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The first of the Sportzfan Interviews – Axel Dench


In this first of a series of Sportzfan Interviews, the Professor talks with former College and NBL player, Axel Dench about his career in basketball and as Merumeru in Star Wars 3, Revenge of the Sith. In a career that included a March Madness trip to the Elite Eight with
Gonzaga, a Championship in his first year with Wollongong Hawks plus the 2001 NBL Rookie of the Year award, he believes he peaked early. A shoulder injury hampered his development and he eventually bounced around Europe until returning to Australia to play with the Melbourne Tigers in 2007.

Whilst he enjoyed playing at elite level in basketball, it wasn’t until his taste of Hollywood in Revenge of the Sith that he discovered he had a love for acting and movies. His one regret is that he declined another movie role to accept a three year contract with the Melbourne Tigers only to be released after one year to free up player points.

You can hear the full interview at https://soundcloud.com/sportzprofessor/the-sportzfan-interviews-axel-dench

Weekend musing – A- League Final, Collingwood’s good recovery after playing Anzac Day game…

The A-League grand final is on this Sunday with Sydney FC the clear favourite going up against Melbourne Victory. Sydney have only lost one game this season and has beaten Victory on three occasions, but the pressure is on Sydney as they are expected to win. The Victory have nothing to lose and an early goal could cause panic in the Sydney ranks. The Victory certainly have the talent to win the game and as with most cases involving the world game, they just need to take their chances. I am going to go out on a limb and pick the Victory to win 2-0.

Whatever the Collingwood fitness staff have at their disposal the other teams should be trying to emulate it. Back in 2010 they backed up for the grand final replay in a lot better shape than St Kilda and last Sunday they did it again with a five day break after the Anzac Day game. Essendon were clearly off their game on Sunday against Melbourne who had a similar break, whereas Collingwood faced Geelong who had two clear days break on them and yet Collingwood finished strongly and won the game easily in the end.

Just on the Melbourne/Essendon game, the Bombers finally got to play the Demons at Etihad instead of the MCG, however, the Demons had already played twice at the venue this year and it was the Bombers first appearance there so any perceived advantage was lost. he first half was one of the worst halves of football I have seen from both teams. Melbourne were a lot cleaner in the second half and deserved the win.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 17 September 2016

MarkThe Gelding’s attention is on his home track at Caulfield and after a hot and cold outing last week, he is looking to improve his form in the lead up to the Spring carnival.

As always, the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Caulfield

Race 1 Horse 17 – Battlecamp
Race 6 Horse 2 – Miss Promiscuity (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Hucklebuck
Race 8 Horse 6 – Jameka
Race 9 Horse 2 – He’s Our Rokkii (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington and Eagle Farm on 25 June 2016

gelding & dalliganThe Gelding’s attention is again divided between Victoria and Queensland and after a couple of good wins last week is chock full of confidence.

As always the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Flemington

Race 4 Horse 1 – Spieth
Race 5 Horse 6 – Del Prado

Eagle Farm

Race 3 Horse 1 – Hopfgarten (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 1 – Azkadellia (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 10 Horse 3 – Perfect Dare

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Sportsmen and alcohol, drawn AFL Grand Finals

Chris Barwin HillsI was thinking about Grant Hackett this week and how he now joins a burgeoning list of sportsmen who should refrain from drinking. I understand the incident itself may have been blown out of hackettproportion and has been sensationalised as seems to happen these days to sell papers. Hackett is in good company with the likes of Brendan Fevola, Robert Allenby, David Warner, Mitchell Pearce and any number of rugby league and union players. Most of these people are reasonable types who just don’t seem to be able to handle their grog. There is no doubt they should find other ways to relax!

I must say I think the move to drop the AFL Grand Final replay in the event of a draw was the correct decision. It may have been OK in the old VFL days when teams were all situated in Victoria but now with the national competition, imagine if Brisbane were playing Fremantle drawin the Grand Final and they had to come back the following week. It would be just too difficult. In addition, it would be unfair if a Melbourne based team were playing an interstate team.

What I do not agree with is the pundits who suggest the same should apply to a draw in the regular season games. A draw is an unusual outcome and I agree it does leave everyone a bit flat, but it is a arsenallegitimate result and history does not need to be changed just because some want a winner and a loser at the end of each game. Soccer is the most popular football game in the world and a draw is a common occurrence. Imagine if the same ‘sensibility’ applied to that game?

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for Randwick on 9 April 2016

Mar 6 2011 010The Gelding’s attention remains in Sydney this Saturday and any wonder, as he was in red hot form last week tipping four winners from five selections. He is eleven from fifteen over the last three weeks!

As always the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Randwick

Race 5 Horse 1 – Japonisme (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – Jameka
Race 7 Horse 1 – Who Shot The Barman
Race 8 Horse 3 – Azkadellia (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 2 – Preferment

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – Justice for Jared Tallent

Coors lightRobbed of a chance to have the gold medal around his neck after the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) has upheld an appeal by the world governing body for tallentathletics, IAAF against the winner of the 50 kilometre walk, Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin. Kirdyapkin failed a drug test and his results for the period 2009-2012 were annulled except for the Olympics title.

In a decision earlier this week, CAS ruled that Kirdyapkin could not retain the tile and the event was awarded to the Australian who was second over the line. Tallent said he felt ‘vindicated’ and AOC President, John Coates has said that a ‘meaningful’ presentation will be arranged for Tallent.

Seems that we are quite prepared to take the decision from CAS on watsonthis one when it benefits an Australian, but, CAS have got it totally wrong when it comes to the Essendon Football Club players – hard to fathom.

The Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington on 5 March 2016

MarkThe Gelding’s attention is on Bali at the moment where he is enjoying a ‘spell’ after some great punting form in recent weeks.

A caveat to today’s predictions in that he selected them before he left earlier in the week without knowing the track rating or late scratchings. Hopefully the Professor can get the bets on in the right order!

As always the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 9 – Miss Seton Sands
Race 5 Horse 6 – Dan Zephyr (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 3 – Malaguerra
Race 7 Horse 1 – Mahuta (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 6 – Abidewithme

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s tips for Moonee Valley on 23 January 2016

gelding2The Gelding’s attention is at Moonee Valley today and after last week’s improved showing with three winners, he is looking to go one or two better today.

As always, the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Moonee Valley

Race 1 Horse 2 – Yulong Baby
Race 4 Horse 1 – Flying Light
Race 7 Horse 3 – Hucklebuck (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 7 – Shakespearean Lass
Race 9 Horse 10 – Rationality (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding