The Best Australian Sports Writing 2004

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Garrie Hutchinson
Black Inc., 2004 - Literary Criticism - 351 pages
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Follows the fortunes of Australian sports teams and people from the triumphs of the World Cup cricketers to the lowlights of Wimbledon and losing to England in rugby, from the best writers in the business. A special feature will explore the writing about grass- roots sport around Australia.
 

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Hutchison is a noted newspaper editor, and he has put together a fine group of columns and articles from various publications around the country, and looking at a wide range of different sports and ... Read full review

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I had only the sporting globe football book of 1948 and no coaching, only my young mind. So without publications like yours, and having paper footballs and only a real football on the school ground at playtime from grade six till I was 15 in forth form, I managed to perfect my Australian Rules foot disposals. See the following. Jim Johnson age 14 in 1948 revamps Jack Dyers drop punt for goal, “silliest looking kick in football history” (Page 49 The Sporting Globe Football Book 1948), into a Drop Punt Field Pass kicked at full pace. Then invents the Stab Punt, replacing the Stab Kick, at age 15, in 1949. The above kicks are the predominant kicks used as field passes today in Australian Rules Football, 2014. Johnson should write a book on stab kicking he has found the lost art. Davey Crocket, The Ringwood Mail, September 8, 1960. (Re Jim’s Stab Punt.) Johnson sent his DELIGHTFUL LITTLE DROP PUNT PASS to Manfield’. Frank Casey, The Ringwood Croydon Post, September 8, 1960. (Jim’s Stab Punt) No doubt about Jimmy Johnson, he definitely has found the lost art of stab passing. (Re Jim’s Stab Punt.) “The Mail”, Thursday, September 15, 1960. The Ringwood Croydon Post, September 8 1960, p.12 by Frank Casey. Johnson, on the flank, was making good use of his accurate punt passes. Johnson picked up on the run, sent a drop-punt direct to Espie for another goal.” THE SCIENCE OF KICKING published 2007. THE STAB PUNT. The authors have COINED the term stab punt because it describes perfectly the mechanics of this shorter-range and highly accurate pass. It should not be confused with the stab kick, a drop kick popularized by players like Bob Skilton (1960’s). While similar to a drop punt it never-the less has several defining characteristics that give it a distinctive flavor and purpose. It is not designed for maximum distance and accordingly the player uses a variation in drop punt technique with a limited backswing and minimal follow-through. It is a kick in which a rapid punching action is applied to the ball the aim being to pass the ball as quickly and as accurately as possible to a teammate. Page 64 & 65 of THE SCIENCE OF KICKING 1st Edition. Geoffrey Hosford. & Don Meikle published 2007 by B.I.P.E. Publications Pty Ltd. Forward by David Parkin. The term STAB PUNT was coined 58 years after Jim, as kid, invented it. The Stab Punt invented in 1949. Aged 15 years, 5ft 2in(157.48 cm.), weighing 8 and 1/4 stone (52.5 kg) and playing for the Mount Evelyn First Eighteen, Jim Johnson declared to himself: As I can kick a drop punt as a field pass, why not convert the stab kick into a stab punt. Now, with his own football, it took Jim only around two weeks to adjust the split second timing to kick the ball just before, instead of just after, it hit the ground. “Stab Punt Jim.” Just recently (April 23rd 2013) Jim traced the following advertisement “STAB PUNT. The Inventor of the Stab Punt (1949) is interested in hearing from anyone who used this kick pre 1970. Ph. 8743622,” that he placed in the Age, page 26, bottom right corner, on Thursday the 26th of July 1990. This ad appeared on the Sports Page that had an article by David Parkin on the Torpedo Punt. So we have an article, by a legend, describing how to kick a Torpedo Punt and an ad by Jim who invented a kick in Australian Rules Football on the same page. Special note! “Jim’s Stab Punt referred to as “Johnson’s “DELIGHTFUL LITTLE DROP PUNT PASS” in 1960, See google "Stab Punt Jim". And the Stab Kick referred to as the “PRETIEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE INOVATION OF RECENT YEARS, See “THE STAB KICK.The Argus 27th June 1910”.  

Contents

BEHIND THE LEGENDS
1
STRONGER HIGHER OLDER DOPIER
33
ON THE EDGE
67
WET WET
107
SEX DRUGS N FOOTBALL
153
MEMORABILIA IS MADE OF THIS
213
THE MEANINGS OF FOOTBALL
237
ABOVE THE SHOULDERS BETWEEN THE EARS
281
A SPORTING YEAR
313
THE PASSING PARADE
341
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