonked down in the lounge chair, turned the TV on and was bombarded with a wall of grunting noise. Continue reading A mushroom omelette, coffee and grunting