North Beaches sporting year | Review of northern beaches


FULL: Inside Back columnist Adam Lucius interviews Shane Warne and on the left, golf prodigy Jack Castle and super-trainer Brad Fittler with his llamas. Photos: Geoff Jones

For more than a century, the exploits of sporting talent on our northern beaches have been written, celebrated and often framed for posterity.

You name it, it’s been reported. From Manly’s eight wins in the Rugby League Grand Final to the decisive Warringah Rats triumph over Shute Shield, to world surfing titles and gold medal joy at the Olympics. When one of us stepped out in a loose green to represent Australia, donned a gold Wallabies (or Wallaroos) sweater, or faced the best on the planet in the FIFA World Cup, everyone in the peninsula knew it.

And when a local kid or a sports team did something amazing, there was the big handwriting and the photo that the grandmother had to cut out and paste into the album. You can’t beat having something tangible on paper to last a lifetime.

Something was missing and when I heard the Review of northern beaches was launched on paper – as well as online – I immediately wanted to get involved.

I knew the sport would be a big part of the post because it touches so many people on the northern beaches. If there has been a better performing region in Australia to produce champions of such a wide variety of sports, I would love to hear about it.

NBR editor Kate cox took a kick in the column you’re reading now – Inside Back – despite continued blockages. Indeed, as we were starting to get started, Lockdown # 3 hit in late June, ceasing all local sport and forcing the Sea Eagles to fly north to Queensland for the remainder of the season. It’s not good news when you have to fill in a 1000-word column every week.

But I should have known not to worry. It didn’t take much digging to find a few gems – and there was no shortage of informants willing to send me a secret text or a sneaky “you didn’t get it from me” email. “.

While the magnificent Tommy Turbo and his Sea Eagles took us on a magical ride – and the Olympics and Paralympics captivated us for a month – it was the grassroots stories that shone.

There was an eight-year-old golf feeling Jacques Castle, who made his first hole in one the week he appeared on this same page. At the other end of the age spectrum, 71 Tina’s armor made her first appearance in the press after becoming the first female life member of the Manly 16ft Skiff Club.

Between the blockages, former training partners, the Marlins and Rats, have come together to celebrate 50 years of rivalry. More than 700 showed up for the Tony ‘Slaggy’ Miller local derby lunch at Miramare Gardens in June. The stories are always told from the biggest sporting function of the beaches.

Unfortunately, we have said goodbye to some sports giants on the peninsula. Immortal Rugby League Bob fulton had a state funeral just months after we said goodbye to his former skipper and his larrikin Fred jones. Local rugby identities Paul Fenn, Jon Carroll, Peter Frize, Russell ‘Rusty’ Mackie and Chris Humphrey lost their courageous battles with disease and the local rescue and rugby union community mourned the loss of this great figure Graeme ‘Zombie’ Knox. Many of these remarkable lives would not have been reported to the general public without the local newspaper.

A personal favorite was the splash we made on awesome football George best little-known visit to Cromer Park to play for Dee Why against Manly in 1983. Best received an appearance fee of $ 5,000 but had to fight – almost literally – to get his money in a brown paper bag. This article sparked a lot of discussion, as did our cover article on the NSW Origin Coach. BradAdjuster ahead of this year’s series. The Sydney Rugby League media had harassed Freddy for years to let them roam his semi-rural Terrey Hills property and talk about his llamas and pet crops. The Review of northern beaches was the only publication he opened the doors to.

So a big thumbs up to Australian Community Media for taking a kick out of a local post at such a difficult time for media organizations around the world. And to Kate, a journalist always enthusiastic Nadine morton, imperturbable photographer Geoff jones and the sales team, well doneto pass the first yearand let’s make the second year even better!

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