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Tour of Japan’s Taste of Oz

Bennelong-Swisswellness riders in the peloton at the 2018 Tour of Japan

The Tour of Japan 2018 ended Sunday in Tokyo with Spaniard Marcos Garcia of the Kinan Racing Team claiming the general classification title.
Slovenian Grega Bole of Bahrain-Meridatook the Blue Jersey for the points classification.
Local hero Yuzuru Suzuki took the King of the Mountain crown riding for Utsunomiya Blitzen.
Australia’s own Chris Harper won the White Jersey for the tour’s best young rider while competing for Bennelong Swisswellness. Harper also finished 4th in the GC.
Martin Laas of Team Illuminate took the final stage in Tokyo.
Kinan Racing Team won the team classification, but it’s Bennelong Swisswellness that we’re interested in here.
Bennelong Swisswellness, in its various incantations, has taken part in the Tour of Japan annually since 2012 and have a strong record in the prestigious tour sanctioned by the UCI, with 5 stage wins.
Bennelong-Swisswellness has been Australia’s strongest continental team for the past 8 years.
The team boasts some fabulous riders, many of them young, but also a veteran here and there who have achieved considerable success on the professional cycling circuit.
Australia has a long and proud record of cycling, punching well above its weight on the track and the road.
Check out the gallery below to see some of the action from the eighth and final stage of the 2018 Tour of Japan in Tokyo on May 27, 2018.

Japan-Australia Night at the Soccer

A-League football team Melbourne Victory luckily kept alive its slim hopes of progressing through to the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League with a 93rd minute equalizer against reigning J.League champion Kawasaki Frontale in their match at Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium.
The day was something of a soccer landmark for Japan and Australia with Sydney FC hosting Kashima Antlers at Sydney Football Stadium, with the current Australian champion losing 2-0 at home.
All four teams will play return legs next week, with Kashima hosting Sydney and Melbourne at home to Kawasaki.
At Todoroki, Frontale looked to have the game in hand at full-time after having been the better team for the match, but unable to exert dominance over their plucky Aussie rival.
The crowd of 11,196 cheered endlessly for the Japanese champion, which had yet to open its account in this year’s AFC Champions League. Player of the Match Elsinho opened the scoring in 28th minute after the Aussies appeared likely to break at any time due to Kawasaki’s relentless pressure.
The lead didn’t last long, though, after Besart Berisha slotted in a Leroy George corner and sent the teams into half-time at 1-1.
The home team continued to control the game throughout a second half spent largely protecting a lead given by a Kyohei Noborizato goal at the 55th minute.
Surprisingly, just as the 3-minute extra time period was about to elapse, substitute Christian Theoharous was fouled in the box. George made no mistake from the spot, and Victory, which has not won in its last 18 ACL games away from home, headed back Down Under with a share of the points.
After three games, Group F standings are led by Shanghai SIPG and Ulsan Hyundai, followed by Melbourne and Kawasaki.

MAMILシーズンがやってくる!

自然環境にいるMAMIL

 約7年目の2011年に、カデル・エヴァンス氏が世界で最も有名な自転車レースであるツール・ド・フランスで初めてオーストラリア人として総合優勝者となったことを機にオーストラリアでMAMIL族が大幅に増えた。
 MAMILはMiddle Aged Men in Lycraの頭字語であり、全身にスパンデックスを着る中年おっさんという意味だ。
 今、オーストラリアをはじめ世界中に慢性している。
 エヴァンス氏が優勝した時は34歳で、第二次世界大戦後の最長年齢優勝者であり、準おっさんとも言えるかもしれないので、多くのオーストラリア人おっさんも自分が自転車なら行けるんじゃないかと思ってMAMILブーム現象の一助となったじゃないかな?
 MAMILの特徴がメタボ体系でむちむちに高級レースチームのユニフォームを着て、超高い自転車を持つがゆっくりと走る。

オーストラリアのMAMIL群れ

 中年の危機の一種の現れなどで小ばかにされることが多いが、心理学者などが多くの中年男性がMAMILになったことによって運動ができ、他人と社会的に接するので極めて肯定的な現象として見ている。
 そこで、オーストラリア人の映画監督が世界中のMAMILについてドキュメンタリ映画を製作し、今米国で絶賛上映中。その中に登場するMAMIL一人がうつ病の真っ暗中でのサイクリングが人とつながせて、運動でエンドルフィンを分泌したので間違いなく自分の命を救ったという。
 MAMILの他、英語圏のサイクリング・スラングや専門用語が豊富であり、面白いかもしれない。奥が深い世界。言われてみれば、日本語のサイクリング・スラングもたくさんあり、日本の自転車関連世界も興味深いと言える。それがまた今度にしよう。
 とりあえず、冬の終わりが見え始まって、春が来るとMAMILが続々と近所に表れてくるだろう。見苦しいところではあるが、肉体的にも精神的にも健康的であることを考えて寛容的に見てみよう。

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Classy Crows Dispel Myth of Adelaide Arrogance

Adelaide Crows fans, thank you for your sheer, utter class.
Adelaide hasn’t really been a favorite for a Tigers fan since the South Australian team begrudgingly entered the Australian Football League in 1991.
The Crows had resiliently fought off the Victoria-dominated league until perennial South Australian powerhouse Port Adelaide made an attempt to enter the national league on its own. The rest of the state banded together and cobbled up the Crows, almost in spite.
South Australia thus fielded a virtual state team for several years, collecting a couple of premierships once they had settled in to the faster, more physically demanding style of play than the skill-centered game common in Adelaide.
What’s more, the South Australians resented the more powerful Victorians who dominated Australian football. It was common for the Croweaters to conduct campaigns to “Kick a Vic” back in the day.
Those days have long gone, but Adelaide remains a near-impenetrable fortress for the Crows, who invariably play every home match before a sellout crowd and remain a powerhouse. Crows fans were famous for the delightful practice of greeting opposition goals with absolute silence.
They entered the 2017 Grand Final as justifiable favorites, having been yards ahead of any other team throughout the season, and having finished as minor premiers.
What’s more, the Crows had overcome enormous adversity in recent years, including several tragic and untimely deaths, and problems of its own by being ineligible for the draft for having tried to cheat it, as well as several players leaving for better deals offered by other teams. But they had overcome all this, to be the favorites going into the game against the Tigers.
As a Tigers fan there was a lot to dislike Adelaide for. Adelaide’s greatest-ever winning margin was 139 points, which came in Round 16 of the 1993 season, against Richmond. The greatest number of goals a Crows player has kicked in a single game is 13, which Tony Modra achieved playing against the Tigers in the same game. Adelaide has flogged the Tiges plenty of times in its time in the league.
Yet, in spite of walking away defeated, Crows fans have showed Kangaeroo nothing but class.
Not a single Crows fan aware of Kangaeroo’s support for Richmond has reacted in anything other than a congratulatory manner. Many have made a point of coming over to congratulate. It was kind, moving and generous. It also changed my mind about the Crows.
Adelaide’s day will come again for sure. It’s an awesome club. I just hope that it’s next flag comes following Richmond’s establishment of a premiership dynasty. Or, even better, during a rebuilding year between dynasties! Carn the Crows!

Indescribable Ecstasy of a Tiger Triumph


Richmond are Australian Rules football champions of the world!
After 37 years!
The feeling of joy is indescribable.
Sheer, utter, unadulterated bliss does not do the feeling justice. Ecstasy doesn’t come close.
Decades of disappointment, anger, despair, longing, envy, mistakes, yearning, praying, desperation were all lifted in a handful of minutes and shared with hundreds of thousands.
Commiserations to the Adelaide Crows. What a fabulous team the Crows are. Like the Tigers, their time will come. Hopefully after the Tigers have established a couple of dynasties and become the team most hated by other teams again.

Go Tiges!!!!!!

Richmond Football Club meets its date with destiny today, taking on the Adelaide Crows in the 2017 AFL Grand Final.
The Crows go into the game as hot favorites, but the Tigers will be the sentimental pick.
Either team will break a long premiership drought.
And both teams would be worthy premiers.
But Kangaeroo is going for the Tiges!

Eat ’em Alive!

Me and Robbie McGhie

(Sung to the tune of Me & Bobby McGee)
Buggered at the Jolimont Road end, playing the Blues again
Back when having tats meant you were mean
Robbie pulled a durry out, though it was still during the game
Sucked a tinny filled with Tiger dreams
Balmely hooned and swiped a dirty big coathanger
Got ‘em playin’ soft while the Tiges smashed the Blues, yeah
Cheer squad at the Punt Road end was showing form was fine
Grog Squad singing every chant it knew
Freedom’s just another word for beatin’ up the Blues
Beatin’ don’t mean nothin’ without a flag like ’73, no no
And winnin’ under Tommy was easy Lord, ‘specially ‘gainst the Blues
You know, Tigers winning flags was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Robbie McGhie
From Tommy Hafey’s gold mines to always getting done
The past 37 years have destroyed my soul
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done
Belief in the Tigers kept us from the cold
Now we’re at the ‘G again, the Crows have to play away
We’re at home, a gold jumper is gonna be just fine
And I’m sure all of our tomorrows are gonna be like yesterday
Holdin’ that Premiership cup is gonna be sublime
Freedom’s just another word for beatin’ the Adelaide crew
2017 premiers, that’s what we’re gonna be, yeah
Yeah, feelin’ good is easy when you’re beatin’ up the Crows
A premiership is gonna be good enough for me, mm-hmm
Good enough for me and Robbie McGhie
La da da
La da da da
La da da da da da da da
La da da da da da da da
Robbie McGhie, yeah
La da da da da da da
La da da da da da da
La da da da da da da
Robbie McGhie, yeah
La da La la da da la da da la da da
La da da da da da da da da
Hey, Robbie
Oh, oh Robbie McGhie, yeah
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
Hey, Robbie
Oh, oh Robbie McGhie, yeah
Well, I call him an idol, a premiership back man
I said, not too high on talent, but did the best he can, c’mon
Hey now, Robbie now
Hey now, Robbie McGhie, yeah
Woo
La da, la da, la da, la da, la da, la da, la da, la la
Hey, hey, hey Robbie McGhie, yeah
La da, la da, la da, la da, la da, la da, la da, la
Hey, hey, hey, Robbie McGhie, yeah

* Apologies to Janis Joplin and Kris Kristofferson

Robert “Bones” McGhie was a dual premiership player (1973-1974) for the Richmond Football Club. The heavily tattooed McGhie started his career with Footscray, returned there following his time at Richmond and ended his career at South Melbourne, the team that became the Sydney Swans. He was a fine defender who perhaps didn’t get the accolades he deserved because of his looks, but he has forever been immortalized for having a smoke and a beer on the football field following the 1973 Grand Final, symbolizing a different age from the current milquetoast world of the AFL and extremely healthy lifestyles.
McGhie’s tale of durries and tinnies has been picked up by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the lead-up to Saturday’s Grand Final, when the Tigers take on the Adelaide Crows. Should the Tiges win, it’s likely to be slabs all round in Melbourne at least.
Robert ‘Bones’ McGhie: Famous smoking Richmond Tigers footballer revisits MCG

1973 VFL Grand Final (featuring Robbie McGhie)

1974 VFL Grand Final (featuring Robbie McGhie)

1980 VFL Grand Final (Richmond’s most recent premiership, but not featuring Robbie McGhie)