Inside Sport

Inside Sport November 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

Welcome to summer ... Australia’s favourite season, the one most attached to us internationally, anyway (shrimps on the barbie and all that), of course doesn’t officially kick-off until the first day of December. Sports-wise though, it’s a very different story now to how it used to be in this part of the world. A good chunk of our readership will know what I’m on about when I speak of a time (prior to say, the 1990s) when Australia’s elite sporting landscape consisted of footy in the winter and cricket in the summer ... and the big tennis tournaments. There was a quite a gap in time, too between the two bookending sports seasons. The football codes would finish in September, and it would seem like eons until the Windies, for example,…

6 min.
20 things you might’ve missed

1 Sunshine Coast Lightning’s dominance of Super Netball has come to an end, with the winners of the first two SN grand finals falling to the Sydney Swifts 64-47 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in the 2019 title-decider. Adding to the end-of-an-eraness for the Lightning is the departure of respected mentor and New Zealand Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua, who has a desire to return to her homeland after three years coaching in Super Netball. 2 Some footy fans were proud of the progress, while others were well and truly triggered ... We can only be talking about a statue of Carlton AFLW player Tayla Harris, which was based at Melbourne’s Federation Square across the 2019 AFL Finals Series. A permanent home for “Tayla” is still to be decided at time…

2 min.
freeze frame

3 min.
five a-league stars to watch

Alessandro Diamanti Seven years ago, an Italian named Alessandro came to Australia. Del Piero. The greatest signing in A-League history ... if publicity is your thing. He made Sydney famous. He didn’t make great. At the same time, and with little fanfare, Shinji Ono slipped into a new club, the Western Sydney Wanderers. He made them great. Then famous. Seven years later, we have a hybrid of the two in Alessandro Diamanti. First name of Del Piero. Italian, too. But like Ono, there’s a boatload of ability to go with the complete lack of fanfare in a new club looking to establish itself. Western United can’t get it wrong early. Diamanti, capped 17 times by world football giants Italy, is the attacking playmaker with a dash of flamboyance to ensure success is immediate. Riley McGree There’s…

4 min.
a super run home

One of the great things about Supercars is the fact we race at a wide variety of venues in vastly different parts of Australia. The complexity surrounding not just weather conditions, but the differing styles of racetracks, makes it fantastic. Such variety is one of the real great anomalies; it’s not like you play on the MCG every weekend, and you don’t go to Bathurst for each round ... My old saying is when you finish Bathurst, you really start to focus on winning the championship. You think, “Right, here’s our last three venues.” They’re all really tough events and they’re all really different ... GOLD COAST The first one of those is the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 (Oct 25-27). Put simply, this event is a car-killer. To go fast at the Gold…

3 min.
pakistan to bring the aggression

Pakistan has a new head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq. He is also Pakistan’s chief selector. As such, he will have a heavy influence on the national squad, especially as far as their attitude to their cricket is concerned. A very aggressive player himself, from reading recent articles about him it’s obvious Misbah wants the current Pakistan team to be aggressive in the way they play as well. I reckon he has the players to do that, which means we’re in for two exciting Test matches and a gripping three-game T20I series against them this summer. Look, the toughest thing for Pakistan will obviously be playing in Australia, in Australian conditions and up against our formidable bowling attack. The first Test will be played up at the Gabba and the next one is a day-nighter…