January 21

Interesting developments at South Sydney, with Luke Keary revealing why he walked out on owner Russell Crowe after a late night spat. 

Crowe took blame for the incident, Tweeting: "Luke Keary situation entirely my fault. A bit of banter that went too far. I've apologised. He is a natural leader and great for our club." 

 

It doesn't take much to imagine how far Crowe must have gone. Keary was so angry he caught a cab from Crowe's Coffs Harbour property at 3am and waited at the airport until 6am for a flight back to Sydney.

And nobody, it seems was able to cool him down, although everybody now claims they are all back on solid ground. Of course. 

Meanwhile, stand by for other developments at the club. Chief executive John Lee is on the way out with Shane Richardson poised to return.

January 21

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Lleyton Hewitt heads on to Rod Laver Arena tonight (7pm) against David Ferrer with most of Australia behind him, if not all. It shows how time changes everything.

Compare Hewitt's current standing with Nick Kyrgios. It does not seem that long ago that Hewitt was treading the same ground.

Krygios is highly strung, like Hewitt was. He is immature, like Hewitt was. Recently Pat Cash described Kyrgios on Triple M as "different", which was as polite as Cash could put it.

Already he has been fined $US3000 at this Australian Open for swearing, a minor sin but one that adds to a growing list of small crimes that turn many tennis fans off him.

Nobody plays it like Lew Hoad anymore.

Yet the only real difference between Krygios and Hewitt is time.

Hewitt, one loss away from retirement, has had time to mature and in turn we have had time to understand and discover him. It allowed us to discover his other qualities like his tenacity and passion and a will that was second to nobody.

In doing so we learned to appreciate him. And tonight we cheer him.

January 21

The UFC announced the next big fight in Australia on Tuesday, saying Mark Hunt will take on former champ Frank Mir in Brisbane. Yet the talk of the MMA world still remains Ronda Rousey. Since getting knocked out in Melbourne last year Rousey has kept a low profile. 

When she emerged recently to explain she is busy making a movie and so won't be available to fight until after July, Rousey was said to be still carrying some of the damage inflicted on her by new champion Holly Holm two months ago. 

Hunt and Mir will fight at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 20.

As for the movie, Rousey is shooting a remake of the Patrick Swayze classic Road House, so heaven help the poor drunk that will undoubtedly wander in with more than a beer on his mind.

25/11/2015

With today marking White Ribbon Day and the beginning of the United Nations’ campaign for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, issues such as sexual assault and domestic violence have risen to the forefront of the national psyche.

The stark truth is that in 2015, an average of two women per week have died at the hands of the person who says “I love you” and one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of someone known to them.

Nine Ounces is proud to be representing the Full Stop Foundation in an effort to not only raise awareness of these startling figures, but to help prevent them and ultimately put a full stop to them altogether.

The Full Stop Foundation is the fundraising arm of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, which provides 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling for anyone who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault, family or domestic violence, as well as their non-offending supporters.

Through these services, as well as their ongoing programs with indigenous communities, organisations and tertiary establishments, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia aims to support those who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence, with a view to eradicating this altogether.

Until that can be achieved, their aim is to answer every call that comes through to their counselling services – while close to 60,000 calls are answered each year, over 18,000 cannot be taken due to a lack of available resources.

Nine Ounces is excited to work with the Full Stop Foundation to help tell its story and achieve these important goals over the coming months. We are honoured to join the campaign to put a Full Stop to sexual assault and domestic violence.