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A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

There are few things more patronising than a male talking about women’s sport. I know this. And I know I’m on a hiding to nothing here with certain types, desperately poised with 140 characters of venom to throw at anyone who misspeaks or doesn’t 100 per cent fall in line with the way they think. […]

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CATCHING FISH WHEN IT’S BEEN RAINING CATS AND DOGS

With all the crappy weather over the last couple of months, I thought it would be interesting to contemplate openly the difficulty of finding and catching fish consistently in the estuaries when the ocean has been turned chocolate brown and pea green by rough waves and bucket loads of rain. It certainly isn’t the easiest […]

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THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

“Turn and face the strange ch-ch-ch-changes” Sydney. Are you ready for it? I’m not sure you are. Especially not here in the Eastern Suburbs. Sydney’s not a one swan town anymore, there’s a giant new bird down the local, ruffling feathers and generally running amok. If you’re struggling to follow (which, I admit, would be […]

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THE ONLY CONSTANT THING IN OUR LIFE IS CHANGE

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is said to have written: “The only constant thing in our life is change”. This rings true today more than ever, as the speed of change has become exponential. The faster our technology becomes, the faster life seems to move in an attempt to keep pace with it, and as a […]

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UNDER THE PUMP

Life’s a fine balance, isn’t it? When you’ve got time to twiddle your thumbs you find yourself wishing you were busier. And when you’re flat chat with work and life commitments you find yourself dreaming of a slower pace with time for contemplation, day dreaming and fishing. As the old cliché goes, be careful what […]

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AN OPEN LETTER TO RUGBY LEAGUE

Dear Rugby League, Welcome back. I missed you. I didn’t know I had missed you until I read about Kyle Lovett being caught with cocaine in his underpants about a month ago. There was something so wonderfully ‘you’ about it all. It served to put all that annoying stuff about Ben Barba out of my […]

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DARTS – A BEACON FOR ALL OF US WELL PAST OUR SPORTING PRIME

“One hundred and eighty!” If you’ve ever watched a professional darts contest, I’d wager good money that there’s only one way you could have read that – with the wild hysteria of someone who loves their bar-sports. And why not? Everything is so serious and horrifying these days. Watching chubby men competitively throw darts in […]

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TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN

Where the hell did 2016 go? It’s fascinating to sit and try to recall all the days that flashed by – the good, the great, and the forgettable. It’s all part of the rich tapestry of the lives we lead. How will 2017 shape up in comparison? Does it really matter? My mother often says: […]

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SAIL AWAY, SAIL AWAY, SAIL AWAY

A life on the sea. The very thought evokes all sorts of romantic ideas. The salty air blowing your hair back and washing the troubles of land away. A man or woman and their Labrador, sailing around the world at their own leisure. Going from port to port. A lover in every town. And then, […]

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WEEKENDS AWAY WETTING A LINE

Weekends away with mates are one of the highlights of an addicted angler’s calendar, especially when the weather is warm, the sea is calm, the beer is cold and the food is tasty. It’s on weekends like these that lifelong memories are made. As I write this, it’s the Friday arvo before a weekend like […]

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