Category: Strine Sports

オーストラリアでも伝説的な存在Fighting Harada!

Masahiko "Fighting" Harada

Masahiko “Fighting” Harada

 多くの人にとって驚く話かもしれないが、日本ボクシング界の伝説的な歴代世界チャンピオンFighting Haradaは、オーストラリアにもスーパースター扱いされている。
Former world boxing champion Masahiko “Fighting” Harada is a legend in his home country, but few Japanese are aware he occupies a similarly exalted status in Australia.
We’ll use a series of videos over coming weeks to find out why.
The legend starts in February 1968.
Fighting Harada was then world bantamweight champion.00
He was defending his title against Lionel Rose.
An Aussie.


Tony Greig

Tony Greig

トニー・グレッグ氏を知っている日本人が恐らく片手で数えるぐらいだろう。が、同氏が多くのオーストラリア人に愛されたと言っても過言ではない。 その理由を説明するのが非常に複雑だ。
You could probably count on a hand the number of Japanese who’ve even heard of Tony Greig, but it’s no exaggeration to say he was widely-endeared in Australia. Explaining why is pretty complicated.

Greig died in a Sydney hospital on Dec. 29 of a heart attack that may have been brought on as a result of undergoing treatment for lung cancer. The apartheid-era South African-born former England captain was a better-than-average cricketer who was among those who brought about a revolution in the game in the 1970s before becoming a TV commentator in Australia and subsequently becoming an Australian citizen.
Greg’s playing days coincided with an Australian glory era. At a time when Australian teams were ripping through their opponents, Greig pluckily stood up to them even as his teammates often collapsed in a heap around him. Greig annoyed the hell out of many Australians, but his persist fight against overwhelming odds also brought him bucketloads of Aussie respect.
Greig could also be hated. In 1976, the white South African (whose veldt-influenced accent remained with him for life) threatened to make the (all African heritage) West Indian team “grovel.” The effects of that statement may be hard to understand for many Japanese, who were affored “honorary white” status under South Africa’s hated apartheid system, which threatened to rip apart the British Commonwealth, which was composed of predominantly non-white nations but also included many countries where racially-based legislation had been the norm, including Australia, South Africa and what was then known as Rhodesia (today’s Zimbabwe). Even now, 36 years after the event, many still abhor Greig’s remark.

To his credit, Greig could also admit to being wrong. When the West Indies team responded to his statement with anger, he apologized, and when the England team he was leading, the captain got down on his knees and grovelled before his opponents, begging for their forgiveness. He also announced publicly in 1977 that he was suffering from epilepsy, a disease then still carrying considerable social stigma, and helped others cope with the condition throughout the remainder of his life.
Greig became a legendary cricket commentator renowned for many idiosyncracies (especially checking the hardness of the pitch by inserting a key into it), including his somewhat anti-Australian stance, even after he naturalized, and this seemed to become more prominent when the Aussies played either his native South Africa or England, the team he had represented.

Yet, even as he niggled Australia, he came to be widely loved across the land in more than 30 years as a commentator on the country’s only major sport to claim undisputed national dominance.
Greig died age 66. While doubts linger about his character, it’s impossible for Kangaeroo to deny his passing hasn’t caused some shock (probably because it reaffirms Kangaeroo’s own mortality…)
May Tony Grieg rest in peace.

Boxing Dayって殴りあうカンガルーと関係ないの?

Boxing-kangaroo ボクシング・デーは12月26日にあり、クリスマスの翌日であり、オーストラリアをはじめ、イギリスも北欧数カ国では祝日となっているが、日本でもアメリカでもほとんど知られていない。
 元々クリスマスの翌日で、教会が貧しい人たちのために寄付を募ったクリスマスプレゼントのボックスを開ける日であったことから”Boxing Day”と呼ばれるそうだ。

Cricket's Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cricket’s Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Kanagawa Lifeguards Finish Gold Coast Stint

A group of eight lifeguards from Kanagawa Prefecture recently completed a successful stint working with counterparts on the Gold Coast as part of an exchange program.
Gold Coast City Council Acting Community and Cultural Development Chair, Cr Margaret Grummitt, said the exchange was a great opportunity to share safety information and skills.
“This exchange has been running for 12 years and promotes good relations with our Japanese counterparts. The visit helps share ideas and techniques to improve beach safety and is a great way to boost our cultural links with Japan,” she told
It was the first time Japanese lifeguards had traveled to Queensland for two years, with the triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and multiple nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima curtailing last year’s plans.
Yutaka, one of the Kanagawa lifeguards involved in the exchange, told Nichigo Press — Australia’s biggest Japanese-language publication — that none of the participants were keen on returning to Japan, and urged swimmers at the Gold Coast to always go “between the flags.”


FINED! Olympic gold medalist David Smith was fined $700 while on his way home from the London Games after four months away training.

Warilla gold medallist cops car fine


The Big Bowl, Lake Cathie, NSW

 そして、そのローンボウルズの最も大きな例がオーストラリアのキッチュで有名な「Big Things」のひとつとしてニューサウスウェールズ州観光地ポート・マッコーリー近くにあるレーク・カッシーのBig Bowlだ!(ローンボウルズのボウルズは複数形であり、単数形になるにはボウルという。茶碗のボウルと違う。)
 1975年制作のBig Bowlは、高さ約1.8メートルであり、重さ約2トンで世界最大ボウルだ。レーク・カッシー・ボーリング・クラブ前に置かれている。

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