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Highlights of 2008
Dec 31, 2008 --



It's often said that time flies when you're having fun and 2008 was no exception.  Here's a brief look back at my top highlight for 2008.
Oakhill Noice Cup Premiers 
A purely sentimental choice.  In September my old Rugby club (playing four seasons) the Oakhill Old Boys won the Noice Cup in the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union. The boys did things the hard way. After scraping into the finals, they survived two sudden death encounters, then faced Rouse Hill in the Grand Final – the defending premiers had not lost a game in two years. The Oakhill victory - played out in torrential rain - 16 points to 7 was a true underdog story. The clubs ninth premiership was an appropriate way to celebrate their 35 year anniversary.
New South Wales Blues win Shield
For the 45th time, New South Wales took out title as Domestic Cricket Champions. They finished the regular season equal with Victoria on points, but won hosting rights for the final courtesy of a complicated count back system. But the 258 run victory in the final was far more convincing. Captain Simon Katich led the competition in runs scored for the season, breaking the previous record in the process. Paceman Doug Bollinger – who missed the final through injury – laid his claim for national selection by taking the most wickets. I was particularly pleased for Beau Casson, who moved to Sydney from Perth at the beginning of the season. He had a breakthrough season and was rewarded with a place in the Australian tour to the West Indies.
Coming on board with the Sydney Swans
Earlier this year I joined the Sydney Swans in the AFL as a Massage Therapist. To meet and work with the likes of Barry Hall, Michael O’Loughlin and Adam Goodes has been a thrill. I also took up a role as Trainer with the reserves out fit who play in the ACT AFL. Whilst the senior team was bundled out in the second week of the finals, reserves won their fourth consecutive ACT AFL premiership.  It didn't come without a scare though, losing to Belconnen in first week of the finals before bouncing back to win the preliminary final over Ainslie by one point.   The Swans faced favourites Belconnen again in the Grand Final and won with the last kick of the match after trailing throughout.
New South Wales Swifts take out inaugural Trans-Tasman title
One of the benefits of joining the Sydney Swans was that – through there partnership with the New South Wales Swifts – I got to work with some of the worlds leading Netballers. The Swifts compete in the newly formed Trans-Tasman league that pits the best Netballers in Australia and New Zealand against each other on a weekly basis. Despite not being fancied by any of the experts leading into the new competition the Swifts finished the regular season in second position and defeated minor premiers, Waikato-Bay of Plenty in the Grand Final.
New Zealand Rugby League World Cup winners
If you believed everything you read, you would thought Australia would have won this years Rugby World Cup by just turning up! When working with New Zealand in the lead up to the tournament there was a quiet determination, but after a convincing defeat at the hands of Australia in the opening pool match you could have forgiven them for being a little shaken. Less than convincing wins over Papua New Guinea and England did nothing to inspire confidence. That was until the final when New Zealand staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Australia. The World Cup held aloft by Captain and Parramatta veteran Nathan Cayless.