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Great Scott!

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Adam Scott Masters win

So, I’m at my Christian Teachers work conference yesterday morning. There’s worship going on, there’s great musos, there’s a genuine buzz in the auditorium … and I’m following the end of the golf – the Masters at Augusta – on my iPhone!

Yep, there are just some things which transcend the normal day to day of work and life, and an Aussie doing something significant on the world stage is about as big as it gets.

There are a number of great Australian sporting moments that the average fan will be able to reel of.

What are yours?

The mighty Windies

For mine, there’s highs and lows. I remember as a kid being devastated by countless losses in cricket against the mighty West Indies. Read the rest of this entry

Finishing well – what Ricky Ponting can teach Australia!

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Cricket - Ponting retirement press conference

I was so rapt to hear about Ricky Ponting’s retirement.

I was truly disappointed for him that he didn’t have the form to warrant two more Ashes’ series. But I was happy for him that he is able to finish well.

Even if he fails both times in this final test against South Africa (and it looks like that may indeed be the case*) and we fail to take the mantle of the number one test team in the world (ditto**), there will be little gloss taken off the careers of one of the greatest batsman this country has ever seen. (*Blogger’s note – didn’t like being right on that one…) (**ditto!)

Finish well

It’s great to be able to finish well. Whether it be the end of a school year, a job, even a relationship … ok, maybe not a relationship! But it’s important that the positive characteristics of a long-term project are not marred by an ugly finish.

If Ponting had gone to England and we get smacked, as is very very likely, and then we come back here to face the Poms on our own soil and ditto the smacketh, there will be hell to pay. Need further proof? Less than a week ago, we were two lousy balls away from becoming the best team in the world. On Sunday, South Africa asserted themselves and boom, in Monday’s paper, there’s an article saying what’s wrong with the national squad.

What’s wrong with the squad!? We’re facing the best test nation in the world, who won’t just roll over and die like so many other weak opponents over the last two decades! Read the rest of this entry

The making of a legend

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More runs, more wins, more double centuries… Same tattoos…

It’s ironic that on the exact same day that I had always planned to draft this piece about our Australian cricket captain and the responsibilities of leadership that have seemingly catapulted him into the highest echelon of batsman, this article came out.

If you can’t be bothered clicking on it, it’s an apology from the editors of The Age. Their compulsion for such an act? For ever calling into question Clarke’s ‘previous lifestyle’ and the choices he made in regards to girlfriends, clothes and advertisements.

As you may know, I have been ‘on’ the Clarke haters for some time now. I could never understand the vitriol directed his way. In a poll two years ago, over 70% of 5,000 people indicated that they wanted someone else as captain.

Why??!

Was it the tatts? Surely not. Buddy Franklin has those and he’s pretty much noted as the most explosive, talented player the game has seen for some time.

Ok, admittedly this ad did him no favours!

Was it the pretty boy looks and the multiple endorsements? Name a well-known cricketer not spruiking some product or another. And enough with the Swisse vitamins already – they don’t do you any good!

Ummm, well was it because he had a supermodel girlfriend and once bought her a car?? The fact that he likes expensive watches? Because he’s lithe and not built like David Boon?!

Or was it that he just doesn’t fit our pigeon-holed ideals as to what a cricket captain should be? Read the rest of this entry

Michael Clarke – 329!

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(Blogger’s note – something amazing happened in the cricket last week. 3 players scored centuries, including an incredible 329 not out from our captain, Michael Clarke. Vindication, redemption, triumph – it’s all there…

I felt that this needed some kind of recognition in this forum, but as I didn’t see a single ball of his innings, adding to the disappointments of missing an epic AFL Grand Final, NBA Finals Series and a WrestleMania featuring The Rock (!), I wasn’t exactly the right person for the job.

Enter again, ‘West Australian’ sports journalist Craig O’Donoghue, who definitely knows his footy, better than anyone I know, and is into his cricket too! 

Here’s his take on what transpired at the SCG last week.)

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What’s the best pizza you’ve ever eaten? Who is your best friend? What is the best holiday you’ve ever experienced?

They’re all relatively simple questions. Now, was Michael Clarke’s 329 against India last week the best batting display by an Australian? Was it the best in test cricket history?

They’re much tougher questions and ones I’ve been asked by many people and seen many people ask their friends since Clarke’s scored his magical triple ton against India last week.

My instant reaction was – that’s one of the best performances I’ve seen, especially considering it was against India.

After all, I was at the WACA when Matthew Hayden scored 380 against Zimbabwe. They’re a cricketing minnow. India are a powerhouse. (Blogger’s note – I had my first day off teaching due to illness that day [it was legit!] and Hayden’s innings was the most pure, lethal display of hitting I have ever seen.)

But further inspection proves that generalisations should never be made when assessing or ranking greatness. If you’re going to attempt to rank super human feats, you need to do so with facts first.

Bowling woes

I was stunned to discover how inept India’s bowling attack actually is. Read the rest of this entry