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.
Cricket, Soccer, NFL and much more... It's a busy time of year in the sporting world and the results are mixed. Let's see who did well and who didn't over the last fortnight!
Matthew Wade - This bloke is in a rich vein of form, and at the right time given Brad Haddin's struggled. His last five innings in all forms of cricket for Victoria and Australia 'A' have produced scores of 108, 80, 29, 60, 120 and 53. Surely a Baggy Green isn't far away, especially given Tim Paine is still struggling to recover from a finger injury.
Pat Cummins - I'll admit that I wasn't impressed seeing Cummins given a Baggy Green after just three First Class matches. However, the kid has made a wonderful start to his career in the 2nd Test against South Africa. 1/38 (15 overs) and 6/79 (29 overs) are impressive figures against a quality opponent, in an Australian side under severe pressure. A star has arrived.
Brisbane Roar - The Roar has etched its place in history, smashing a 74-year-old Australian sporting record and securing a run of 36 unbeaten games, after a 4-0 thumping of Perth Glory at Ausgrid Stadium. The Roar now sit 6 points clear on top of the Hyundai A-Leauge Table and it looks like the run of 36 will continue for a while yet!
Perth Heat - The Heat, Australia's strongest baseball side, have extended their season record to 11 wins from 11 games. Against Sydney this weekend, they won Game 1 (6-2), Game 2 (16-1), Game 3 (5-3) and Game 4 (19-3). The Heat have already opened up a 5.5 game lead on top of the ABL ladder.
Kelly Slater - Apologies to all the surfing fans out there as this bloke should have been in this list a few weeks ago. Slater, nearing his 40th birthday, recently claimed his 11th World Title, a simply amazing effort. Sadly, surfing doesn't get the level of media coverage as many mainstream sports however if it did, Kelly Slater would be known as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time, sitting along side Bradman, Ruth, Jordan, Armstrong, Schumacher and Co.
Green Bay Packers - 11 from 11 for the Packers who have already secured a playoff berth - Sensational going! Can they be the first team to go back-to-back since the Patriots in 2003/04 and 2004/05? I think so!
Tim Kennelley - The Perth Heat slugger is hitting .529 after his first 8 games of the 2011/12 ABL season, going 18 from 34 with 11 RBI. Currently within the Phillies farm system, playing AA Reading, Kennelly may find himself under closer supervision come April 2012 when back in the 'States!
Robin van Persie - 13 goals from 12 games from the Dutch striker and he looks certain to set an all-time personal record (he scored 18 times in the 2010/11 season). His value to Aresnal can not be underestimated, having scored 13 of their 24 goals this season. A fantastic achievement thus far!
Bernie Ecclestone - This is obviously a poor performance off-field (track), not on it as the Formula 1 boss has found himself in hot water and is facing fraud charges after admitting to paying a banker approximately $42 million to stay silent over his financial affairs. Why is it always the rich who are the greediest?
Indianapolis Colts - The 2011/12 NFL season has gone from bad, to worse, to downright disgusting for the once dominant Colts who have now lost their first 10 games. Tomorrow morning (AEDST), the Colts face Carolina who themselves are struggling at 2 & 8 this season. Can they finally notch up a win?
Blackburn Rovers - After a 3-1 loss to Stoke City overnight, Blackburn remain on just 7 points from 13 games this season. They are now 4 points clear in the relegation zone and look certain to find themselves in The Championship for 2012/13. Very unexpected and very upsetting for all of the Rovers' fans!
Mitchell Johnson - Now then, a few years back when the Australian side was very unsettled, it would seem players were 'injured' when facing the chop... Now, it might be happening again. Johnson has taken just 13 wickets at 57 runs apiece in Test Matches during 2011 and this afternoon it was reported that he looks like missing the entire summer, requiring an operation on his toe. Apparently, a piece of metal is embedded under Johnson's left big toe and quite bizarrely, there was no obvious entry point, suggesting it may have been there for some time, perhaps even since childhood. Really? Hrm.
Adelaide 36ers - Just 2 wins from 8 games to start the 2011/12 NBL season and there are many players under severe pressue to keep their spots. Next week, they face second-placed Perth Wildcats to it certainly isn't going to get any easier... Challenging times ahead for the once dominant 36ers!
That wraps up a big fortnight in sport - Of course, much more has occured so feel free to tell me below (by posting a comment) who I missed! Start some discussion!
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