Port Melbourne 13.10.88 defeated Williamstown 2.7.19

PORT Melbourne reaffirmed its premiership aspirations and surged to third position on the ladder after a smothering 69-point victory over old rival Williamstown at North Port Oval.  Port entered Saturday’s clash with an indifferent month of form but the grinding conditions provided them with the ideal opportunity to lay strong defensive foundations for the finals. …

Home Truths

At the home of cricket, home truths will be told and series-telling trends will be established. The first test was filled with bizarre abnormalities and controversial momentum killers. Australia’s number 11 batsmen (Ashton Agar in the first innings & James Pattinson in the second) combined for more runs than any other position and Agar’s 98…

Book Review- Australia’s Game: Stories, Essays, Verse & Drama Inspired by the Australian Game of Football Edited by Ross Fitzgerald & Ken Spillman

Australia’s Game is the latest case of Australian football literature transcending predictable and hackneyed player biographies and rehashed match reports. Edited by Ross Fitzgerald and Ken Spillman, Australia’s Game is a revised and updated edition of work from The Greatest Game (1988). Cricket might still dominate Australia’s sporting literature but over the past 25 years,…

Trent Bridge Test Match (end of day 3)

Not even all of the Agar-mania could cloud the reality of these Ashes Series. While Australia leant on a 19-year-old number 11 to resurrect themselves, England trusted its resilience and depth to withstand an Australian assault. Despite the Trent Bridge test match enduring the unbelievable with Ashton Agar’s history breaking 98, the first test looks…

A Legacy Series

The upcoming Ashes Series has been misunderstood by the average pundit and commentator. This series will not be primarily about Australia’s belligerently incompetent batting or sports love affair with a “David vs Goliath” story. Instead this series is about a lone champion, Michael Clarke, attempting to carve perhaps his final and most absolute legacy upon…

Book Review- Cricket Cauldron: The turbulent politics of sport in Pakistan By Shaharyar M. Khan and Ali Khan.

Dominance and futility are cyclical in international cricket. Nearly every major test-playing nation has tasted the high of unified excellence and the low of splitting incompetence. Yet Pakistan, a country rarely lacking cricketing talent, remains the one test nation that continues to frustrate and confound us with their on-field capitulations and off-field theatrics. Drawing inspiration…