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.
Back for a special edition of Hot & Not after a massive Easter long-weekend of sport from all around the globe. Let’s see who’s done well and who hasn’t this week!
West Coast Eagles – Yes, the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne weren’t ever likely to cause the Eagles much trouble, however the way in which the Eagles have disposed of both opponents has been nothing short of perfect. A 49 point thumping of the Doggies, followed by an 108 point shellacking of Melbourne has helped see them firm as a genuine premiership contender in 2012.
Milwaukee Bucks – The Bucks have won their last four and now sit 28 & 28, and more importantly just half a game outside playoffs. With a solid finish to the season, they may just sneak in ahead of New York or Philadelphia.
San Antonio Spurs – The Spurs have won their last eleven and have stormed to the top of the Western Conference thanks to a faltering Oklahoma City Thunder. Their wins have not only been consecutive, but they’ve also been convincing – They’re certainly one to watch come playoffs.
Melbourne Storm – The Storm, after numerous set-backs in recent years, are back flying once again and currently on top of the NRL ladder. They have won six in a row and are the only undefeated team in the competition.
Baltimore Orioles – After fourteen straight sub .500 seasons, the Orioles have a simple goal this season – To win more games than they lose. After clean sweeping their 3-game series against the Minnesota Twins, they’re off to the perfect start.
New York Mets – Like the Orioles, the Mets are another team which has struggled in recent years however they too kicked their season off with a clean sweep, their victims being the Atlanta Braves.
Manchester United FC – With just six games remaining and a lead of eight points, the strongest club in Premier League history looks set for yet another title, their twentieth. Sadly for their cross-town rivals Manchester City, money doesn’t always guarantee titles.
Brisbane Roar – The Queenslanders are well placed to secure their second successive A-League title after booking a home Grand Final following their 3-2 defeat of Central Coast Mariners last night. They are, arguably, one of the most dominant sporting teams in recent history, across all sports, and thoroughly deserve to win a second title.
Jorge Lorenzo – The Spaniard overtook defending world champion Casey Stoner with just three laps remaining in last night’s Qatar MotoGP, to win his eighteenth career title. After a disappointing end to 2011, Lorenzo looks set to push Stoner all the way this season.
Tom Boonen - The big 31-year-old from Belgium last night won one of the most prestigious events in the cycling world, the Paris-Roubaix. Along with his win in 2005, 2008 and 2009, Boonen has become just the second rider to win the race on four occasions, the other being compatriot Roger De Vlaeminck. It was a thoroughly deserved win after breaking away from the peloton and powering to the finish line.
Bubba Watson – It took two playoff holes to overcome South African Louis Oosthuizen , however a miracle approach shot on the second helped see the 33-year-old American storm to his first major title, in winning the US Masters this morning (AEST). Watson had previously won just five tournaments on the PGA Tour, however his sixth will be remembered by many for a long time to come.
Melbourne Demons – What a terrible weekend they’ve had, in fact, what a terrible fortnight they’ve had. It started with the sad loss of their mighty, inspirational leader and quite frankly, things haven’t gone their way since. The good thing is though – Ben Polis is no longer associated with the club and the on-field performances can’t really get worse. Let’s hope to see them fight back.
Gold Cost Suns – It’s tough to be critical of such a young, developing team, however after an encouraging 2011 season where they were at least competitive at times, the Suns have had a very poor start to 2012. An opening round 69 point loss to Adelaide was followed by a 92 point thumping at the hands of St Kilda. Guy McKenna will hope his side improves ASAP or he’ll be under the pump big time!
Charlotte Bobcats – Eleven losses in a row for the hapless Bobcats and an abysmal record of 7 & 47 for the season - Five games worse than the second-worst team, Washington. Utterly dreadful.
New York Yankees – Whilst their cross-town rivals, the Mets, were getting it done in their season opener, the Yankees were struggling to keep the Rays at bay (pardon the pun). None of the three games were blow-outs, however a total of just three hits in Game 3 will be a concern.
Boston Red Sox – The Detroit Tigers are expected to do well this season, however they weren’t expected to sweep the Red Sox on opening weekend. In Game 3, the Sox choked on numerous occasions and let the lead slip... At one stage, they were ahead 8-2 before eventually going down 13-12. Worrying signs so early in the season.
Manchester City FC – Money doesn’t always buy titles – Enjoy a miserable summer.
... And finally, the worst performing team of the week award has to go to these guys!
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