Inside Sport

Inside Sport August 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

Robert Drane has been wanting to write the feature article that doubles as the cover story for this issue for quite some time. When he initially proposed it at the start of this year’s AFL season, I innocently assumed he’d wanted to merely write up a celebratory yarn about the South Sudanese players currently starring in the AFL. After all, they’re growing in number: Majak, Aliir Aliir, with surely more to follow over the coming years. It was a tad foolish to think it was going to start and end there with Bob. He is a special kind of writer; I reckon he’s the best crafter of a long-form written word in the country. I’ve been subediting his copy for over a decade, each time conceding that I’m in way over…

7 min.
20 things you might’ve missed

1 Celebrate women’s sport – just don’t let them do the celebrating. Sam Kerr says something actually interesting in a post-game interview after a vindicating win (honestly, it should be printed inside the collar of the Matildas’ jerseys), and it becomes a national talking point. This comes on the heels of the Americans getting blasted for partying a little too hard in running up 13 goals on Thailand. We will know true gender equity has been achieved in sport when female sport stars can be just as big as idiots as men, and nobody blinks. 2 Or, they could all just be like Ash Barty. The humble 23-year-old from Ipswich becomes the nation’s darling after winning the French Open, rising to no.1 in the rankings, and inciting thousands of “if only…

2 min.
freeze frame

2 min.
ffa cup breathing life into football

Australian football has a diÿcult time recognising what the past should be ... and what the future could be. Little wonder, then that the present is so confusing. Conflicted. Strange. A-League club owners want to take over the running of the A-League, the state federations are haggling over how much of the bank to give them, and the rest of us wait to what see happens. In the meantime, national team managers come and go for a variety of unknown reasons. The FFA will be soon left with no weekly competition to run but national teams to look after. Maybe that will sharpen the focus. Perhaps the governing body will also have a second division to administer. Clubs of the National Soccer League era – left without an invite when Frank Lowy took over…

2 min.
no time to waste in bledisloe campaign

The 2019 Bledisloe Cup will be the Wallabies’ biggest test for many years with just two games – due to the upcoming Rugby World Cup, as opposed to the usual three given – to wrestle it back from the All Blacks, who need just one win to retain the title that has eluded the Wallabies since 2002. A positive going into the first game in Perth on August 10 is that we won’t play the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship beforehand. Leading into Game One, we will have played Rugby Championship games against the Springboks in Johannesburg and Argentina in Brisbane. So by kick-off time in Perth, we will have had a few decent hit outs under our belt, allowing our combinations in our set piece and backline to gel…

2 min.
league livin’ in the ‘70s

The 1970s was an era for experimentation in the game. Who could forget the Parramatta Eels’ infamous Flying Wedge? With the annual State of Origin series now wrapped up, the attention turns to the run home to the National Rugby League finals, which begin in earnest in August. The month of August also sees the arrival of Fox League’s Retro Round, a celebration of the bygone eras of rugby league, the Greatest Game Of All! In Round 21 of the competition, Fox League will shine the light on the 1970s – an era where the players wore not only their hearts, but their blood, sweat and tears on their jerseys. While Aussie bands like Daddy Cool, Eagle Rock, Sky Hooks and Sherbet were burning up the charts, future Immortals Graeme Langlands, John Raper, Artie…