A Tough Year Awaits GWS

After watching GWS play against Richmond last Saturday at Manuka I am convinced that GWS will struggle to win a single game this year. In reaching the above conclusion I have drawn upon the experiences of the Gold Coast Suns in their first year. I note that Gold Coast recorded three wins against my pre-season [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin 3

  byDavid Butler NSW go into tonight’s State Of Origin decider at Lang Park with a realistic chance of winning the series they have failed to win for the last 5 years. Even those like myself who have had only a passing interest in Rugby League after having been immersed in it as a kid [Read more]

Could the Swans have done better than Jetta?

by David Butler The Sydney Swans have had 3 first round draft picks in the last 10 years.  Jarred McVeigh,  Lewis Jetta and  Gary Rohan. The dearth of first round picks is directly attributable to the consistency shown by the Swannies under the management of Paul Roos. As a result the Swannies midfield over the [Read more]

Canberra Track Memories

One might assume that Canberra racehorse trainers somehow reflect the people themselves. Staid, comfortable, educated and well travelled. That assumption would be well wide of the mark. I have owned numerous horses over the past 10 or 12 years and been involved with numerous trainers.  As in other parts of the country Canberra trainers are [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – The making of a Swannies fan

by David Butler I am the Sydney equivalent of a “Broadie Boy”, brought up amongst the factories and workshops of western Sydney. I spent the seventies negotiating the bland tarmac between  brutal suburban Rugby League grounds. Belmore Oval, Leichhardt Oval, Redfern Oval and Cumberland Oval. I watched as the first scrum erupted, as always, with [Read more]