Howard And Beazley Pay Tribute To Packer

Kerry Packer was a “great Australian”, the Prime Minister, John Howard, said today.

PackerHoward wasted no time in holding a media conference at Kirribilli House, Sydney, this morning, just hours after Channel 9 broke the news that the station’s owner, Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer, had died, aged 68.

Packer was a loyal friend, the Prime Minister said.

Howard said the cliches “great Australian” and “larger than life character” were appropriate descriptions of Packer. He paid tribute to the media proprietor’s business acumen, citing Packer’s sale of the Nine network to Alan Bond in the 1980s. Packer subsequently bought Nine back at a fraction of the price. Bond went broke. Packer famously said “an Alan Bond only comes along once in life”. [Read more…]

Famous British Sporting Quotes

  1. ‘This is really a lovely horse, I once rode her mother.’ – Ted Walsh (Horse Racing Commentator)
  2. ‘Moses Kiptanui – the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago.’ – David Coleman
  3. ‘He’s pulling him off! The Spanish manager is pulling his captain off!’ – RTE’s George Hamilton on Spain manager Luis Suarez’s substitution of Butragueno during their world cup qualifier with Ireland in Seville, 1992.
  4. ‘The black players at this club lend the side a lot of skill and flair, but you also need white players in there to balance things up and give the team some brains and some common sense.’ – Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades, speaking in 1991.
  5. ‘Bill Frindal has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator’ – John Arlott
  6. ‘I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.’ – Winston Bennett
  7. ‘Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing – but none of them serious.’ – Alan Minter
  8. ‘The racecourse is as level as a billiard ball.’ – John Francombe
  9. ‘If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.’ – Terry Venables
  10. ‘We’ll still be happy if we lose. It’s on at the same time as the Beer Festival.’ – Noel O’ Mahony, Cork City boss before the game in Munich
  11. ‘I would not say he (David Ginola) is the best left winger in the Premiership, but there are none better.’ – Ron Atkinson
  12. ‘He dribbles a lot and the opposition don’t like it – you can see it all over their faces.’ – Ron Atkinson
  13. ‘It took a lot of bottle for Tony (Adams) to own up.’ – Ian Wright (commenting on his teammate’s alcoholism)
  14. ‘Ah, isn’t that nice, the wife of the Cambridge president is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew.’ – Harry Carpenter (BBC TV Boat Race 1977)
  15. ‘Here we are in the Holy Land of Israel – a Mecca for tourists.’ – David Vine
  16. ‘Morcelli has four fastest 1500-metre times ever. And all those times are at 1500 metres.’ – David Coleman
  17. ‘Julian Dicks is everywhere. It’s like they’ve got eleven Dicks on the field.’ – Metro Radio
  18. ‘….and later we will have action from the men’s cockless pairs …’ – Sue Barker
  19. ‘Her time is about 4.33, which she’s capable of.’ – David Coleman
  20. Dennis Pennis: ‘Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?’ Chris Eubank: ‘On what ?’
  21. ‘Sex is an anti-climax after that!’ – Grand National winning jockey Mark Fitzgerald. ‘Well, you gave the horse a wonderful ride, everybody saw that.’ – Desmond Lynam
  22. ‘To play Holland, you have to play the Dutch.’ – Ruud Gullit
  23. ‘Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.’ – Ron Atkinson
  24. ‘For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip.’ – John Motson
  25. ‘Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer.’ – David Acfield
  26. ‘What will you do when you leave football, Jack – will you stay in football?’ – Stuart Hall (Radio 5 live)
  27. ‘I’d like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona.’ – Mark Draper (Aston Villa)
  28. ‘There goes Juantorena down the back straight, opening his legs and showing his class.’ – David Coleman at The Montreal Olympics
  29. ‘And for those of you who watched the last programme (Fanny and Johnny Craddock), I hope all your doughnuts turn out like Fanny’s.’ – David Coleman at the start of Match of The Day
  30. ‘…and Ray Illingworth is relieving himself in front of the pavilion.’ – John Arlott
  31. ‘These greens are so fast they must bikini wax them.’ – Gary McCord on the greens at Augusta
  32. ‘One of the reasons Arnie (Arnold Palmer) is playing so well is that, before each tee-shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them – Oh my God, what have I just said?’ – USTV commentator

Sports Minister Rod Kemp Addresses National Press Club

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, has addressed the National Press Club, in Canberra.

Kemp spoke on the funding and organisation of sport in Australia. [Read more…]

Don Bradman Dies, 92

Sir Donald Bradman, the great Australian Test cricketer, has died at his Adelaide home. He was 92.

Once lauded by Prime Minister John Howard as the greatest Australian of the twentieth century, Bradman’s death will see an outpouring of sympathy and sporting memories rarely witnessed. [Read more…]