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.

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.

Why the ICC’s revenue sharing model could harm growth of new members

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 4 2017, 7:06 pm

It has taken 108 years for cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, to grow to the point that it has but a dozen full members. That landmark was achieved on June 22 when the ICC Board approved the promotion of Afghanistan and Ireland to full membership status.

Both administrations deserve the highest praise for the hard work put into growing the sport in their respective jurisdictions (and I’m careful not to describe Ireland as one nation).

Match Day Instagram: GWS versus Geelong

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 2 2017, 12:00 am

Sitting in the freezing cold all evening and nobody won. Yet another exhilirating thriller involving the GWS Giants.

Full time at Spotless Stadium on the first day of the 2017-18 financial year, GWS Giants 10-8 (68) drew with Geelong 10-8 (68). The Giants' first draw in their sixth season of AFL. Match report from GWS, and stats from the AFL website.

Film review: "Sachin: A Billion Dreams" (2017)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on May 31 2017, 1:42 pm

At two hours and nineteen minutes plus intermission, "Sachin: A Billion Dreams" never drags, although it probably does not warrant a place on the top shelf of sporting documentaries. A love letter to be sure, but a well-crafted one.