• Sports clubs are good for the soul

    Megan Maurice     |      June 11, 2019

    Being part of a sporting club is not just about the time spent on the field each week. A sense of belonging is just as important for its members, boosting their well-being and mental health as much as their physical fitness.

  • Rugby Australia vs Israel Folau

    Jack Anderson     |      May 2, 2019

    A hearing on Wallabies star Israel Folau’s alleged breach of contract over his social media posts is set to pit Rugby Australia’s code of conduct against issues of fairness and even human rights.

  • The “Disneyfication” of the AFL

    Andrew Fuller     |      April 9, 2019

    Australian Rules football is a grassroots sport, but the AFL’s increasing corporatisation is distancing the game from the fans.

  • Do footballers return too soon after concussion?

    Sandy Shultz     |      February 3, 2019

    The third season of the women’s football competition, the AFLW, kicks off this weekend and with it will come renewed debate around concussion. Thirty women suffered a concussion playing in the AFLW in the first two seasons of the competition, according to AFL statistics, forcing several players into early retirement.

  • When sports chatter becomes social commentary

    Jack Anderson     |      January 6, 2019

    From cheating on the cricket pitch to violence on the field and at home, 2018 reminded us how sport can be a prism through which society can view uncomfortable social issues in a fresh light.

  • Rediscovering NSW’s pioneering female cricketers

    Jane Faure-Brac     |      January 5, 2019

    While the nation follows the fortunes of our men and women’s cricket teams over summer, ANU and the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust are shining a light on the dawn of women’s cricket in New South Wales, pioneered by the Gregory sisters in the 1880s. 

  • Love hurts – On a lifetime of sports fandom

    Sally Breen     |      December 10, 2018

    Sport is an integral part of Australia’s DNA, but a love for Lleyton Hewitt, Australia’s last world number one male tennis player, was unusual for even the most die-hard Australian sporting fan.

  • We can do better than win at all costs

    Jack Anderson     |      October 31, 2018

    The ‘withering’ findings in the review of Cricket Australia’s culture and governance in the wake of the Test team’s ball tampering scandal have implications for all Australian sports.

  • Why international sports regulation needs reform

    Lloyd Freeburn     |      September 18, 2018

    International sport has been afflicted by frequent and apparently systemic governance and corruption scandals in recent years. Rather than being a succession of one-off problems, these scandals can be seen as evidence of deep-seated issues in the fundamental structure of how sport is governed.

  • Can Usain Bolt really make it as a footballer?

    Edward Hope     |      September 2, 2018

    What do retired Olympic sprinters do: coach, commentate, agency work, celebrity TV appearances, or just rest on their laurels? Bolt had different ideas, openly expressing his desire to play professional soccer. An Australian club offered him an opportunity – but can he take it?

  • The harsh realities of the global sport industry

    Niko Besnier     |      July 14, 2018

    The World Cup final will no doubt draw millions of enthusiastic viewers around the world, including young men in impoverished regions who dream of sporting success as the only way to escape poverty, however most of these dreams will end in disappointment.

  • Why soccer is falling behind AFL and rugby in Australia

    Steve Georgakis     |      June 18, 2018

    While soccer has a long history in the Australian sporting landscape, soccer has seldom challenged Rugby League and Australian Rules Football in popularity. The early 21st century boom is over but Australian success in the 2018 World Cup and domestic reform could offer a way forward.