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The G.O.A.T. Series Part Two: Women’s Edition

Posted 11:37am Sunday 28th May 2017 by Charlie Hantler

Following on from the men’s edition, we now turn our focus in on the women’s sport and their greats. Names such as Venus and Serena Williams, Flo-Jo and Irene van Dyk spring to mind, due to their sheer dominance of their codes, but they have plenty of competition for their respective Read more...

Teams I Hate and Why You Should Hate Them Too #1: Liverpool FC

Posted 11:22am Sunday 21st May 2017 by Charlie Hantler

Everyone has sports teams they love, for me these are Otago, the mighty Highlanders, the Black Caps, Manchester United, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. I thoroughly enjoy cracking open a Speight’s, putting my feet up and watching them do their thing. It really is a great time. However, like Read more...

The G.O.A.T. Series Part One: Male Athletes

Posted 11:57am Sunday 7th May 2017 by Charlie Hantler

G.O.A.T., or the ‘greatest of all time’, is an American phrase which has now become commonplace in sporting circles with discussions about which sportsperson is the best to ever grace their code’s pitch/ring/field and so on. Throughout the rest of the year, Critic will conduct a Read more...

Folkloric Heroes: NZ Cricket’s All-Time Battlers XI

Posted 11:34am Sunday 30th April 2017 by Charlie Hantler

Kane Williamson. Martin Crowe. Richard Hadlee. Ross Taylor. These are but a few of the names that have been carved into national cricket history as heroes for the right reasons. Unfortunately, in a nation of roughly 4.5 million people, and with a professional cricket population of about 100, Read more...

All King James's Horses & All His Men

Posted 11:56am Sunday 23rd April 2017 by Charlie Hantler

With the NBA regular season wrapped up for another year, and packed with intriguing storylines and stat-lines, we now enter the business end of the season: the playoffs. Do or die ball. After Russell Westbrook and James Harden’s MVP battle, LeBron James maintaining his normal standards, and Read more...

Sweeping Aside the Opposition

Posted 11:31am Sunday 9th April 2017 by Charlie Hantler

On the back of a strong domestic season with both Otago and Derbyshire on the English County circuit, one of our favourites Neil Broom earned a recall to the Black Caps. He came out firing, with scores of 22, 109*, and 97 in the three ODIs against Bangladesh, to average 114 for the series, before Read more...

Charlie Hantler Sits Down With Marty Banks

Posted 11:42am Sunday 2nd April 2017 by Charlie Hantler

There are a few genuine folklore legends in this current Highlanders squad: Ben Smith, Richard “Barracuda” Buckman, Joey Wheeler… but perhaps the standout is the curly-haired assassin Marty Banks. I caught up with Banksy for an ice-cold Speight’s and chewed the fat. By God Read more...

Spick & Span to Play for Grand Slams

Posted 11:32am Sunday 26th March 2017 by Charlie Hantler

At the time of writing, organisers are tidying up the iconic Dunedin Railway Station to host the ID Fashion Week Runway Show this weekend. Having covered the Premier League, Super Rugby and cricket already this year, not wanting to talk about league because the Warriors are shit, and saving a Read more...

“And Solskjaer Has Won It" - Best Sporting Comebacks

Posted 11:20am Sunday 19th March 2017 by Charlie Hantler

Last week Barcelona completed what was, arguably, the greatest football comeback of all-time in their round-of-16 tie against Paris Saint Germain last week. Coming from 4-0 down in the first leg to scoring three goals in the final 5 minutes of the second leg and conquering the Parisian based side Read more...

Charlie Hantler Sums Up The English Premier League Season With Nine Games to Go

Posted 12:20pm Sunday 12th March 2017 by Charlie Hantler

I was searching for inspiration for this week’s column, and so I delved into last year’s work. Boy oh boy did I find a goodie, with claims that Pep Guardiola, the new Manchester City manager, was making the English Premier League look easy. He was undoubtedly doing so at the time, but Read more...

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