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Not everyone loved The Don

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DON BRADMAN birthday week is always a special time. The fabulous deeds of our sporting Colossus are indelible. But not all were in love with Australia’s only cricketing knight. KEN PIESSE reports: More »

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Piggybacking The Galloping Gasometer

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When editors issue a challenge, you have little choice but to nod, “Yes,” says KEN PIESSE who covered League footy in Melbourne from 1975-2008: Footy writers love an exclusive, especially in this day-and-age of mega-competition amongst the 1,500 or so writers ... More »

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The bolter with the blazing bat

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MOST cricket followers were stumped when the Australian selectors announced a new cap for a Test in England. Author KEN PIESSE was among them: CRICKET folklore revolves around the extraordinary. From the heroics of Don Bradman’s Invincibles at Leeds in 1948 to... More »

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Coaching and the art of surviving

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AROUND this time each year KEN PIESSE finds himself thinking of his good mate, Allan Jeans, the legendary coach who died in July six years ago. Here, Ken recalls their friendship and reveals why Jeans would never write a warts-and-all autobiography and why he ... More »

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Take a tip and watch out for these two Tippies

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PROUD father KEN PIESSE goes to watch his daughter play and gets caught up in the excitement of watching two other Tipungwutis: WHEN YOU ARE a father with a fetish for competition and sports of all sorts, the opportunity to see one of your children competing i... More »

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Beaumaris boys had a great bash

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KEN PIESSE on a footy reunion to savour, with a moral to boot – never, ever, sing the victory song at halftime:   Gerry Callahan remains one of the most revered names in the old VFA, a six-time premiership captain and coach at Williamstown in the 50s. Som... More »