What about the “bear”?

A struggling defeated Australian Test team signals time for change. Or does it? The Australian selectors have always been reluctant to pick youth in the Test side. Since Michael Hussey’s hyper-inflated batting average of 86, he has averaged a meagre 28 and only two centuries in the last 2 years. Hardly acceptable one would think.…

Where to now for Punta?

Another series defeat in India sees Ricky Ponting’s captaincy under severe fire once again. The Australian camp denies Ponting’s captaincy is a concern. Vocal critics like Darren Berry, who always seems to carry a chip on his shoulder, begs to differ. Australia have now lost three consecutive Test Matches and the Australian public who have been spoilt of success…

Australians falter on the eve of the Ashes

The Indian cricket team defeated a disspirited and fragile looking Australian outfit. Ricky Ponting’s men failed to fire a shot on the last day of the second Test. Ponting continued to show little confidence in Nathan Hauritz’s offspin floaters. Mitchell Johnson continued to be inconsistent and at the best of times dreadfully wayward. While the reliable Ben Hilfenhouse…

Rural Victorian secondary schools’ retention rates in decline In the build up to November’s Victorian State elections, experts say that education must be the major priority, particularly in rural Victoria. The latest Victorian Government figures have shown that the proportion of rural students completing year 12 has been in decline since 2002. President of the Australian Education Union (Victorian…

Victorian rivers feeling the effects of tight restrictions Environmental experts are unconvinced of the North South pipeline’s proposed benefits and are worried about Victorian rivers’ declining water levels, especially Melbourne’s iconic Yarra. Melbourne’s lifted water restrictions will come at a cost to river systems. CEO of Environment Victoria Kelly O’Shanassy does not support the lifting of…

Collingwood 2010 Premiers

On that one day in October, Collingwood storm home to claim the 2010 Premiership Cup. After a dramatic and intense finish last week, Collingwood simply outgunned and outran a tired looking St. Kilda outfit. Collingwood’s performance typified a ‘team effort’. Every player played their part. From Nathan Brown’s blanketing job on Nick Riewoldt to Dale…