Sport in Australia » Sports & Recreation http://iafc-au.org Is Australian Football Cool? Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:21:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 Sportsbooks Online /2013/11/19/sportsbooks-online/ /2013/11/19/sportsbooks-online/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 04:13:45 +0000 /?p=221 Gambling

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The NRL /2013/06/07/the-nrl/ /2013/06/07/the-nrl/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:56:33 +0000 /?p=217 rugby

The NRL (National Rugby League) is the highest standard of professional rugby league football played in Australia. Also known as the Telstra Premiership, the league contains 15 teams in Australia and one from New Zealand. Being generally considered to be the most competitive league in rugby league, it is the single most watched rugby league […]]]>
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The NRL (National Rugby League) is the highest standard of professional rugby league football played in Australia. Also known as the Telstra Premiership, the league contains 15 teams in Australia and one from New Zealand. Being generally considered to be the most competitive league in rugby league, it is the single most watched rugby league competition in the world.

The league revolves around the sport of rugby league football. With rugby union also very popular in Australia, it is important to understand the differences between the two sports. Rugby league is played with 13 players opposed to 15 players in Rugby union and is generally regarded as producing a more demanding, fast-paced game for spectators. Another important rule in rugby league is the amount of tackles allowed during each string of possession. In Rugby union, there is no limit on the amount of tackles made whereas in Rugby league the team only gets six tackles to progress up the field before play is turned over.

Despite being the world’s top rugby league competition, it is a young organisation, with its inaugural league season taking place in 1998. The league was formed in response to the situation of Rugby league in Australia pre-1998 where 22 teams were competing in two different competitions. As a result, corporate sponsorship and crowd attendances were low. The ARL set formed a new company to control the competition and rectify these problems, this company eventually leading to the birth of the National Rugby League.

16 teams take part in the competition with the Sydney Roosters the only founding club still in the NRL today. This first league season was won by the Brisbane Broncos, beating the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38-12 in the grand final. Today its 16 teams are spread out all over Australia, based in Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and in New Zealand also. To this day, only four of these teams (the New Zealand Warriors, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Gold Coast Titans and the North Queensland Cowboys) are yet to win at least one NRL Premiership

The competition operates a general league format. Twenty-six league matches take place, leading up to the end of September. Teams are awarded two points for a win and one for a draw. Teams on equal competition points at the end of the season are separated by points difference and percentage. The team with highest amount ofhe points at the end of the regular season is declared minor premiers.

When the regular season is completed, the eight highest placed teams compete in the finals series to determine the champions. This finals series is based on the McIntyre System which consists of a number of games between the eight teams through the months of August and September until there are only two left remaining. These two teams go onto to compete in the Grand Final at the end of September

The NRL Grand Final s considered to be the Super Bowl of Rugby League and it is amongst the most attended club championship events in sport, as well as being one Australia’s major sporting events. It is typically held in Sydney’s Stadium Australia on a Sunday evening. Like the Super Bowl, is normally preceded by an entertainment filled opening ceremony. It is tradition that an Australian Army helicopter delivers the NRL trophy shortly before kick-off.
The most recent Grand Final saw Melbourne Storm win their second NRL Premiership as they went on to defeat the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on the 30th of September 2012 in a tense game that ended 14-4 in front of a massive crowd of 82,976 people at the ANZ Stadium (it was also the only NRL Grand Final in history to have a scoreless half). The Clive Churchill medal, awarded to the man of the match of the Grand Final, was given to halfback Cooper Cronk of Melbourne Storm.

The NRL known is also known for its salary caps on players. This was introduced by the NSWRL in 1990 as an attempt to even the playing field in Rugby League. As of 2013, a club is allowed a grant of $7.3 million which covers the minimum wage of $85,000 for twenty five players at a club. Despite the cap being actively policed, there have been several breaches of the cap throughout the 16 year history of the NRL.

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2012 NRL Big Hits /2013/03/18/2012-nrl-big-hits/ /2013/03/18/2012-nrl-big-hits/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:44:08 +0000 /?p=207 2012 NRL Big Hits

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2012 NRL Big Hits

For those that love the rugby game, take a look at this video to see the big hits of the past season.

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The Benefits of Owning a Pair of Kevlar Jeans /2013/03/05/the-benefits-of-owning-a-pair-of-kevlar-jeans/ /2013/03/05/the-benefits-of-owning-a-pair-of-kevlar-jeans/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:59:53 +0000 /?p=201 Kevlar Jeans

Serious riders feel the excitement of the ride in varying degrees. Some like it fast, some like it muddy, some like it fast, and some take time to appreciate the naturalistic surroundings of the open road. The ride is something that is different for every rider, but the real fans of the sport know that […]]]>
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Serious riders feel the excitement of the ride in varying degrees. Some like it fast, some like it muddy, some like it fast, and some take time to appreciate the naturalistic surroundings of the open road. The ride is something that is different for every rider, but the real fans of the sport know that a gratifying ride is something that is prepared for. One of the reasons that they enjoy what they do is that they have trust in their protective gear as much as they trust their beloved bikes.

Protecting yourself from the elements and preparing for sudden accidents like crashes should be a precaution that every rider must take. There are the usual: helmets, gloves, riding jackets and boots but protecting your leg area should be a priority. Whether you are into super sport bikes, cruisers or street bikes, Kevlar, specialised riding jeans are an alternative to leathers, and usually more comfortable.

Kevlar Jeans are designed for casual riding but still offer the protection of the thicker leather pants. With almost bomb proof durability and resistance to wear, Kevlar Jeans are a choice for riders who take their hobby seriously. Those pants are intended to be used and abused; again and again and again without the worry of tears or holes. They are patterned to suit the needs of the rider, offering comfort in long rides and moulding to the riding position without the awkward fit that normal jeans have.

The main benefit of owning a pair of Kevlar Jeans is the protection that they provide, which means you can enjoy your ride without having to worry about getting scraps, scratches or worse, when you’re out on the open road. They are robust, heavy duty and not to mention, stylish. It’s a great alternative to common jeans and tight leather pants that can be quite uncomfortable in longer rides. Kevlar Jeans can be purchased from reputable motor cycling stores such as S3 Performance. You can keep your mind at ease when riding if you know that you are better protected with pants that can take the brunt of your crash and still make you look like the serious rider that you are.

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The history of the State of Origin /2013/03/01/the-history-of-the-state-of-origin/ /2013/03/01/the-history-of-the-state-of-origin/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:27:02 +0000 /?p=197 Queensland Maroons

Any self respecting sports fan knows about one of the greatest sports rivalries in the history of any sport. Forget the cricketing rivalries between Australia and England or India and Pakistan. The soccer or football rivalries of Europe and South America are nothing compared to the rivalry between two of rugby’s greatest teams; the Blues […]]]>
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Any self respecting sports fan knows about one of the greatest sports rivalries in the history of any sport. Forget the cricketing rivalries between Australia and England or India and Pakistan. The soccer or football rivalries of Europe and South America are nothing compared to the rivalry between two of rugby’s greatest teams; the Blues and the Maroons.The two states that fight out in this epic battle are the states of New South Wales(NSW) or the Blues and the state of Queensland(QLD) or the Maroons.

A fine showcase of sportsmanship, talent and intense passion, the State of Origin series is widely considered to be one of the premiere events to take place in the world of rugby. Dividing players, organizers and fans alike, this sporting event attracts the best talent in the rugby world.The selection procedure aims at making players represent the state in which they played their first game in the senior rugby league. The name of the series comes from this procedure. The selection procedure was not always this way. It all started at the turn of the century when one reported questioned why Stephen Spragg – one of rugby’s all time greats, could not play for his home state of NSW.

Initially, during the early 1900′s, players for the league rugby were chosen from the clubs in the state and not from the states in which the players themselves originated. All that changed in 1982, when the new rule came into effect, basically compelling players to play for state in where they made their senior rugby league debut.

Many of rugby’s greatest players have made appearances in the series. Many have even played more than a few matches and have contributed to their team’s win.

A large number of records have been created and surpassed in this State of Origin series, all the while making it even more competitive and intense as the years roll by.

One of the players to have represented the Maroons is Darren Lockyer. This great player currently holds the record for most number of games played in the State of the Origin series, as well as in the national Australian team and his home club, the Brisbane Broncos. In 2008 he was included in the list of Australia’s Greatest Players. A statue of Darren was commissioned in 2011 and is installed outside Lang Park alongside fellow Maroon player Wally Lewis aka The King.

Wally Lewis is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in rugby’s history and he represented the state of Queensland in 31 State of Origin games. This is slightly under the record of 36 games held by Darren Lockyer. He played for Queensland from 1980 -1991, eleven long years. In 1999, he was inducted in the widely respected list of The Immortals and in 2008 his name appeared in the list of Greatest Players. Wally has won 8 man of the match awards and this is a record in itself.

There have been greats who have represented the Blues too. One of them is a player who is considered the greatest dummy half or acting half of the modern era, Danny Buderus. He has captained New South Wales for a record number of games, 15 to be exact. Brad Fittler, another great player of the Blues, holds the record for being its most capped player.

These past few years have seen the Maroons emerge to be the better of the two teams, having won 49 of its games compared to 43 games that NSW have won. QLD also leads in the number of series won with the numbers standing at 17 series wins for the Maroons and 12 for the Blues.

This amazing run has been intermittently punctuated with a streak of losses. The level of coaching given to the Maroons as well as the number of international players in its side has contributed immensely to its spectacular run post 2006. The year 2009 was a significant year for the QLD players as they took home the State of Origin shield for the fourth year in a row. The sheer experience of the Maroons was no match for the relatively new members in the NSW squad and they were obliterated.

The Maroons now hold the record for most number of series won consecutively with a jaw dropping tally of 7 series wins, starting in 2006 and ending in 2012. The 2013 series is yet to be played and QLD would be keen to keep the shield for the eight time.

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Look Fashionable and Comfortable While Cycling /2012/05/14/look-fashionable-and-comfortable-while-cycling/ /2012/05/14/look-fashionable-and-comfortable-while-cycling/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 10:12:47 +0000 /?p=73 cycling apparelDo you ever wonder why cyclists look so happy on the road? The truth is, they know they look good. Secondly, they also feel good in the clothing that they wear. Whether cyclists are donning a hot pink jersey or pair of black shorts, they look incredible and are comfortable enough to get a great workout. (Visit http://www.travelsmart.qld.gov.au/Travel-alternatives/Cycling/Cycling-safety-tips.aspx for more information.)

When you are out on the road cycling, looking good is imperative. After all, many people like to go cycling on city streets where cars are constantly passing by. A cyclist never knows if his or her future significant other is passing by on the street, thus looking good is very important. Drivers in cars tend to check out cyclists, so picking out the right cycling outfit may just land you a date!

It is easy for cyclists to look good and feel good. Plenty of online stores specialize in the sale of trendy cycling gear. Right now, some of the hottest styles are brightly colored cycling jerseys. Jerseys with a logo imprinted on them are very trendy for cyclists. Jerseys with a cut-out on the back are also quite popular for cyclists. These jerseys are very comfortable, because they allow the back to air out during a bike ride. Having a jersey with a cut-out will help a person to cool off during a bike ride too.

Cycling apparel can be purchased at a discount online, and one can find the trendiest pieces online too.  Try to purchase clothing during the end of the summer season and during winter for the best sales online. One may be able to qualify for free shipping by purchasing cycling clothing online.

For eyewear, the most popular lenses are orange-colored or aqua-colored for this summer. White frames also look great, and they add a chic touch to any cycling outfit.

Reasearch this topic in details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fashion

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Dress for success on the golf course /2012/03/19/dress-for-success-on-the-golf-course/ /2012/03/19/dress-for-success-on-the-golf-course/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:07:22 +0000 /?p=59 golf clothingGolf can be as frustrating at times as it is relaxing at others. Those who love the game can be found many afternoons, evenings and weekends during the spring and summer taking advantage of lovely weather to get in a quick round with friends. As with any sport, however, it is imperative that players have the correct golf clothing when taking to the course.

On the surface, it does not seem to matter what type of clothing a golfer wears. The inexperienced player or fan may believe any type of shoes, shirts and shorts will do. That is not always the case, however. Serious golfers understand that a big part of success on the links is found in what clothing they are wearing.

Golf shoes are far different from street shoes, or the shoes worn for other sports. While they are similar to the cleats worn for track, the shoes are sturdier and made for security while the player walks around the course. There are generally very small spikes, sometimes even made of rubber, on the bottom of golf shoes that allow the player’s feet to better grip the fairways and greens both during and after swings for extra stability. Buy top of the line golf shoes online in order to make sure your feet are prepared to play, even if the rest of you is not!

When it comes to clothing, loose, breathable fabric is key. Thin polo-style shirts are preferred by most golfers who want to be able to move while still looking good on the course. Shorts should be long enough to provide coverage, yet short enough to allow the player to keep cool. Some golfers prefer loose khaki pants instead.

Wearing the correct clothing can help a golfer excel in his game as well as fit in with the crowd. Though individual efforts are rewarded, golf is an extremely social game, and the right gear can make all the difference.

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The Difference Between Advanced And Recreational Golf Balls /2012/03/15/the-difference-between-advanced-and-recreational-golf-balls/ /2012/03/15/the-difference-between-advanced-and-recreational-golf-balls/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 06:18:25 +0000 /?p=102 photo

The balls that are used to play golf have been developed over the years to be as efficient as possible and to offer players the best results regardless of the type of swing that is used. Cutting edge technology is used to form the balls and weight them so that they are perfectly symmetrical and […]]]>
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The balls that are used to play golf have been developed over the years to be as efficient as possible and to offer players the best results regardless of the type of swing that is used. Cutting edge technology is used to form the balls and weight them so that they are perfectly symmetrical and conform to the standards that are defined in the rules of the game. New techniques can even place the dimples on the balls so that they can fly as far as possible while also remaining relatively stable in the air.

Golf balls are divided into a few broad categories. The most popular type of ball that is sold is classified as a recreational ball. These are intended to be used by average players who might not have the best swing. The outside of a recreational ball is very firm and the interior of the ball is soft.

This allows the ball to store energy from even a very light swing. Recreational balls are designed to be easy and inexpensive to manufacture so that players will be able to lose several balls on the field without taking a large financial loss.

Advanced balls are the opposite of the recreational variety in almost every way. An advanced ball has a soft exterior and a harder interior. This means that a golfer who is using an advanced ball must strike it with a large amount of force in order to get the ball to fly a long distance. The soft exterior is very beneficial for low speed putting, however, since it responds better to the stroke. Unlike some of the cheap golf balls that are used recreationally, advanced balls are composed of several different layers of material and can potentially be far more expensive to produce than a recreational ball.

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Science and recreation /2011/09/29/science-and-recreation/ /2011/09/29/science-and-recreation/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 06:28:21 +0000 /?p=110 photo

A hundred years ago recreation was not a skill and science had nothing to do with recreation except that some recreation was done outside, which is part of natural science. Well, those beliefs have dramatically changed. We look at recreation as a skill now and we rely on science to help us improve our ability […]]]>
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A hundred years ago recreation was not a skill and science had nothing to do with recreation except that some recreation was done outside, which is part of natural science. Well, those beliefs have dramatically changed. We look at recreation as a skill now and we rely on science to help us improve our ability to perform in a productive, efficient, and resourceful way. Exercise which was once considered only recreation is now a skill, and Exercise Science is the study of that skill, which is part of the field of “Sports Medicine”.

“Kids look forward to recreation” but the new definition and the science of recreation itself has changed what they believe that skill is. Recreation now means the skill of doing nothing, but even when they do nothing, science gets involved. There are always science questions about the nature of doing nothing. What benefits can come from nothing? Is this nothing a habit that is creating mental issues, which will affect the ability of that kid to be a contributing adult who learns how to perform the skill of recreation the right way; right meaning scientifically?

Adults who do nothing don’€™t produce and recreation these days is about producing something that will advance society, by setting records and conforming to rigid beliefs about ourselves. Maybe it’€™s time to change the definition of recreation again and add a science that puts the fun back on top of the list.

“At the turn of the 21st century the newest revolution in the workplace is a technological revolution that has seen workers replaced by technology and newer technology added to the products we buy every day.”

The old definition of recreation, which was just to have fun has been completely remodeled by our thoughts about it. In the quest to be the best we can be in everything we do, recreation now includes a scientific list of does and don’€™ts as far as health issues, competitive spirit and the ability to learn something about ourselves. Fun has dropped down the list and is suffering from the altitude change.

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Technology Creates Its Own Recreational Toys /2011/09/29/technology-creates-its-own-recreational-toys/ /2011/09/29/technology-creates-its-own-recreational-toys/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 06:22:49 +0000 /?p=105 photo

There is always that phase in the creation of new technology where anything can be considered a recreational item just because of the novelty of the new technology. For example, when the first robot vacuum cleaners were introduced they sold in large numbers because of the novelty of the technology. Once people attempted to put […]]]>
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There is always that phase in the creation of new technology where anything can be considered a recreational item just because of the novelty of the new technology. For example, when the first robot vacuum cleaners were introduced they sold in large numbers because of the novelty of the technology. Once people attempted to put these neat new gadgets into practical situations they began to realize that while it was a neat idea the technology still needs work before there can be any practical use for the product.

People are always fascinated with new technology and when something based on new technology is released there can be a large amount of hype created around the release of the product that can get people to purchase the product whether they need it or not. Even products in what seems to be endless development can still captivate the worlds attention when even the slightest advance is made. To see an example of this one only needs to see the furor created every time a Japanese company introduces a new robot function that brings robot seemingly one step closer to being human. A robot able to kick a soccer ball caused an international media frenzy for days.

Science is serious business for some and a source for new toys for most and that seems to be what keeps funding future scientific endeavors. People never seem to tire of watching the newest scientific advancement being rolled out and if that advancement can add to someones recreational experience then it gets even more attention. When the first in-car DVD player was introduced it caused quite a sensation and the sensation lasted until the first in-car video game system was introduced some time later. Science moves fast and that is just as well because the public’s attention span is not very long.

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