rss

Author Archive for Matt Cleary

0

Queensland cling to spirit of ‘95 in face of NSW’s influential spine | Matt Cleary

The Maroons can again pull on the familiar if moth-balled maroon cardigan of underdog status for the State of Origin decider in SydneyIn 1995 during the vexed cluster of the Super League war, Paul Vautin led a team of tyros and try-hards into a State o…

0

Blues smash Maroons in Perth to level State of Origin series

Queensland 6-38 New South WalesTom Trobjevic scores hat-trick in rain-soaked clashNSW have kept the State of Origin series alive with a dominant 38-6 win over Queensland in a rain-soaked Game 2 at Optus Stadium in Perth. Each of coach Brad Fittler’s co…

0

Queensland belief shines through in classic State of Origin victory | Matt Cleary

The Maroons held on, returned serve, never panicked and never gave up as they roared back in the second half at Suncorp StadiumState of Origin rugby league is intense. It is physical, high-pressure and largely risk-free, but actually not that “entertai…

0

Queensland belief shines through in classic State of Origin victory | Matt Cleary

The Maroons held on, returned serve, never panicked and never gave up as they roared back in the second half at Suncorp StadiumState of Origin rugby league is intense. It is physical, high-pressure and largely risk-free, but actually not that “entertai…

0

Jack de Belin ruling offers NRL vindication if not cause for celebration | Matt Cleary

The NRL argued something had to be done given the game has had such a low base for so long Rugby league’s “summer from hell” in which sex tapes jockeyed for attention with nudity, stupidity, drunkenness and allegations of violence and aggravated sexual…

0

Why rugby league needs pilgrimages like the NRL’s Magic Round | Matt Cleary

Its about more than the obvious financial benefits, it’s about bringing together rugby league people For the television viewer the NRL’s Magic Round – in which all eight games of rugby league are played at one venue – is like watching eight games of ru…

0

Why rugby league needs pilgrimages like the NRL’s Magic Round | Matt Cleary

Its about more than the obvious financial benefits, it’s about bringing together rugby league people For the television viewer the NRL’s Magic Round – in which all eight games of rugby league are played at one venue – is like watching eight games of ru…

0

Potential financial fallout of Israel Folau case brought into sharp focus | Matt Cleary

The first sponsor has pulled the plug on the Wallabies star. How many more will follow suit?In March of 2014 the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks in a Major League Baseball match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. To promote the event, th…

0

Greg Inglis: the ‘man among boys’ who dominated rugby league for a decade | Matt Cleary

It’s cruel when champions don’t go out as they should, but GI’s exit shouldn’t tarnish the memory of the manYoung Greg Inglis was beautiful. The way he moved, carried himself, how he burned away from opponents at speed, he was like silky Cronulla Shark…

0

Concerns raised over impact of Israel Folau’s exit on Wallabies’ dressing room | Matt Cleary

‘It’s not the kind of thing you can brush under the carpet,’ says former Wallaby Clyde RathboneFolau’s impending exit throws World Cup plans into disarraySuch is the transient nature of professional rugby, players are adept at adapting to change. Fluct…

0

What’s the (golden) point of the NRL’s extra-time lottery? It’s not fair | Matt Cleary

A coin toss for two premiership points does nothing to reflect why one team was better than another in normal timeAt some point in each of the last NRL seasons there has been varying degrees of debate around the merits of drawn games being decided in e…

0

Roosters’ master manipulators deliver ominous NRL warning | Matt Cleary

Against Brisbane Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary showed just why their team are so highly ratedRicky Stuart was right. When it comes to brickbats and bouquets dished out after games of rugby league, it is the halves who most “own” the result. They are the …

0

Tribal nature of rugby league presents barrier to NRL relocation | Matt Cleary

Expansion seems a more palatable solution to TV’s desire to add 80 minutes a week in fresh marketsIt is a truism of professional sport that television gets what television wants. TV is the ultimate arbiter of who plays what, where and when. It is by fa…

0

Concussions in sport: I stopped playing after sustaining head knocks | Matt Cleary

The doctor said the blows brought on a form of epilepsy. What advice do I now give my sport-mad kids?I was 63 not out and batting beautifully, flaying Weston Creek fifths all over Rivett Oval. Cut shots, pull shots, mighty heaves down town. I was 16 ye…

0

Steve Smith’s media re-emergence is PR but his humility is genuine

The redemption of Australia’s fallen captain is spin but the man himself remains believableWe’re near the training nets at the famous old Sydney Cricket Ground and a bevy of journalists, photographers and sundry lanyard-wearers has come to tell us the …

0

Fox edges Seven as Test cricket on Australian TV enters brave new era | Matt Cleary

Blokey banter was minimal and one can only assume there has been word from on highAnd so begins another summer of cricket and the nation can indulge in one of our favourite pastimes – bagging the TV commentary. Who you can’t stand, who you can, and who…

0

Australia’s Olympic cuts: ‘Simply not enough money in the system’ | Matt Cleary

There are always winners and losers in the fight for funding and the reality is there is only so much to go around In the post-footy, pre-cricket sporting otherworld of mid-November 2009, a review into public funding of Australian sport landed on the d…

0

Jarryd Hayne: the on-field rise and off-field fall of an enigma

Once one of Australia’s biggest sporting stories, Jarryd Hayne has seen his star wane as serious allegations loom once againIn the heady days around his debut for San Francisco 49ers, September 15, 2015, Jarryd Hayne drew as much press in Australia as …

0

Tonga Test gives a glimpse of huge potential for the global game

The sea of red at Mt Smart Stadium for the Tonga and Australia game proves more matches between the two are needed Tonga’s population is 109,000 while there are an estimated 80,000 people of Tongan heritage in Australia and New Zealand. According to a …

0

‘Drink a lot of tea’: what can be learned from a Kenyan marathon great | Matt Cleary

Australian Matt Fox wanted to discover how top athletes became so good. He learnt a lot from runners such as Eliud KipchogeIn August of 2017 Matt Fox spent a month in the village of Kaptagat in Kenya training with the greatest marathon runner the world…