Inside Sport

Inside Sport September 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

It can be fun thinking of the different lenses we, as sports lovers and followers, analyse our favourite games through. If I’m not making any sense, jump on a social media platform whenever you next get the chance and have a look at the way the biggest stars of sport – in particular our various footy codes at this time of year – are analysed by the rank and file supporter. Quite often a player, say Cameron Smith, will become the topic of discussion. Now, rather than collectively celebrate such a long-term hero of the 13-man game, there will instantly be conflicting views on whether Smith deserves future Immortal status. After all, he’s “over-rated” and a “grub” who the referees let do whatever he likes. This is extremely interesting ... Perhaps…

2 min.
freeze frame

1 min.
china hosts basketball’s best

We are well and truly in for two weeks of thrilling basketball action, with the biggest event on the international calendar, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, to be contested across August 31–September 15. This will be the 18th edition of the world’s biggest basketball event, which this year will take place in China for the first time ever. The WC is also set to be the biggest edition of the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) flagship event, with a record 32 participating teams. Seven of those teams will also directly qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Eight cities in five provinces will host matches in the biggest FIBA World Cup yet. No fewer than 92 games will be played over the 16 days. The competition begins with a group knockout stage, with four…

3 min.
planet rugby ready for an epic world cup

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is right around the corner. One of the biggest sporting events on the planet commences in Japan on September 20, runs throughout October and culminates with the final in Yokohama on November 2. The atmosphere as the Asian nation hosts the tournament – a spectacular competition that attracts thousands of fans from across the globe – for the first time will be incredible. The 2019 tournament represents 20 years since Wallabies captain John Eales led his team to a crushing 35-12 victory over France at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. I was fortunate enough to be part of the team that day. Australian sporting teams do well in the big tournaments. The high-pressure intensity suits the Wallabies, who have played in four World Cup finals and won…

3 min.
nrl finals fast approaching

This time of year is like the beginning of December for rugby league fans, with the countdown well and truly on to our version of Christmas Day ... the NRL Grand Final. Looking at the top eight this year, all the usual suspects are there. The defending premiers the Sydney Roosters, serial grand-finalists the Melbourne Storm and perennial powerhouse the South Sydney Rabbitohs. But this year’s top eight will also contain a number of surprise packets, overachievers and teams jammed-packed with X-factor players. There’s been no more consistent team this year than the Storm. While other sides have struggled under the pressure of injuries and suspensions, the Storm have continued to do what they do best. Win. That’s not to say the Storm aren’t beatable. The Sydney Roosters exposed the frailties in the Storm’s…

3 min.
punters chance

Who isn’t looking forward to this tournament after last year? We in the media certainly do love a bit of controversy, like the Serena Williams meltdown in the final against Naomi Osaka that made headlines around the world. Well, Meka is favourite to take out her seventh US Open and her first since 2014. On the men’s side, the bookies have made it clear your safe bet would be on the typical three – Djoker, Rafa and Fed Ex, but there’s a big German who is keen to spoil the party ... Serenity now It is evident Serena Williams is never happy settling for second-best. No, Serena won’t have a smile on her face until she has won a 24th Grand Slam singles title. Would there be a better way to do…