Two schoolboys – one from Melbourne Victory, one from Melbourne City – could play telling roles as their sides vie to face Sydney in the FFA Cup final next month.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
If there is one jockey who knows how to win the Melbourne Cup it's Glen Boss, the man who partnered Makybe Diva to three successive triumphs.
Winx has, rightly, stolen all the headlines after her epic eight-length Cox Plate success on Saturday, a win that elevates her to the top of the international class. But how do her feats compare with those of the great Black Caviar?
The Cox Plate turned out to be one for the ages simply because of the sheer brilliance of Winx.
The rain sleeted down and the wind blew a gale on one of the coldest Cox Plate days in living memory.
Peter Moody lost count the number of times he confronted TV broadcasters and journalists after big race wins, conducting an instantaneous debrief of their performance and outlining future plans for his winners.
Tony McEvoy and his son David know a thing or two about preparing sharp two-year-olds to win on debut.
One brilliant derby win over Melbourne Victory did not make Melbourne City an outstanding team.
Melbourne City's early-season bubble burst somewhat with a 3-2 home loss to Perth Glory on Friday night - a defeat that, said coach John van 't Schip, is a stark reminder for his players of how hard they have to work and how intensely they have to compete if they want to dominate the competition.
Perth Glory probably boast more 180-centimetre-plus players than any side in the A-League and thus have earned a well-deserved reputation for being a constant threat at set pieces.