My votes for the 2019 Federal Election

Submitted by Rick Eyre on May 9 2019, 11:45 pm

The federal election on May 18 2019 will be the sixteenth in which I have taken part. I have seen nine elections in Shortland (1977, 80, 83, 84, 87, 90, 93, 96, 98), four in Grayndler (2001, 04, 07, 10), one in Watson (2013) and following a boundary change, one in Reid (2016) before this one.

Nationally, I am supporting the emphatic removal of the Liberal/National government led by Scott Morrison. I am supporting the formation of government by the Australian Labor Party with Bill Shorten as Prime Minister.

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Wests defeat Newtown to take the 1918 City Cup

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 19 2018, 7:23 am

Western Suburbs defeated Newtown 18-8 in front of around twenty thousand people at the SCG on Saturday 24 August 1918 to win the City Cup for the first time.

In the early game Eastern Suburbs defeated South Sydney 10-4 to win the reserve grade League Cup, while Harold Horder won the 100 yard sprint final.

Preview: The Arrow, 23/8/1918

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/103527570

Report: The Sun 25/8/1918

Commonwealth Games: Do we need them?

Submitted by Rick Eyre on April 20 2018, 10:49 am

The Commonwealth Games: do we really need them? Their strength is as an alternative to the Olympic Games for those sports that don’t gain Olympic exposure and as a spotlight for those nations that have little chance of Olympic medals.

My personal interest in Commonwealth Games has been intermittent over the years. Brisbane 1982, Kuala Lumpur 1998, Gold Coast 2018 the three I have found the most captivating — and that mainly because they were in similar time zones to my own and I had the free time to pay attention.

Blocked by Senator Burston

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 18 2017, 10:22 am

It has been coming for a while but Senator Brian Burston (PHON, NSW) has blocked me from commenting or reacting on his official Facebook page.

He has every right to do this, of course, but I think I have been removed posting too much dissenting opinion in the comments, too much literate reasoned dissent, too much polite dissent.

In short, I have polluted the wall-to-wall cheerleading of the devoted One Nation faithful.

Match Day Instagram: GWS versus Sydney

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 16 2017, 1:08 pm

Eighth-placed Sydney Swans beat second-placed GWS Giants 14-12 (96) to 12-11 (83).

The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but...

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 15 2017, 11:02 am

"The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia."

Malcolm Turnbull with a press conference for the ages announcing his plans to force the likes of Facebook and Apple to decrypt private encrypted messages and hand them over to the government in the name of federal security.

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Match day Instagram: Newtown v Wentworthville

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 15 2017, 10:10 am

A double header of Bluebags at Henson Park on Saturday July 8 2017.

Curtain raiser in the Harvey Norman NSW Womens Rugby League Premiership saw the Redfern All Blacks playing North Newcastle. Norths' comeback as a rugby league club at all is remarkable, but to be the Newcastle representative in the state women's premiership is extraordinary indeed. Competition leaders Redfern beat the Bluebags 44-12. Match data on the NSWRL website.