The Best Ever Australian Sports Writing: A 200 Year Collection

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Black Inc., 2001 - Sports - 765 pages
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David Dyer's astonishing novel The Midnight Watchis based on the true story of the SS Californian, the ship that sawtheTitanic'sdistress rockets and yet, unfathomably, did nothing. A psychological thriller.


Sometimes the smallest of human failings can lead to the greatest of disasters

On a wretchedly cold night in the North Atlantic, a steamer stopped in an icefield sees the glow of another ship on the horizon. Just after midnight the first of eight distress rockets is fired. Why did theCalifornian look on while theTitanicsank?

As soon as Boston Americanreporter John Steadman lays eyes on the man who stood the midnight watch on the Californian, he knows there's another story lurking behind the official one. Herbert Stone must have seen something, and yet his ship did nothing while the calamity took place. Now Stone, under his captain's orders, must carry his secret in silence, while Steadman is determined to find it out.

So begins a strange dance around the truth by these three men. Haunted by the fifteen hundred who went to their deaths in those icy waters, and by the loss of his own baby son years earlier, Steadman must either find redemption in the Titanic's tragedy or lose himself.

Based on true events, The Midnight Watchis at once a heart-stopping mystery and a deeply knowing novel - about the frailty of men, the strength of women, the capriciousness of fate and the price of loyalty.

     

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    This is an extensive collection of sports writing through 200 years of Australia's history. In Chapter 5, 'The Australian Game', pages 261-312, it features 13 separate pieces on Australian football. There are other pieces on Australian football in Chapters 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, and 16. Read full review

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    Re page 303 of the The Australian Game. RE THE STAB KICK as used by THOROLD MERRETT. The Stab kick is being kicked today as a STAB PUNT which I invented in May 1949. Thorold Merrett is one month younger than I. Yes I was a long way ahead of my and your time. The stab kick is being used today as my stab punt pass. Watch the replays for the low short direct passes that are being used more and more today. My drop punt as a running field pass, invented by myself at fourteen years of age in 1948, is also being used. These are the predominant field kicks being used today. See "Stab Punt Jim" on Google. 

    Contents

    Anon Sporting Information
    3
    Anon PugilismIts Tendency
    10
    Peter Sharpham The Origin of the Green and Gold
    21
    Anon Cricket Match
    27
    Geoffrey Bolton A Cricket Riot in Sydney 1879
    39
    Douglas B W Sladen To the Australian Eleven
    46
    the Prince and the Rahbiter
    54
    Jack Fingleton Charlie Macartney
    63
    Peter Fitzsimons David Campese
    410
    Greg Growden That Tackle
    419
    Margot Pitkin King of Eccentrics
    425
    A B Paterson Tommy Corrigan
    434
    W F Corbett Newcastles DevelopmentLes Darcy
    441
    Les Carlyon A Man for All Seasons
    452
    Barry Dickins Famechons Big Fight
    462
    Bruce Stannard Australia II Joins Our Greats
    478

    Ashley Mallett Grimmett Bowling Today
    72
    Claude Corbett Bodyline
    80
    Ray Robinson Never Say Die
    84
    Gideon Haigh The Pat Crawford Story
    101
    John Birmingham Keeping the Faith
    115
    Barry Williams Superstition Hit for Six
    131
    Arthur Mailey Opposing My Hero
    144
    A B Paterson Bradman
    157
    Alex Buzo Don Bradman at 80
    172
    David Headon Fathers and Sons
    189
    Marcus Clarke The Melbourne Spring Meeting 1867
    202
    Anon Carbines Cup
    209
    A B Paterson Shakespeare on the Turf
    223
    Sam Orr A Night at the Harold Park Trots
    245
    T W Wills Winter Practice
    261
    Peter Mathers Ode to the Code
    275
    Garrie Hutchinson A Practice Game at the Old Home Ground
    289
    Martin Flanagan Michael Long
    304
    Harry Kadwell In Those Days
    325
    Frank Hyde The Kid from the Rocks
    333
    Roy Masters A Man Who Gave His All
    340
    Barry Dickins A Rugby League Reminiscence
    362
    Thomas Hickie 1863 And All That
    379
    Anon FootballEngland vs Australia
    387
    Milton Macgregor The Scrum
    403
    Ian Warden Woofa
    486
    Peter Fitzsimons When the Diggers Stumped the Turks
    493
    Blue Tibby Cotters Last Bowl
    500
    Warwick Franks Test Cricket at Stalag 344
    516
    Peter Fitzsimons Keith Miller
    523
    Donald MacDonald The 1868Tour
    529
    David Frith The Oblivion of Eddie Gilbert
    545
    Bruce Dawe Watching the 82 Games
    551
    Peter Fenton The Ellas
    558
    BillArmbrust St Marys Football Club
    567
    A B Paterson The Geebung Polo Club
    575
    HIGHER PLANES
    591
    Bruce Dawe Senryu
    610
    Mark Twain The Melbourne Cup
    623
    Leonie Sandercock Ian Turner Up Where Cazaly?
    638
    Kate Fitzpatrick True Confessions of a Wicket Maiden
    652
    OLYMPIC RITES OLYMPICS RINGS
    667
    Dorothy Porter Living for Your Sport
    680
    Stuart Rintoul Nursing the Flame
    694
    Robert Lusetich When the Flame Dies
    710
    Alex Buzo Clarrie Rumph Clarrie Rumph
    723
    Ian Heads A Tram Down Sydenham Road
    737
    Barry Dickins The Rage of a Roy Boy
    754
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    About the author (2001)

    David Dyergrew up in a coastal town in NSW, Australia, and graduated as dux of his high school in 1984. After commencing a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney, he soon decided it was not for him.

    David went on to train as a ship's officer at the Australian Maritime College, travelling Australia and the world in a wide range of merchant ships. He graduated from the college with distinction and was awarded a number of prizes, including the Company of Master Mariners Award for highest overall achievement in the course. He then returned to the University of Sydney to complete a combined degree in Arts and Law. David was awarded the Frank Albert Prize for first place in Music I, High Distinctions in all English courses and First Class Honours in Law. From the mid-1990s until early 2000s David worked as a litigation lawyer in Sydney, and then in London at a legal practice whose parent firm represented the Titanic's owners back in 1912. In 2002 David returned to Australia and obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of New England, and commenced teaching English at Kambala, a school for girls in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

    David has had a life-long obsession with the Titanic and has become an expert on the subject. In 2009 he was awarded a Commonwealth Government scholarship to write The Midni

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