First Test – Day 2: Transcendence in Nottingham

Ben Santamaria will remember his day in Nottingham, as will every single person who was there; a day he saw the best of British, and the best of Australia.

Nature vs Nurture and the CFC

Ben Santamaria 24 March 2011 Our first born was due late December last year. During the pregnancy there was much talk of a Christmas baby and swaddling clothes and a manger. As it turned out, Henry arrived a month early and had to settle for a Kenny Hunter jumper and an incubator (actually a hot-bed, [Read more]

A Cottage Classic

Fulham v Juventus Craven Cottage, London 18 March 2010 Europa League – Round of 16, Second Leg By Ben Santamaria I’ve watched a bit of a sport of the past thirty years and in that time I’ve seen some terrific matches, be it the 1999 Preliminary Final at the ‘G, or the 2006 Ashes Test [Read more]

Last rites: What a day. And tomorrow I’m getting married!

Ben Santamaria What a 24 hours! More ups and downs than a pogo-stick convention. A snapshot of my day: 2pm Thursday: A single-man living in a shared house in Fulham, London. 5pm Thursday: Collected the keys to my new house and hung the first painting on the wall. 8pm Thursday: Caught in a torrential downpour [Read more]

Second Test – Day 5: Freddy

By Ben Santamaria, with Tim Santamaria. July 20 was always going to be a famous day; however, who in the crowd at Lord’s in 1934 would have thought then that man would walk on the moon in less than half the time it would take their nation’s cricketers to next beat Australia at the home [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Carlton makes work at the London desk a little easier

Carlton versus West Coast Eagles 7.40pm, Friday, May 29 Etihad Stadium Ben Santamaria I have always loved the prospect of a Friday night game: the dash from school or work to the ’G or the Dome, or whatever it’s called these days; the taste of that first weekend beer that you feel you have earned [Read more]