BY BOZZA “The FFA has got this decision completely wrong. It’s a slap in the face to all Sydney FC fans,” Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow told reporters, after it was announced that the FFA Cup Final between Sydney FC and Melbourne City would be played at AAMI Park. Barlow has a fair point, but … More The FFA Cup Final: When Commercial and Competitve Needs Collide
BY BOZZA The newspapers don’t reflect it, filled as they are with stories of AFL Clubs celebrating or commiserating their fixture for a football season still five months away, but on Thursday Australia’s summer of cricket commences at the WACA. The First Test of a mouth-watering three Test Series between Australia and South Africa kicks … More First Test Squad Observations
BY BOZZA Derby Day tomorrow sees the commencement of the annual extravaganza of fashion, betting, entertainment, food, wine and a little horse racing that is the Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival. Flemington will be set upon by fans in their hundreds of thousands, all eager to be a part of the week-long festival of racing. The … More Flashback Friday – Phar Lap’s Dominant 1930 Melbourne Cup Carnival
BY BOZZA Cricket Australia (CA) this week announced its introduction of Duke Cricket balls, rather than the Australian made Kookaburra’s, for the second half of the 2016/17 Sheffield Shield season including the Shield Final. The introduction made in an effort to prepare Australia for the 2019 Ashes Series and the ending of our long run … More A Sportress Exclusive: CA’s Duke Ball Meeting Transcript
BY BOZZA According to Chinese Astrology, 2016, is considered the Year of the Monkey. Sports fans however, may well remember 2016 as the Year of the Underdog. Across the globe we have seen long standing droughts broken and unlikely winners across a number of competitions. In English football, Leicester City – considered a 5000-1 chance … More 2016 – International Year of the Underdog
This is the final part of our three-part review of the Canberra Raiders 2016 season. Check out Part I and Part II before you dive in. BY DAN The Raiders 2016 season will go down as one of the best experiences a long-suffering organisation can have. Years of irrelevance, followed by a rebuild that hopefully … More Raiders (Season) Review Part III: The Future
BY BOZZA “You’re just too young. But we’ll take you the next time. We promise.” This was the promise made to 12-year-old Frank Colletti by his three brothers in 1945. The trio had decided upon an all-night line up to secure tickets to watch their beloved Chicago Cubs in the World Series. After a 71-year … More Is This The End of a Billy Goat’s Curse?
BY BOZZA “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.” Acerbic yet gleeful, this was how Harry Doyle, the Cleveland Indians announcer in the Major League movies, greeted a fictional Indians … More Cleveland – From Mistake on the Lake to Title Town?
BY BOZZA “The next question you might ask yourselves,” he continued with a more intense tone, “is what loyalty you should give your club if, one day, you might be traded for a player we need more than we need you.” His eyes checked their faces, he raised his hands, open-palmed, in a gesture that … More The Art of the Deal
BY BOZZA The past few weeks we have seen the AFL clubs wheel and deal their way through the annual trade period. Who the winners and losers are from this year’s horse trade may well be debated for years to come. In this spirit, this Flashback Friday we take a look back some trades from … More Flashback Friday – Trading Places