Royals’ time is now

Occasionally in rugby there are seasons that announce the arrival of a genuine contender capable of changing the guard in a particular competition, and often the club in point has used its time out of the limelight to prepare for the period it is about to spend in it.

Recent Posts

  • Lindsey’s words the wake up call FFA needs


    The A-League, you would have recently read, is on a slippery slope. The lack of quality and talent in Australia’s highest tier of football is harming the league and it is declining rapidly as a result. With that supposedly the case, it almost seems ironic that the W-League, the highest level of competition available to females in Australia, is thriving – or so Lori Lindsey, the Canberra United American import, seems to believe.

  • Caroline Buchanan: breaking the mould


    Hurtling through whoops, airing over tabletops and flying around berms at speeds of up to 60km/h with only one thing on your mind: staying upright and reaching the finish line before the seven other riders around you, all of whom are focusing on doing just that. It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s not everyone’s idea of fun – and certainly not something females have traditionally flocked to participate in.

  • The Juan that got away


    Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, is by no means an unintelligent individual. Such individuals don’t exist within the elite managerial realm of football, a circle in which Mourinho has a formidable presence. The Portuguese, since entering top-tier management in 2000, has won 20 trophies with six clubs. Very few of his counterparts are as accomplished on the touchline as he is.

  • Sally Shipard: life away from the bright lights


    Sally Shipard is sipping a decaffeinated flat white coffee in Lonsdale Street Roasters, one of many so-called “hipster” hangouts along Braddon’s bustling Lonsdale Street. It’s a Friday morning in the summer of 2013 and Shipard fits the scene perfectly: she’s dressed in overalls and is wearing a haircut most would consider to be totally individualistic. She has been undergoing rehab for some time on her right knee and enjoying time away from the football pitch.

  • Talented individuals have immeasurable impacts


    January comes and January goes. So, too, do the players of Europe’s elite football clubs. It’s transfer time, and for the 31 days of the first month of the year, players and clubs are thrown into disarray, their guild tested. Some players are shown the door, while clubs desperately cling to others.

  • McKellar and the Brumbies a perfect match


    Dan McKellar is a likeable man.

    He’s amiable, humorous and open-minded. He’s 37 years of age, accomplished and talented.

  • United will rise above disruptions, says coach


    New Canberra United coach Liesbeth Migchelsen has dismissed claims that a disrupted pre-season will have a negative impact on her side’s start to the W-League season.

    United has a daunting opening month to its 2013-14 campaign, starting with an away fixture against arch nemesis Brisbane Roar.

  • Ozil’s arrival gives Arsenal a mojo


    Rarely in English football – or anywhere for that matter – has a single acquisition had such an uplifting effect as Mesut Ozil’s £42.5 million move to Arsenal from Real Madrid during the most recent summer transfer window.

  • 2013-14 English Premier League: the leading lights


    It’s early days and far too premature to write clubs belonging to English football’s elite class out of the title race. But the start of the 2013-14 English Premier League season has been an intriguing one.


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