Fidgeting with his tie, Gary Ablett remembered his beginnings in life and football in Drouin: the cold, the rabbit pies, the borrowed gear. One early day, he said, he had to wear a pair of boots at least four sizes too big for him. They looked and felt like flippers. "All the kids were laughing at me," said Ablett. The match began, and within six minutes he had kicked four goals - from the centre. A crooked grin played across Ablett's face as he paused, then added: "The kids stopped laughing."
Even though it has been driving a ferocious security crackdown that has resulted in the arrest of at least 16,000 people and the deaths of more than 1400, Egypt's government has elected to go further.
Entering the season, if there was one area on the field to engender confidence in Melbourne fans, it was the forward line.
Australia basketball legend Andrew Gaze says Patrick Mills couldn't be blamed if he leaves star-studded San Antonio for bigger money elsewhere, despite the Spurs entering the NBA play-offs as championship favourites.
National office holders for the Greens will be forced to declare potential conflicts of interest as the party moves to demand greater transparency from senior officials.
They are lurking in your bedroom, kitchen and lounge room and have the ability to break your bones and even kill.
London: England batsman Jonathan Trott is set to take another break from cricket due to the stress issues that forced him to quit the recent Ashes series, while all-rounder Ben Stokes has been taking anger management advice in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the episode that cost him his World Twenty20 place when he broke a wrist by punching a dressing-room locker.
Former Australian player Craig Fitzgibbon has rejoined the Kangaroos ranks after being added to Tim Sheens’ coaching staff.
Some of the frostiness between the Liberal Party leadership and the minor parties may thaw, but the new Premier will still have a battle on his hands if he wants to rewrite the planning laws or sell off the state's remaining electricity assets.
Former Australian of the year, paediatrician Fiona Stanley has attacked climate change deniers and warned time is running out for Australia to take action to prevent the public health impacts of global warming.