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The Wheel of Sport is your sometimes nostalgic often informative trip through the sporting past. Join Ian and Matt as they talk about events gone by as only they can. Presented by the Turnstile Network.

The Wheel of Sport is your sometimes nostalgic often informative trip through the sporting past. Join Ian and Matt as they talk about events gone by as only they can. Presented by the Turnstile Network.
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The Wheel of Sport is your sometimes nostalgic often informative trip through the sporting past. Join Ian and Matt as they talk about events gone by as only they can. Presented by the Turnstile Network.

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English


Episodes

Cliff Young - Australian Icon

9/11/2019
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The idea of driving from Sydney to Melbourne fills many Australians with a sense of dread given the distance and featureless landscape. So the Australian imagination was captured when ultra long distance runners competed to run the city to city race. One competitor in particular drew curious attention due to his unique running style, interview technique and attire. Cliff Young gave so much of himself in this race and, in turn, gave Australia a legendary sporting icon.

Duration:00:24:38

Cliff Young - Australian Icon

9/10/2019
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The idea of driving from Sydney to Melbourne fills many Australians with a sense of dread given the distance and featureless landscape. So the Australian imagination was captured when ultra long distance runners competed to run the city to city race. One competitor in particular drew curious attention due to his unique running style, interview technique and attire. Cliff Young gave so much of himself in this race and, in turn, gave Australia a legendary sporting icon.

Duration:00:24:38

The Equestrian Massacre

8/27/2019
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Matt and Ian delve into the curious case of how the regal sport of Equestrian in the USA was turned upside down in the late 20th Century. This is the intriguing story of how a high class sport was torn apart by underworld activity, criminality and skullduggery that leaves unresolved mysteries even to this day.

Duration:00:34:59

The Darkest Hour - Ballybrack FC

8/13/2019
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When a Spanish immigrant Fernando Nuno La Fuente starts work in Ireland, he joins a local football team in the hope of making new friends and settling in his new home. However, camaraderie and sporting achievements were put into stark context when Fernando was driving home from a Thursday night training session and suffered a fatal collision on a local road. Leinster Senior League quickly came to the club's aid but the story didn't appear to be what it first seemed.

Duration:00:33:14

The VFL Grand Final 1989

7/30/2019
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The MCG has been the venue for many great sporting moments but the 1989 VFL Grand Final is surely one of the greatest battles ever witnessed in Australia. Geelong Cats played a Hawthorn team in their pomp. Both teams showed extraordinary determination, skill and tenacity during a game that had so many incidents, it is difficult to fit them all into one podcast. What a cracker!

Duration:00:33:12

Bloodgate - Harlequins vs Leinster 2009

7/16/2019
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In April of 2009, Harlequins, a stylish London rugby club had scaled the heights of European competition to meet Leinster in the quarter final stage. In this game of attrition, they ground Leinster down and with five minutes to go, they could snatch the game from the favourites by scoring with their star kicker Nick Evans. However, Nick Evans was off the field injured but the Harlequins backroom team was trying to get him back on the field. In this episode, Ian and Matt explore how this game...

Duration:00:36:04

NSWRL Grand Final 1909

7/2/2019
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The start of the NSW Rugby League was a fractious time in Australian sport. In only its second year, the NSWRL was thrown into disarray on the final day of the season. The remarkable events of the day have caused lasting bad blood and a rivalry that continues to this day.

Duration:00:37:43

Special Episode: The Winning Formula - Tobacco in F1

6/18/2019
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In this special episode, Matt and Ian host The Wheel of Sport's first guest, Paul Benson from the Financial Autonomy Podcast.Paul is a financial expert and a Formula One enthusiast. In this episode, Paul gives an excellent insight in how tobacco money managed to fuel a sport and provided all kinds of dilemmas for governments, F1 Teams, regulators and advertisers. Find Paul and his excellent podcast here: http://financialautonomy.com.au/index.php/audio-blog/

Duration:01:02:53

The Longfellow - Lester Piggott

6/4/2019
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Born into a horse racing dynasty, Lester Piggott spent his life in the saddle. Notching up his first win at aged twelve his career spanned several decades and over 4000 wins. This is one of the greatest jockeys of all time. Truly, one of a kind.

Duration:00:28:12

Ice Hockey Great: Mario Lemeuix

5/22/2019
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Loyalty in top flight sport can be a rare thing. But this is the story of a superstar who battled remarkable set backs to become one of the greatest all whilst playing for one club - The Pittsburg Penguins.In this episode we explore the incredible life of Mario Lemeuix who remains an icon of the sport.

Duration:00:30:06

Oxford Cambridge Boat Race

5/7/2019
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This age old rivalry between two of the finest institutions in the world has often been played out on the river in the famous Boat Race. One of the most controversial moments in Boat Race history occurred before the TV cameras could capture it. The story endures to this day. Was it a win for Cambridge who had led the way or Oxford who made a late surge for victory? Find out here!

Duration:00:25:45

Bending the Rules

4/23/2019
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Sports administrators are often looking to tinker with sports rules in order to improve the fairness, excitement or safety of a sport. In this episode, Ian and Matt follow some moments when rule changes have backfired in a spectacular fashion.

Duration:00:28:21

The Ethiopian King

4/10/2019
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Abebe Bikila‎ ran as an unknown in the 1960 Rome Olympics. Little did his competitors know, Bikila was about to win the marathon and also set a world record. Under the torch light of the Roman guards this was the first black African to win Olympic Gold. Bikila became an iconic barefooted runner paving the way for African dominance at marathon distance. An epic story.

Duration:00:50:31

Ryder Cup Brookline 1999

3/26/2019
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In 1999, the European Ryder Cup team travelled to Brookline, Massachusetts with a very inexperienced cohort. However, in the first couple of days, they outshone an American team that was full of superstars. That was until the final day. A 'family' meeting and a visit from a future President galvanised the USA team and the story took an amazing turn.

Duration:00:28:58

Doing a Bradbury

3/12/2019
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A young speed skater from New South Wales, Australia rose to national interest when he was part of a team to win Australia's first ever Winter Olympic Medal. It was only bronze but it caught interest in a country famed for its success in the Summer Games. However, the adulation was nothing compared to Bradbury's unlikely entry into the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. This is a story that captured a nation and has entered into Australian folklore.

Duration:00:29:53

Peter Connew - The Formula One Dream

2/26/2019
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If you have ever looked admiringly at a car, this is the episode for you. Peter Connew had his head turned by a big red car and decided to dedicate himself to making a F1 car from scratch. He had a little help from his friends, trips abroad and many failures. This is the exhilarating story of the rise of Connew Racing.

Duration:00:41:52

McEnroe Australian Open - Melbourne

2/12/2019
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Notorious for his fiery and combative nature, John McEnroe had never been disqualified from game, until he got to Melbourne. Ian and Matt delve into the time that McEnroe snapped and, for once, paid the price of losing his chance to compete for the Australian Open.

Duration:00:28:13

Anyone for Tennis?

1/30/2019
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Matt takes us through the lingustic twists and turns in the sport of tennis, the life of a line judge and moments where the ball kids come to life. This epsiode was recorded during the Australian Open 2019 in Federation Square, Melbourne.

Duration:00:37:03

The Triple Axel - Tonya Harding

1/15/2019
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A frighteningly good ice skating talent burst onto the scene in the late 1980s. Her name was Tonya Harding. With exceptional ability and athleticism, the world was at Tonya's feet. However, a lose of form, a tempestuous private life and some shady characters presented the sport with challenges never witnessed before.

Duration:00:52:47

The Elusive Nine Dart Finish

1/1/2019
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The wonderful world of darts is brash and entertaining but there is no moment more special than a player hitting a '9 Dart Finish'. They are so rare that only a handful of players had made one before the 2000s. In this episode, we track the history of this elusive finish to a wonderful finale in the 2010 match between Phil Taylor and James Wade. A feat was acheived that may never be repeated.

Duration:00:48:02