Second Test – Day 4: Rooted

Australia was shown up by a 22 year old batsman who displayed everything the visiting batsmen lack.

Third Test – Day 2: Australia does its best to keep SL in contest

Australia did their best to ensure Sri Lanka remained in the contest, says Patrick O’Keeffe.

IPL 5: Less than maximum

I should preface this article by stating that I have never enjoyed Twenty20 cricket. This dislike for Twenty20 cricket has morphed into an equally strong dislike of the IPL. So from my perspective, it is not necessarily disappointing to hear that the IPL is losing sponsors and supporters.

Cycling World Champs – Night 4

Track Cycling World Championships – Night 4 Patrick O’Keeffe April 8th 2012   The penultimate night of competition at the 2012 Track Cycling World Championships was really something to behold. Devastated at missing out in the Women’s Sprint the previous night, Anna Meares produced a stunning turnaround to claim the Kierin world title. Cameron Meyer [Read more]

Let’s Get Physical

Track Cycling World Championships – Night Three Patrick O’Keeffe April 7, 2012.   The night is all about Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton. This is where the drama is, the excitement and the tension. Meares and Pendleton don’t like eachother, by all accounts.   This rivalry is intensified in the first of three sprints in [Read more]

Leaving it all on the track

  Leaving it all on the track Patrick O’Keeffe   It is a Sunday afternoon in Melbourne. I am at the Hisense Arena, standing in the middle of a recently constructed cycling velodrome, watching competitors from numerous countries preparing for the 2012 Track Cycling World Championships. The championships will be commencing in Melbourne on Thursday [Read more]

Green Pitch Draws Blood

Day One Patrick O’Keeffe   Despite predictions of a closely fought Test series, the First Test saw a comprehensive victory to an Australian side showing signs of regeneration. In media engagements, the New Zealand players promised a better showing in Hobart.   The New Zealand batsmen could have expected a flatter pitch. The Bellerive wicket [Read more]

A Post Mortem in Eight Parts

Patrick O’Keeffe 13/11/2011 Back in the good old days, when the Australian cricket team lost a test match, the period that followed would involve extreme inebriation. This would be followed by soul searching, name calling and blame levelling. In turn, this would lead to hand to hand combat, followed by more inebriation. Eventually, everyone would [Read more]

On the sidelines, in the outer

By Patrick O’Keeffe I am frustrated. The immediate source of my frustration is an injury that is preventing me from running. For me, running is like addiction. Let’s be frank, running is my life. I haven’t run for 6 days and I’m experiencing major withdrawals. Running keeps me balanced. I need to run. I am [Read more]

From Many Wins to the Must Win

By Paddy O’Keeffe The 2009/10 summer of cricket has finished. More than 120 days ago, Jerome Taylor trapped Watson plumb in front for nothing. Taylor would only contribute a further 8 overs to the summer, while Watson made up for lost time by scoring a mountain of runs. Much has changed in the time that [Read more]

Down at the Basin

By Patrick O’Keefe When I was a kid, New Zealand seemed like such an exotic location to be playing cricket. I could get my head around a cricket match being played on the subcontinent. It is hot there. Cricket is played when it is hot. I could follow that logic. I think I grew up [Read more]

First Test, Day 5: Hauritz warms the cockles of an old non-spinning-offie bowler’s heart

by Patrick O’Keeffe History indicates that chasing 422 on a fifth day wicket is a difficult prospect. Nevertheless, with Pakistan well placed at stumps, against a young bowling attack which has struggled to take 20 wickets in recent times, there is the sense that this could be an enthralling day of cricket. Due to a [Read more]

Sheffield Shield, SA v WA: The Hill, the Hilditch and the Hughes

by Patrick O’Keeffe I arrived at Adelaide Oval on the first morning of the Shield game between Western Australia and South Australia, feeling a great deal of apprehension. Since my last visit, the Edwin Smith, George Giffen, and Mostyn Evans Stands had been pulled down, which saddened me. I really loved those stands. Andrew Hilditch was [Read more]

Tassie and WA produce one for the ages

by Patrick O’Keeffe The Sheffield Shield competition is just grand. Occasionally, the competition turns out an absolute pearler of a game. Take this little blinder of an encounter which finished on Friday afternoon at the beautiful Bellerive Oval. I observed from a distance, receiving updated scores via the internet over the four days. It is [Read more]

Logic from the backyard

by Patrick O’Keeffe Some of the hardest fought cricket matches I ever played took place in backyards and driveways. And I’m not just saying that. As pleasantries were dispensed with, friends became bitter enemies. Every ball was delivered with ferocity, while the batsmen rarely gave their wicket away cheaply. When they did, they would channel [Read more]

General footy writing: Support the [real] supporters

by Patrick O’Keeffe   I don’t really hold any personal grudge against Andrew Demetriou. I haven’t met the bloke. I know that he played football, though I was too young to recall his playing days, which ended before the VFL competition had entered my consciousness. I once held open a restaurant door for him. He [Read more]

Cricket: Another Ashes squad announced

by Patrick O’Keeffe   One of my earliest sporting memories was sitting up in bed, listening to the radio coverage of the first test of the 1989 Ashes series. I was 8 years old and Deano was my hero. Although the Australian cricket team had been on the canvas throughout much of the 1980s, they [Read more]