Inside Sport

Inside Sport July 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

Professional club footy has a way of making fools out of those of us who are easily led into thinking that the retirement of aging superstar players means a little bit of the game is lost, too. We were being fed similar narratives surrounding this year’s State of Origin series, which in the last two years has bid farewell to living legends the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis and Paul Gallen. With these big names having ridden into the Origin sunset, what now? Who will fill the void left by these giants of the game? With Queensland’s injury toll seemingly mounting by the hour, it was queried if Queensland would be able to field a team at all ... And that’s how we’re fooled. As the twilight…

7 min.
20 things you might’ve missed

1 After everything that’s been said and done about the Israel Folau saga, consider: this could have been a problem for any of the three oval-ball codes. And it just happened to be union, at a period of maximum struggle, that had to deal with it ... 2 Glenn McGrath picks England to win the Cricket World Cup. What is the world coming to? McGrath, who famously issued blanket whitewash predictions in Australia’s favour in every Ashes, believed it was the first time he picked the English to win anything. “I can’t remain biased my whole life,” he told a cricket website. Okay, okay; the player of the tournament in the 2007 World Cup hedged a little, noting they were only favourites: “I didn’t say they were going to win the…

1 min.
freeze frame

2 min.
djokovic's wimbledon magic

There is never a question about Wimbledon. Everything is perfect. The grass, the grounds, the flowers, right down to the strawberries and the cream on top. It can never be considered a let-down. It holds itself to tradition, and moves with the times. There will be a second court with a roof – Court 1 – to confront about the only thing that can go wrong at Wimbledon; English summer rain. Anyone who has a serious problem with Wimbledon is to be ignored. They would find issue with a utopian state, with no taxes, free food and housing ... and eternal life. Wimbledon is not that. Now, admittedly, it is quite exclusive and expensive, but is worth it in every sense. The 2019 renewal will be lathered in greatness once more. And with the men’s…

1 min.
townsville's tropic thunder

Deep into winter, the Virgin Australia Supercars series will really heat up when it arrives in tropical North Queensland on July 5-7 for the Watpac Townsville 400. The Watpac Townsville 400 is one of the biggest events on the Supercars calendar; when fans swarm to the Reid Park venue located next to the CBD, with this hybrid street circuit allowing fans to get very close to the action. In 2018 the Red Bull Holden Racing Team was the class of the field, winning both races to stem the tide of Scott McLaughlin’s (pictured above right) championship run. This year they will need a carbon copy if they are to hold onto any slim hopes of Jamie Whincup or Shane van Gisbergen (pictured below right) taking out the title. Scott McLaughlin has already won more…

4 min.
cooper calls time on brilliant career

I was at boarding school in 2007 when my Billy Slater-obsessed room-mate took me along to Olympic Park for the Melbourne Storm’s opening game of the season against the Wests Tigers. It was a rough and tumble match, with both sides bashing each other through the middle and not giving an inch. The Storm was chock-full of superstars including internationals Slater, Matt King, Israel Folau, Greg Inglis and Cameron Smith, but it was a young Cooper Cronk, in just his third year of first grade, who impressed me most. Cronk wasn’t the biggest player on the field and he didn’t have the attacking flair of the likes of Slater, Inglis or Folau, but he was tough, uncompromising and always in control: traits that have become the cornerstone of his illustrious career. Cronk arrived at…