Tuesday Tithbits: 9th March

Another Tuesday rolls around in the month of March, and I’ve successfully jet setted back across the continent to Westralia after seeing mum’s relatives, which is part of the reason I wasn’t able to produce anything major on here for International Women’s Day, so to try and make it up, here’s a great moment I plucked from the top of my brain involving a great feat by an Australian woman in the sporting universe:

Karrie Webb winning the 2001 US Women’s Open at Pine Needles by a massive 8 shots, claiming the fifth of her seven major titles, and successfully defending her US Open crown from 2000 – Webb was the only woman to finish the tournament under par (-7).

If you’re completely and utterly bored, here’s almost 90 minutes from YouTube of the final round, where you can watch Karrie sinking that elegant downhill putt on the final hole to clinch the title in style.

The AFL’s Pre-Season injury crisis is so serious it’s managed to seep into Australian politics

So Fremantle’s men lost 4 players in the Derby, Cam Rayner blew his knee out on Monday night, and now on the political footy field, Dan Andrews and Greg Hunt have gone down with long term injuries:

Well, the fact that Andrews has suffered damaged vertebrae does confirm that unlike most politicians in Canberra, he does have a spine.

I’ve been drafted in to help uphold the integrity of the WA Election this weekend

They called me an Ordinary Issuing Officer…. I’ll take it as a compliment!

Strange note from the AFLW Derby on Sunday

Obviously the Dockers won that game with two legs in the air, but Kiara Bowers, who was awarded best afield by the press for the third time in as many AFLW Derbies between Fremantle and West Coast, only got 4 votes in the Coaches’ Votes (For the uninformed, both coaches poll 5-4-3-2-1).

On the other hand, Gemma Houghton, who kicked 5 goals, was given the perfect 10 votes – Eb Antonio and Sabreena Duffy also polled better than Bowers.

One of those cases where the Coaches and the media were on different wavelengths…. I’d be interested to see which way the umpires polled Houghton & Bowers on MVP night.

The start of the new NRL season

So for the record, I fired a dart blindly into a board to try and come up with a Premier….. It came up with Souths, provided Russell Crowe finds a way to have the Rabbits go straight from the Qualifying Final to the Grand Final without having to play the Prelim Final.

You know what, this season, I’m gonna do something completely different that isn’t the standard Meaningless Preview on a Wednesday…

I’ll cut the crap and say EXACTLY who my picks are.

Starting with the Storm and Rabbits – The Storm, because the Rabbits have the same mentality of playing the Stormers at Olympic Park as most tennis players do when they face Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

And as for Eastern Suburbs playing Manly at the SCG on Saturday, I might have to pick Manly, because according to NewsCorp, Cooper Cronk is some kind of Double/Triple/Quadruple Agent selling the Roosters to other teams.

Here’s something else I discovered at Nan & Da’s study

Opposite a photo of the old Pymble train station is a unique shot of a man & woman playing golf on a cliff overlooking Palm Beach and Pittwater, circa 1925, which really captures just how much of a beach Palm Beach actually was:

Ah, the days before Alf Stewart ran the Surf Club

I say that because this was a shot I captured on Saturday morning on a walk up to the lighthouse, and looking back in hindsight, it surprised me at just how much of the beach had been claimed by nature:

Fair to say the local property market has become a tad more inaccessible in the 96 years between photos.

Well, that’s Freo jinxed for at least the next 3 seasons

Good news for the mighty Honour Rampage, going around at 9:52PM AWST WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

Another late night Wednesday race at Cannington, and another where the best greyhound between Manning Road and the Canning River has DRAWN BOX 8 for the final race on the card (Race 11), which should mean we’ll see another big sweeping run from the little rampager after the bookies disrespect her again.

It is a tough race, just as last Wednesday was, but nothing short of a Top 3 finish would be a disappointment, which her loyal owner Richard ‘Half’ Price would agree with, if he wasn’t on a fishing down in Busselton.

Derek Eggmolese-Smith re-signs with Richmond

I can just see Damien Hardwick barking out instructions:

My only thoughts on the Oprah Winfrey-Harry+Meghan interview

If the Royal Family really hate Harry and Meghan as much as Harry and Meghan would claim, then the Royal Family should just invite the couple for a weekend sightseeing around Paris and –

The All-Star Mile this weekend

There is one thing I like about the concept of the All-Star Mile- Unlike most major Group races, thanks to the public voting system, it manages to get a very healthy spread of horses from around Australasia, rather than just entirely being made up of horses from New South Wales and/or Victoria.

Take a look at this year’s 15-horse field, for example:

WA has the favourite Arcadia Queen

New Zealand has the second-favourite Probabeel

South Australia has Behemoth and Regalo Di Gaetano (We can also count Mr Quickie)

Queensland has The Harrovian

Tasmania has Still A Star

New South Wales has Star Of The Seas, Mugatoo, Greysful Glamour and Shout The Bar.

And Victoria has Sir Dragonet, Russian Camelot, Streets of Avalon and Lunar Fox (Plus all four emergencies).

It’s one of those winning concepts that state racing administrations sometimes land a winner with, similar to the Country Championships during the Autumn in New South Wales.

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