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Simon Orchard
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As Heidi McNair made the long journey to Perth for another day of gruelling tests and appointments for her daughter Jessica, their tired, beat-up Daewoo Lanos, with the leaky roof and sticky clutch, began to stall.  The spluttering back and forth motion of ...
Just One Man's Opinion
Just One Man's Opinion
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Bringing Hockey Back to the People
I took to social media in the hope of
finding inspiration for my latest hockey piece. Thankyou to everyone that posted, there
were many intriguing and interesting talking points uncovered. But ultimately, the question I’ll be
writing about today resonated t...
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Who am I?
It was famous U.S.
fashionista Derek Zoolander who said “Who Am I?” as he peered poignantly into a
puddle that bore his own reflection in the 2001 cult hit classic Zoolander,
only moments after losing the Male Model of the Year award to Hansel. In defeat, h...
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Titanium I – Ken Howes
“I left
work straightaway, and when I got home I couldn’t find him, I was yelling out
and thought he must have been out the back, and there he was, sitting up there.
And you look at someone when they’ve done that and it takes a while to sink in.
Hang on a m...
Titanium I – Ken Howes
Titanium I – Ken Howes
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A Letter to My Younger Self
Dear 12-year-old Simon, You won’t believe what I’m about to tell you mate. When you get to the end of your hockey career, you’re going
to be a two-time Olympian, a dual World champion, and a 200-game player for the
Kookaburras. Wow! Acknowledge and apprecia...
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Conformity can be cowardly
The opposite of
courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the
flow. My Dad sent me
this Jim Hightower quote via text some time ago, and it caught me at a very
opportune moment. Seeds of doubt had
begun to sprout in my mind abo...
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My Anxious Life
At the risk of sounding dramatic, this is the story of My
Anxious Life. It is a bit confronting and was extremely hard to write. But it’s basically just a candid story about my encounters
with mental illness over the past 7-8 years. Strangely enough, it run...
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Lions leaving the den…AGAIN?
As a
disastrous 2015 lurches to a close, rumblings about player disharmony,
unhappiness and homesickness are once again threatening to tear the Brisbane
Lions list apart. James
Aish is definitely on the way out. It’s been a tough year for the youngster
with...
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The Debutants
During the recent Australia v India test series, Flynn Ogilvie, Matthew Dawson, Tom Craig, Leon Hayward and Dylan Wotherspoon's made their Kookaburra debuts. Here you can watch all the build-up and preparation that leads into playing for the Australian Men'...
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Ric Charlesworth - The Legend.
“The reign of one of
Australian sport’s finest coaches is set to end after Kookaburras mentor Ric
Charlesworth announced he will step down after the Commonwealth Games later
this year”. With that headline, this blog began, albeit a few months ago. But
Ric h...
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