Spectatorless AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay to be held this weekend
Sport
The AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay will go ahead on Saturday, 4 July, but no spectators will be allowed at the event. The rally is the first round of the NSW Rally Championship, but because of the COVID-19 break in race events, it has attracted top talent from the Australian Rally Championship. A field of more than 80...
NBL Hall of Famer Cal Bruton still fighting racial inequality
Opinion
Prior to my wife and I adopting two children from Ethiopia in 2004, I had little understanding of the issues faced by people of colour in the community. Being protective of your children, you notice nuances that may have slipped by in the past but now become flashpoints. It wasn’t so much in Canberra, it has to be said; it...
From Baggy Green to Back Page: become a sporting trivia hero with the National Library of Australia
What's On
Australia has a rich and proud, and at times controversial, sporting history. The captain of the Australian Cricket Team was once said to be the second-most important person in the country (behind only the Prime Minister). In their next Learning Program webinar, the National Library of Australia will be taking a closer look at some of our Aussie Sports Heroes and...
Footy crowds set to return to Canberra stadiums in July
Sport
The Canberra Raiders have received the go-ahead from the ACT Government to play home games at Canberra Stadium from 3 July while the Brumbies have also been given clearance to play the Melbourne Rebels on 4 July. The 25,011-seat Bruce stadium was shut down earlier in the year due to COVID-19 as the stadium was classed a nonessential business, but it...
Josh Papalii: one of the Raiders most endearing characters
Sport
Josh Papalii is preparing to play his 200th NRL game on Saturday night against the Melbourne Storm. Josh doesn’t say much. He doesn’t need to really, given his job is to effectively destroy the opposition. He’d run through a brick wall for his team. I well remember interviewing him, or least attempting to, in his NRL debut season in 2011....
Funding paves way for showground shed at Gundagai
News
Horse enthusiasts of the NSW South West Slopes have let out an almighty "yee-haw" at news of a funding boost for the Gundagai Rodeo and the popular annual stockman’s challenge, the Battle on the Bidgee. With both events well established on the annual horse event calendar, the $15,976 in funding announced this week will see the construction of a sponsor...
Is professional sport worth watching without crowds in attendance?
Sport
Major sport is about to resume in Australia in front of empty stadiums. Do we need cardboard cut-outs of fans and piped noise to provide atmosphere? As the Raiders run out onto the field in Melbourne to play the Storm on Saturday night there will be one vital ingredient missing which makes sport at this level so compelling: a crowd....
What do the Raiders have to do to get on free-to-air television?
Sport
The draw for the rest of the shortened NRL season has last year’s grand finalists featured on Channel 9 just three times. I have lost count of the number of times over the years that I have been approached by Raiders fans complaining (and rightly so) about the lack of free-to-air television coverage afforded the Canberra Raiders. At times any...
Vale Keith Lyons: A life in sport
Community
On Wednesday, 13 May 2020, Keith Lyons, loving husband, brother, father and grandfather died at the age of 68. Professor Keith Lyons had a career spanning continents as a teacher and mentor in sports and education. Living in Australia for almost 20 years, Keith became an active member of the Braidwood community, working with the Braidwood and District Education Foundation...
Tim Gavel picks the greatest Brumbies of all time
Sport
I well remember that first Brumbies training camp at Jindabyne in the lead up to the start of the inaugural Super 12 season in 1996. In a bid to engage the media with the new team, the management invited us into the inner sanctum. I’m not sure how impressed the players were to have several journalists in the room as...
The George Bass Surf Boat Marathon will be back in 2022
Sport
The George Bass Surf Boat Marathon, billed as the longest and toughest surf boat race in the world, is at times one of the more brutal sporting events I have witnessed. In late December, the 2020 George Bass race was cancelled two days into the seven-day competition due to the horrendous bushfires on the South Coast. The first leg began...
The NRL might just pull this off, proving most of us naysayers wrong
Sport
During the Super League war in the mid-90s in Canberra, uncertainty over the future of the code in our city was very real in the minds of supporters. As we raced from one meeting location to another, from Canberra to Queanbeyan to the airport, just trying to get a handle on the eventual outcome was just about impossible given the...
COVID-19 gives Alison Bai cause to consider life after tennis
Sport
Alison Bai is experiencing an almost ‘normal’ life for the first time in over a decade, confined to Canberra because of the COVID-19 shutdown. As a professional tennis player, on average, Alison spends seven to eight months of the year on the gruelling international tennis circuit, travelling from tournament-to-tournament around the world. This could be perceived as a glamorous lifestyle,...
Vale Noel Bissett: rugby league loses one of its greatest servants
Sport
Noel Bissett loved telling the story about the day he refereed a game at Captains Flat. On that day an elderly lady brandishing an umbrella pursued him across the ground. The elderly lady in question was apparently upset with a number of Noel’s rulings that happened to go against the home team. For Noel, it was part of the fabric...
Vale David ‘Chook’ Howell: the Cherrypicker who stole Newcastle’s heart
Sport
If there was a man to be feared on the football field back in the 70s it was David “Chook” Howell. Howell was tough in a time when the fight for premierships was a hand-on-heart backyard turf war, where players worked by day, lived by one set of colours and played the full 80 minutes in a game governed by...
Jindabyne’s golden girl reflects on making history at 2020 Winter Youth Olympics
Sport
It was just a split-second decision by Jindabyne teenager Josie Baff that delivered Australia its first gold medal at the Winter Youth Olympics in January this year. The 17-year-old's triumphant feat in the final of the women's snowboard cross at the 2020 event in Lausanne, Switzerland, on January 20, left spectators awestruck as the four finalists zigzagged their way through...
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