Inside Sport

Inside Sport October 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

While putting this particular edition together, that tried and true – and admittedly daggy – belief that grand final day is Christmas Day for footy fans remained firmly in the back of the mind. It really is, isn’t it? Recall your favourite actual Christmas Day. I’m sure it was a blast, back when your favourite Uncle was still with us, and the kids were still too young to escape into the wild with their own so-called grown-up mates. It was a great day, hey? Now, what year was that? If you can recall it in an instant, fair enough; you're doing well. Now recall where you were the day your favourite footy grand final played out. No doubt you can not only recall the year, you likely know the final score,…

2 min.
freeze frame

3 min.
every moment matters

Grand final day at the MCG. One of those days every footy fan grew up dreaming of; 100,000 people filled with hope. Blood, sweat and tears has gone into this day ... and that’s just the fans! The players have put everything in and they all have a story. They’ve overcome adversity, or gotten lucky with a dream run in their first year. Some have dealt with hardships away from the field, some are eyeing redemption. Then there are the unlucky ones; the ones who have missed out through form or injury or were simply squeezed out. Every story matters more than even before. And so does every moment. A deft tap, a massive bump, a courageous mark, a timely shepherd, a gut-busting chase. Every goal, every miss, matters. I’ll never forget 2013.…

3 min.
punters chance

Considering the issues the NFL has had to deal with in recent years, it must have been a relief to the world’s richest sports league that the big talking point across the preseason was ... helmets. A handful of players were really put out by new compliance standards for their hats, and all matters pigskin being over-covered as they are, it became a story. Expect it to be forgotten once the footballs start flying and scoreboards continue to burn up in a league growing ever-more crazy on offence (that last Super Bowl aside). Kansas City $8.50 • LA Rams $11 This upstart pair, whose week 11 encounter last season looked like a Madden game taken from the console out onto the field, has set out a vision of the future on the…

5 min.
iaaf worlds

1 International athletics holds its top-level event from September 28, ready to deliver up the men and women we’ll be pointing at in Tokyo next August and saying, “They should be favoured, they’re the world champion.” Such pressure is unavoidable with the shadow of the Olympics looming, but it’s better to be the champ than not, whatever scrutiny it might bring. Another thing in the spotlight: the host city of Doha, another step along the path to football’s big show in Qatar in ’22. 2 The big news story in the lead-up to the Worlds has been Caster Semenya’s ongoing battle with oÿcialdom, as the IAAF’s new rules on testosterone levels will stop the dual Olympic gold-medallist in the 800m from competing. The South African star mounted a legal challenge to…

2 min.
4 things you must not miss

The Polls Close Early Much like the Oscars – which is what it really aspires to be, for the Melbourne social scene – the Brownlow Medal Night (Sep 23) has a runtime problem. It goes on way too long for what is essentially a bloke reading out names and numbers, so blessedly, AFL boss Gillon McLachlan saw fit to cut an hour from the broadcast. In other changes: Bruce McAvaney departs as host, to be replaced by Hamish McLachlan, aka Gillon’s bro, which will surely give the ceremony a nice, family feel. Chas watchers are calling it as one of the closer medal races in recent history, with Brownlow familiars such as Patrick Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe in the mix, alongside the likes of Tim Kelly and Lachie Neale. The Run Home In…