2015 MotoGP of Australia

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Marc Marquez (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Marc Marquez (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18 : Yonny Hernandez (COL) of Octo Pramac Racing during the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 18 : Yonny Hernandez (COL) of Octo Pramac Racing during the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP places his ear plug into his ear while he sits in his garage during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP places his ear plug into his ear while he sits in his garage during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Dani Pedrosa (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Dani Pedrosa (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 18 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18 : Marc Marquez (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team overtakes Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at turn 10 on the final lap to win the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 18 : Marc Marquez (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team overtakes Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at turn 10 on the final lap to win the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

The last Olympics featured 204 nations competing in over 300 events over 19 days; the last Fifa world cup had 32 teams & went for 32 days.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup however, consists of only 14 teams and 49 matches yet it goes on for 49 days….6 weeks!!

To put that into perspective a Pre-Season AFL tournament started & finished during the World Cup.

Some Journalists even went on holiday during the World Cup & came back without missing much.

I still don’t see what justification there is for a major sporting event to go on for so long. As the tournament went on, column inches in the papers shrunk which reflected the interest of the event as a whole. The ICC would argue that this was the most viewed, ‘tweeted’, ‘instagrammed’ & ‘facebooked’ event in the history of the sport. The genius at the ICC who came up with that fact obviously chose to ignore that more people use social media since the last World Cup. It’s like saying “more people travel internationally since the launch of commercial aviation.”

I doubt there would be one person that would argue cricket needs such a long world cup. If the reasoning is logistics & player wellbeing I point to the FIFA world cup; an event which has more teams, more matches & players prone to more fatigue than cricketers, not to mention it’s a much bigger event, yet it goes on for just over 1 month.
How is one-day cricket supposed to sell itself to the masses when a 6 week tournament only has 3 ‘exciting’ matches? One of which featured two countries that are semi-professional at best.

My suggestions are simple; keep the tournament to 14 teams, have the tournament in one country only, ensure every team plays at least twice a week & keep the tournament under 1 month.

I ended up covering 9 matches between Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand. It was an enjoyable World Cup from a photographer’s point of view; it was great to catch up with colleagues from all over the world, the cricket, whilst not exciting did provide some great images for most photographers. Below are a few of my own selects.

Joe Root of England fields on the boundary in the shadows during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Joe Root of England fields on the boundary in the shadows during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A diving JP Duminy dives in the field to stop the ball during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
JP Duminy dives in the field to stop the ball during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Morne Morkel bowls to Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Morne Morkel bowls to Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Taskin Ahmed looks on as he drops Kumar Sangakkara off his own bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Taskin Ahmed looks on as he drops Kumar Sangakkara off his own bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kumar Sangakkara plays a cover drive shot while batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kumar Sangakkara plays a lofted cover drive on one knee while batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell looks up in the sky after being bowled for 49 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell looks up in the sky after being bowled for 49 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
James Taylor dives into his crease to avoid being run out as Angelo Mathews jumps to avoid being run into during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
James Taylor dives into his crease to avoid being run out as Angelo Mathews jumps to avoid a collision during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Clarke watches the ball as he is about to play a pull shot whilst batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Clarke watches the ball as he is about to play a pull shot whilst batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Glenn Maxwell batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Glenn Maxwell batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga runs in to bowl in front of the members stand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga runs in to bowl in front of the S.C.G members stand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mashrafe Mortaza and bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrate by jumping in the air and bumping their chests together after  wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final knockout match between India Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mashrafe Mortaza and bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrate by jumping in the air and bumping their chests together after wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final knockout match between India Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Aaron Finch plays a cut shot in mid air during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Aaron Finch plays a cut shot in mid air during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Sun sets over the Members stand during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Sun sets over the Members stand during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson jumps in celebration after getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma by bowling him out during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson jumps in celebration after getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma by bowling him out during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Spectators look on from the grant southern stand at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Spectators look on from the Great Southern Stand at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Australian Captain Michael Clarke raises the trophy in front of photographers & camera men after the Australian won the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Australian Captain Michael Clarke raises the trophy in front of photographers & camera men after the Australian side won the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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Australia v India: 3rd Test Boxing Day Test match Cricket

A few of my selects from the 2014 Boxing day test match between Australia Vs India.
The match ended in a draw seeing Australia regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on a tense final day at the MCG.

Not the most exciting cricket match in terms of photos, in fact day 1 was easily the most boring day of cricket i have ever covered.

General field of play view in the afternoon during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
General field of play view in the afternoon during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Virat Kohli walks up the players race onto the field during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli walks up the players race onto the field during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Spectators watch from the stands during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Spectators watch from the stands during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Steve Smith raises his bat as he walks off the field after making 192 during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Steve Smith raises his bat as he walks off the field after making 192 during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Virat Kohli ducks a bouncer during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli ducks a bouncer during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Brad Haddin dives in attempt the catch the ball during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Brad Haddin dives in attempt the catch the ball during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli dives into his crease to avoid being run out during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli dives into his crease to avoid being run out during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Shaun Marsh jumps as he gets hit in the chest of a ball from Ishant Sharma during day four of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Shaun Marsh jumps as he gets hit in the chest of a ball from Ishant Sharma during day four of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Ryan Harris celebrates after getting a wicket caught and bowled during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Ryan Harris celebrates after getting a wicket caught and bowled during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli plays a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson for four runs during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli plays a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson for four runs during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com

International Test Rugby Australia v France Game 2

Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Yaonn Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Yoann Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Nick Cummins and Yaonn Huget while challenging for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Nick Cummins (right) and Yoann Huget (left) both challenge for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

Mathieu Bastareaud of france tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mathieu Bastareaud of France tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Isreal Folau gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Isreal Folau of the Wallabies gets tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud of France during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

 

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Throwback Thursday : Farewell Lucas Neill

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou announced this week that (former) Socceroos captain Lucas Neill wouldn’t be in the World Cup squad for this years World Cup In Brazil.
It wasn’t really a surprise, Neill has been in questionable form for a while and has struggled to find a respectable club let alone playing time. He was one of the last standing of the ‘golden generation’ and in the opinion of many, Australia’s best football captain. His socceroo career whilst not officially over but inevitably so, Neill’s contribution to Australian football has been immense, it would be a real shame if he didnt get a proper send off in the green & gold.

Below are two photos from one of his last matches during the World Cup Qualifier against Jordan, in which Neill scored in the 85th minute.
The photo below of Neill walking down the tunnel being congratulated by David Gallop is a personal favourite. This win by the Socceroos was a massive relief for the whole of Football Australia, a loss or even a draw would have put the Socceroos in a very precarious position, potentially seeing the Socceroos not qualify at all. The 4-0 win meant the Socceroos were just one win away from Brazil, much to the relief of David Gallop and the F.F.A Bank balance.

Victorious Socceroos captain Lucas Neill walks down the players tunnel about to be congratulated by FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Socceroos captain Lucas Neill walks down the players tunnel about to be congratulated by FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lucas Neill thanks the Melbourne crowd at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lucas Neill thanks the Melbourne crowd at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

Ashes : 5th Test Sydney Australia Vs England

The last Test of what has been a humiliating tour for the English, foolishly i booked my stay for 5 days…
For those curious Qantas charge $70 for a flight change.

General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading 'Whats your plan B' during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading ‘Whats your plan B’ during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ashes : Boxing Day Test Match Australia Vs England

My last major assignment for 2013 and my first ever Ashes test on the ropes.
While the match itself turned out to be an anti-climax and i spent all of day 3 ‘retired hurt’ with a very bad case of Gastro, it was great to be covering cricket again, its actually been the longest period (10 months) i have gone without covering cricket.
Here are some pics.

Kevin Pietersen walks out to bat during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen and Tim Brenan walk out to bat during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson runs in to bowl during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson runs in to bowl during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook edges the ball between Brad Haddin and Shane Watson during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook edges the ball between Brad Haddin and Shane Watson during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen fielding on the boundary and general MCG view during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen fielding on the boundary and general MCG view during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
England team walk out to the field via the players race during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
England team walk out to the field via the players race during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Carberry get bowled during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Carberry gets bowled during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson celebrates after getting a wicket during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson celebrates after getting a wicket during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin batting during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin batting during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad  bowling during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad bowling during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers walks out to bat during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers walks out to bat during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers edges the ball which was dropped by England Captain Alistair Cook during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers edges the ball which was dropped by England Captain Alistair Cook during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MCG general view side on during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MCG general view side on during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Shane Watson celebrates as he scores the winning runs during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Shane Watson celebrates as he scores the winning runs during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Shane Watson and Michael Clarke hug after Shane Watson scored the winning runs during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
Shane Watson and Michael Clarke hug after Shane Watson scored the winning runs during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
England captain Alastair Cook walks out to the field via the players race during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
England captain Alastair Cook walks out to the field via the players race during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2013 Australian MotoGP

A bit late but here are a few pics from last week’s Australian Moto Gp in Phillip Island.

A few more pics on my website (link at the bottom of the page)

Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Marc Marquez leaves the pits during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo leaves the pits during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
Photographers at the top of Lukey Heights
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
20 October 2013 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) riding for the Yamaha Factory Racing during free practice on Race day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
Riders descend lukey heights
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
Moto 2 riders descend down Lukey Heights
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 :Marcel Schrotter during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
Gino Rea leads, Simone Corsi, Mika Kallio
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
20 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo (SPA), Dani Pedrosa (SPA) & Valentino Rossi (ITA) spray champagne on the podium during Race day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
20 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) riding for the Yamaha Factory Racing hugs his trophy after winning during Race day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia

More pics on my website
http://abrfoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/2013-Australian-Moto-GP/G0000SfZveDNY3F4/C0000TGXd2anGZXM

2nd Test : Qantas Wallabies Vs British And Irish Lions at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

As a huge Wallabies fan needless to say covering a Lions test match, an event which occurs once every 12 years was certainly a highlight of my career thus far. I remember watching the last one when i was in High School, i never thought id be fortunate enough to cover a test 12 years later. The colour, the atmosphere, the old world charm associated with Test Rugby Union & of course hearing thousands of Lions supporters singing the Negro spiritual ‘Swing low, Sweet Chariot’ are one of the many things i love about the Lions Rugby tour, it makes waiting 12 years worth it.

From a photography aspect i’ll be honest, sometimes given the atmosphere i just need to take it all in just for a second but once the game kicks i just let it go and got back on the job. As with most rugby games i choose to run up & down the sidelines, i personally feel i am able to get a bit more variety in my shots but the key is to be able to run & run quick to keep up with the play.

Here are a few pics from last nights match after the Wallabies nail biting win.

Now lets hope they can do it again in the 3rd & deciding test. C’mon Wallabies!

British & Irish Lions Supporters British & Irish Lions Supporters

Kurtley Beale

Kurtley Beale Israel Folau Kane Douglas Kurtley Beale Sam Warburton Ben Mowen Israel Folau Stephen Moore Israel Folau Geoff Parling Adam Ashley-Cooper Adam Ashley-Cooper and Christian Leali'iano

British And irish lions walk down the tunnel after their defeat

 

More Photos on my website http://abrfoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/Australia-Wallabies-Vs-British-Irish-Lions-2nd-Test/G0000SlivXm5Pw3U/C0000TGXd2anGZXM