Aboriginal Rules: A Bibliography

*Some time last year I participated in a conference on ‘sport and discrimination’ held by the University of Sunderland at their London campus. ‘Discrimination’ evoked ideas of ‘racism’,  ‘prejudice’, ‘abuse’ and also a resistance to, a mediating of, and also an avoidance ...

Shane Edwards Playing Footy

(above photo from Korin Gamadji Institute.)

The AFL has aligned itself closely with the cause of  reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia. It regards itself as being a progressive agent of change in promoting Indigenous rights and well-being. There is much infrastructure ...

Panggilan Kontribusi

Setiap hari kita buka internet untuk tetap up-to-date dengan kabar dari Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barca. Kita pakai kaos atau jersey ori agar tampak keren. Kita bangun pagi-pagi untuk nonton Liga Champions. Kita tidak tidur agar bisa nonton derby Manchester atau el ...

W-League Rising

It is round 4 of the W-League and I’m traveling across Melbourne to Epping Stadium to see Melbourne Victory play Adelaide United. This is my first W-League game of the season, after having watched both the semi-final and final in Perth last ...

I Heart Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa, recently interviewed by France Football, spoke of his troubled time at Newcastle FC. For him it was a kind of hell; he felt he was being punished beyond his crimes.

He says, “It was a very, very difficult period. ...

Sukab Dribbles the Ball

Sukab dribbles the ball. Sukab dribbles the ball upon a manicured green field. He guides the ball gracefully, with the skill of a player in the Italian Seria A. Sukab – Sukab from Indonesia – dribbles the ball, caresses the ball, heads ...

At the Edge of Asia

*Tim Flicker writes on the poor state of Australian football relations in Asia

Robbie Gaspar (pictured below) is a name known to few Australian football fans, and yet he is one of the few Australian footballers to have had a stellar decade-long ...

Hello, Eindhoven Marathon

Running is about getting a good time and improving. My time today in Eindhoven was not what I was aiming for: it was more or less eight minutes slower than the time I had set as a target. Of course, perhaps because ...

Origins are Important

(or, Playing Footy and Negotiating Identity)

Sport and discrimination: sport, perhaps, is discriminatory. The question is not whether or not ‘discrimination’ takes place in the Australian sporting context, but, how it takes place and what kind of face discrimination shows. I find ...