DAVID CAMPESE…WAAAY OFFSIDE
Oh deary, deary me.
You are a boofhead, David Campese!
The former Wallabies great has tweeted this gem.
*Headdesk* as they say on Twitter.
That’s code for when you read something so imbecilic it makes you slump face-forward into your keyboard and produce someting like this: ^&$^%_)|}gfciurenwcvg48(*&))(VJYUKJHKL
Mere weeks ago The Hoopla brought you Kate Fitzpatrick’s yarn about being a member of the Channel Nine cricket commentary team in the 80s.
“It’s fair to say our local heroes hated me on sight. They did not speak to me unless they were forced. Only if we were On Air, and more often than not, to mock,” she wrote.
(I am pleased to say that, due to that story, Kate has received an invitation into the ABC commentary box for the Sydney Test as going some way to achieving “closure”.)
But Kate’s experience happened THIRTY YEARS AGO!
Fast forward to 2012 ,Campese’s Twitter blooper, and his explantion for the brain snap: “I made a mistake with the way I said it. But Gillard’s trying to use the sexist thing about everything right now in Australia – I’m not sexist but the way it came out wasn’t right.”
Campese was a legend in his day.Campese supported by Roger Gould and Andrew Slack against Wales in 1984. The Wallabies defeated Wales 28-9.
And you could write off his comment as being from someone who has spent too long securing his ears to his head with gaffer tape …except that it’s an attitude all to common in Australian sport.
Tim Cowie, writing in Crikey, nominated some of his favourite sports writers. Many of the best in the business are women, he said. He cited a stellar roll call which included Caroline Wilson, Emma Quayle, Sam Lane, Kelli Underwood, Karen Tighe, Debbie Spillane, Simone Thurtell, Chloe Saltau, Rebecca Wilson and Jaquelin Magnay.
“And then there are the countless female hacks who cover all codes right from the grassroots to the professional leagues, ” he added.
Time to blow the whistle on this sexist rubbish to which female sports writers are subjected.
It has been heartening to read so many comments from male sports writers and fans telling Campo to have a long lie down and a good, hard think.
I am a Rugby League fan (Manly tragic), founder of the Eagles Angels along with Sarah Murdoch, as many would know.
That means I go to the game, watch on TV, read about the code and take in all the commentary with like-minded women.
I write about League too – in fact one of my pieces made it into The Best Ever Australian Sports Writing – A 200 Year Collection.
I also contributed to an anthology entitled My Sporting Hero (by the afore-mentioned Greg Growden) and wrote about Geoff Toovey – now Manly coach. I’ve been a contributor for the past seven years to the Sea Eagles News, the freebie newspaper given out to fans at the match.
Is a woman, (sorry, a “girl”) disqualified from writing on the game because she has never laced up a boot?
That seems to be the thinking… if there’s any thought at all in play here.
“I was a keen rugby league player as a little kid. And I was rather held back both by asthma and by lack of talent”.
Who said that?
It was League fan, Thomas Keneally AO, winner of the Man Booker Prize and author of The Utility Player: The Des Hasler Story.
Let’s get real. Half of the men who write about footy haven’t played since they left school. And it doesn’t stop them having a go at writing about women’s snychronised swimming – even though they’ve never clamped a sequinned peg on their nose.
Long story, short. Great sports writers will have an audience, regardless of their gender. Those who can’t write, won’t.
Considering the parlous state of attendance for the domestic Union competition (and let’s not mention the Super15 who limped through a disastrous 2012), I would have thought that every (pert?) bum on a seat was a total bonus. In fact, all who love the game should be given a green and gold Wallabies jersey and a keyboard!
Play on, you excellent, professional women sports writers. I’ve got your back.
And a note to all in sports management: You don’t get boys and men playing footy when you piss off mothers, wives and girlfriends!
I guess I’m one of the few who write about the game of Rugby League without getting into the nitty gritty of the politics and results, preferring to take the Sideline Less Travelled. See over for a mad piece I wrote when we played St. George in the finals, 2010. We lost. Horribly. Sob.
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