Winter Olympics: The buzz around Whistler

by Brad Carr I had an amazing few days at the Olympics. I’m now continuing my ski-trip up in Alaska, but tinged with a little bit of regret that I didn’t schedule myself a longer stint at the Games. The main thing about the Olympics is the excited, euphoric mood that engulfs it. Forget the [Read more]

Gaelic football: Farewell to a legend of the game

Sixteen championship seasons, six All-Ireland medals, four National League titles and three All-Star selections. No wonder the Irish sporting public is in mourning. Gaelic football has lost one of its greats. Darragh Ó Sé (pronounced O’Shea) made the announcement this week on the national Irish language radio station, Raidió na Gaeltachta, during an interview with [Read more]

Link: Winter Olympics are more fun

The Winter Olympics, through their lesser scale, have been able to stay truer to the Olympic ideal. So enjoy the fun…

Winter Olympics: A rundown on what to look forward to at Vancouver

By Brad Carr I’m writing this in Everett, on the northern outskirts of Seattle. Best known as the site of the Boeing wide-bodied jet factory (which, incidentally, I can thoroughly recommend as a tourist excursion if you’re ever in the area), it’s one of those industrial places on the fringe of a major city that [Read more]

Tennis: Hits and misses on the road to the Roger and Serena show

By Bernard Whimpress It was a bad start to the women’s part of the 2010 Australian Open draw with the best body and maybe the best legs in the tournament exiting in the first round. Out went Maria Sharapova, the 2008 champion, back on the tour after shoulder injury and seeded fourteen. But this wasn’t [Read more]

Link: The Guardian’s Youtube round-up

Eddie the Eagle, Brian Clough, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Tyson… they’re all here in this week’s excellent Youtube round-up by The Guardian.

Basketball: For this Lakers fan, it’s all in the timing

By Brad Carr Many of sport’s moments come down to an element of being ‘in the right place at the right time’. An adage that has proved true for many players, occasionally it holds for a supporter also. I’ve followed the Los Angeles Lakers since 1988. At that time, when basketball was in its Australian [Read more]

American Football: The Saints finally march in

By Cade Lucas. It was gonna be great. I had all these grand pretensions of getting right into the swing of the Superbowl. It was gonna be all buffalo wings, cheese fries and Budweiser. Instead it was gluggy porridge and black coffee as I staggered out of my bedroom just in time for the kick [Read more]

WANTED – the look of a future sports journalist

By Danielle Eid Firstly, a note to all adult and full licensed Almanackers- PLEASE DO NOT BEEP at Learner drivers! The BIG YELLOW L means that we are LEARNING and we don’t know what we are doing! I’m doing my Ls and have been driving to school and stuff with my instructor. On one occasion [Read more]

American football: Clear-eyed Colts stand in way of Saints’ Superbowl fairytale

By Cade Lucas Well it’s almost that time of year again. You know the one. It’s a Monday morning in late January or early February. You switch on the TV and, ‘Oh yeah, that Superbowl thing’s on.’ And so you lounge on the couch in your pyjamas till mid afternoon, trying to work out what [Read more]

American football: Favre leads all-star cast in Hollywood finals

By Cade Lucas Among the many weird and wonderful pleasures afforded Australian viewers by the arrival of Channel 10’s One HD channel, the orgy of American sport it delivers into Australian loungerooms, free of charge, at a conveniently pleasant hour of the morning, is among the best. And chief among these sports is that most [Read more]

Tennis: It’s a great day watching the battlers on the outside courts

By Rod Oaten I really enjoy the Australian Open, not to see the  antics of the of the top stars as they strutt their stuff, but to watch and admire the battlers. There are 512 players on Day 1 of The Open,  we all know the top dozen men and women, but what about  the [Read more]

Tennis: Still awaiting the Aussie charge

by Dan O’Sullivan As another Australian Open winds up and the great Roger Federer flies back to Switzerland to collect yet another cow to go with his 16th Slam (are the Swiss still doing that?), the inevitable question will be asked, where was the Aussie charge? The predictable poor showing by the locals can probably [Read more]

Winter Olympics: Seductive Sigulda sweeps me off my feet

By Tim Ivins With the Winter Olympics just around the corner and with me experiencing a white winter for the first time, I decided to take advantage of the conditions and experience something that would be impossible in Australia. The four man bobsled. For those of you who aren’t quite sure what that entails, cast your [Read more]

Cycling: The Tour Down Under through a fan’s lens

You want colour and movement? Here’s a link to Anne Federowytsch’s album from the Tour Down Under. http://www.photovations.com/ims/album.php?u_id=5318uKg0o x x x x

Tennis: It’s not the same without Damir

Did someone say Damir Dokic? Amid all the talk about fashion and Prince William’s bald spot, we miss him.

Tennis: Leconte as a commentator? Allez! Allez!

Not being your bona-fide modern tennis fan, it takes something out of the ordinary for me to sit and watch the Australian Open for extended periods. Mine is the world of grass courts, Lecoste shirts, Dunlop Volleys and ‘serve and volley’ games. Aside from the latest Damir Dokic rant, I rarely take notice. But Channel [Read more]

Cycling: A fan’s perspective on following the Tour Down Under

By Anne Federowytsch Adelaide’s East End is renowned for its fine dining, designer clothing stores and classy nightspots but Sunday 17 January saw the adjoining roads and parklands turned into an UCI Pro-Tour cycling track for the Tour Down Under Cancer Classic warm-up event. Professional cyclists from all corners of the globe had begun descending [Read more]

Tennis: Seven’s deadly sin

by Andrew Gigacz The events of Day 8 at the Australian Open cannot be allowed to pass without comment. Not about the departure of Australia’s last two representatives, Stosur and Hewitt; with both coming up against the top seeds, their losses were unsurprising, if not inevitable. Not about Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s five set marathon win, as [Read more]

Cycling: How I got an insiders’ view of the Tour Down Under

By Anne Federowytsch The lift opened at level three and revealed the lively front desk of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s office. It was the first Monday of the New Year and my first shift as a volunteer for Australia’s biggest cycling event, the Tour Down Under. I arrived on the dot at 9am and [Read more]