Western Bulldogs team doctor Gary Zimmerman has plenty on his mind this week - and its not all about football.
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.
The weather in Europe over the next few days will have a key bearing on the participation – or otherwise – of two of Coolmore's flagship horses in Australia's major races this spring.
Green Gully and Redlands United have already proved that a match fit and organised NPL club can shock highly-ranked A-League opposition in the FFA Cup. Now Bentleigh Greens get their chance.
To win big races, horses not only have to be good they have to be lucky in running. But more than anything, they have to be sound.
Goalscoring sensation Bruno Fornaroli has been rewarded for his efforts last season by being handed the captain's armband by Melbourne City for the upcoming A-League season.
Black Heart Bart's jockey Brad Rawiller rode through the pain barrier to pilot his partner to another group 1 win in the Underwood Stakes and then declared that he could not wait to take on the country's top rated horse, Winx, next month.
At 36 Caulfield based Ciaron Maher has long since gone beyond the "promising young trainer stage".
The New Zealand trained horse is a serious contender for classic honours.
Winning the apprentice jockeys' title is a tremendous achievement in itself.
It does sound like the pot calling the kettle black – world soccer's governing body, FIFA, trying to tell any other organisation how to improve its governance procedures.