Raving Rulebook 17

AFL, Commonwealth Games, SANFL, Cricket – nobody is spared in Malcolm “Rulebook” Ashwood’s latest ravings.

Amateur Boxing: Twenty-four hours in Bundaberg

Luke Stegemann ventured to Bundaberg for a day of boxing with controversy, passionate locals and a late road trip home.


There is something amiss, something not quite right. 2010 was supposed to be a very balanced year. It is a lovely even number is 2010. No rough edges, nothing sticking rudely out like “1997” for example with all those tails and hard angles. But 2010 has confounded me. It started early in the year. There [Read more]

Commonwealth Games Underwhelms

To say the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games underwhelmed would be an understatement. Many Australians would be surprised to find that the event was actually the largest games ever with 17 sports, 285 events and 72 competing nations. They were also the most expensive games of all time costing the capital more than $1.6 billion. But [Read more]

Myth and Reality in the Common Wealth

“… the Commonwealth Games are Australia’s gift to the weaker nations of the region…” Perry Crosswhite – Head of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association. It is tempting to write off a comment like this as just another entry to the Sir Les Patterson School of Australian diplomatic niceties, but it does seem pertinent to the [Read more]

LINK: The True Cost of Sporting Festivals

As governments around the world clamour to host the world’s great sporting events, do we ever stop to consider who really wins from these deals? The Guardian Sportblog takes a disturbing look at the social dislocation resulting from New Delhi’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2010/may/25/commonwealth-games-delhi