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ESTD 2019

Backpage Melbourne


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Former Editor in Chief: La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan 1997-1999.
Master’s of Sports Journalism – National Sports Journalism Center, Indiana University, Indianapolis 2003
Runner-up in the 2001 William Hill Sports Book of the Year competition, for his entry “Breaking the Shackles: Ultimate Frisbee in Post Apartheid South Africa”.

BackPage Sydney

Matt “Babs” Bare

Barber began his career as a sports critic in nappies watching his beloved Swannies on the small screen, but now, eight years on he has graduated to watching and criticising all manner of domestic and international sports. With a strong background as a player in numerous sporting arenas Barber’s passion these days is Australia’s various domestic competitions. Whether it be A-league, NRL, AFL, Shute Shield, NBL, W-League, ANZ championship, or PGA tour of Australia, Barber’s passion for Australian sport is unrivalled amongst his small group of 8 friends. With an honorary MBA in Sports Criticism from his mother Barber is one of the most highly decorated members of our journalism team.

Sean ‘the Horse’ William

A veteran of all sports (excluding baseball, hockey, gymnastics, badminton and anything that uses an oval ball), Sean made waves coming through the ranks at Thornleigh West Public School, guiding his basketball team to an eventual berth in the Sydney finals. From there his career plummeted, and he can now be found at Harris Park palming off goal-kicking duties.
Career high: NSW u/11’s State Relays gold medal as part of a formidable long jump/high jump team
Career low: Disqualified from 1500m Walk for ‘running’ at 2000 Zone athletics carnival
Strengths: Vision, sledging, creative half-time appetisers
Weakness: Catching, throw ins, long balls

BackPage Melbourne

Mark ”Gass” handcock

Gass’ sports journalism qualifications include a B minus in 10th Grade English, a stellar 20 year sporting career encompassing countless mediocre performances on football pitches, futsal courts, cricket fields, golf courses, pool tables and athletics tracks across metropolitan Sydney, and over 15 years experience as an armchair pundit covering all manner of sports.

Layn “Layno” Melanie

Started his sports journalism career writing the weekly sports column in the blue and gold gazette during his primary school years which, saw him receive the “John Galley literacy award” in 1996. Layn was always a jack of all sports and excelled at region and state levels throughout high school. He regained his passion for sports journalism after realizing that referee’s, umpires, judges, commentators all usually have no idea what they are doing or saying, he thinks its time to set the records straight.

Brendan “Bozdog” Hard

Bozdog or Boris known as Brendan only by his Family has and always will be telling you how it is

His Career started as an 8 year old dominating the Cherrybrook Primary handball courts winning numerous little lunch and big lunch titles. An advanced ability to swing a Louisville slugger saw him climb the ranks of the local baseball leagues, playing representative and Australian Major Leagues. This however resulted in many dislocated shoulders and a reconstruction thus destroying his promising baseball career and his below average Football career. Now a fulltime sports writer for “TheCritic” after a Long Stint writing in the local Rag in La Paz Bolivia. Bozdog or Boris known as Brendan only by his Family has and always will be telling you how it is.

Chris “Bones” Willis

Retired C-grade cricket captain.
5-time NSW state athletics medalist.
Zero-time gym member.
Perennial Grand Final runner-up.
Touted as a ‘future Olyroo’ by Paul Wade (2002).
Bachelor of journalism at Francis Awaritefe University.

Lucas “The Man”

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