The Border Watch : December 13th 2013
44 BOOK REVIEWS Bump & Run - At the feet of the Masters MORRIS ROD firstname.lastname@example.org Wow! includes a foreword by Australia’s fi rst winner of the famed USA Masters green jacket, Adam Scott. Bump & Run doesn’t profess to be a history of golf in Australia, but more of a leisurely amble back through time. Crockett, who has played golf to a single fi gure handicap, has exclusive one-on-one interviews with some of the greatest professional champions the game has ever seen, including Jack Nicklaus, Peter Thomson, Gary Player, Billy Dunk, Kel Nagle, Bob Shearer, Bruce Crampton, Ian Stanley, Jack Newton, Graham Marsh, Bruce Devlin, David Graham, Jan Stephenson and Tasmania’s greatest ever amateur player, the incomparable Peter Toogood. Crockett probes each of the champions with a range of questions and views about both the history For a journalist who has played golf since the 1970s and written about the game for more than 40 years, Bump & Run is like a stroll down memory lane. lovingly designed by Andrew Crockett, Bump & Run THAT was this scribe’s fi rst reaction when Bump & Run landed on the sports desk. Written and and future of golf. The collection of photos highlighted in Bump & Run will tease the older generation and for the younger ones, they may look on with some amusement of how golf used to be played. Crockett’s ability to draw the reader as though they were genuinely sitting “At the feet of the Masters” and listening to tales of folklore adds to the attraction of this publication. Crockett timed his release of Bump & Run to perfection with the recent Australian Masters and World Cup tournaments at Royal Melbourne. THE Robe Roosters may have only just escaped being handed this year’s wooden spoon in the Mid South East Football League, but in terms of producing a yearbook, it has won the “premiership” hands down. The A4 sized all-colour 32-page publication is a credit to the RFC management committee and other MSE clubs can only look on in envy. The book includes comprehensive reports from key club personnel, Jack Perkins (president), Jaymen Fletcher (senior coach), Kim Ross (netball president and A Grade coach), Marian Dawson (women’s auxiliary), Steven Clements (junior president), Felicity Carter (junior co-ordinator) and all the lower grade football and netball coaches. The captive audience at both tournaments had a fi rst hand look at Bump & Run and not one genuine golf lover could possibly fi nd anything to criticise. If you’re looking for something special for Christmas for the golfer in your family, stop looking, Bump & Run is your answer. Ponting – At the close of play THE autobiography of former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is a must-read. It is warts and all and to a certain degree you can read between the lines that Ponting did not really want to retire and although he didn’t go out swinging, there is business that is unfi nished and never will, highlighted by captaining three losing Ashes tours. Published by Harper Collins Australia, Ponting – At the close of play – outlines the Tasmania’s full cricketing life, starting at Mowbray in 1974 when he was born on December 19. “My name is Ricky Thomas Ponting and I played cricket,” is his understatement in the opening chapter. “I played junior cricket, indoor cricket, club cricket, rep cricket, state cricket, T20 cricket, one day cricket and Test cricket. “When I didn’t play cricket, I trained to play cricket,” Ponting said. Ponting outstanding journey from a junior with promise to being one of the best and most stylish batsmen world cricket has ever seen is an amazing read. He let’s slip a few dressing room secrets but while he wore the baggy green with pride, he also wore his heart on his sleeve and was the consummate professional. A little known fact about Ponting 44 - The Border Watch, Friday, December 13, 2013 and his wife, Rianna that the pair have worked tirelessly in raising money for young Australians and their families affected by cancer. Since 2002, the Ponting Foundation has raised in excess of $10 million to that cause. Ponting -– At the close of play should be an absolute must for any Australian sports fan, not just cricket. The tome is dotted with fantastic colour photos, highlights player achievements past and present and has generous compliments to the club’s sponsors, no matter the depth of the support. Robe’s 2013 history book also includes profi les VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Robe Football Club – Yearbook 2013 on club personalities and varying from the norm, has reports from the local tennis, cricket and fi shing competitions. This scribe has The Golf Course Guide NOW in its 20th anniversary, The Golf Course Guide is – arguably – the most informative book of its kind produced in Australia, if not indeed, the world. The 2014 edition of 436 pages highlights location, details, photos (where possible) and other vital information on almost every known golf course in Australia (although Blue Lake is missing). The Golf Course Guide also features it own 100 top golf course rankings and in an attractive incentive for potential buyers, offers more than 500 individual green fee savings at selected clubs around the country, including a whopping $510 if you and a group of friends decide to play The Dunes links course in Victoria. Contact details of all advertised clubs are included in the publication and attractive stay and play packages collected football yearbooks for almost a lifetime and can honestly state that the Robe publication ranks among the best ever produced. are also offered for buyers of The Golf Course Guide. The brainchild of Selwyn Berg and with direct co-operation from Garry Kennedy, general manager of Golf Publishing, The 2014 Golf Course Guide is a MUST for any player who is thinking about this vast country and aiming to play different courses.
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