The game that never finished…


In 1954, the world of rugby league was very different to today.
There was unlimited tackles (meaning you would only get the ball if the opposition team lost possession). The defence only had to retreat five metres (compared to 2017 where it is ten metres) and referees were generally more lenient towards players and their actions. In fact brawls had become a inconsistent part of rugby league in the 1950’s although none could match what would happen in the post season tour match between Great Britain and New South Wales. Continue reading


Hurdling towards success



Excitably bouncing down a packed Harris street in Sydney, the first thing you notice about Elana Withnall is her lovable attitude that very quickly becomes infectious. She greets me with a big hug as bystanders look on in bemusement about how someone can be so happy on a cold Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading

Mr Dutton, how do you sleep at night?



Much has been made of the immigration policy to Australia in recent years. From the dark old days of John Howard’s liberal party where desperate families were thrown overboard, to the current, shambolic display by the liberal party who have demonstrated absolutely zero empathy to anyone that attempts to enter Australia illegally. A lot of people have differing opinions. This isn’t what I am writing about. This is about human rights and how people that come here don’t deserve to be treated like criminals. Continue reading

Out of fire?



As yet another rendition of “When the Saints go marching in” rings around ANZ Stadium St George Illawarra Dragons players and fans celebrate their historic grand final achievement. The date is 3rd October, 2010 and the Dragons have just secured their first premiership as a joint venture and their first premiership since 1979. Champagne flows as do the good times.

The recruitment of super coach Wayne Bennett was the catalyst for the Dragons success as his strong defensive game plan as well as his mentor-ship of often isolated and discarded players paid dividends for the Red V.

Fast forward six years and things couldn’t be any more different for the hapless Dragons.
The club is $7 million in debt, coach Paul McGregor is fighting to keep his job after 2 years of inept attacking play and the once famous Red V are now struggling to attract top caliber talent having played finals football just twice since 2010. How did it end up like this? Continue reading

Donald Bradman: The Greatest Ever

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He’s out!

With these unfamiliar words which were spread all over the London evening news paper, people that either loved or loathed cricket discovered that Donald Bradman the most amazing batsman of all time was in fact human after all. Walking to the crease at The Oval in his very last test in 1948 against England, Bradman needed just 4 runs to garner an average of 100. He was promptly bowled for 0 and finished his illustrious career with an average of 99.94. Continue reading

Census website hacked

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has assured the Australian public that their data is safe after the Census website was hacked by four overseas hackers last night.

“I can certainly reassure Australians the data they provided is safe,” chief statistician David Kalisch said on Wednesday night.

Approximately 2 million people were able to log their census data successfully before the website started to have technical difficulties. The census was targeted by four denial of service (DoS) attacks, Mr Kalisch said. The aim of the attacks was to knock the website off the server and cause inconvenience.

After the fourth attack the ABS decided to close down the system to ensure the integrity of the data.