Wallabies make 5 changes for Springboks encounter

Ewen McKenzie has made 5 changes to the Wallabies lineup to face the Springboks at Pattersons Stadium on Saturday.  The team is:

Slipper, Hanson, Kepu, Carter, Simmons, Fardy, Hooper (c), Palu, Phipps, Foley, Horne, Toomua, Kuridrani, Ashley- Cooper, Folau

Bench: Fainga’a, Cowan, Alexander, Horwill, Higginbotham, Hodgson, White, Beale

Two of the changes are injury enforced with Kuridrani coming in for McCabe and Hanson in for Charles.  The Kurtley Beale experiment at number 10 has come to an end with Bernard Foley replacing him and Nick Phipps comes in at halfback in place of Nic White.  Both Beale and White are on the bench.

There are no other changes to the forward pack, which frankly is a surprise given our poorly the forwards played against the All Blacks a fortnight ago.  On the bench Will Skelton has been left out with james Horwill replacing him.


Keperra Golf Club: 3rd 9 Review

After a lengthy lay off from the course, I have started to play golf again at my local course: Keperra Golf Club.

On the weekend I played what is known as the courses “3rd 9″. To say I was impressed with these 9 holes would be an understatement. Here is my review of the 3rd 9 at Keperra.

Course condition: The course is just in a fantastic state and the holes on the 3rd 9 are no different. Often, I have found, the “extra” holes on a golf course are often neglected in favour of the “prime” holes but this was not the case at Keperra. The greens are true, the fairways well tendered and the tee boxes well maintained.

Layout: The 3rd 9, it has to be said, is a very tight and short 9 holes. There is no hole on which you will need your driver, assuming you hit your driver consistently more than 220 metres. Most holes have doglegs and require a well placed drive to ensure you are in a position to score. The bulk of the greens are long and well guarded by bunkers.

Pace of play: I have to say that playing this 9 on pennants day at the course on a Sunday might not have given the best account of the likely pace of play. That said, because the layout is so tight and the bulk of the par 4s are less than 320 metres long, albeit with sharp doglegs, naturally you are going to have some delays on the course.

Cost: 9 holes cost $25 on a Sunday. That is pretty good for such a quality golf course.

Best Hole: The only par 5 on this 9 is the 437 metre 5th hole. I know that sounds short but with a dog leg that cuts left at about 210 metres this is a great 3 shot par 5 that will test how your golf course management. The green is well protected buy a creek and trees so the second shot, which I can not see anyway for it be less than 230 metres, is a massive risk proposition. I played it this way: 5 wood, 7 iron, pitching wedge. This hole is a snapshot of the whole 9: you have to think and manage your way around.

All in all I thought the 3rd 9 at Keperra was excellent. In fact I am tempted to rate it as a better experience than the 1st 9. Simply put: if you are in Brisbane and are looking for a challenge, head out to Keperra and give the 3rd 9 a go.

6 Kilograms in September

Long time readers of this blog will recall that 18 months ago I embarked on a challenge to both lose weight and change my life. At the end of that challenge I was pleased to report that I had dropped in weight to 106.1kgs. This morning I got on the scales for the first time in a while and was disappointed to see the numbers on the scale come up with 116.1kgs.

I say disappointed rather than surprised because I have noticed the return of some bad habits of late that I know has lead to an increase in my weight.

Rather than do what I would have done even 24 months ago and both wallow in my regression into bad habits whilst exacerbating the problem by eating more I have decided to focus on getting back to the key things that assisted me in losing the weight the last time around.

It is pretty simple really:

1. Fast food will, again, be jettisoned.
2. I will eat breakfast at home every day before I leave for work.
3. Exercise 4 times a week, either walking or running, will return to my weekly schedule whilst I will increase my frequency of golf rounds.
4. Soft drinks, diet or otherwise, are banned.
5. I will keep a food / drink / exercise journal to track progress.

So for the month of September I have set myself the target of losing 6 kilograms (or 1.5 kgs per week). I will not be starting a new blog to track this challenge: rather, from time to time I will report in here as to how I am going.

I concede that losing 6kgs will not get be back to where I was in July 2013 however it will be a positive move towards getting back to where I want to be whilst replacing bad habits with good ones.

Time to get stuck in!


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