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'Stash food. You don't know when you're going to get it again, so... hide it so
you have something close by, just in case. Canned food. Noodles. Tea and coffee...
you put it away for the times he won't let you have anything.'
Helen, 38. Survivor of domestic violence
The Independent Weekly sportsbeat
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July 9 - 15, 2010
1. How many places on the
AFL ladder did the Crows
jump last weekend?
2. Which team do the
Thunderbirds meet in
Sunday's ANZ Championship
3. What did Luis Suárez use
to keep out a shot on target
for Ghana against Uruguay?
4. Which Brownlow Medal
contender broke his leg last
5. How many games did
Argentina take off the
Boomers in their three-match
6. How many home
teams won in the AFL last
7. Who is Adelaide United's
8. Which two NRL teams
will meet this weekend at
9. In snooker, how many
points is the blue ball
10. True or False: Hawthorn's
feat of six straight losses
followed by seven straight
wins in the same season is
a VFL/AFL first?
11. What does Fremantle
have at the top of the back
of its guernsey?
12. Which team reached
the World Cup quarter-finals
despite their recognised
strikers failing to score in
13. Former Brisbane Lion
Alastair Lynch has been
named as an Australian
football icon of which state?
14. Who holds the record for
having bowled the fastest
15. How many Wimbledon
singles titles has Serena
Williams now won?
16. Name the Australian who
suffered broken shoulder
bones after a spectacular
crash in the opening stage
of the Tour de France?
17. Who has won the most
women's singles grand slam
18. Who kicked the winning
goal for West Adelaide in
their six-point win over Port
19. West Coast is bottom
of the AFL ladder for the
first time since when: 1989,
2000, 2009 or it's never
20. How many goals has
Kurt Tippett kicked in his
last three games against
0-10 Sporting dunce.
11-20 Need more work.
21-30 Strong showing.
31-40 Bright spark.
41-45 Borderline genius.
46+ Sporting guru!
HOME DELIVERY 8224 1600
ONE-POINTERS: 1. Four. 2.
Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic.
3. His hand. 4. Michael Bar-
low. 5. None. TWO-POINTERS:
6. All of them. 7. Rini Coolen.
8. Canterbur y-Bankstown and
Melbourne Storm. 9. Five.
10. True. THREE-POINTERS:
11. A symbol of an anchor.
12. Paraguay. 13. Tasmania.
14. Shoaib Akhtar. 15. Four.
FOUR-POINTERS: 16. Adam
Hansen. 17. Margaret Smith
Court. 18. Ryan Anderson.
19. 1989. FIVE-POINTER:
The 2010 SANFL pre-season was
awash with news, speculation,
innuendo and suspicion about
whether the Port Magpies would even
make it to round one. With the financial
conjecture hanging heavily over the
club, a concerted membership and
fundraising drive led a number of
disaffected Magpie fans, as well as fans
from other clubs to dig deep into their
pockets to help drag the legendary black
and white prison bars from the brink of
A proposal for a merger between the
Magpies and Port Power entities was
rejected by the SANFL clubs, meaning
that any Magpie combination compet-
ing this season was going to have to do
The emotions leading up to and
following on from that meeting of the
clubs brought many old wounds to the
surface and stirred up plenty of old
thoughts about the relations between
the respective clubs. Many pundits
confidently predicted that the round
23 clash against North Adelaide at
Alberton Oval would be the final match
for the club that has competed since
The membership drive undertaken
by the club has been, simply put,
spectacular. 7049 members as of July 6 is
a superb result, injecting much needed
funds into the club coffers, giving them
a financial foundation to build upon for
All of the fundraising in the world,
however, was going to be meaningless
if the club did not perform on the
field. After a number of high profile
departures, such as Brad Murray, Joel
Perry, reserves Magarey Medallist
Daniel Batson and Daniel Elstone, many
freely predicted the wooden spoon could
be installed at Alberton before a ball had
bounced. The appointment of rookie
coach Tony Bamford, well respected
within the club, was seen as a measure
to ensure that a local presence was there
to help the younger players learn and
With a round one clash against
Central at Elizabeth, few predicted a
win. An eleven-point loss was no shame
at all, and showed that a number of the
kids were going to have a red hot go.
Fast forward to round 15 and many of
the doomsayers predictions have been
well and truly bowled over. While they
may have won only three matches, they
have been very competitive in nearly
every encounter and have had a number
of occasions where they have still been
within two kicks late in the match.
Coach Bamford has been one of the real
bonuses, surprising many who did not
know him prior with his calm, precise
and realistic manner. He is one of the
most impressive media performers of
all current coaches and while under no
illusions about the enormity of the task,
is not afraid to lay things on the line to
his squad, with reputations meaning
With a number of players with less
than 40 games experience forming a
healthy component of the engine room
(think Zane Kirkwood, Casey Carr,
Matthew Rose and Xavier Watson), their
youthful exuberance is carrying them
to situations where they are believing in
themselves more and more.
As Bamford has said, their biggest
Achilles Heel is not having more bigger
bodies among the group to both bust the
packs and protect the younger players.
Cameron Cloke has been outstanding
in that respect, as has skipper James
Miekeljohn, but they lack others who
can take the big hits to allow the kids
to work through the packs. From
where things were at in February 2010,
however, most Magpies fans -- and
SANFL fans in general -- must be
chuffed at the biggest things coursing
through this group.
The old Magpie spirit of "never say
die" rings clear. They may not make the
finals, but you sense that Port will play a
real role in shaping the destiny of those
trying to get to September.
Magpie fans can be pleased with their club's
performance in 2010.
Photo: Kate Elmes
Never say die
After 17 weeks of trans-Tasman
competition, the Thunderbirds have
the opportunity to avenge last year's
heart-breaking grand final loss to the
There is, however, one last hurdle:
the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic.
The Magic have the wood over
Adelaide, winning their last-round
do-or-die clash against the T'birds,
and also have grand final heartache
to avenge, having lost the 2008 final to
the Sydney Swifts.
Both the Thunderbirds and the
Magic have had very similar seasons.
Both finished the minor round on
nine wins, with Adelaide scoring 681
goals for the season compared to the
Magic's 682. There's no doubting the
final match of 2010 will be a nail
A capacity crowd of 9200 is
expected to pack-out the Adelaide
Entertainment Centre on Sunday
afternoon and will be treated to a
showcase of Australian netball. It's
been a long time coming for both
these sides and on Sunday, the ANZ
Championship will have a first-time
Adelaide will be looking to go one step
better than last year, when they lost the
grand final to the Melbourne Vixens.
Thunderbirds are go
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