About Lachlan Roberts

This Canberra born and bred journalist sits on a variety of sidelines, keen to reflect the depth of local and regional sport.

When he isn’t cheering on the Raiders, Liverpool, or Essendon, Lachlan loves to investigate, write, listen and analyse.

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How a ‘bullied migrant boy’ became an OAM karate sensei
It was a tortured childhood memory that drew a teenage Jose Roses to the art of karate nearly five decades ago. Burned into the back of his 18-year-old mind like an unwanted shadow was the schoolyard bullies, who would hammer 10-year-old Jose with kicks to the shins and punches to his arms. In 1963, Jose's parents left Spain to look...
Time to forgive and forget after Heather Reid’s apology
How often does the story of a smiling woman photographed in France make the headlines? Rarely, if at all, but your odds will go up if your name is Heather Reid. Eyebrows were raised when Football Federation Australia director Heather Reid was snapped smiling in France where she was invited by FIFA to attend its women's football convention on the...
Scholarship providing a helping hand in Rachel Crothers’ push for Olympic selection
Gone are the days of Rachel Crothers struggling to balance full-time work, full-time study for her psychology degree and her pursuit of Olympic selection after she was announced as a recipient of a University of Canberra sports scholarship. A wave of relief washed over the Brumbies Super W fullback as she was named one of ten UC students to receive...
Four men charged after $9 million worth of cocaine seized in Yass
Detectives have charged four men, including a Spanish National, and have started to dismantle a large-scale clandestine laboratory after police seized 30 kilograms of cocaine in Yass on Tuesday (4 June). In April 2019, New South Wales police launched an investigation into the manufacture and supply of cocaine and methylamphetamine in the Southern Tablelands. Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested four...
FFA director Heather Reid apologises to sacked Matildas coach Alen Stajcic
Football Federation Australia deputy chair Heather Reid has "apologised unreservedly" to former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic for comments she made about him when he was unceremoniously sacked earlier this year. In January, the former Capital Football boss was quoted saying that if people knew the actual facts about Mr Stajcic’s behaviour ‘they would be shocked' in a Sydney Morning Herald article....
Brumbies favourite son Henry Speight signs with Queensland Reds
Brumbies fan favourite Henry Speight has signed a two-year deal with the Queensland Reds for the 2020 and 2021 Super Rugby seasons, ending his nine-year stint in the nation's capital. The winger has played 19 tests for the Wallabies, having made his Brumbies debut during the 2011 Super Rugby season against the Chiefs in Canberra Stadium. The 'Fijian Flyer' has captivated...
Canberra man miraculously saved on the slopes of Everest
In a rescue that can only be described as miraculous, Canberra man Gilian Lee is recovering in a Nepalese hospital after being found unconscious by Tibetian mountaineers on the northern slopes of Everest last week. Tibetan climbers stumbled across the unconscious body of Mr Lee at an altitude of 7,500 metres last Wednesday (22 May) on Mr Lee's fourth attempt...
Pocock calls time on Super Rugby career
David Pocock's Super Rugby career is over effective immediately after medical consultation showed that his lingering calf injury was not improving, forcing the renowned flanker to call time on his Australian domestic career. Pocock officially announced his Brumbies and Australian domestic rugby retirement on Tuesday afternoon (28 May) after it was decided to rule him out for the rest of...
Meet the local artist turning heads – and chairs – on national television
Local artist Vendulka Wichta promised herself that she would never go on another reality TV show after making her television debut as a 14-year-old on X-Factor. But now eight years later, she finds herself walking back onto the reality-tv stage. Cooma native Vendulka has entered into Channel Nine's popular singing competition The Voice, where she will perform in front of superstar...
Three new species of earless dragons discovered in scientific breakthrough
A University of Canberra researcher has played a key role in a scientific breakthrough in which three new species of earless dragons were discovered across the nation, with one endemic to Canberra. A joint study into grassland earless dragons, conducted by Museums Victoria, South Australia Museum, the University of Canberra and the University of Melbourne, found that what was once thought...
Indigenous sport of buroinjin inspiring Brumbies’ Andy Muirhead
It is an unusual sight to see Brumbies stars playing a round-ball game but on Tuesday afternoon (21 May), Andy Muirhead and Jahrome Brown were put through their paces in the little-known Indigenous sport of buroinjin. The game, which originated in the Sunshine Coast and was practised by the Kabi Kabi people in southern Queensland, is played with a ball...
Britt Tully’s Olympic nightmare turned AFLW dream
Sixteen-year-old Britt Tully knew her Olympic dreams were dashed when the International Olympic Committee decided to remove softball from the games after the 2008 Olympic Games. What she didn't realise was that decision would be the catalyst for her fulfilling another childhood dream in a different sport. "It all went downhill when the sport did not get included at the...
NRL says no blanket rule to sin binning after Burgess stays on the field
The NRL's head of football elite competitions has waved away questions asking whether the referee's decision to not sin bin South Sydney captain Sam Burgess was correct, saying there is no blanket rule for sin binning. Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess gave away five of Souths' eight penalties in the first half of their clash against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday...
ACT Government to update brumbies management plan, declare brumbies ‘pest’ animals
The ACT Government is hoping to officially declare brumbies a pest and update its management plan to prevent the feral horses degrading the ACT's Namadgi National Park. The ACT’s existing management plan, which was first prepared in 2004 and updated in 2007, has successfully prevented the establishment of feral horse populations within Namadgi but ACT Environment Minister Mick Gentleman said recent...
No promise of future A-league spot, FFA says to Canberra region fans
After a two-hour meeting with Football Federation Australia on Wednesday night (8 May), Canberra region football fans left with no assurances about the future of the ACT's A-league bid and the likelihood of Canberra and Southern NSW having a team in the competition in the coming years. Canberra's A-league bid was snubbed in December when the Western Melbourne and Macarthur...
NBA prospect Aashay Verma reaching new heights
It's easy to pick Aashay Verma out of a crowd, mainly because he stands head and shoulders above everyone he meets. Well not everyone; the 7.2-foot basketballer does recall two times over the past couple of years that he wasn't the tallest man in the room, which he admits freaked him out just a little. "I was playing Final Four...