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Aussie Sam Street Drafted to Pittsburgh Pirates

Although he pitches at around 145 kilometres an hour Melbourne pitcher Sam Street credits his recent draft to the Pittsburgh Pirates to his changeup (off-speed pitching) He has worked assiduously with University of Texas coaches to add this dimension to his game; and the results were reflected in his most recent season statistics: Street threw 129.3 innings for 91 strike outs and 104 hits. The hits were limited to an earned run average of 1.81.

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Street was selected 491st overall in the 16th round – the third and final day of the MLB Draft. He will open his account playing for the Jamestown Jammers, a Class-A short-season affiliate of the Pirates. “The exciting thing is just to get the opportunity to chase a dream,” he told reporters, “I’m going to try and take it with two hands and run.”

Car Racing Australia


For all the car enthusiasts out there, you can never get enough of what Aussie car racing has to offer. The speed, the sound, the energy of everyone there – there’s just nothing like it. If you’re into cars, car racing and anything to do with buying (or at least looking) at fancy classic cars, we’ve got you covered.

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Let’s start with the obvious one – the absolute pinnacle of sporting events when it comes to cars. People flock to this bad boy from all over, so missing out just isn’t an option. This year, the event takes place from 13-16th March down in Melbourne. General admission tickets start from $99, but are well worth it. All that racing action will have you feeling like you’re practically on the track, but boy car enthusiasts just live for it!

V8 Supercars

V8 Supercars is a touring car racing category based in Australia, where crowds of more than 250,000 flock to watch those speedy cars battle it out everywhere from Darwin to Adelaide. These races are year round, starting from March-June, then again in November and December. Race goers can expect a family friendly experience with a festival atmosphere and all the drama and non-stop excitement of a motor race at all the V8 rounds in Australia. Keep your eyes peeled for dates!

carGold Coast 600

This race is a V8 racing car carnival held in Surfers Paradise over three days in October. The beautiful backdrop of the Gold Coast is the perfect backdrop, with the social program equally as important as the racing action. See the world’s top notch V8 Supercars whizz around the beachside track, or watch an exciting showdown race with 18 top international drivers competing for first place. With a bunch of international superstars set to perform again this year, it’s one of the favourites of Aussie car racing.

Classic Car Investments

Now, we know you’re all very avid fans of cars, but for those a little more dedicated to the car industry, we’ve got a few places you can go for some car-buying and admiring fun. The Jaguar Mk2 is one of the premium classic cars available, and given the chance, a dream to drive. Restored to its former glory, the Jaguar Mk2 is for sale in Australia, UK and USA. Of course if this doesn’t suit your taste, perhaps the idea of driving a Mercedes Benz s600 will tempt you. This 1972 model is family suitable (if you need to convince the wife), and will knock the socks off anyone who sees it. And lastly, a favourite of mine is the classic Rolls Royce Silver Spur for a 1980s piece of vintage luxury.

carCars are good for many things – racing, buying and admiring. If the sound of the engine revving and the smell of exhaust makes you feel a bit lightheaded, get yourself to these car racing events pronto! And of course if driving one of the classic cars is more your taste, definitely explore the world of vintage motor vehicles – either way you won’t be disappointed.

Hackett in rehab?


Grant Hackett has flown this week to America to seek treatment for a reputed addiction to prescription medication, following an intervention staged by family and friends.

Although it has not been confirmed, it is thought that Hackett’s treatment will attempt to break an addiction to sleeping medication Stilnox, which the Westpac executive labelled “evil” in 2012.

hackett-laWhen Hackett was met by a media pack in LA after landing, he denied that he would be going to rehab, instead saying that he would be taking time to rest and relax after a stressful period in his personal life.

Contrary to this denial, Hackett’s father has told the media that his son would be seeking treatment at a rehabilitation facility. Neville Hackett claimed that the swimmer is in “a little bit of denial” over his addiction.

Last week, Grant Hackett was pictured in a near-nude state in Melbourne Crowne casino – apparently searching for one his children in the building’s foyer. In the past, Hackett has endured a number of personal problems, including a difficult split in 2012 from wife Candice Alley after allegations of alcohol-fuelled violence and intimidation.

Hackett’s latest personal troubles closely follow a 60 Minutes interview with two-time Olympic medallist Scott Miller, which explored the swimmer’s own history of drug abuse and pimping.

Completing the trifecta, of course, is Ian Thorpe, who was recently admitted to a Sydney rehabilitation clinic after police confronted him a daze-like state near his parents’ home in southern Sydney.

This has caused some journalists to remark on the correlation between the intense training regimes these athletes work under, and the challenges they face outside the pool. The likes of Thorpe, Miller and Hackett undertake taxing training schedules at very young ages. Just like child stars of the entertainment world, they’re not given the same opportunities to try and fail, to embarrass ourselves without widespread criticism, and to simply grow up that we normal folk are.

Being lauded as a national hero, only to be largely forgotten by the press and the public (save for the occasional negative scandal) after retirement, is sure to be emotionally and mentally draining. Then there’s the “what next?” question. Apart from the option of a commentating/media career, there are few obvious avenues open to ex-sportspeople.

For years, Australia has prided itself on its prowess in the pool. But at what cost?

The Resurgence of Australian Sport


Over the last few years, Australian sport has taken a real battering. We pride ourselves on our ability to better much larger, more established nations in a great variety of sports. The swimming pool, the running track, the grainy sand of the beach, and the soft green of the cricket pitch are all established settings to so many Australians. But, after a glorious run following the Sydney Olympics, Australian sporting professionals have experienced diminishing returns for their efforts. A few major events spring to mind: our rugby team’s Bledisloe cup results since 2002; James Magnussen’s disappointment at the London games; the departure of many of Australia’s greatest cricketers.

But, mercifully, things finally seem to be turning around. The media’s fixation on the doping scandals that have plagued various sports on an international level have allowed Australian professionals to refresh, resurge, and refocus away from the spotlight. And now, we’re starting to see the seedlings of positivity emerge once again.


Pride comes before a fall. This mantra proved to be all-too-true following the disappointing performance displayed by Australia’s swimming team at London’s 2012 Olympic Games. Some of the old guard have since departed from professional sport in favour of Celebrity Apprentice, with exciting new talent beginning to shine through.

At November’s World Cup in Beijing, the Australian team – comprised, to an impressive extent, of new up-and-comers – put in an impressive performance. Even those who failed to meet their own self-imposed expectations in London have begun to pique curiosity once again, with James Magnussen recently professing that his confidence is starting to rebuild.


Over the last decade, Australia’s favourite game has been overshadowed by egos and wags. We haven’t won the Ashes since the 2006-07 series, and in recent months tensions within the team have grabbed headlines. In an open letter to fans of the game, Darren Lehmann – the coach of the Australian cricket team – expressed a desire to return Australia to its golden era of cricketing achievements. Let’s hope he puts this desire into action in time to effect the outcome of the current Ashes series, which began in November.


Our tennis achievements have been less dramatically changed than in some other sports. Although our status on the circuit is not as impressive as it was ten years ago, players like Sam Stosur have helped to keep us well-represented. Now, younger players like Bernard Tomic and Casey Dellacqua are beginning to deliver on the promise they have shown, with Tomic recently taking on a new coach in time for our summer tournaments.resurgence-stosur

Tennis Australia has also acknowledged the importance of recognising its highest-achieving players, with the Newcome Medal predicted to be awarded to Stosur for the fourth consecutive year. Just like any workplace rewarding its best and brightest, Tennis Australia clearly recognises the benefits of encouraging and motivating its key players.

It’s time that we regained our reputation as a truly great sporting nation. The thirst for accolades exhibited by our sporting stars reveal the way we, as Australians, thrive off of positive reinforcement. Whether it’s a globally coveted trophy, or an employee recognition plague or trophy, we love being recognised for our efforts. And we certainly love resurgence. Let’s hope the trophies – and the results – keep rolling in over the summer months.

Gallas set to sign for Glory


The A-League is set to welcome another big name into it’s ranks with French star defender William Gallas due to be Perth Glory’s latest marquee signing. Confirmation that the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur man will be joining the Western Australian side is imminent, according to the French media.

Gallas was close to coming to Australia earlier in the year when Melbourne Victory was close to confirming his signature, though decided on signing the Chilean Pablo Contreras instead. It appears, however, that the Glory deal is all but confirmed with the current free agent expected to arrive in Perth after the round five trip to Wellington.

Gallas has said to be enticed by the Australian football sphere by what he sees as a new footballing frontier. Taking note of recent overseas successes in Emile Heskey, Shinji Ono and Alessandro Del Piero, the A-League shouldn’t be surprised that it has gained a following around the world. Though it did go through a few years of trouble where crowds were low and football wasn’t at it’s highest quality, the introduction of new players, teams (notably the Western Sydney Wanderers) and now free-to-air televising has increased popularity and put the league on the national scale.

Gallas looks to add Perth Glory to his list of already high profile teams. After Joining Chelsea from Olympique Marseille in 2001, he was sent to the Emirates in a deal which saw Ashley Cole move the other way. He then moved to direct rivals Tottenham Hotspurs, with whom he played until he was released earlier this year.

Gallas will be looking to help Perth Glory lift itself from a disappointing first couple of games, having taking only one point from their visit to the Newcastle Jets. They are due to face Melbourne Heart in their first home game this Sunday.

Australia Wins Second ODI


Australia has managed to take their first victory of the Ashes series with a win in the second one day international at Old Trafford in Manchester. A century by Australian captain Michael Clarke proved crucial in ascending to an impressive first innings total of 315, one that an experimental English squad struggled to come close to.

After a stammered opening over which saw Shaun Marsh caught behind to Steve Finn and Shane Watson saved from an LBW decision by a referral, The Australian set a steady ground work and built a heavy total. The batsmen were clearly targeting James Tredwell who was taken out of the attack after seven overs after conceding at a rate of 7.5 an over.

Clarke’s 105 was clearly the backbone of the Australian innings, with his deputy George Bailey holding down the helm. Cameos from Watson and Aaron Finch proved handy in reaching the final total.

The English innings proved a struggle from the beginning with Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott falling early. Kevin Pietersen, Joseph Butler and captain Eoin Morgan held some ground, but as the rest of the team collapsed around them, England was bowled out for 227, 88 runs short of their target.

Post match, Clarke spoke highly of his players and the impact the result had on moral, stating that picking up crucial wickets at crucial times proved the difference.

“Sometimes it might not look pretty or feel great, but if you get over the line and get that winning feeling it’s a nice side of the fence to be on” said Clarke.

After the first match of the series was washed out. Australia now sits in the drivers seat to pick up the Natwest ODI Series. Three games now are remaining, with the next match taking place in Birmingham on the 11th of September.