Nick La Galle – General Manager

Nick La Galle worked as an IT specialist and project manager for more than 20 years for News Corp, pioneering IT solutions for journalists and photographers and supporting publishing systems for the newspaper group. Nick worked at three Olympic Games (Sydney, Beijing, London) and three Commonwealth Games (Melbourne, Delhi, Glasgow) as the IT support manager.

He also worked for News Corp at other major sporting events including F1, Moto GP, Australian Open grand slam events and Spring racing carnivals where he designed, established and operated the IT. He is the creator of the Photo Mechanic workflow used by Australian news photographers and is widely regarded in the media industry for his technical knowledge and photographic skill. In 2017, he launched Sportshounds in partnership with the late, great, award-winning sports writer Ron Reed as a platform for superior sports journalism. Together with Ron, Nick worked at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as Sporthounds’ publisher and photographer. He also attended the 2022 Birmingham Games as a photographer and aims to further expand his Games repertoire in his dual publisher/photographer roles.

Louise Evans – Editor at Large

Louise Evans is an award-winning journalist who has worked around Australia and the world as a reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and media executive for media platforms including The Sydney Morning Herald (eight years), The Australian (11 years) and Australian Associated Press (six years in London, Beijing and Sydney).
A women sports’ pioneer, Louise was the first female sports journalist employed by The Sydney Morning Herald and the first female sports editor at The Australian. Louise went on to work at six Olympic Games, six Commonwealth Games and numerous world sporting championships and grand slam tennis events.
Louise is the Founding Editor of AAP FactCheck, the Creator of #WISPAA – Women in Sport Photo Action Awards and national touring Exhibition and the author and producer of the Passage to Pusan book, documentary and exhibition.
In 2019 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) Queen’s Honour for services to the media and sport and named an Australian Financial Review Top 100 Woman of Influence for services to the arts, culture and sport.
In 2020 she won a NSW Volunteer of the Year Award plus the NSW Government Community Service Award for her women-in-sport advocacy work.

Mike Osborne – Senior Correspondent

Michael Osborne has been a journalist for more than four decades including 35 years with the national news agency Australian Associated Press, rising from junior reporter to Editor. 

He was AAP Editor for 11 years and served four years as Head of Sport and Racing. He was also posted to London and Beijing as AAP’s Bureau Chief and Foreign Correspondent. 

He has worked at six Olympics and five Commonwealth Games, covered tennis grand slams, golf majors, international cricket, rugby world cups and numerous sporting world championships. He also co-ordinated and managed AAP’s teams and coverage at three Olympic Games in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. 

A passionate AFL Richmond supporter, Mike played football at the senior level in Queensland and the ACT. He also continues to play in the Sydney City and Suburban cricket league, and runs, swims or cycles every day (but never on the same day).  He also enjoys weekly golf and tennis.

Peter Coster – Senior Contributor

Peter Coster

PETER COSTER is a former editor and foreign correspondent who has covered a range of international sports, including world championship fights and the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

He wrote a weekly sports column from London for several years, focusing on soccer and cricket and was a daily columnist for The Herald newspaper when he returned to Melbourne. Coster has written on horse racing and is a tech-rated scuba diver who has dived around the world. He is also a student of karate, training under some of the world’s best known exponents of this martial art. Coster travels to Tokyo where he is a fourth dan karataka recognised by the Japan Karate Association.

John Trevorrow

JOHN TREVORROW hasn’t simply had a highly successful career as a professional cyclist – the sport continues to underpin his entire life decades later. Born in Morwell to a cycling family, he was a surprise winner of the Australian road championship at age 20, won a bronze medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games and competed at the Munich Olympics in 1972 before turning pro. He won the national championship four times – once as an amateur and three times as a pro – and the Sun Tour three times.

He raced extensively in Europe during the 1970s and rode one Grand Tour, the 1981 Giro d’Italia. Since retiring he has become one of the voices of the sport as a print and radio commentator – he has covered the Tour de France every year for more than two decades – and now is also a promoter as a partner in GTR Events, which runs many elite events including the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Known far and wide as Iffy – as in “if he did this, things would be different” – he is also an enthusiastic raconteur with a million tall tales and true about his years in the sport, many of which are likely to surface in sportshounds.com.au.

Colin Duck – Editor

COLIN DUCK is the Editor of Sportshounds.

Duck had a long career as a reporter and sub in Flinders and Fleet Streets, and then rose through the ranks to be Deputy Editor of The Herald and Editor of The Sun. He was the last editor of the Sun before it merged, unhappily for him, with the ailing Herald.

He then moved into management as CEO at the Geelong Advertiser group and Pacific Publications, Australia’s second largest magazine publisher.

Some of Duck’s colleagues of refer to a peculiar phenomenon known as “Duck luck”

This was first observed on April Fool’s Day, 1965, when the Ansett Airlines service to Melbourne took off from Warrnambool airport and crash-landed in a paddock just a couple of km from the Duck family farm. Colin had worked the late subbing shift on the Warrnambool Standard and had to be awakened by his father, fresh from milking the cows.

The young newsman threw on some clothes, over his pyjamas and rushed to the scene, filing running reports to the Melbourne Herald from another farmer’s phone.

A few days later a cheque from the editor arrived in the mail, followed not long after by a job offer. Colin was off to the big smoke…

Ken Piesse

As an emerging sports writer at the Melbourne Age in the mid 70s, Ken Piesse worked for three days on the Melbourne District cricket averages before offering them to sports editor Dave Austin late one Thursday, after the subs had been to The Golden Age for some red cordial.

“What’s this shit, Tolstoy?” said Austin, tossing the story in the bin.

Despite that setback, Ken went on to write, publish and edit 72 books on cricket and football — and he’s still going strong.

His latest book is Heroes of the Hour, Australian Cricket’s Quintessential Moments with Bonnier/Echo Publishing, out in spring

John Craven

UNABLE to afford the luxury of the blissful retirement bestowed upon some of the more illustrious members of the Sportshounds contingent, John Craven is still hard at it, battling to make ends meet.

Craven, the former Geelong Advertiser-Launceston Examiner-Melbourne Herald sportswriter, vacated full-time journalism in the early 1980s to embark upon a rocky career as a publisher-promoter.

His company, Caribou Publications and Events, grew into Australia’s largest cycling promoters, employing up to 150 full and part-time staff, and organising the Herald Sun Tour for 16 years, the Melbourne to Warrnambool for 18 years, and creating modern-day classics like the Australian road championships at Buninyong, and the Tours of Tasmania, Queensland, Murray River, Gippsland, Geelong and Great South Coast.

On the athletics front, Craven created the iconic Great Otway Classic and was the foundation director of the Great Ocean Road Marathon.

Caribou also organised the three-mile Yarra River Swim for five years, during the 1980s.

Craven has written three books – the biographies of Raelene Boyle and racecaller John Russell, and an acclaimed history of the 122-year-old Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.

He is currently collaborating with the recently-retired race broadcaster Greg Miles on his biography.

Other books published by Caribou include the autobiographies of Leigh Matthews, Roy Higgins, Robbie Flower, Max Rowley and Wayne “The Dominator” Johnston.