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World Cup 2015 Diary

Mar 9 – The choke

Being in the WC squad exposes you to the inner workings of the team, the beating pulse of high performance athletes, the cat’s eye, the smell of fear and the relief after a win. The Prof was skimming through the sports writing of The Guardian. He had found an article on car chokes written by some mechanic who claimed he ...

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Feb 27 – What the sheep will tell you

Training finished early this afternoon. There is only so much net practice can do to replace the lack of game time. We have not had a game for two weeks, yet have had to watch the minnows fling teddy bears at each other. This is as good as it gets during the week. We play New Zealand in Auckland tomorrow, ...

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Feb 19 – How Johnson came to do The Captain’s interview

The Captain hoisted his thumb over the heads of the senior players towards Coach2.0 as if to say it was all good, and left the huddle to mingle with the younger players. One of the senior players said “He could have been thumbing the breeze. Coach2.0 is outside having a quick smoke.” “He can’t be serious?” “Why not? It’s him, ...

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Feb 14 – The dawn of battle – Aus v Eng

There are a number of Hotels near the MCG and Southbank. We were in one of them overlooking the dirty Yarra river snake its way to Port Phillip Bay. We were all on the roof top bar watching the dawn clear the darkness from the lips of the MCG. The Prof and I flipped through the blog posts of hopeful English ...

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Feb 11 – Is the best team ever on the park?

The all night Monopoly game was at an interesting stage. I was wedged between a capitalist to my right who owned half of everything – big red hotels were plonked on each property – and a communist leaning tree-hugger on a roll. She was kind enough to lease her property portfolio to me at a very modest ┬árent until I ...

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