What World Twenty20?

Virat bloody Kohli. He sledges like an Aussie, so much so he could probably earn an honorary place in our team. But in his latest outing, he let his bat do all the talking. It was a lethal conversation, at the end of which Australia was no longer in the World Twenty20. Since then, we’ve…

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A weekend for the Aussie toilers

Eddie Jones may not have had an epic record in the four years he coached the Wallabies but he’s just become the talk of the Rugby World Cup. The boy from Burnie presided over the feel-good story of the year — for everyone not going for South Africa, that is, which would be most of…

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Aussie women to the rescue

It was Maggie Thatcher who once said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” And so it was left to our Aussie women to salvage some national pride on the international sporting stage over the weekend. Frankly, I didn’t think it could get any worse than…

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We need to talk about Shane

In recent weeks, we’ve seen some gutsy stuff from a number of Aussie sportspeople. Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons burst an eardrum in the second round of the Fiji Pro. No problem. She bandaged up her head, ignored doctors’ orders and went out and won the title. Basketballer Matthew Dellavedova played himself into the ground for the…

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Why Aussies watch golf through their fingertips

Asked once what he had to shoot to win a particular tournament, US golfer Roger Maltbie answered: “The rest of the field.” It’s been a bit like that following Australian golf for about the last 20 years. Even when Greg Norman held the world number one position, you could never comfortably watch him play a…

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Are you a Sliding Doors fan, Tiger?

While I’m no fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, let’s for a moment apply the concept of one of her less nauseating movies to the life of Tiger Woods. Let’s assume in this Sliding Doors scenario that Tiger kept his 3-iron in his pants at the peak of his career. What would his career statistics look like…

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Be very quiet, we’re hunting Tiger

I’ve never written about golf before. It is, after all, a ridiculous sport, played by people with a masochistic streak and a toddler’s sense of fashion, who spend more time walking after the ball than actually playing it. Watching golf warps time. You switch on the telly on Friday and before you know it the…

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