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Inside Novak Djokovic’s Training Regime for the 2020 Australian Open

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The 2020 Australian Open is just a few months away and tennis fans all over the country are getting ready. Every year they look forward to seeing some of the world’s fittest and most successful athletes battle it out on the court. Amongst them, the world’s number one male tennis player – Novak Djokovic.

5 Mind-Blowing Bledisloe Cup Moments

3 months ago 216 Views

The sibling rivalry is rife across the Tasman with Australians and New Zealanders always competing for first place. Australians take claim to New Zealand-born Russell Crowe, nobody can decide in which of the two countries the lamington originated, and the two nations’ natural wonders are forever being compared. But nowhere is this healthy rivalry displayed more than on the sporting field.

The annual Bledisloe Cup, a rugby union competition between the national teams of the two great Tasman rivals, has been a spirited fight dating back almost 90 years.

The yearly three-match series has seen New Zealand overwhelmingly dominant, winning the trophy last year for the 47th time, compared to Australia’s mere 12 victories.

As we prepare for kick-off in Perth, let’s look back at some of the most iconic Bledisloe moments.

2000: Wallabies captain John Eales kicks the winning penalty after the final siren.


2016: The All-Blacks dominated with a 42-8 win over the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, the worst-ever Aussie loss at home


2015: Proving the game is about more than just the rivalry, New Zealand champion Sonny Bill Williams gave away his medal to a young fan who ran on to the pitch.


1984: Locked at a game each, the All Black’s took out the series with a one-point victory in the deciding match.


1994: Aussie Jason Little scores an opening-minute try to set the stage for a fiery battle.

The stage is set for another memorable contest as the two arch enemies prepare to meet in August. Will the Wallabies claw back some of the deficit or will the All Blacks continue their dominance.


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5 Fascinating But Little-Known Facts About Dreamtime At The G

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Indigenous players have been interwoven in the Australian football narrative since the earliest days of the game. They’ve added to the excitement of the game with their flashy skills and hunger to be the best. All that is put on display each year during the AFL’s indigenous round with the annual ‘Dreamtime At The G’ match.

Get ready for the big day with 5 fascinating but little-known facts about game’s history...

Joe Johnson

It was in 1904 that the first Indigenous player made his indelible mark on the game. Joseph “Joe” Johnson played 55 games for Fitzroy, including back-to-back premierships in 1904 and 1905, paving the way for the incredible contribution indigenous players would make to Australia’s game. Today, Aboriginal players comprise 10 percent of the AFL competition, despite making up just 2.5 percent of the Australian population.

Dreamtime

Established in 2005, Dreamtime at the ‘G is an annual match contested by Richmond and Essendon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The game attracts among the highest crowds of the season. Conceived as a ‘thank you’ for the contribution of Indigenous players to football, the match was originally held in NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee). However due to its significant growth, in 2007 the match moved to a newly designated Indigenous Round, which celebrates Indigenous talent both on and off the field.

The Long walk

The Dreamtime match incorporates the pre-game ritual “The Long Walk”, inspired by AFL and Essendon legend Michael Long, who walked from Melbourne to Canberra in 2004 to meet with then Prime Minister John Howard to raise Indigenous issues. Now a charity established by Long, The Long Walk hold communal celebrations, entertainment, activities and speeches at Federation Square before Michael Long leads a walk to the MCG to promote reconciliation. The walk has grown over the years, most recently attended by 15,000 people including then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Pre-game

An elaborate pre-game show is held each year with Indigenous-based musical performances and dancing. The lights in the MCG are dimmed for the show and the rival clubs also take part in a War Cry, where the players stand facing each other and Indigenous dancers perform a Dreamtime dance, choreographed with special significance to each club.

Names to watch

The stage is set by the time of the first bounce just before 7:30pm, the players are certainly feeling the significance of the match. This is especially true for Indigenous Richmond gun Sydney Stack who, in his debut season, will take to the Dreamtime Stage for his first time. The 18-year-old West Australian utility has played outstanding football since debuting for the Tigers in round three. He relocated to Melbourne from Western Australia in December, moving in with coach Damien Hardwick and his family.

Now in his fourth season, Essendon speedster Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti loves stepping up on the big stage. Born in the Tiwi Islands, off the coast of Darwin, the Bomber forward played junior footy for the Tiwi Bombers in the Northern Territory Football League before relocating to Victoria at just 17 to further his AFL dream. Adopted by Jane McDonald in Gippsland, McDonald-Tipungwuti took on the family’s name in recognition for their contribution to his journey.

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AFL 2019: Season Preview and Predictions

6 months ago 467 Views

March is here. You can feel it in the air: the taste and smell of rivalry, competition, pride, roars, cheers, boos, broken hearts, defeat, victory, history, immortality… because the AFL season is almost upon us.

But which teams will rise and fall this year? Let’s review the key protagonists - and dare to make some predictions.

​Best Shots and Rallies in Australian Open History

By raph sebbag 8 months ago 384 Views

With the first week of the 2019 Australian Open complete and Quarter Finals matches starting tomorrow (tickets here), we thought now is the perfect time to take a look at some of the best shots and rallies so far and in Australian Open History. Here they are below in no particular order. Enjoy.

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal – 2017 Final

Federer Nadal 2017 Australian Open

This point was more than just a point it was the pinnacle of their 15 year rivalry. It was Roger Federer making a stand against Rafa and laying claim to being the undisputed Greatest of All Time. This point still gives chills.

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal - 2011 Final

Novak Djokovic after point against Nadal 2011 Australian Open Final

Possibly the greatest physical contest in tennis history. 2 of the best athletes on the planet battling it out at full intensity for almost 6 hours. This is perhaps the point that best captures the quality and brutality of the tennis.

Simona Halep vs Caroline Wozniacki - 2018 Final

Caroline Wozniacki

Last year’s Women’s finals was arguably the match of the tournament and one of the best finals played at Melbourne Park. Watch here as Wozniacki desperately defends before finally, finally winning her first Grand Slam title.

24-shot rally from Cornet and Mertens - 2018 3rd Round

Elize Cornet

Check out this rally which has a bit of everything with both players throwing themselves around the court like their lives depended on it.

Novak Djokovic vs Stanislas Wawrinka - 2013 4th Round

Novak Djokovic vs Stanislas Wawrinka 2013 Australian Open

Maria Sharapova vs Caroline Wozniacki - 2019 3rd Round

Maria Sharapova

A breath-taking rally between last year’s champion and a back in-form Sharapova. The rally goes back and forth with Wozniacki eventually gaining control of the rally and gets Sharapova on the run who then throws up an incredible left handed lob, winning the point from there.

Frances Tiafoe vs Andreas Seppi - 2019 3rd Round

Frances Tiafoe stretch volley

Another point from this year’s Australian Open, it features everything - a long rally, power, touch, angles, diving volleys and even an around the back trick-shot from Seppi. Tiafoe is currently in the Quarter Finals of the Aus Open with break out performances from the 20 year, and will be dangerous for Nadal.

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Top 5 Favourites for the 2019 Australian Open - Men's Edition

By raph sebbag 8 months ago 312 Views

The Australian Open is closing in fast, with just 1 week until Main Draw matches begin. So now is the perfect time to preview the players most likely to take home the prize. Today we’ll start with the Men’s side of the draw with the top 5 favourites to win the 2019 Australian Open.

1. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

After struggling for the previous 2 years, Novak showed signs of his former self during the middle part of the year and caught fire from Wimbledon onwards, winning that plus the US Open and 2 other titles. He would finish the year as the emphatic number 1. He struggled in his first tournament of the year but is still the favourite to be holding the 2019 Australian Open on January 27. When he's at his best he's almost unbeatable.

2. Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Arguably the one man who could stop an in form Djokovic is Roger Federer. Turning 38 years old this year, Roger somehow stays relevant and near the top of the Men's game, even briefly regaining the #1 ranking in 2018. He seems to come into the New Year with a fresh set of legs, winning the Australian Open the last 2 years to disbelieving onlookers. Any doubts about his age and physical condition this year have disappeared after an outstanding Hopman Cup performance and is a strong chance to take home his 21st grand slam title and 7th Australian Open.

3. Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafa is a bit more of a question mark heading into 2019 than last year. He ended last year early with foot surgery, and had to pull out of the Brisbane International citing a hamstring strain. But Rafa is a 17 time grand slam champion for very good reason, being one of the toughest competitors that ever lived. Even if struggling for form, he’s likely to make it through to the second week, by which time he could shake off any rust and hit his stride. He’s done it plenty of times before, so every reason to believe that he could do it again, which is why he remains one of the top favourites.

4. Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

While currently ranked number 4 in the world and winning 10 titles, Alexander Zverev has yet to live up to his potential, especially at Grand Slams where he is yet to make it past the Quarter Finals. But he ended the year with a major break-through, teaming up with Ivan Lendl (who helped Andy Murray to his first Grand Slam title) towards the end of the 2018 season, and defeating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic back to back to win the ATP Masters - his biggest title to date. If he can carry that sort of form and momentum into 2019, then we may finally see the first of the Next Gen Grand Slam Champions.

5. Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori played electrifying tennis on his run to the Brisbane International title and was simply too good. It looks like he’s put niggling injuries and doubt behind him and is back to his best. His serve looks to be improved too and is making an effort to shorten the points by coming the net, perhaps in an effort to reduce the strain on his injury prone body. If Kei gets a favourable draw and stays fit and healthy, expect him to make a deep run at this year’s Australian Open.

Aussies to Watch

Alexander de Minaur

Alex De Minaur won the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award last year for a reason. He rocketed up the rankings from 208 to 31 in the world. What he lacks in power he makes up for with explosive speed and fighting grit. Given his rapid rate of improvement, he’s a good chance to make a run into the second week if the draw goes his way.

Similarly to De Minaur, John Millman lost to an in-form Grigor Dimitrov so it’s difficult to assess his form at this stage. Providing he’s fit and healthy, and gets through his first couple of matches he could become a troublesome opponent in the stiflingly hot conditions over 5 sets.

Nick Kyrgios will always be one to watch for better and for worse. He’s coming in with little tennis and preparation under his belt, but it’s possible with low expectations he’ll finally be able to perform up to his level of talent. We’ve all been waiting for him to replicate the kinds of performances that saw him get the better of Rafael Nadal on the way to the Quarter Finals of Wimbledon as a 19 year old. Unlikely this year, but who knows?

Bernard Tomic is making a return to the Australian Open after bailing out of the qualifying in 2017. He came out of nowhere to win the Chengdu Open last year with a welcome return to form. Tomic is taking his preparation more seriously this year, so may be a force to be reckoned with as he often plays his best tennis at the Australian Open.

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Biggest Meltdowns in Australian Open History

By raph sebbag 9 months ago 409 Views

The Australian Open has had it’s fair share of meltdown’s during it’s 114 year history. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the high-stakes, or the passionate crowd, but the Australian Open seems to bring out the best and the worst of players. Here we celebrate the entertaining worst, with the top 5 meltdowns in Australian Open history.

5. Andy Roddick – 2008 Australian Open (3R)

Andy was known for his sharp tongue almost as much as his giant serve. Coming up against a red hot big-hitting German in Phillip Kohlshreiber, Andy’s frustration boiled over in the 4th set, directing his ire at the umpire, culminating in the infamous line "stay in school kids, or you’ll end up being an umpire". Andy would eventually lose in 5 thrilling sets of explosive tennis - despite hitting a career best 42 aces.

4. Coco Vandewghe - Australian Open 2018 (1R)

It all started with bananas. After losing the first set, Coco asked for bananas to eat during changeover. The umpire called time, and the bananas were nowhere to be found. She refused to get up and play until the bananas arrived claiming "I have needs and it's not my fault that this court is ill-prepared."

The bananas didn’t help her game, and after going 5-1 down in the 2nd set, she lost her cool, smashing her racket on the ground and sending some choice words across the net to her opponent. Many claimed the American had mouthed the words "f*** off you f***ing bitch".

3. Marcos Baghdatis – 2012 Australian Open (2R)

This might be my favourite meltdown in tennis history. It perfectly encapsulates frustration in the heat of the battle, but because it’s Marcos Baghdatis he has to finish with a smile. Oh yeah, and he completely destroys 4(!) rackets in under a minute.

2. Nick Kyrgios - 2017 australian open (2R)

Nick Kyrgios is not stranger to controversy at the Australian Open. But this was arguably his most controversial and head scratching tennis match. Nick was 2 sets up and looked to be cruising to the 3rd round, but a sudden lapse in concentration marked the beginning of self-destruction. For the next 3 sets he would play erratically, sometimes trying his heart out, other times looking disinterested before losing in 5 sets, smashing a racket and swearing at the crowd along the way. Does he lack belief? Does he crack under pressure? Or does he just not care? Either way, Nick is always entertaining, even if not always in the most positive way..

1. John McEnroe – 1990 Australian Open (4R)

McEnroe, king of tantrums was always going to be #1 on this list. And this one’s a doozy. He was leading comfortably against Swede Mikael Penfors, but not without throwing some tamtrums in classic Mac style.

He received his first warning for intimidating a lineswoman and lost a point for smashing a racquet before he was defaulted from the tournament when he unleashed a fresh set of abuse at umpire Gerry Armstrong. Not realising that the rule for being defaulted had been changed from 4 code vialations to 3, he was shocked when he became the first and only tennis player in the open era to be defaulted from the Australian Open.


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Top 5 NBA Stars Playing in Boomers vs Team USA

By raph sebbag 1 years ago 9323 Views

NBA's biggest stars are coming to Australia as The Boomers takes on Team USA in 2 blockbuster matches to take place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on the 22nd and 24th of August 2019.

Executive Chairman of the NBL, Larry Kestelman said the two-game series would be the "biggest basketball event ever held in Australia."

The last time the Boomers and Team USA matched up, was the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Team USA winning 98-88 in a closely fought contest.

With the games taking place just 1 week prior to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China that commences on August 31, Team USA and Australia are set to field the strongest available line-ups in their final tune-up before the tournament.

And with a record 10 Australians currently playing for NBA teams, the matchup is going to be chock-full of NBA stars and the best of the best of international basketball. This is one event that Aussie basketball fans will not want to miss! (Get Tickets Here)

Here are the top 5 NBA stars likely to be playing in the Boomers vs Team USA blockbuster:

1. Lebron James

Arguably the greatest NBA player of all time and the biggest name in basketball since Michael Jordan, Lebron James is a living legend of the sport. He is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and has 2 Olympic gold medals, 4 NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and made it to the NBA Finals 8 consecutive years among many other accolades and accomplishments. Lebron made an estimated $86 million last year, and is well on his way to becoming the second billionaire basketball player since Michael Jordan. It's good to be king.

2. Steph Curry

Steph Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors and has been called by many the greatest shooter in NBA history, holding the record for most 3-pointers in a single season (402). In 2016 he became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90.

The two-time MVP signed the NBA's first $200 million contract last summer. The five-year deal guarantees $201 million from the Warriors. Not content with his achievements on the basketball court, Steph started a production company, Unaimous Media, to produce film and television projects with a focus on family, faith, and sports themes.

3. Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons was born and raised in Melbourne and arguably the sport's hottest rising star, not only rubbing shoulders with NBA greats, but also hip-hop stars Drake and Meek Mill. Oh and he's dating Kendal Jenner. Simmons currently players for the Philadelphia 76ers and was named 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year to back up his star status with plenty of talent and skill. Simmons is Australia's first legitimate basketball superstar, and will be the face of the sport back home for the next decade.

4. James Harden

James Harden is a 6 time NBA All-Star earning All-NBA Team honors five times and is regarded by one of the best shooters and overall players in NBA. Harden was awarded the 2018 Most Valuable Player and is also one of the highest paid players, resigning with the Houston Rockets in a deal that is worth $169 million over 4 years.

5. Patty Mills

Patty Mills has been Australia’s most consistent performer in the NBA over the last five seasons, helping the San Antonio Spurs to the 2014 Championship. He recently resigned with the Spurs for $50 million over 4 years.

Mills is also a regular member of The Boomers, becoming only the third indigenous basketball player to play for Australia and in 2012 he averaged a tournament-leading 21.2 points per game during the London Olympics. Expect him to play a key role when The boomers take on Team USA.

There will be plenty more stars playing when the Boomers take on Team USA in Melbourne next year including the likes of Andrew Bogut, Dante Exum and Matthew Dellavedova amongst other superstar Boomers and “Aussie” Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis all potentially representing Team USA.

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Most Iconic Moments of Cher’s 50+ Year Career

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It's hard to believe but Cher turned 72 this year. 72. But when most 72 year olds are well into retirement and watching daytime TV, Cher has instead decided she wants to tour Australia in 2018. And after her stunning performance at this year's Mardi Gras, we can't wait to witness the phenomenon that is Cher.

5 Times Michael McIntyre Made Us Laugh Until We Cried

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Michael McIntryre is coming down under with his Big World Tour in March 2019, performing arena shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

McIntryre's shows regularly sell out, and he's sold over 1.5 million tickets in his home nation, including a record-breaking 28 shows at London's O2 Arena where he was awarded the keys to the venue in 2015.