Inside Sport

Inside Sport April 2019

Celebrating over 20 years in print, Inside Sport is Australia's most highly awarded sporting publication, including the recipient of the prestigious Walkley Award for sport journalism. But that's not why sports fans love it. Inside Sport consistently tackles modern sporting issues and publishes awe-inspiring sports photography, every month. THAT'S why sports fans love it.

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in this issue

3 min.
editor's letter

In our March 2019 edition, you may have noticed we went big on NRL content, seeing as though the 13-player code’s season was hurtling towards us at an extraordinary pace. This month, it’s Australian rules’ time to shine. The sand mound makes way for the centre bounce, and we’re off. Born and raised in Penrith, deep in rugby league territory on the farthest outskirts of Sydney, I didn’t have much of a VFL/AFL diet growing up. With the Sydney Swans trying everything they could to attract as many NSW eyeballs as they could at the time, my impression of rules as a result was glitz and glamour, Geoffrey Edelsten and Warwick Capper. So, apart from my self-indulgent nod via our last-page tribute to Warwick, I’ve gotten out of the way this issue…

5 min.
20 things you might’ve missed

1 Australian winter athlete Scotty James won his third-straight snow half-pipe world title, his latest victory coming at Utah. Reported the WWOS website, exactly a year since he led the Australian team into the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Victorian blew his competition away with an unbeatable early run at Park City. 2 While most Aussie sports fans were focussed on our long summer of woe against India in the cricket – and complaining about the length of the BBL season – in another summer pastime, the Brisbane Bandits created Australian Baseball history by taking down Perth in the ABL Championship Series, becoming the first team in Australian baseball to secure the Claxton Shield in four-straight years. 3 Women’s cricket juggernaut Alyssa Healy topped off a brilliant summer when she scooped…

2 min.
freeze frame

3 min.
rugby league’s magical month

The countdown to Magic Round in May is well and truly underway, but April promises to throw up plenty of magic of its own. Rugby league fans would have looked at the draw when it was released back in October last year and circled the Round 6 clash between the Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters, grinning and salivating for the Grand Final rematch. The Roosters’ premiership performance that day will go down as one of the most dominate displays ever seen on a rugby league field in a grand final. Led by the courageous display of crippled halfback Cooper Cronk (who’s broken scapular we found out later was far more serious than any fan could comprehend) and the attacking brilliance of Luke Keary and James Tedesco, the Roosters were simply untouchable. I had the…

2 min.
winton is kelly country

On May 24-26 the Virgin Australia Supercars Series arrives in regional Victoria – deep in Ned Kelly country – for the Winton Supersprint, where the championship challengers for 2019 begin to emerge approaching the halfway mark of the season. Once described by Dick Johnson as “like running a marathon around your clothes line”, the tight and twisty Winton circuit produces exciting wheel-to-wheel racing and inevitably a lot of contact between cars, with its short nature and several tight corners. Winton is steeped in rich motor racing history and has an authentic, heritage feel about it. We’ve been racing there since the 1960s and it’s one of the traditional Supercars venues with the likes of Peter Brock, Allan Moffat, Colin Bond and Jim Richards battling it out. It is a really popular event for…

2 min.
nine rule changes for 2019

“ At kick-ins, a player will no longer need to kick to himself to play on from the goal square. ” The AFL has introduced nine new rule and interpretation changes for 2019. While the concept of an extended goal square has been scrapped, the AFL will go ahead with starting positions for centre bounces, among a number of changes. Players will now have more room to move at kick-ins, and can play on without kicking the ball to themselves. Below are the changes the AFL has made to the game. 1 6-6-6 starting positions at centre bounces This change had been one of the most discussed throughout last season. Now it’s oÿcial. Clubs must have six players inside both 50-metre arcs, including one player inside the goal square. Four midfield players (including the…