Inside Sport

Inside Sport June 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

We love our sport here at this magazine; yeah, we like to think we’re pretty passionate about it. Between deadlines though, we had the honour of meeting a group of people who take sports passion to the next level. The highest level. They don’t just love it. They live it. Breathe it. In fact, if they didn’t, the sport you enjoy either watching or taking part in wouldn’t exist. Simple as that. The aforementioned passionate group was the list of winners in our annual Clubbies awards. You may have read about the Clubbies in these pages before. If you haven’t, it’s a concept we kicked off three years ago to recognise the true heroes of Australian sport: the grassroots volunteers, players, coaches, administrators, stalwarts and others who dedicate their lives to…

6 min.
20 things you might’ve missed

1 In the aftermath of Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith breaking the record for points scored in Australian rugby league’s domestic competition, there were wags out there who reckoned it was wrong for Smith’s children (the Storm’s ballkids) to be standing on the field ready to congratulate their old man as he lined up for the historic penalty goal. What if Smith’s attempt from in front had hit the posts and the kids were caught in the middle of play? What if a lot of things in life ... 2 Following the AFL’s widespread rule changes ahead of the 2019 season, football operations boss Steve Hocking becomes increasingly worried about commentary related to umpires. Hocking told AFL.com that he would be talking to the AFL Coaches Association about potentially recruiting some…

2 min.
freeze frame

2 min.
a queensland state of mind

State of Origin football is like Christmas Day for sports fans, but unlike Christmas, we get to celebrate Origin three times a year! I am often asked: “What makes Origin so special to Queenslanders?” The answer is simple. I remember going to the Queensland Maroons’ team announcement back in 2008. On the walls of the room was a bunch of black and white photos of the 1958 Queensland side. The significance of that team wasn’t lost on any Queenslander in the room. Before the invention of State of Origin, Queensland and New South Wales battled it out in the annual Interstate Series. Unlike Origin, the interstate teams were selected based on what state players played their club footy in, not which state they were born in. Meaning, the New South Wales side was often…

2 min.
no fuss from perth’s popovic

Hype has never really been the Tony Popovic way. So, while attention was focused on Melbourne Victory’s high-profile recruits, Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen, and unlimited column inches were being dedicated to whether Siem De Jong and Adam Le Fondre could fill the gaps left by Bobo and Adrian Mierzejewski, Popovic was already well into his pre-season preparations in Perth. Popovic did his transfer business early. Before the aforementioned quartet had even set foot on Australian soil, the new Glory coach had all but completed his transfer dealings. Eight players, three of them internationals, with a fourth, Chris Ikonomidis, added in September. Ikonomidis had an outstanding season, so much so that he was part of Australia’s Asian Cup squad in January – while Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson and, to a lesser extent…

4 min.
world cup weaknesses

Australia’s World Cup squad has a glaring weakness which could cost the nation its title defence, Kerry O’Keeffe says. The cricket icon is still confident our country’s 15-man squad is a strong one which is well placed to win the tournament – although it’s not all it can be. He believes Australia will be leaving a match-winner at home, and has also voiced concerns over the make-up of its bowling attack. “The bowling is the problem that can beat Australia at the World Cup,” O’Keeffe said on Fox Sports’ Back Page. “It lacks precision and if Mitchell Starc doesn’t swing the white ball and Pat Cummins doesn’t do the business, all pressure will be on Adam Zampa and maybe Nathan Lyon.” Grassy decks, grey skies and swing bowling are what typically come to mind…