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THE FAIRY TALE…

SSGFOne of the many great things about sport is its ability to produce fairy tale endings. It’s fair to say that this weekend’s victory by South Sydney over the Bulldogs in the NRL Grand Final fitted very comfortably into this category. 43 years of wishing and waiting finally came good for the Rabbitoh faithful as the cardinal and myrtle ran over the top of the plucky but never-quite-up- to-it Bulldogs.

The day before the Grand Final, Danny Allen gave us his fantastic reflection on what his team, South Sydney, means to him. I’ve known Dan for nearly twenty years, and it was on a whim that I asked if he’d like to write something about the Grand Final for that ‘other code’ for the site.…

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DANIEL MERRETT – ARCTIC MONKEYS

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The Final Vinyl.

So it’s come to this: the last weekend in September.

What record do you play for the biggest game of the year?

Do I go for the classics…The Beatles, The Stones or Dylan??

Well, I’ve stuck with a somewhat modern theme and have selected Arctic Monkeys’ latest album ‘AM’ as my finalist.

A modern classic rock album from the biggest rock band in the world at the moment.

The lads from Sheffield have really stepped up their game up with ‘AM’, particularly lyrically. I love the cheeky line from ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? 

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GRAHAM TEASDALES’ SUIT: 3 VOTES…

We’re not suggesting that a brown velour suit should be presented to tonight’s winner of the Brownlow along with the actual medal itself – we’re insisting upon it. Has anyone ever topped South Melbourne’s Graham Teasdale for sartorial elegance on football’s night of nights? In 1977 he was not only adjudged to be the finest footballer in the VFL competition, he also raised the bar to impossible heights in the fashion stakes with his velour suit, beard, and general ‘vibe’. In our humble opinion, he’s never been topped, and we’re not letting the fact that we’re basing this opinion entirely upon three black and white photographs get in our way. 

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THE PLAYER…

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Our embedded reporter, Youth Group front man and classy midfielder Toby Martin  (pictured far left, flowing locks, moustache) played in his first Sydney Community Cup on the weekend just gone. Here are his impressions of one of the great days in the Sydney sporting/musical calendar…

The Community Cup is an annual women and men’s footy match between the Western Walers (musicians, managers, record label folk) and the Sydney Sailors (music media types). It is a charity event to raise money for Reclink who rehabilitate needy people through sport and art. It has been running in Melbourne for 20 years and has become a cult event.…

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SERVING THE COMMUNITY…

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We’ve been very Sydney focused this week at PN Towers, and we’re not quite finished yet. We kicked off the week ruminating about the Harbor City’s unique relationship with footy, spent Wednesday night in the company of Jude Bolton and Urthboy at the Vic on the Park, and now look forward with breathless anticipation to the third annual Reclink Community Cup, Sydney style, this coming Sunday the 17th of August.

If you’re a footy fan, a lover of rock and roll, hip hop, jazz, sadcore, ryhthmic dancing, body percussion – okay, too much – or any other form of contemporary music, the Community Cup is basically the realisation of every single one of your dreams coming true, blended together and served piping hot on a football field in Marrickville.…

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SYDNEY: SCREAMERS, BURGERS, POETRY…

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As you can see from the picture accompanying this post, our show last night at the Vic on the Park was an absolute screamer. Thankyou Sydney people for coming out with clear eyes and full hearts – we could never lose. There was a lot of love in the room, and that’s exactly how we like it. A successful Presentation Night all comes down to the people on stage opening up about their lives in and outside of football and music, and the people in the room – that’s us – wanting to come along for the ride. Jude Bolton and Urthboy treated everyone in the room to an absolute masterclass in humility, humour, intelligence and story telling.…

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MY CITY OF SYDNEY…

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When I first moved to Sydney in the late ‘eighties, there was a telephone hotline you could call that informed you of the current levels of pollution in the water of city beaches on that particular day. Having moved from landlocked Canberra in search of a mythical lifestyle that included the living by the beach, seeing bands every night, and ‘making it’, this came as a bit of a shock. More often than not the advice from the disembodied recorded voice at the other end of the line advised that the level effluent and e-coli detected in the water at Bondi was too high for any sane person to enter without the risk of exiting at the end of their swim with red eyes, a raging sore throat and a body riddled with disease.…

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SYDNEY: JUDE BOLTON & URTHBOY…

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The Swanettes are flanking either side of the gate at the end of the race. The Benson & Hedges sign reflects the brilliant Sydney sunshine. In the distance we hear the sound of a helicopter – it’s cadence is distinctly pink – hovering above the ground. We lean over the fence, straining to see exactly who is running up the race for our very first foray into the harbour city…

And here they come! First out on to the field, one of the greatest players to ever pull on the red and white jumper, welcome Sydney Swans legend MR. JUDE BOLTON.…

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BRETT KIRK’S HAIR

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Brett Kirk and Noel Fielding: one a swan, one a peacock. Both with great hair.

We spend a lot of time in the Presentation Night offices thinking about the poetry of our great game, the similarities between a life spent pursuing an oval shaped ball and the perfect song, the sense of belonging that comes from being in a team or a band, and many other noble considerations of this nature.

On a slightly more superficial level ‘though, we also love a great haircut. ‘Barnets’, ‘dos’, call them what you will, when someone in the professional footballing world steps outside of the usual accepted follicular parameters of their era, it’s a cause for celebration.…

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