Inside Sport

Inside Sport May 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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6 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

Just a few weeks out from the kick-off to the National Rugby League’s long-awaited 2019 season, this writer had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the up and coming superstar athlete Kalyn Ponga. The timing of the offer to chat to the 20-year-old wunderkind was interesting. Rugby league was going through arguably its worst off-season player behaviour-wise in the sport’s history. The game’s appeal amongst women was dropping by the day, thanks in no small part to players attracting negative headlines due to poor off-field behaviour. Then there was the damage being done to the game on the corporate side. What would-be sponsor would want to attach itself to a sport with such a horrendous recent track record in regards to its players’ attitudes towards women and domestic violence? With all of that…

1 min.
inside sport

EDITOR James Smith jamess@insidesport.com.au ART DIRECTOR Allan Bender allanb@insidesport.com.au CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jeff Centenera, Matt Cleary, John Davidson, Robert Drane, Linda Pearce, Kathy Stone GROUP EDITOR Kevin Airs kairs@nextmedia.com.au ADVERTISING Ryan Coombs Advertising Sales Manager Tel: (02) 9901 6379 Mob: 0449 671 738 rcoombs@nextmedia.com.au QLD: Damian Martin Queensland Ad Manager Mob: 0417 168 663 dmartin@nextmedia.com.au Executive Chairman David Gardiner Managing Director Hamish Bayliss Production & Digital Services Jonathan Bishop Production Manager Peter Ryman Circulation Director Carole Jones…

6 min.
20 things you might’ve missed

1 Tickets to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, to be staged in Australia in 2020 (funny that) were released for sale one year out from the start of the tournament. Adding to the 20-ness of it all, tix start at $20 for adults, while all kids’ tickets are $5. The final of the 23-match Cup will be held at the MCG on Sunday, March 8 – International Women’s Day. 2 Rugby league living and playing legend Cameron Smith called on the NRL to reinstate Melbourne Storm’s two stripped premierships in the wake of the penalties handed down to the Sharks over their own salary cap breaches. Smith says the Storm’s and Sharks’ breaches are comparable. Yeah Cam, about as comparable as jaywalking and armed robbery ... 3 After his Central…

2 min.
freeze frame

3 min.
banging on the door of origin

As the National Rugby League competition heats up and the outside temperature starts to plummet, it can only mean one thing: State of Origin is just around the corner. After dominating last year, the New South Wales Blues will start the 2019 series as raging-hot favourites, but if there’s one thing that Origin has taught us it’s to never write Queensland off. The opening rounds of the NRL have thrown up plenty of upsets, with so many surprise team performances and players coming from the clouds to press for State of Origin selection. Injuries and suspension aside, here’s how I see both teams shaping up for game one in Brisbane on June 5. QUEENSLAND Just as there’s nothing to be gained from crying over spilt milk, there’s nothing to be gained by looking back at…

3 min.
swapping red for blue

Queensland versus New South Wales in rugby union. It’s the oldest sporting rivalry in Australia, dating back to 1882. New South Wales has won 197 of 305 matches, Queensland 96 and there have been 12 draws. The inter-state clashes were always a highlight on the sporting calendar and they doubled as genuine Wallaby trials, but since the introduction of Super Rugby in 1996, the rivalry has been watered down somewhat in the eyes of some fans. With the Brumbies joining the tournament from day one, and then the Melbourne Rebels coming on board, other rivalries have emerged. Everyone wants to beat big brother, NSW. But rest assured there’s still plenty of spice when the Reds take on the Waratahs, and I’m looking forward to the return clash at Suncorp Stadium this month. The…