Skittles: Nevermind the bollocks

As published by Inside Sport, June 2010 “The Hampstead Club is at the end…almost extinct…the last London Skittle Club…the last Dodo, the sound of one hand clapping”. With origins dating back to ancient Egypt, and derivative forms around the world clinging to life, skittling stalwart Guy Tunnicliffe’s candor betrays a passion to keep his sport alive….

A Dick, but time to forgive

As published by The Sunday Age, 20 May 2012 MOSTLY I find reality TV as desirable as an expired egg flip Big M, but I must confess Celebrity Apprentice suckered me in. Good old Jason Akermanis provided the show’s wackiest moment, taking great exception to being fired on the basis he was, God forbid, ”a…

McIntyre’s Olympic legacy

As published by the The Footy Almanac, 5 April 2012 Fifty-six years on, there’s not so many Melbournians who can claim to have seen their city’s momentous Olympic Games. Consider then Peter McIntyre, whose entry won the competition for the Olympic Pool design. Not only did Peter’s successful tender earn him the right to oversee the 2002 renovation…

Allez Oppy, le phénomène

As published by the The Footy Almanac, 19 March 2012 Track cycling may not get the coverage of yore, with road racing riding the crest of a popular wave, but Australia once boasted a hero of the boards every bit as extraordinary as Cadel Evans.  By common consensus, in the pantheon of Australian sport, no one touches The Don.  Similarly,…

True Blue Trugo

As published in the Moreland and Melbourne Leader, June 2010 A fair-dinkum sport, born and bred in Victoria, has fallen on tough times. YOU just know you could have been a contender at something. Cheese rolling, elephant polo, doubles tennis . . . Well, we can easily talk the talk but who can be done…

Death Tracks; Beyond Motordrome

As published by the The Footy Almanac, 23 March 2012 The spectre of danger, even death, has done little harm to motorsport’s mass appeal.  But the attrition rates of the motordromes, which predated the Great Depression, were something else.      As a world champion racer of penny farthings, it seems absurd that engineer Jack Prince’s second stab…