Aussies fly on their broomsticks to England for wizard games

Accio broomstick! Australia’s quidditch team will compete in the international summer games in Oxford, timed to coincide with the London Olympics. The sport on broomsticks has swept the globe since 2005 when Xander Manshel adapted the rules in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books for muggles (non-magic humans). Quidditch summer games organiser Karen Kumaki said Australia, […]


Queensland makes it seven in a row

Queensland has cemented its place as the greatest rugby league team in history after clinching seven straight series wins at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night. A Josh Morris try and a Todd Carney conversion had scores locked at 20 a-piece with only nine minutes remaining. In a circumstance where Queensland would usually turn to […]


Blues down Maroons 16-12 in second Origin contest

New South Wales levelled the 2012 State of Origin rugby league series with a close win over Queensland last night in Sydney. The Blues beat the Maroons 16-12 at a sell-out ANZ Stadium. Not even a late charge from Queensland and several errors from both sides could break through what NSW call the “blue wall”. […]


Australia draws with Japan 1-1 in thrilling World Cup qualifier

A 10-man Australian side managed to draw with Japan in a controversial and exciting game of football in Brisbane last night. Defeat was on the table after the Socceroos suffered a blow when referee Khalil Al Ghamdi sent off substitute Mark Milligan in the 57th minute after he kicked a Japanese player from mis-timing a […]


Maroon supporters meet Origin team

Origin fever reached the heart of the city today as hundreds of loyal maroon supporters lined up in the Myer Centre to meet the Queensland State of Origin team. Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga has called in Corey Parker as 18th man in the only change made for next Wednesday night’s rugby league blockbuster. Parker […]


Concerns over health risks of shared bike helmets

A leading Queensland hairdresser and members of the public have expressed concern over hygiene risks of shared bike helmets, although a scientist says the danger of head lice is low. The hairdresser criticised Brisbane City Council for providing helmets as part of the city cycle scheme, claiming the helmets are a violation of the council’s […]


Support for Nick D’Arcy in street poll

A Newsbytes street poll has found people support controversial swimmer Nick D’Arcy competing in the 200m butterfly at the London Olympics. D’Arcy will fulfil his childhood dream in just less than two months’ time when he swims for Australia at the Olympics. Nick D’Arcy was charged with assault after a brawl with former Commonwealth Games […]


Inglis sets record with disputed try as Queensland wins first Origin clash

Queensland won the first game of the 2012 State of Origin series in a thrilling but controversial 18 to 10 win over New South Wales in Melbourne last night. A full house of 56,000 fans packed Etihad stadium to witness rugby league at its toughest level. NSW started the game well scoring in the 6th […]


Brisbane roars its support for back-to-back champions as coach quits

Brisbane Roar fans used today’s ticker tape parade to plead – in vain – with coach Ange Postecoglou to stay with the club for a shot at a third straight championship. Premier Campbell Newman and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk presented players with a special certificate in a ceremony at King George Square following the parade […]


Brown kicks his 500th as Brisbane Lions storm to victory

The Brisbane Lions stormed to an exhilarating 65 point win over the Gold Coast Suns in the season’s first AFL QClash at the Gabba last night. The 21,000-strong home crowd also saw Lions captain Jonathan Brown finally kick his 500th career goal in the 17-9-111 to 6-10-46 win. After managing just three disposals last week […]


Yachts set sail in Brisbane to Gladstone race

Fine weather and a 15 knot south-easterly breeze saw a fleet of 45 monohulls set sail this morning from Bramble Bay in the 64th running of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. Nearing the halfway point in the 570km race, the leading yachts were Lahana, Black Jack and Wild Thing. All three were expected to […]


How Formula One improves our cars

With Australian Mark Webber (pictured) among the leaders in the 2011 Formula One series, it gives us spur to ponder the impact this global sport has had on our ordinary road cars over the years. Webber recorded the fastest lap at Abu Dhabi this month and is fourth overall. Ever wondered why brakes work better […]


Ekka race day at Eagle Farm draws happy crowd

Clouds built and the breeze freshened but that wasn’t going to stop the thousands who came out for the annual Ekka races at Eagle Farm racecourse on Wednesday. The fake tan had been applied, suits ironed and hair curled. Most of the spectators, mainly aged in their 20s, had been preened to perfection – and […]


Council accused of a lousy deal over bike helmets

The number of Brisbane cyclists with itchy heads may increase dramatically in the next three months, the Brisbane City Council trialling a shared helmet system for Citycycle. From next Monday a third of the bike fleet will have a helmet provided free of charge, one of the council’s seven improvements to increase the struggling scheme’s […]


Juggers play it fast and furious in New Farm

It looked like the rehearsal of a medieval battle scene. People fighting with swords and spears, wearing track pants and t-shirts, were thrown into relief against a darkening sky in New Farm park. The mystery was solved when someone handed me a green leaflet that said: Jugger. Jugger is a game based on the 1989 […]


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