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Rematch 13 Years In The Making

Almost 13 years after first trading blows in the ring, Mark Snook and Ryan Shibasaki will meet again when they go head to head at the Bohle Barn on June 11.

In 2003, a very raw Snook stepped into the ring for his first bout against Shibasaki. “He belted me pretty good, and I’ve wanted a rematch ever since.” Snook stated.

Mark Snook and Ryan Shibasaki face off ahead of their June 11 bout

Snook, now considered a veteran after sharing the ring with some quality names over the years, which include Paul Fleming, Fred Mundraby, Trent Wherman and Liam Paro, to name a few, is feeling confident.

“I was not prepared physically or mentally the first time, but now with experience I feel a level of confidence going into each fight.” Snook explained.

Shibasaki, also much improved in his own right knows it’s going to be a much different fight but is poised in his lead up.

“We were just kids when we first fought and are both much more experienced now.” Shibasaki stated.

“Snook has had a lot of fights, but I dare say this will be the fittest I’ve been going into a fight.

I’ve been training and dieting hard and I’m keen to test myself against a solid fighter.” He added.

This fight will be part of a full card featuring locals and fighters from all across North Queensland. Doors open at 5pm with bouts due to commence at 6pm. Tickets available at the door.

HJs Guide to Style

Stop with the SWAG, and get some STYLE.

All trends go in and out of fashion, that’s a guarantee, but class and style never will.

There is a saying, “Dressing well is a form of good manners,” so to help you brush up on your manners I’ve included a few helpful tips below.

Sizing is possibly the most crucial aspect of an outfit. Make sure you’re wearing the outfit and it’s not wearing you. A jacket and pants too big and you’ll like like you had to borrow dads wardrobe for a court date. Not good.
Also too tight is just as horrible.

Simplicity is the key to brilliance. Yes, this is a Bruce Lee quote, and yes I know he was not talking about fashion, but I like Bruce Lee, so fuck it.
Just keep it simple. You don’t need a lot going on to stand out. As they say, “Less is more.”

Shoes make or break an outfit. They can make a dressy outfit look casual, or a casual outfit look dressy, so wear accordingly.
I suggest buying yourself a killer pair of leather mids and rock those motherfuckers.

Being overdressed is better than being underdressed.
Would you rather receive weird looks for looking fucking awesome, or looks getting mistaken for homeless? Exactly.

Hair and beard is a huge element when it comes to style.
A fresh, slick cut and a few millimetres of stubble should do the trick.
If you’re one of those people still trying to rock a beard, make sure it’s clean and nicely trimmed.

A truly slick outfit should always be finished off and complimented with cologne. Also don’t forget to moisturise, you don’t want dry flakey looking skin ruining your look.

Well that’s about it. Go out and rock your outfits, and remember, Do well. Live well. And dress really well.

Power Over The Mind Can Defeat Anything 

Life is such a crazy experience that throws up so many variables at unexpected times. 
While this unexpectedness is what makes life fun, it also guarantees that people are going to hit obstacles. Some that hit so hard they seem almost impossible to overcome. 

You are on top on the world one day, then the next you can’t sleep, can’t eat, and your mind begins to put thoughts in your head that shouldn’t be there.

Whatever you do though, don’t let the sadness, regret, guilt, frustration or anguish consume you.

The human mind is a powerful weapon, which you can use for or against yourself.
When it gets you fixated on the negative, tells you you’re worthless and there is nothing left to give, prove it wrong.

Understand that you ultimately have control over everything that enters your mind. You are strong and in control. Fight back and blast the negative thoughts away with positive energy. 

Tell yourself you’re bigger and better then any situation and surround yourself with positive people. 

Also look back through historical battles… How many people went to war and fought by themselves? None!

Everybody needs friends to fight beside them in battle. When you feel like you’re fighting an uphill climb, when you’re struggling, ask a friend for a push. There is nothing wrong with getting a helping hand. 

Over time mankind has proved again and again that when we work together there is nothing we cannot achieve or overcome. 

Always remember, you are important and people care about you! 

Good people will one day get rewarded, so try not to let the temporary hurt and frustration change your character. 

This struggle is all part of a strange process of improvement. Overcome it and you will be better for it.  

Police Need Better Training

I have discussed this topic with people recently, and now that I have been seeing a lot of headlines lately I’ve decided to share my opinion with everyone else.

We’ve heard the stories/seen the videos of Police gunning and taking people down with excessive force. Well I believe many of these situations could easily be avoided.

I find it ridiculous that Police aren’t trained in any form of hand to hand combat. There really should be a martial art based tactical training system they must be competent in. I also think officers should have to pass a fitness test every 6 months.

This training ensures they aren’t so reliant on pulling a taser or gun, but rather neutralise a situation using trained manoeuvres, plus a martial arts base can also be known to keep people calm in high pressure situations.

A story of a 15 year old girl being tasered in Townsville after attempting to strangle a police officer has made news this week. My main question is how can a grown man not fend off and take down a 15 year old female without the use of a taser? If he had any form of training this could have been avoided.

The disturbing video of a Californian officer beating a women on an LA freeway a few weeks ago also blew me away. There is no need for that type of force to an unarmed women under any circumstance. Once again if he had any understanding of proper restraints and holds this would not have to happen.

Shooting unarmed suspects is another scenario that could often be avoided if people were able to keep calm in situations and were confident in their own acquired skills.

If you’re wondering what the type of martial art should be, well I’m not entirely sure. I think a Krav Maga type system, focusing on a mix of Boxing, Judo, Wrestling and Jujitsu would be more than enough needed. Whatever it could be, I strongly believe some sort of training should be implemented, as it is only going to assist the officers and also the civilians they are payed to serve.

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”… WRONG!

ntagasf“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. Perhaps the most famous quote from perhaps the most famous supermodel in history, Kate Moss.

This expression has also been adopted and used among those people who like to overly express their clean and fit lifestyles.

I say these people are WRONG, and will give 100 examples of things that in fact taste better then being skinny feels.

Before I begin however, I’ll give Kate Moss and these others the benefit of the doubt, they may never have tasted the following things I am about to name (highly unlikely), either that or they’re straight up lying.

Also I would like to say it is very important to fuel your body with the correct foods and I respect and admire people who are committed and dedicated to a healthy eating regime.  Being a competitive boxer I have had to adhere to diet plans from time to time, and find it extremely difficult, so kudos to those that remain on strict diets year round, no doubt it is improving your life and well being.

Let me also make this clear, in no way am I trying to influence people into eating the following foods or live an unhealthy lifestyle. The following are obviously not good for your body, I am simply saying they are fucking delicious.

Okay here we go. Note* These are in no particular order, except for maybe Nutella as first.

Nutella, Bacon, Pizza, Maxibons, Subway Cookies, Oreos, Fruit Loops, Nachos, Magnums, McDonalds, Pies, Sausage Rolls, Hotdogs, Malteasers, Twisties, Coco Pops, Chips and Gravy, Chocolate Milk, Ice Cream, Nutri Grain, Chocolate, Cheezels, Snickers, Pluto Pups, Mars Bars, Tim Tams, Doritos, Twix, Drumsticks, M&Ms, Chips, Hungry Jacks, Cereal, Red Rock Deli chips, KFC, Chinese, Picnics (as in chocolates), Kebabs, Cream Buns, Doughnuts, Honey Puffs, Profiteer Rolls, Waffles, Red Rooster, Roast, Chicken Wings, Ribs, Garlic Bread, Cheesecake, Mud cake, Mac and Cheese, Lasagne, Milo, Baked Potatoes, Caramel Slice, Jam Drops, Chocolate Éclairs, Cookies, Muffins, Pancakes, French Toast, Chicken Nuggets, Brownies, Coke, Custard, Dunkaroos, Hashbrowns, Pudding, Chocolate Mousse, Kit Kats, Pasta, Milky Ways, Ravioli, Noodles, Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti, Fried Rice, Sweet and Sour Pork, Chicken Crispers, Bread (sandwiches), Lollies, Wagon Wheels, Chocolate Bavarian, Shortbread Creams, Dip, Cheese, Apple Pie, Caramel Tart, Peanut Butter, Tacos, Fish and Chips (extra chicken salt of course), Whipped Cream, Pork Crackle, Fairy Floss, Toffee Apples, Popcorn, Sticky Date Pudding, Softdrink, Thickshakes, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

If after reading that list you now have that mouth watering feeling and can’t resist temptation, remember eat in moderation 🙂

 

SMC in Search for Back to Back Titles

SMC Celebrate 2013's Hughenden Rugby 7s Victory

SMC Celebrate 2013’s Hughenden Rugby 7s Victory

SMC Rugby will look for a second consecutive title when they travel to the Hughenden Rugby 7’s competition this weekend.

An ever expanding group, SMC originated with 11 people at the 2010 Goldfield Ashes cricket carnival. Some four years on, SMC now has over 62 members and compete across Cricket, Basketball and Rugby competitions.

Sean Lynch, a passionate member and initiator of the Rugby branch said, “SMC is a brotherhood of mates that continues to grow every year.”

Lynch was a competitor at last year’s Rugby 7s World Cup held in Russia, where he competed with the Philippine side. Upon returning he decided to get a team together and try their luck at the Hughenden 7s carnival.

The team experienced immediate success, taking first place in their inaugural competition and claiming the $2000 prize money offered at last year’s tournament.

“Hughenden was my first tournament after the World Cup, so I was keen to throw the boots on and play some country Rugby.” Lynch said.

A largely new look side will take the paddock this year, with only Lynch, Alex Parker, Dylan O’Connor, Mitch O’Brien and Andrew Dreger returning from last year’s winning Hughenden team.

“We have a lot of League and Touch players, so there is a bit of Rugby inexperience, however these boys will pick 7s up quickly and SMC will be fielding a much stronger team across the park this year.” Said Lynch.

New additions Mark Page and Alex Munro will be players to keep an eye out for.

Page is a League player, having formerly played with Manly Sea Eagles’ U20 outfit and in the Q Cup competition. Lynch praised Page, declaring, “He is very quick for his size and fit as a fiddle, so will suit the 7s format perfectly.”

“Our scrum half Alex Munro is another player to keep an eye on. He is a very experienced 7s player, having played a lot in Darwin, and was our MVP in last year’s Townsville carnival.” Lynch added.

SMC Rugby would like to give thanks to sponsors GNC LiveWell Townsville, Paleo Café, River View Tavern, Pacific Imports, Dan Thomson Architectural Drafting, FitXpress and North Coast PT.

SMC Team Line-up:
1. Alex Parker
2. Mark Page
3. Mitch O’Brien
4. Alex Munro ( C )
5. Josh Fletcher
6. Sean Lynch
7. Dylan O’Conner

Bench: 8. Tyson Tawhai
9. Chris Thinee
10. Paul O’Neill
11. Andrew Dreger
12. Hayden Hooper
13. Justin Zimmerman
14. Sam O’Neill
15. Justin Bell

Coach: Otto Pozzebon
Assistant Coach: Nick Pecchair
Manager: Steve Costanzo

Top 10 Sports Movies

Sports movies are one of my favourite genres. I recently begun to think, what is my favourite sports movie? Unable to choose just one, I decided to make lists of the best ones categorised in different sports. Many you will see in my lists have been based on true stories, which make them even better.

FOOTBALL

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10. The Waterboy: Adam Sandler at his best.

9. The Longest Yard: Whether it’s the 1974 or 2005 version, both are great.

8. The Replacements: Great sports comedy.

7. Jerry McGuire: “Show me the money.”

6. Invincible: Based on the true story of former NFL player Vince Papale.

5. Gridiron Gang: Loosely based on the story of the Kilpatrick Mustangs 1990 season.

4. We Are Marshall: The true story of Marshall University rebuilding process after 1970 plane crash.

3. Any Given Sunday: The best movie speech EVER.

2. The Blind Side: True story of NFL player Michael Oher’s journey.

1. Remember The Titans: Have seen this dozens of times and it remains as powerful as when I first watched.

Honourable mentions to Friday Night Lights and The Game Plan.

BASKETBALL

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10. The Air Up There: A funny family comedy.

9. Above The Rim: A strong sporting drama. Has Tupac in it. Cool.

8. More Than A Game: Wasn’t going to include documentaries, but this is too good. Follows
Lebron James and his high school team.

7. Hooisers: While not based on a true story, it is inspired by a true story.

6. He Got Game: The brilliant Spike Lee directs the great Denzel.

5. White Men Can’t Jump: Snipes and Harrelson are a great team in this awesome comedy.

4. Spacejam: May be for kids, but it’s still awesome

3. Glory Road: Based on the true story of the Texas Western College’s 1966 team.

2. Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The GOAT’ Manigualt: You’ve probably never heard of him, this is the story of the greatest basketball player ever.

1. Coach Carter: Great movie. Nuff said.

Honourable mentions to Like Mike and Semipro

BASEBALL

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10.Bang The Drum Slowly: The movie which made De Niro famous.

9.Major League: Very amusing and fun movie.

8.Bull Durham: A sports movie rated R because of swearing, sex and nudity. Awesome.

7.Bad News Bears: I’ve only seen the 2005 version, which is very funny, but apparently the original 1976 version is better.

6.Mr 3000:Bernie Mac at his comical best.

5.The Rookie: True story of MLB player Jim Morris.

4.Moneyball: Based on the true story of the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 season.

3.The Sandlot: One of my favourite movies growing up. It remains a classic.

2.Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” Great movie.

1. 42: The true story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American player to break the race barrier and play in the Majors.

Honourable mentions to Ed and Rookie of The Year.

BOXING

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10. Price Of Glory: A really good boxing drama.

9. Rocky Marciano: Tells the story of Rocky Marciano from childhood to death.

8. The Raging Bull: The story of Jake Lamotta.

7. The Fighter: Illustrates the life of Micky Ward.

6. Million Dollar Baby: Who knew a movie about female boxing could be so compelling.

5. Ali: Shows the life of Muhammad Ali between 1964 and 1974.

4.The Hurricane: Depicts the events which seen Rubin Carter wrongfully imprisoned for 20 years.

3. Cinderella Man: The story of James J Braddock.

2. Warrior: I know it’s not boxing, but this MMA movie was incredible.

1. Rocky: This is the entire series. The first 4 are absolute classics.

Honourable mention to Resurrecting the Champ. Also Can I give an honourable mention to Real Steel? This movie was surprisingly good.

OTHERS

I would also like to give mention of Hockey movies Goon, Miracle and another one of my favourites as a kid, The Mighty Ducks. Golf movies The Legend of Bagger Vance, Caddyshack, Tin Cup and Happy Gilmore need to be mentioned too. Who knew golf movies would be so good. I didn’t know whether this next movie qualified for the Baseball genre or the Basketball genre, so I’ll put it here. It’s the hilarious BASEketball. Lastly I have to mention one of my favourite movies ever, Cool Runnings.