Epitaph for a Triathlete

Sometimes you can’t have it all, as this Damian Balassone poem reflects.

Henry and the Jets: a win and some strings

Holding on desperately in defence, Henry Ballard tries to keep the game at a physical level to block out the mental stress of a close match before he orchestrates a symphony of strings which have gone ‘ping’.

VAFA Premier C – Williamstown CYMS: What We Deserve

With one round remaining in C Section, Williamstown CYMS will play Fitzroy on Saturday week for the right to ascend to B Grade. Who “deserves” it? Who “deserves” anything?

Almanac Soccer: Bolt! Trailblazer for the Central Coast?

Usain Bolt becomes a “coastie” tomorrow as he takes his first steps on the road to his professional football career.

Nitro Athletics – The revolution is here, but is still a work in progress!

Joseph Ryan reports on the new buzz in athletics; teams-based ‘Nitro Athletics.’ And on being present to watch the sprinting of the great Usain Bolt.

Our obsession with the best (sometimes) means poor behaviour is tolerated

dam asks; Should ultimate sports success excuse poor behaviour, If you were to shun a sports person for conduct and attitude in 2017, who would it be? A few other gems worth considering.

Everyday Obituary: An ode to my old man, the Olympics and Usain Bolt.

Matt O’Hanlon’s father was a wonderful Queenslander (as is Matt). In this magnificent tribute to his Dad, Matt can’t help but demonstrate those elements of a sporting life which once drove the sporting culture and broader Australian culture. Those in powerful positions – in government, in sports administration, in media, and even in educational bureaucracy (not at the coal-face so much) – should read this piece. They will see what sport means to people, the level of their interest and engagement, and the sheer wisdom in Michael Joseph O’Hanlon’s approach. Vale Pop O’Hallaron. [An all-time classic – JTH]

Almanac Olympics – An Antidote to the Hysteria

Where are the Brazilians? Neil Drysdale isn’t impressed with the hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Almanac Olympics – Usain Bolt and the irresistible tide

Usain Bolt did it. Three from three.

Almanac Cricket: Gary Sobers at 80

Sir Gary Sobers turns 80 and Neil Drysdale shares his experience in meeting the great man.

Jim, the Olympics and the Forgetting

It is a cold, wet Melbourne day. Tess Pryor – on a mission to have the housework done in time to watch Sally Pearson strut her stuff at the London Olympics, meets old mate Jim struggling to find his friend’s house…