General Sportswriting: It really is time I let Gurner’s Lane and the 1997 goal umpire off the hook

By Chris Riordan My son knows that the merest mention of Gurner’s Lane can throw me off. Never mind that it was hardly Gurner’s Lane’s fault when Mighty Mal took off (with my cash) at the roundabout on the King in the ’82 Cup. I never backed The Enforcer (Mick Dittman) again in his long [Read more]

Ireland Correspondent: Kennelly subdued as mighty Kerry takes on tiny Antrim

By Peter Lenaghan Kerry is Gaelic football’s undisputed powerhouse. Its dominance goes back to early last century and includes several eras of domination. The county’s distinctive green shirts with a gold band across the middle are admired and feared. The Kingdom, as County Kerry is known, has won 35 All-Ireland football titles. The list of [Read more]

Irish news: Australian footy comp growing in Ireland

by Peter Lenaghan Wednesday 8 July 2009 As increasing numbers of young Irishmen move across the world to try to make their fortune in the AFL, Peter Lenaghan looks at the Australian game’s continuing struggle to establish itself on the Emerald Isle.   It is quarter time in the Australian Rules Football League of Ireland [Read more]

Irish news: Ricky Nixon kicks tyres in the Emerald Isle

   by Peter Lenaghan   For the past three weeks, Australian Rules football has been prime-time television viewing on the emerald isle. The focus? Not St Kilda’s outstanding form, or Jimmy Stynes’s cancer battle, nor the many suitors trying to woo Nathan Buckley. Instead, a documentary team has told the story of the young jewels [Read more]

Book Launch: The Danihers by Adam McNicol

Ladies and gentlemen,   For any fans of the Bombers, a good yarn or a few mid-week beers, this is the function for you!   It also doubles as the launch of a very fine book, which the Daniher boys and I have put together over the past 18 months or so.   Be great to [Read more]

Stawell Gift: Why it’s madness to even consider shifting the Gift

By Damian O’Donnell The Victorian Premier, John Brumby, has finally come out and guaranteed that the Stawell Gift will stay in Stawell. Why it was the Premier who made this announcement is puzzling. I would have thought that the Sports Minister, James Merlino, would have been responsible. But this is just one puzzling thing in [Read more]

Ireland Correspondent: Gloom lifts over Dublin while sun shines on Cardiff

By Peter Lenaghan Stop writing the eulogies, call off the undertaker, and tell the doctors they can devote themselves to reviving the ailing economy – Gaelic football has taken a turn for the good and its health is improving as the wet Irish summer drags on. The rain was falling on Sunday afternoon when I [Read more]

Weekend Read: Irish and Australian football are different and that’s a good thing

By Paul Daffey I enjoyed Irishman Cormac McCormack’s piece on the lack of humour and connection in the AFL, and although I can’t help but think that Cormac is looking at sport in his homeland through porter-coloured glasses, I agree with much of what he says.

The Gigs Guide to School-holiday Fun

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN THE ’70S – WESTERN SUBURBS STYLE By Andrew Gigacz School holidays are here again and parents everywhere have got their kids organised for a five-day tennis program, a one-day Flash animation course or an all-day video gaming fest at someone’s house. Thinking back to my childhood term breaks, my family had no [Read more]

Irish correspondent: Flat-beer season needs a few bubbles

By Peter Lenaghan Thank God for Antrim. The romance the northern county is generating this summer in Ireland seems desperately needed. On Saturday afternoon I hopped in the car and went for a drive into the Midlands. The motorway takes me out of Dublin and through the green countryside of County Kildare and County Laois, [Read more]

Irish Correspondent: Dublin cricket looks bright amid the mizzle

By Peter Lenaghan It is summer in Dublin and a light mizzle is falling on the city. A thick blanket of cloud hangs above, trapping warm and muggy air. It is a minor miracle that cricket is played here at all. The players emerge from the rooms, each one wearing a cream, sleeveless sweater. “I’ve [Read more]

Irish Correspondent: Hill 16 and other lessons

By Peter Lenaghan Croke Park in Dublin gleams when the weak, early summer sunshine peeps through the cloud. It is the first big day of the Leinster football championship. Nearby, betting shops and pubs are overflowing and the Dubs’ fans, decked out in sky blue kits, are lubricating their voice boxes; the old rivals are [Read more]

AFL Round 11 (and gymnastics): Perfection 1 Gymnasts 0

  by Dips O’Donnell       I’m at the Sate Netball and Hockey Centre to watch the Victorian Gymnastics championships. It’s an impressive centre. Lots of steel girders, vast glass windows, and official looking desks with official looking people manning them.   I have a nervous daughter competing today. There are a few Olympians [Read more]

Love the Volleys

by Pamela Sherpa   Are Dunlop Volleys making a comeback, or did they never really go out of fashion? When the Preston girls competed in the finals of the 2009 Victorian Little Athletics championships in March they weren’t wearing fancy, expensive  ‘throwing’ shoes. Zoe , 12 and Anna, 10 from Brighton preferred their reliable, comfy [Read more]

How D.C. McGillivray bought the farm

by Pamela Sherpa Running was an integral part of life when my grandfather D.C (David Crump) McGillivray was a boy. Chores were done morning and afternoon and running to and from school was the norm. Not surprisingly, like many of his time, D.C. discovered his athletic talents and developed into a decent all-round sportsman. He relished competition and adhered to the philosophy [Read more]

Lewis Hamilton Shows True Markings of a Champion

by Marc Cannella When Lewis Hamilton stormed onto the Formula One scene in 2007, his natural talent alone almost guaranteed him a world championship, and he duly delivered in only his second season. But despite the undoubted highs, the Englishman has also experienced the lows of the sport. He lost the championship by one point [Read more]