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Diversity Cup kicks off in Geelong

Diversity Cup kicks-off in Geelong Roy Hay North Geelong and Corio kicked off the pre-season Diversity Cup at Myers Reserve in Geelong on Friday night. Hosted this year by Geelong Rangers the competition began in 1981 as the Geelong Advertiser Cup and this year was...

The real cost of Australian sport

An article by Roy Hay on the real costs of sport is in the current issue of Ken Davidson's magazine Dissent, No. 28, Summer 2008/2009, pp. 58-60. Quite timely given the recent contribution from the taxpayer of $45.6 million to the Football Federation of Australia's...

Heart and Sydney can’t be separated

Melbourne Heart 0 Sydney FC 0 By Roy Hay Melbourne Heart and Sydney FC drew-nil at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night. With three former Sydney players in the Heart starters it might be expected that the sides might be familiar enough to cancel each other out, but in fact...

Go-for-your-Life Cup 2009

Geelong’s pre-season competition has a new sponsor, the Victorian government, and the tournament will be called the Go-for-Life Cup. The format will be similar to that of the long-running Geelong Advertiser Cup which became established as the best non-metropolitan...

Big wins for hosts and holders in Geelong Cup

Big wins for hosts and holders in Geelong Cup Roy Hay There were big wins for host club, Geelong Rangers, and cup holder Bell Park in the Geelong Community Cup on Sunday night. After Golden Plains upsetting Geelong on Friday, the expected order of things was...

North win inaugural Century 21 Community Shield

North Geelong won the first Century 21 Geelong Community Shield at Stead Park yesterday by five goals to one against a plucky Geelong Rangers team. In perfect conditions for football, North and Rangers battled out a first half of high quality but eventually North’s...

Time for FFA to hold its nerve

Time for FFA to keep its nerve Roy Hay (This aritcle appeared on the SBS website, The World Game on 22 February 2012 and in Goal Weekly on 24 February 2012.) The eruption of the ebullient Clive Palmer, multi-millionaire natural resources baron and owner of Gold Coast...

Cup the greatest: Soccer’s showpiece the envy of all

Geelong Advertiser, Monday 9 October 2006, p. 37. The football World Cup is the greatest multicultural sporting extravaganza of modern times. Its only conceivable rival, the Olympic Games, is a multi-sports activity in which all member countries can take part in a...

Melbourne Victory destroy Adelaide United in superb Grand Final

Published as Five goal Archie destroys United, Geelong Advertiser Monday 19 February 2007, p. 36 The second A-League Grand final will be known as the Archie Thompson show after the Melbourne Victory striker completed an incredible five goal performance to win the Joe...

Heart versus Victory ends in stalemate

Melbourne Heart 0 Melbourne Victory 0 Roy Hay Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory played out a scoreless draw at AAMI Park on Saturday night in front of 26,395 noisy and appreciative fans. The result did neither side’s hopes of making the finals much good, but Heart...