May 2014

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A Sydney man who presented himself as both a die-hard Waratahs fan and a junior rugby prodigy has been exposed as a fraud. The 29-year-old Double Bay native and boat shoe aficionado was at a mediocre house party last Saturday night, where he openly claimed to be a “huge ‘Tahs fan.” However, when put on…

Read More Sydney ‘Jock’ Exposed as Try-Hard at Lame Eastern Suburbs Party

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I last lived in Melbourne in 2009, when studying a post-graduate course. The world was different then. Kevin Rudd was dolling out stimulus packages like they were TAFE certificates. The standard price of a café latte hovered around the A$3.00 mark. MasterChef was in its debut season – and its triumvirate of hosts, Matt Preston,…

Read More Can Melbourne Handle the Stark Realities of Rugby League Laid Bare?

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AFL is not just a code of football, but a way of life. It’s not just about the game itself, but the history, culture and traditions that tie everything together. Every single AFL team has their own club song. And in an increasingly modernised sporting landscape, the AFL club song stands its ground as a…

Read More AFL Obscurities, Part Three: The Club Song

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Kicking is the purest form of art in the world. And I’ve been to the Louvre. There is nothing more gorgeous to the eye than a high, arcing torpedo that curves gently from right to left before beginning its violent, lightning-bolt descent towards the ground. Similarly, a penetrating left-foot drop punt into the forward 50…

Read More Spirals and Drop Punts: Art vs Science

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Benji Marshall’s signing for the Dragons – less than 12 months after he left the Tigers – is best summed up, as is so often the case, by a 90’s sitcom about four neurotic New Yorkers (or in grade cricket parlance, “four coats”). “Loyalty to any one sports team is hard to justify. Because the…

Read More Benji Marshall Reinforces Theory that Fans Cheer for Clothes, not Teams