Archive for 2008

Rugby World Cup 2011 pathway revealed

Tuesday December 2, 2008 by  

Rugby World Cup 2011 pool draw. (Photo Credit:

Rugby World Cup 2011 pool draw.

The road through the Rugby World Cup 2011 was revealed overnight with Australia drawn alongside Ireland and Italy in Group C for the prestigious tournament which will be staged in New Zealand.

Using the world rankings for the first time, following the weekend’s final round of international matches for 2008, the International Rugby Board held the pool draw overnight in the heart of London to determine who would play who.

The Wallabies, seeded third despite losing to Wales on Saturday, have also been drawn against a qualifier from Europe and America in a bid to reclaim the coveted Webb Ellis trophy from South Africa. Read more

Warriors hold upper hand

Friday October 10, 2008 by  

Western Australia has made a promising start on the first day of the season opening Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield clash against New South Wales at the WACA Ground in Perth today.

The Warriors finished the day at 3-106 with captain Marcus North unbeaten on 24, joined in the last over by nightwatchman Trent Kelly.

Liam Davis and Luke Pomersbach punished the Blues bowling attack, led by Nathan Bracken, with twin rapid-fire knocks of 30 and 23 respectively.

Shaun Marsh provided the anchor role and consolidated at the other end for a patient 25 off 92 balls, sharing a third wicket stand of 43 with North before he was dismissed in the final over. Read more

Hawks pulverise the Cats

Saturday September 27, 2008 by  

Hawthorn 18.7 (115) def. Geelong 11.23 (89)

Hawthorn has pulverised Geelong, defeating the Cats by 26 points in an enthralling AFL Grand Final clash at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks matched it with their more-fancied opponents from the first bounce, never giving the reigning champs a look in despite the best efforts of Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood.

Geelong hit the front many times throughout, however were unable to take a stranglehold as the Hawks had all the answers with a ruthless running style.

Best for the Hawks were Luke Hodge, claiming the Norm Smith Medal with 26 disposals off the half-back flank, midfielders Stuart Dew and Brad Sewell, half-forward flankers Michael Osborne and Xavier Ellis. Read more

As the water rises, will Harvey sink or swim?

Thursday June 12, 2008 by  

Halfway through his first season as a head coach, Fremantle’s Mark Harvey has found the going tough, and Nick Mockford provides an honest assessment of his fortunes thus far.

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey

In a strange way, Fremantle’s 22-point loss to Brisbane at the weekend was one of its high points for the season. Taking on a red-hot Lions outfit at the Gabba, the scoreline was respectable.

Then again, when you’ve won only one of 11 matches, you’ll generally extract any positive you can.

With Daniel Bradshaw ineffective before going off injured in the third quarter, all eyes were on Jonathan Brown as the key man, and Mark Harvey raised eyebrows by giving the undersized Dean Solomon perhaps the biggest job in football.

10 marks and three goals to halftime suggested the move didn’t work, although sceptics probably would have told you that much earlier. It was yet another failed move by Harvey, in a debut season where everything he has touched has seemingly turned to stone. Read more

Hawks pummel hapless Demons

Sunday March 23, 2008 by  

Hawthorn 23.16 (154) def. Melbourne 6.14 (50)

Hawthorn has punished a lacklustre Melbourne outfit by 104 points in the AFL round one game played at the MCG this afternoon.

The Hawks celebrated the Easter weekend in grand style with a dominant four-quarter effort for a near-record victory over the league’s foundation club.

It was the second time in 148 clashes between the two clubs that the Hawks had finished 100 points or more ahead of their inner-city rivals, almost breaking a 25-year record margin of 115 points from the old VFL days at Waverley Park.

While several teams so far this weekend have slowed down in the second half, the revitalised Hawks showed no mercy with a barnstorming eight goals to one in the third term, capping that with a further eight goals in the fourth quarter. Read more