After six years of tertiary education and numerous part-time positions within sport and recreation, Daniel secured an ideal full time role within local government in November 2010.
Away from work, Daniel has 18 years of cricket experience under his belt and has coached and served on committees at numerous clubs. He also plays baseball in winter and is again a member of the club committee.
Sport and recreation is an obvious interest for Daniel and his articles reflect that, especially his knowledge of cricket and football.
The owner, manager and editor in chief of Pen & Paper Sports, Daniel hopes to see the site grow from strength to strength in the future.
After a week off last week due to Moto GP committments, we're back with a bumper edition of Hot & Not! This week we're focusing on the 'Hots' more so than the 'Nots'!
St Louis Cardinals - A 12-6 thumping of Milwaukee in Game 6 of the NLCS Series has seen the Cardinals progress to their first World Series since 2006 in search of their 11th World Series title. They will take on Texas, who really, have been the best side over the last few weeks of the regular season and the playoffs... A cracking World Series awaits!
Adam Voges - After finishing the UK County Season which reaped 845 runs at 44.47, Voges has started the Australian First Class season well with scores of 58 and 150* to put his name up in front of the selectors. Could this finally be Voges' break-out season which leads to a Test debut? Watch this space...
Shikhar Dhawan - The young Indian started the Indian Domest season in style, scoring 177 and 155 against Rajasthan in the Irani Cup. Still just 25-years-old and having already scored 4442 First Class runs, the 2011/12 could be the season when the youngster finally makes the Indian Test side.
Ajinkya Rahane - Despite Dhawan being close to his Test debut, he might be second in line... Behind this bloke. At 23 years of age, Rahane has the incredible First Class record of 4838 runs at 69.11, including 18 centuries. To put things into perspective, of the hundreds of thousands of players to ever play First Class cricket, only Bradman, Merchant and Headley have a superior record. Impressive stuff and certainly one to look out for!
Pat Cummins - The much-hyped 18-year-old from New South Wales finally made his debut for the Green and Gold, against South Africa at Cape Town on Friday morning (AEDST) and he didn't let Australian fans down, taking 3/25. He then took 2/26 in the second T20I to really drum the message home! This kid is super-talented and should develop into Australia's next big thing with the ball. With Mitchell Johnson continuing to be hot and cold, it's certainly needed!
Tom Brady - The New England Quarterback has amassed an incredible 2,163 Passing Yards in the first six games of the new NFL season and is on target to break the 5,000 yard barrier... Something which he almost achieved in 2007 (4,806). For the record, the 5,000 yard barried has only been achieved once, by Miami's Dan Marino in 1984 when he amassed 5,084 yards.
Greenbay Packers - The only undefeated team remaining in the NFL after winning their first six, easily. The Packers are looking stronger and stronger each week and have already opened up a 1-game lead over Detroit in the NFC West Division... Another Superbowl awaits?
Australian Socceroos - The Aussies are continuing to do all that is required of them in their qualification quest for the Brazillian FIFA World Cup. The Aussie lads had a convincing 3-0 win over Oman in Sydney and now needs just two points from three games to be certain of reaching the final group stage. Keep up the good work boys!
The All Blacks - Clinical display against the Aussies in the Semi Final and now look certain to win the Rugby World Cup in their home country... Surely they'll beat the French?
Casey Stoner - What a star... 5 wins in a row at Phillips Island and now the world champion for the second time. To read all about his efforts this weekend, follow this link http://www.penandpapersports.com/index.php?dC=iveco
Sebastian Vettel - Even with the World Championship wrapped up, this man continues to dominate the 2011 Formula 1 season, winning easily in Korea. Vettel now has 10 wins this season, an incredible effort!
Nathan Hass - The 22-year-old from the ACT has had the biggest win of his career after securing the Jayco Herald Sun Tour title. The young all-rounder deferred studies at Sydney University to chase a cycling dream that now appears a reality with success in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour as well as the Tours of Geelong, Tasmania and Gippsland.
Quade Cooper - A miserable finish to the Rugby World Cup for the number 10 after he followed up a poor performance in the Quarter Final with another poor performance in the Semi Final. His confidence seems shot and there are now serious questions about his ability to perform on the big stage.
Victoria Bushrangers - A poor start to the season, losing to Queensland in both their Ryobi Cup Match as well as the Sheffield Shield Match. The depth which this team had a few seasons ago seems to have vanished... Time for the yougn kids to step up!
Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts & St Louis Rams - The only three teams in the NFL yet to record a victory in the new season, with the Rams losing their first 5, the Dolphins losing their first 4 and the Colts losing their first 6. The season is all but over for all three teams already.
Jorge Lorenzo - Although Casey Stoner was always likely to win the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, a fall in the warm up session before Sunday's main race all but gifted the Australian the title. Lorenzo simply pushed too hard in a reckless warm up session and paid the price with losing half his finger. Photos can be found here; http://www.penandpapersports.com/document.php?docID=409 - A warning though, they're quite graphic!
Bangladesh Cricket - Some reckless batting, and bowling, has cost the young Bangladeshi's the ODI series against the equally young West Indies. A loss by 40 runs in the first ODI and a loss by 8 wickets in the second ODI have ensured the third and final ODI is a dead-rubber. An opportunity lost... Again!