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Origin One – Brisbane

Origin 1 NSW 12, QLD 8

Reversing what seemed a shaky start, the Maroons crossed in the first five minutes. Darius Boyd took advantage of a slip from Josh Morris to post the first four points in the left corner. Thruston was unable to add the extras.

The Blues took the setback for what it was – a simple misfooting and began to pressure the Queenslanders with repeat sets and big yardage gains. A

fter 30 minutes the Maroons hadn’t made an error but were still trailing because of their lack of possession. And with the constant defence came the first signs of a Game One upset.

Origin OneQueensland lynchpin Cooper Cronk left the field with a broken arm. Daly Cherry-Evans rushed on to replace him – and played manfully. But the structure of the Queensland spine was broken and the fluency of their attack never recovered.

Soon after the break the Blues had an 8 point margin and had settled into a yard eating rhythm. Queensland was finding some success down the left hand side of the field. But they were turned away, again and again, from the try line with desperate NSW defence.

At the 50 minute mark Queensland ramped up their defence and pinned NSW in their own 20. The tackling was brutal, energy sapping, and thrilled the parochial supporters. Gang tackles of 3 and 4 men revealed an urgency in their play that reflected their mounting concern with the scoreboard..

It was Jarrod Hayne who turned the tables: Taking Billy Slater in a man-on-man tackle and pinching out a potential equalizer. Just as, later, Josh Morris showed Darius Boyd the sideline and bundled him into touch when Boyd attempted to pass him.

The Blues weren’t fooled by decoy runners and had an answer for everything the Maroons threw at them. When Aiden Guerra and Chris McQueen were used as dummy runners to raid the NSW line the Blues didn’t fall for it – Instead staying straight on their men and thus allowing Morris to number up on Boyd.

The Evolution of Gaming – Insurance

And here it is, the next step in personal insurance.

The world of sport has moved online and the stars here attract as much attention as the stars on the telly every weekend. And now, it seems, they’re beginning to be treated with as much attention.

But first some background:

In ancient Phoenicia traders would approach lenders to insure against the piracy or loss of their trading ships. In the London coffee houses merchants would trade insurance bonds with one another on the safe delivery and good quality of their stock. By the 1940’s personal insurance was providing premiums against damage to homes and loss of property. This was quickly followed by a slew of insurance products covering debilitating events most likely to befall an individual. By the 1980’s one could insure cars, boats, even pets. In the 1990’s rock star David Lee Roth stunned the world by taking out paternity insurance (wouldn’t you like to read the indemnity clauses on that one!). But now the market has taken another step.

HIF were approached earlier this year about insuring an online game character. Don’t scoff, it’s big business. Many players spend years building up their characters and sell them (for real money) to other players not willing to put in the work. It’s not yet an industry. But there is a cashed-up elite who want the kudos of an impressive game character without putting in the time themselves.

The problem for the people who create these characters is that their avatars are exposed to pretty much the same risks we all are. They can get injured, punished or die just as we can. They can make bad decisions or just have bad luck.

Plus there are events to which characters are exposed that we are not. Imagine a cataclysmic outage wiping all character records from the game database (solar flares known as a Carrington Event,may achieve this); or hackers scrambling the server network: All very unlikely, yes, but still possible.

And for these few (I hesitate to call them professional) dedicated gamers this could entail the waste of years of hard work.

I know about this because the person to approach HIF is a friend. He didn’t tell me about the negotiations, or their result. But there is an ever growing concern and demand to insure against these precious online avatars.

Teresa’s Momentum Health Solution

I met Teresa for coffee yesterday. I was early, so I got to see her hobble in: her right foot in a moonboot. She swayed gingerly through the crowded room, careful of people about to move their chairs.

Teresa is an attractive thirty-something Philippine girl. We’ve known each other for years. Teresa is fit, lithe and always injured. Teresa is a runner.14462487-silhouette-of-a-woman-athlete-running-at-sunset-or-sunrise-fitness-training-of-marathon-runner

I didn’t need to ask, just raise an eyebrow. “Retro-calcaneal bursitis,” she said, sipping her latte. “Inflammation of the heel. A repetitive strain injury brought about by too sudden a change of either pace or running surface.”

Teresa relies on the exercise rehabilitation staff at Momentum Health. She knows them so well they send each other birthday cards.

“They must look at you the same way a casino looks at a problem gambler?” Teresa and I are way past being subtle.

“A gambler loses in the end,” she replied, “I always leave better than I arrive.”

Fair enough.

I changed tack. “But you have to admit they must rely on people like you for their livelihoods?”

“I choose the lifestyle, so I choose the consequences,” she sighed. “They’re not ghoulishly wishing me ill.” She had another sip of her coffee.

“They’re called Momentum Health Solutions,” I said, perhaps a little more sharply than I intended. “I don’t see any ‘solution’ to your constant injury problems. Granted, they fix up each and every current injury as they happen. But that’s not the problem,” I rammed the point home, “is it?”

Teresa thought for a moment. “Can you guess the top three sports needing exercise rehabilitation?”

It was my turn to think. “I’d have to say contact sports. Things like MMA, boxing, football.”

“That’s what I said. But it’s running, surfing, and gym work.”

I must have looked skeptical.

“Yep, the specialist told me. The top three sports requiring rehabilitation and physiotherapy all have one thing in common.”

I leaned forward.

“And just being told this, I think answers your question about whether or not the ‘Solution’ belongs in Momentum Health Solutions.”

I waited.

“The Momentum therapists have noticed that the sports with the highest incidence of injuries are those without a coach or trainer.”

Playing Sport over 35


Association Football or ‘Soccer’ is the world’s most popular sport. There are over 240 million registered players worldwide and many more recreational football players.

Most football injuries affect the lower extremities, which are defined as the groin and pelvis, hip and thigh, knee, calf, foot and ankle. Research shows that most football injuries are caused by trauma, such as a collision with an opponent or landing awkwardly from a jump. Approximately one quarter to one third of all football injuries are due to overuse and develop over a period of time.

When reviewing the published literature on football injuries, the overall incidence of injury in football is between 9 and 35 injuries per 1000 hours of football in adults, and between 0.5 and 13 injuries per 1000 hours of football in adolescents. It is clear that the older the player, the more likely they are to get injured.

The research also shows that more injuries occur during competitive matches than occur during training. There is also a sex difference in football injuries with female players having a higher injury rate than males.