Players in any sport always say that the awards handed out to them by their peers are the ones they value most.
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.
For Harry Kewell, a decorated playing career is now in the past and coaching is his new obsession.
Diving culture? What diving culture? If you want to see top level diving and simulation, don't look at the A-League - look to Spain for players making hilarious efforts to con referees and gain an advantage.
After a controversial last-strides loss by Scales of Justice in Perth, trainer Lindsey Smith defends champion Hong Kong jockey against accusations he 'stopped.'
It's all ended in tears for Ernie Merrick in New Zealand.
Nothing is as ugly as when friends fall out. Confidences held, secrets shared, dreams forged together and ambitions held in unison suddenly all seem worthless when friendship turns to indifference at best, or enmity at worst.
Melbourne City have come through the biggest week of their six-year history having earned their first ever trophy and in second spot on the A-League ladder, but coach John van 't Schip knows there will be no resting on their laurels.
A decade ago Australian racehorse trainers were complaining about the influx of foreign raiders cashing in on Melbourne's big spring carnival races, with even a legend like the late Bart Cummings floating the idea of a cap on international runners in the Melbourne Cup.
The war of words between Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip and his Brisbane Roar counterpart John Aloisi erupted following their 1-1 draw.
Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar is fast becoming one of the biggest grudge matches in the A-League, and Saturday night's edgy, ill-tempered draw between the teams added another chapter in a rivalry that is becoming characterised by its niggle and spite.