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Interview: Back to the Future
Unions: A Real Page Turner
Industrial: The Pin-Striped Union
International: Around The World In 365 Days
Legends: Terrific, Tommy
Your Rights At Work: Worth Fighting For
Politics: The Year That Was
Economics: Master and Servant Revisited
Culture: 2005: The Year of Living Repetitively
Bad Boss: The Bottom Ten
Religion: Hymns from a Different Song Sheet
The Locker Room
Waves of Destruction
Free to Rat
Tax Cuts and Cockroaches
Proportion, Not Distortion
The Locker Room
The 2005 Workers Online Sports Awards
And the awards are:
Pitch Doctor of the Year: Forget Pakistani cricket curators and Uruguayan football officials, the Victoria Racing Club has nailed this one, in perpetuity, for its actions in the first days of November. So all future meetings at Flemington will be contested on a slow/dead surface. Yeah, right.
Dummy Spit of the Year: No ducking out the back door this time, stand up Wayne Bennett. In his every public action, Wayne reminds us that sport should be fun. After leading Australia to its first losing rugby league series in about 140 years, the self-proclaimed internationalist tossed it in to concentrate on his club team. Why? None of our business, but he might tell us later, at some undisclosed time, if he feels like it. But, hang on, it definitely wasn't because of the media. Then he proceeds to bag the media for the rest of the interview - "I was going to be the news story ... either way they were going to get me ... double standards ... I am glad I am not one of their parents ... I hate all the negativity that surrounds our sport ... it's rubbish ... If I thought I had given the media what they wanted, I would go and neck myself ... I have spent 30 years trying to give them what they didn't want." Then we get the real reason. When the Aussies won, last year, apparently, there wasn't enough media at the airport to report his triumph so, when they lost, he decided not to talk. Jeez Wayne, what about a nice glass of milk and a long lie down?
Team Man of the Year: St Kilda spinner, SK Warne. He might live in a parallel universe but when he crosses the boundary rope, he's the real deal. Warne bowled himself to a standstill, and fought it out with the bat, as Australia's unbeatable tag turned to Ashes.
Best Pick Yourself Up and Dust Yourself Off effort: Who could not be moved by the effort of Australian cyclists Lorian Graham, Kate Nichols and Katie Brown after they lost their team mate in a tragic accident in Germany, which claimed the life of Victorian cyclist, Amy Gillett, 29. Their plucky return to the road is an inspiration.
Best Rags To Riches To Rags To Riches Again Story: The South Melbourne, Sydney Swans, Geoffrey Edelstened Warwick Cappered, came from absolutely nowhere, good guys do come first, best little footy club between the Murray and the Tweed. They nearly died in the eighties and the nineties, but they've got more lives than Dame Nellie Melba's cat and these [insert superlative here] good things had the added advantage of not being West Coast.
Trendy of the Year: Who bloody said trade unions were dinosaurs, promoting old-fashioned values? When the movement went fishing in the sporting pond for someone to personify its relevance in a changing world, there could only be one catch and the catch was, Mr Bling himself, Tommy Raudonikis.
Comeback Queen: She's copped plenty of serves in her 22 years but Jelena Dokic made a return that counted when she swallowed her pride and flew into Melbourne. Better still, she appears to have lost her most troublesome baggage. When she was making headlines, for all the wrong reasons, she was just a kid and deserves the opportunity to call Australia home.
Pass Master: Benji Marshall's reverse flick was the defining moment of a refreshing rugby league grand final. With Sonny Bill sitting on the sidelines, Benji stole his super star mantle. What is it with these bloody Kiwis?
Coach as Superstar: All the Aussie contenders knocked themselves out so, in the end, this one turned into a Dutch Auction and there was only one bidder, Guus Whatsisname? On the strength of about three games, they're whispering his name in tones that used be reserved for Jack Gibson and Ron Barassi.
Alan Jones: Talent scout of the year. This man's ability to really play mix and match with sporting celebrities is truly impressive
Joys of Privatisation Award: The dead-set loons who run, for want of a better term, the Auckland Worriers. A tape of talks between Cullen Sports and the International Rugby Board has been released showing Worriers heavies promising the G and T brigade to make the 15-man game their first priority. This would have involved turning New Zealand's best rugby league players into kick and clappers plus, the small matter of ditching its "brown face" supporter base for a paler demographic. Should spark interests amongst Souths and Newcastle supporters.
Best World Cup:
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