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Climbing towards the greatest race on earth

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“This kid could win the Tour de France one day.” The voice of cycling, Phil Liggett, had just witnessed quite possibly the first step in an Australian’s quest to win the greatest race on earth.Liggett had been travelling in a support vehicle up Mt.Wellington in Hobart as a part of the race convoy on the penultimate stage of the 1998 Tour of Tasmania.

 

A young determined mountain biker from the hills around Melbourne had just burnt off the field in the ascent to the top and would pull on the Tour leader’s yellow jersey that night.It was the first time he had ever worn the leader’s jersey in a road race, his name -  Cadel Evans.When you look back on the careers of sports stars that have risen to great heights, there is usually a time and a place that can be pin-pointed to changing their pathway to stardom, a defining moment where an action or result confirms their ability to become the next big thing.

 

 

Country pies the best in the state (1973 Tasmanian State Grand Final)

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The three biggest celebrations across the country in 1973 were the opening of Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino, the first ever Casino built in Australia; the long awaited official opening of Sydney’s Opera House on Friday the 28th of September when Prokofiev’s spectacular epic modern opera War and Peace thrilled a first-time audience; and the following day on Tasmania’s windy north-west coast at Burnie’s West Park when the Scottsdale ‘Magpies’ knocked off home-town favourites Cooee in the state football grand final.

 

 

Of-course on that same day in Melbourne, Carlton shrugged off Richmond to win the VFL Grand Final, ironically with the same 16.20.116 score-line to that of Scottsdale. Scottsdale had entered the state final via victories over North Launceston in their competition’s grand final – the NTFA – before accounting for southern Premiers (TFL) Hobart in the State Preliminary Final.

 

Seagulls swoop on TFL Premiership (1971 Tasmanian Football League)

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The Seagulls had won their first three games and were perched in second spot on the ladder behind New Norfolk on percentage. After trouncingHobartin the opening round by 50 points, they booted 25 goals to beat Glenorchy in a high scoring contest at North Hobart Oval by 28 points.A crowd of 5,423 saw them crushNorth Hobartby 44 points again at North Hobart Oval and the Seagulls were looking good.

 

Making par on the Peninsula

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‘A huge crowd has gathered here on the eighteenth at Moonah Links Open course. Robert Allenby has four feet to the pin to make this put – this for the Championship…’

 

 

‘…Welcome to the Peninsula Hot Springs Mr.Allenby and congratulations on your win sir.  Your private hot mineral bath is now ready for you, and to follow a Kodo massage inspired by Aboriginal techniques to tone and re-align your energy flow and enhance your mind and body balance”.