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July 31, 2018

Proud dad moment

I usually try to keep my family out of this blog and focus on the music industry stuff that matters - but I just have to gush for a minute. Last Sunday my son Eddie played for the wonderful West... More
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July 23, 2018

Week 3 update - slow but steady

Last week went a little better from the point of view of my ability to predit what would happen and manage my time accordingly. Tuesday was nearly spot on, Thursday pretty close ... the rest not even: Of course, the... More
Posted by Huge at 11:46 AM | Comments (0)

October 2, 2017

Well done Tigers and Storm, bad luck Wobblies

Footy season is over ... give or take the end of the Rugby Championship and October's Rugby League World Cup. The Tigers' story is a great one. My good mate Simon Smith is a die-hard Tigers fan who's been telling... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2017

Well done, those ladies ...

Thinking especially of Sally Pearson, world 100m hurdles champion again after an awful run with injuries - that takes belief and soul - and the Matildas, beating Brazil in a final is never easy, so 6-1 in an international tournament... More
Posted by Huge at 12:33 PM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2011

Well done, Broncos.

OK, so Manly's first try was a blatant double movement and the Broncos couldn't buy a break in the first half, but the fightback was inspirational and the season result extraordinary. Be proud, boys. In some senses it's a sad... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:31 AM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2010

What a great weekend ...

Woke up this morning back home after the NTRA State of Origin 2010. Had a great weekend but, just like last year, came down with a head cold immediately after. What is with that? We won all three of our... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:26 AM | Comments (0)

June 15, 2010

Sports update

Haven't mentioned my one true vice for a while so I thought I'd post a coupla quick thoughts I've had on the sporting world. First, well done The Matildas. Awesome effort, girls, to become the first Australian soccer team to... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:00 AM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2010

The Melbourne Storm fiasco cont ...

Following on from my original post on this subject, back to Melbourne for a minute more ... The second issue is that the current NRL administration has been shown to be completely incompetent at policing its own rules. That's taking... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:42 AM | Comments (0)

April 25, 2010

The Melbourne Storm fiasco

I'm kinda over this already. It makes me sick to think about it - so totally against everything sport stands for. It's a bureaucrat's issue, not a sporting issue ... Despite my hatred of his Blues heart, I find myself... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:59 AM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2009

Well done, the Blues

They wanted it more, they got the rub of the green, they earned it ... They salvaged some pride and showed they NSW do think that contesting the State of Origin means something. Well done. We'll take the last 4... More
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June 25, 2009


What a sensational period for us ... Personally, I won my two games (there was no need for a third) 9-1 and 8-1. QLD won the NTRA tournament 13 divisions to 3. Tonight QLD SOO wins a record 4th straight... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:53 AM | Comments (0)

June 22, 2009

Goal 1 down. Goal 2 just beginning ...

Well, last weekend I played touch for NTRA QLD over-35s against NSW in Coffs Harbour. This was the achievement of the first physical goal I set myself at the start of the year. Actually, we smashed NSW in both games:... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

November 23, 2008


Well done, the Kiwis. Proved that they are genuine contenders and World Champions. Wayne Bennett is a genius. The Aussies just lacked that passion for the win, which the Kiwis clearly possessed, and couldn't produce the game-breaker when they needed... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

November 4, 2008

Diabolical neglect

Rugby League, Rugby League World Cup, channel nine, Rugby League on tv, tv coverage, sport coverage, international rugby league, Kangaroos More
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October 5, 2008

I HATE daylight saving!

I heard the game was on at 5.30 ... I arranged to be home by 5.30 to watch the game ... I turned on the TV to watch the Grand Final of the NRL ... I got half an hour... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:14 PM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2008

Well done, Wallabies.

Not often you put four tries on the All Blacks. Playing with an enthusiasm and commitment I've not seen for a while, the boys proved they deserved all the hype and nonsense that led up to the game. Robbie Deans... More
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July 3, 2008


Well, done, boys! What a great win! Backs-to-the-wall, tight and tense. Great stuff - what Origin is made of. And well done to the Blues, too. They looked the better team for much of the game and the second half... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:40 AM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2008


Not good enough, Maroons! What is it about that stadium? Whenever the Maroons play down there they just seem to be drained of all energy and enthusiasm. Last the night the Blues were fired up, enthusiastic, passionate ... and Qld... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2008

It's Origin Time!!

Love this time of year! Both side look really good but I think The Mighty Maroons have a slight advantage in the halves ... QUEENSLANDER!!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

November 22, 2007

Awesome Olyroos!

Great to see the Olyroos have qualified for the 2008 Olympics with a draw over Korea. Keep it up boys, and bring home the big prize ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:25 AM | Comments (0)

November 19, 2007

Wot an awesome weekend!

The Netball girls are World Champs, the Socceroos had a win V Nigeria and the Olyroos had a win over Iraq. Also, the Aussie cricket team are slowly massacring Sri Lanka and the Volleyballers have started well in their World... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:57 AM | Comments (0)

October 22, 2007

Well done, Springboks.

At least the Webb Ellis Trophy is back in the southern Hemisphere where it belongs - albeit on the wrong side of the Indian Ocean ... After Sunday morning's bore-fest I'd be surprised if the tournament won any new fans... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:41 AM | Comments (0)

October 7, 2007

Well done, England.

It pains me to say it, but the Poms played very well last night and deserved their win. They wanted it more and played accordingly - the Wallabies were disjointed, distracted and never really in the match. They played too... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:10 PM | Comments (0)

October 2, 2007

Well done, Melbourne!!

Never thought I'd cheers a Melbourne sporting success but I love it when anyone beats Manly. Awesome, boys - comprehensive and clinical. They had to work for it, but they got there in the end and deserved their win. Now,... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:41 PM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2007

So, Melbourne V Manly?

The two best teams all year end up in the Grand Final! Very appropriate and just what I wanted to see ... Go the Storm! I don't care who beats Manly or by how much ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:39 AM | Comments (0)

August 1, 2007

Congratulations, Iraq!

It's a stupendous achievement to win any international sporting event, but to win an intenational football event is one of the toughest, and to come from the mess that is Iraq and win the Asia cup is even more extraordinary.... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)

July 25, 2007

Well done, Netballers

Always good to beat the Kiwis and especially good to exact revenge on them for previous losses :-) Also, the manner of the series win - big first win, narrow loss, then tight but solid final win - bodes well... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:24 PM | Comments (0)

July 6, 2007

Oh, well ....

So close, but nobbled at the last hurdle. The mighty Maroons should have won that one but didn't stand a chance once the injuries depleted them. 14 men just can't beat 17 in the modern game. Mind you, the Blues... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:30 PM | Comments (0)

July 4, 2007

Go Maroons!

Make it 3/3 boys! We wanna Maroon-wash of this State of Origin series - especially at home. But beware the Blues. They'll come out hard and fast like they always do - and might last a bit longer this time,... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:51 PM | Comments (0)

June 14, 2007

How good was Guy Sebastian??

Update: Guy's official site is here. Thanks to Nessa for reminding me to include it. One of the absolute highlights of last night's Origin game had to be Guy Sebastian's version of the national anthem ... Now, I object to... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:47 PM | Comments (4)

Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy ...

Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy,... More
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June 13, 2007


Go Maroons! Win at Telstra! Win the series! Bring it home for us, boys ... Show the cocky Cockies how the game's played ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:20 AM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2007

Happy happy happy happy ...

Love it when Qld wins!!! But there's a long way to go in the series ... and the Blues weren't far off the mark. They'll be back for more in Sydney next time. Go you Maroons!!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:03 PM | Comments (0)

Go Maroon!

State of Origin time again!! Love it! Go you Maroons!! Queenslander!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:24 AM | Comments (0)

April 30, 2007

Well done, cricketers!!

Excellent result, boys! Shame about the end of the game, but umpires do that sort of thing sometimes ... I felt very sorry for the Sri Lankans having to endure that agony twice. It must have been awful to know... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:54 AM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2007

Come on Aussie, Come on! Come On!

Let's go, boys! One game to the World Cup. We've played some awesome cricket so far and really dominated the tournament ... don't drop the bundle now. We want another trophy and three in a row ... Go hard, boys!!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:31 AM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2007

Well done, Broncos

Good to see the second win for the season last night - pity it spoiled Joey Johns's night. Andrew Johns is an absolute champion and it would have been nice for him to go out in better style, but I'd... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:00 AM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2007

Thanks, Joey!!

Just got the news that Andrew Johns has retired. The game and all its fans are gonna miss him. Even though he was a Blue, he was one of those players who you loved to watch whether he was on... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:44 PM | Comments (0)

March 26, 2007

How good is synchronised swimming?

Surprise packet of my weekend: Synchronised swimming rocks!! I was watching the Friday night NRL at the Club and had to finish my beer before going home at the end of the game, so I tuned in to the World... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

March 23, 2007

Gonna try again

OK, after a few weeks of resting my foot (sort of), I'm going to try playing footy again tonight - very gently. I'll probably have a short run and not try to do anything very enthusiastic. Of course, it will... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:10 AM | Comments (0)

March 19, 2007

Life returns to normal

Great to see the NRl back on TV. I've missed it over summer. I was disappointed that the Broncos and Titans lost but they both went well, showed glimses of what they're capable of and have plenty of improvment in... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:26 AM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2007

One step closer

Played at the Casuarina Cup again last Saturday. Came second in the Over-30s (again). Beaten by the same mob. At least it was only by 1 this time ... we let them get to 3-0, pegged them back to 3-3... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:48 AM | Comments (0)

February 6, 2007

Taking a break from footy

Last night I played the grand final of the Unitouch Chapel Hill competition. We came second after leading 2-1 at half time. Never mind. That will be the last game I'll play in that comp for a while. My foot... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:45 PM | Comments (0)

January 10, 2007

An unhappy withdrawal.

Just had to pull out of the NTRA tour to NZ. Bummer! The problem is mainly with my knee, which is just not healing fast enough to allow me to go. I also have Plantar Fasciitis in both feet, which... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

January 6, 2007

Well done, thanks, seeya

Warnie, Pidgeon, JL, Marto, thanks! It's been a pleasure to watch you compete on the international stage and I wish you all the best for your respective futures. To the cricket team re the whitewash of England: well done, boys.... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:04 PM | Comments (0)

December 18, 2006

Welcome back, Ashes

Well done, boys. Superb effort, not just in winning the Urn but in the way you did it: three from three and some awesome, electrifying results among them! Now, there's still two games to go in the series - give... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:27 PM | Comments (0)

December 6, 2006

Well done, the cricketers ...

What an incredible win! What an incredible game! Who would have picked any result, let alone THAT result with a day to play. I guess this demonstrates the power of positivity. After the Poms were unable to bowl Australia out... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)

November 13, 2006

Coming second

Played in the Pan Pacific Masters Games touch football tournament at Southport last week. Came second out of six teams in our division. Considering that we're a ragtag bunch who play together only occasionally, that's a pretty good effort. I... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:12 AM | Comments (0)

November 9, 2006

All that way for nothing ...

Yesterady wa supposed to be the start of the Pan Pacific Masters Games touch competition 2006. I drove all the way to Southport in the rain. The traffic was horrendous and when I was almost there I got a call... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

October 16, 2006

Good to have a win

Played in the NTRA State of Origin touch tournament in Coff's Harbour on Saturday. The day was hot and windy, very tough conditions for the players, and we played three games, at 8.40, 10.40 and 13.20. Queensland lost overall, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:21 AM | Comments (0)

October 9, 2006

So close, Hockeyroos ...

For the Hockeyroos to lose the World Cup final is a harsh way to exit - though there's only one good way to exit a tournament like that :-) Still, it's a great comeback from fifth at the Champions Trophy... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:25 PM | Comments (0)

October 2, 2006

Go Broncos! Go Broncos! Go Broncos!

Isn't it nice to have a win! And what a win. As Wayne Bennett said, it wasn't pretty but it was effective. A great Grand Final - plenty of back and forth, plenty of opportunities for both sides, gritty and... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:50 AM | Comments (0)

September 29, 2006

Go Broncos!

Wanna see the boys get up on Sunday.For the club's sake as well as Shane Webke's. Webby's a champion and deserves to go out a winner, but it would be great to see the club come good after a few... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:24 AM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2006

Well done, ladies!

Excellent work, the Opals! World Basketball Champs after a couple of thirds is a superb effort and you should all be proud of yourselves. Even better, they had to beat the Yanks, who've been the basketball benchmark for years, to... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:36 PM | Comments (0)

August 21, 2006


Well done, the Wallabies. Good effort but not quite close enough. Much better aggression at the start but lost concentration at the end of the second half and the All Blacks were just too good. I can't understand why the... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

July 31, 2006

Battling Broncos

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and respond to cries of "post-origin slump" about the Broncos before I've even heard them: The problem the Broncos experienced yesterday had nothing to do with post-origin anything, it had everything to... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:18 AM | Comments (0)

Bye, Bye Bledisloe.

Well, they came, they saw, they defended brilliantly, and the All Blacks walked away with the silverware. Well done. The Wallabies threw plenty at them but the All Blacks turned up to stop every advance - especially Ritchie McCaw. How... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:57 AM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2006

Well done, Matildas

Great to see that, after the success of the Socceroos, the Australian women's soccer team has also qualified for their World cup finals. Excellent stuff!! Not that I've seen any of their games .. even les so than ther mens'... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

July 20, 2006

Back on the paddock ...

Played my first full game of touch since breaking my shoulder last night. Went OK. We had a win, but made hard work of it. The shoulder held up all right ... a bit sore making a few touches at... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:11 AM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2006

Who'd have picked that result?

49-0 over the Springboks?? Keeping them scoreless for the first time ever?? I love to watch the Wallabies win, but that's ridiculous ... The Springboks weren't that bad ... but they dropped some crucial ball and had a guy sent... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:36 AM | Comments (0)

July 6, 2006

How sweet it is ...

I've just realised that since this blog began, Queensland has not won the Origin series. Well, now they have. And what a win. Had to overcome the Blues AND some disgraceful refereeing decisions. It takes great courage and determination to... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:21 AM

June 27, 2006

Oh, well ...

Darn ... ripped off at the last gasp! Still, so close! But I gotta say, I thought we didn't play well enough to win. With all that possession and all those opportunities, the Italians down to 10 men for most... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:02 AM | Comments (0)

June 23, 2006

E-excellent, Socceroos.

Just when I thought the sporting stars were leaving nasty trails, the boys came through. Funny sort of game, though. I mean, I don't really understand soccer at all but some of those decisions had me totally gazumped. The boys... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:07 AM | Comments (0)

June 15, 2006

The stars ARE aligned ...

What a win, Queensland! Well done, boys. Came out hard and kept in the Blues' faces for the entire 80 minutes. Willie Mason never got a look in. So much for Danny Buderus's dynasty. The only fault I could find... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:55 AM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2006

Awesome Socceroos!

Well done, boys. Never give in, never give up! Superb comeback and great result in the end. It seemed to me (not that I know anything about the finer points of soccer that we had by far the better of... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:12 AM | Comments (0)

June 12, 2006

Well done, Wobblies, come on Socceroos!

Excellent result for effort last night, boys. Just what we fans were looking for. Much improved in the scrum (though still some work to do there), excellent lineout, brillint front-on defence and great scrambling. Shame about the last-pass handling, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2006

I got the Blues ...

Well done, NSW. You did enough to win the match at home. But the young Maroons can take a lot out of what they experienced. I was really a classic game of youth vs experience. The Maroons came out at... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:54 AM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2006

Origin time!!

Have to belatedly note the impending State of Origin Rugby League contest tomorrow night. Love it! Both sides have gambled for the first game: Queensland on youth, form and enthusiasm and NSW on the tried and true. As always, my... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:18 PM | Comments (0)

May 8, 2006

Joey, you good thing!

Andrew Johns, what a football player. Loved watching him Friday night, hated watching him Sunday afternoon. In both cases, though, he's a class act. I'll miss him in a Kangaroos jumper and be grateful he's not wearing sky blue in... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:01 AM | Comments (0)

May 1, 2006

Good to have a win

Went out to warwick on Saturday for the NRA State trials. Played in the Puretouch Punishers Mens Seniors team. We went through undefeated and won the final in extra time - 3-on-3. This was my first win in rep colours,which... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:36 PM | Comments (0)

April 14, 2006

Punter, you good thing

Well done, Ricky Ponting! A fantastic captain's knock from an athlete who's really come of age and is getting better with experience. Gotta say, though, it was pretty ordinary to put the boys in that position to start with ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:00 PM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2006

Haaappy birthday ...

tooo meeeee .... Had a great return to park-lvel football last night at Unitouch, where we stared the season with a 13-0 whitewash of "Chargers". They had plenty of speed and skill but no real structure or discipline. Next time... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:06 PM | Comments (0)

March 27, 2006

Beaten by the Kiwis

Didn't win a game against the Kiwis over the weekend - damn! Closest we came was a 5-all draw in the third game. In the final we just didn't fire up at the start and couldn't claw our way back... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)

March 23, 2006

Commonwealth Games

Can't ignore the CGs, thugh I'm tempted to. Superb efforts all round and some great competition. It's a pity the media re obsessed with the medal count and Australia's position in it, because tere's some great stuff going on that... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:13 AM | Comments (0)

March 13, 2006

Footy's back!

Ggreat to have the footy back on TV - all codes! Disappointing start to the season for the Broncos but well done the Cowboys! Ouch! The Broncos are champions. They'll be back!... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)

February 21, 2006

Well, that was odd ...

Played in the Casuarina Cup touch tournament on the weekend. We entered the over 35s but ended up playing against two teams with under 35s in them who been allowed to enter just to make up the numbers. Our best... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:47 PM | Comments (0)

February 6, 2006

What a difference a week off can make

Amazing form reversal from Adam Gilchrist. Also a refreshed approach from Ricky Ponting. Great to watch. Felt a bit sorry for the Proteas last night - they had no chance of chasing the score that Gilly and Punter set up.... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:17 AM | Comments (0)

November 28, 2005

well, that's sport.

Well done, the Kiwis, Wales and West Indies. Both Rugby results and the excellent fightback in the cricket are the result of great performances from great competitors. I must say it was astonishing to see the League result: 24-0 and... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:09 AM | Comments (0)

November 21, 2005

Great week for Aussie sport

Well done the Socceroos, Kangaroos, Wallabies and cricketers (keep it up, boys). It's great to have Aussie sporting teams back in the winners' circle. That said, I have to gripe about the manner in which the Wallabies won. Same old... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:57 AM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2005

Well done, Socceroos!

Excellent result, boys. Made hard work of it but got there in the end! For those among you who are unsure where our opponents came from, Uruguay is here: The CIA fact book on Uruguay is here. Notably, they have... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:38 AM | Comments (0)

October 7, 2005

The wierdest feeling in sport

OK, after almost a week I think I've got a handle on it.Sunday's NRL grand final produced the wierdest feeling for me because I was wearing an old Balmain Tigers jumper but cheering for the Cowboys. Up to the moment... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:40 PM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2005

Well done the Cowboys!!

One more to go, boys ... But who should a former Balmain supporter support?? (tremble) I guess it doesn't matter. Should be a great game of footy, either way!... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:52 PM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2005

There's a fisrst time for everything

Well, yesterday I had two wins in sport: the Swans and the Tigers, but it felt really wierd supporting a NSW team ... icky, in fact. Of course, I used to be a Balmain fan, so supporting the Tigers wasn't... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2005

Damn straight, Gus

Interesting comment from Phil "Gus" Gould in today's prescription for the Tigers winning their NRL semi-final against the Dragons: "Winning is 90 per cent mental." Of course, that was exactly the Broncos problem towards the end of their season -... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:22 PM | Comments (0)

September 21, 2005

For the good of the game, rub Barry out

I'm struggling to believe the nonsense about Barry Hall's escape from sanction for attacking an opponent during a game. It's not that I think the opponent didn't milk it - he did - nor that there was much force in... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2005

Vale, Broncos 2005

Oh, how close they came. But the Tigers scrambled, struggled, were more desperate and kept them out - then took every opportunity that came their way. The Broncos showed that they were almost back to their best, creating 6 opportuniies... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:52 AM | Comments (0)

September 13, 2005

Well done, the poms

They deserved to win back the Ashes. The Aussies were off their game and the Poms played brilliantly, with none of their past hesitancy and lack of confidence. Freddy Flintoff looks like a truly world-class athlete - the kind the... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:46 AM | Comments (0)

August 23, 2005

Well, there you go ...

It's hard to be down on the Wallabies after Saturday night. They tried their hearts out and had the better of most of the game. The attack looked patchy - quite inept in places - and lacked any kind of... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:31 AM | Comments (0)

August 18, 2005

Return to form

Last night featured a spectacular return to personal form in the touch footy. We won 10-3. I hadn't played since the Grand Final due to a combination of late-night games and illness, so it was good to have a trot.... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:56 AM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2005

A sporting dog's life

What a pig of a weekend! The cricketers are in all sorts or trouble, the Wallabies got hammered, the Lions got flogged and the Broncos got hammered as well. Even worse, the Wallabies and Broncos, about whom I care the... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:38 AM | Comments (0)

August 11, 2005

Lost the footy, though

Not been a good sporting life lately. The Aussies lost the cricket (but what a fightback!), the Wallabies lost two in South Africa (when are they gonna figure out that kicking the ball away to the Springboks at altitude is... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:39 AM | Comments (0)

June 20, 2005

Well, that was fun but ...

We lost the over-35s touch series against NSW but it was a great experience. Overall, Qld won 8 of the 16 divisions and so did the Blues, so it was declared a draw and the Blues kept the trophy they... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:28 AM | Comments (0)

June 16, 2005

Well done, Joey.

How good is he? Mind you, the Qld defence didn't put much pressure no him. They stodd still and watched him cut them up most of the time. A deservd win for the Blues. Seeya at Lang Park in a... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:08 PM | Comments (0)

May 26, 2005

Get Rythm ....

when you get the Blues ... Well done, Maroons. I thought you'd killed yourselves there for a while but the Qld spirit shone through for all to see. Of course, that's only the first game, and the next one is... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:37 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2005

Go Maroons!!

It's Origin time and, although I've had no response to my Origin song, I really hope the Maroons kick butt tonight. (and the next game) (and the game after that) (and next year, too)... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:41 PM | Comments (0)

April 13, 2005

Excellent ... thanks, Leigh

I seem to be posting a lot on sport lately, but that's where the most action is happening in my (limited) attention span ... I was delighted to hear Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews say yesterday that he thought there... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

April 9, 2005

Mea culpa

OK, so that's what you get for writing to whinge before the end of the game - Penrith scored again and I'm a dufus. In retrospect, Penrith did play really well and Melbourne did make a lot of mistakes, but,... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:30 PM | Comments (0)

April 8, 2005

Wot woz that?

Just watched the NRL Friday Night Football match between Melbourne and Penrith and I don't think I've ever seen a more disgraceful display of incorrect officiating at this level. Picky and inconsistent penalties, non-existent knock-ons, blatant ineptitude - nearly all... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:52 PM | Comments (1)

March 24, 2005


Lost the Grand Final last night in sudden-death extra time. We started well, leading 3-1 at one stage, and then dropped off to be 4-4 at half-time. Got hammered early in the second half to trail 7-5 but clawed it... More
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March 16, 2005

I'm not washed up yet!

Just received the letter advising that I've been picked in the NTRA over-35s team for the annual State of Origin at Coffs Harbour this year!! What a buzz. I guess this proves that even when you feel completely unfit, outclassed... More
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March 12, 2005

The planets are back in alignment

Last night saw the first game of the 2005 NRL season proper. The AFL's pre-season final is this weekend the premiership kicks of next week. The Super 12 is in its third week ... Footy is back on telly, the... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

February 22, 2005

Touching days, scorching heat

Well, the NTRA state titles was an experience. Didn't win a game but had a great time - stinkin' hot but. Got just a little sunburned despite caking myself in sunscreen. Some photos of the action, including some of me,... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2005

Returning to form

Well, I'm now officially back to playing serious touch. I've joined a rep team from Puretouch (mixed - called the Pumas) and will contest the National Touch Rugby Association State titles next weekend, 19 Feb. The Pumas are an interesting... More
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February 10, 2005

It's getting harder every time ...

Now that I'll be 35, I'm trying to nominate for the Qld >35 touch footy team and try out at the State Titles on the 19th. But it's getting harder for two reasons. The first is that I've picked up... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:52 AM | Comments (0)

February 8, 2005

Super things

Watched the Superbowl the other day. The whole thing - from start to finish. This was the first time I'd had the opportunity to do so and I was determined not to miss it. What did I think? Well, it... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:37 PM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2005

Well done, Leyton

I gotta say that I'm not as worried about Leyton Hewitt as a lot of people are. Seems to me he did nearly everything right in his quest for an Australian Open title. But, as he rightly pointed out, Marat... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:12 AM | Comments (0)

November 18, 2004

Footy season off to a flying start

Well, we've won two from two so far, but last night I had a night like I've never had. Couldn't catch a cold! At one stage I was over the line and dropped the ball; another time I was in... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:33 AM | Comments (0)

November 2, 2004

New Footy Season!!

Starts Wednesday Night. We're back at Citytouch after a season at Puretouch. Had a great winter, won the comp, but the club wants to come back closer to home. This makes perfect sense, but it's a bit of a pity.... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:10 AM | Comments (1)

September 26, 2004

Footy finals

Commiserations to the Lions and Cowboys on their defeats this weekend. In the Lions' case, Port just plain wanted it more. Every time a ball was spilled and up for grabs, a Port player seemed to be the one who... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:54 PM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2004

Well done, the Cowboys!

To be honest, the Broncos haven't looked like a side that could win a final for about four weeks. Gordy said they were having trouble getting up for finals whe they'd already cemented third place, but that's not good enough.... More
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August 22, 2004

Tri-Nations finals

23 - 19 A couple of terrible mistakes, a couple of unlucky close calls ... some awesome Springboks pressure .... I gotta wonder, though, why the Wobblies haven' tried the short kick behind the line more often. It took an... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:12 PM | Comments (0)

May 26, 2004

It's Origin Time!!

Love it!! Go Maroons!! http://www.stateoforigin.com.au... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:53 PM | Comments (0)

March 13, 2004

What a week I've had!

Well, it's been one of the best weeks I've had for a long time. On Tuesday I received notice that a nice woman in Florida, USA, liked Bun' Ber E's CD enough to buy it from CDBaby. That was a... More
Posted by Huge at 11:19 AM | Comments (0)

March 5, 2004

Love me footy

Not that I haven't been here before, or that we're playing for sheep stations, but it's always exciting being close to winning something. More
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February 14, 2004

Ahhh ... predictions.

I notice that Roy Masters has made ten predictions in his SMH column today. I don't see much reason to doubt most of them - they seem pretty sensible - but I think this year I will keep him honest.... More
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