The Roar

Southland Times sports editor Nathan Burdon's news, views and interviews. Feedback generally welcomed. Follow me on Twitter: @nathanburdon

Back in the saddle ... or on the green

12:00pm 27 Mar 2014

NATHAN BURDON

For some reason the stars have aligned recently and I've been playing golf.

In fact, about three rounds in the past two weeks, which is some sort of achievement given I hadn't played any stickball for the best part of 18 months.

Before that I was a member of the Invercargill Golf Club and a regular Saturday morning player, with a few other rounds thrown in when I had the time.

And there was the rub.

When our family doubled in size about two years ago, my free time wasn't just halved, it shrank down to the sort of micro dot that spy film used to be stored on in old Cold War movies.

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Club rugby, for what it's worth

05:00am 26 Mar 2014

NATHAN BURDON

Club rugby season is almost upon us, which means the rumour mill is in overdrive at the moment.

Who's going where? Why are they shifting? How much are they being paid?

As someone who has been out of club rugby for close to 10 years now, except as a casual observer and occasional reporter, it seems utterly ridiculous that ANY player in Southland is being paid to play club rugby.

This is not the NRL, this is not Super Rugby, this is not even the NPC.

I can accept that some clubs have to provide an enticement to attract the sort of players required to play premier rugby. Petrol money, a job (that's an actual job, not a 'no-show' job a la The Sopranos), the odd leg of mutton, maybe.

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Thoughts of a winning coach

12:00pm 25 Mar 2014

NATHAN BURDON

I caught up with Southern Steel coach Janine Southby after a thrilling one-goal win over the West Coast Fever in Dunedin on Saturday. Here are her thoughts on the game.

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Gutsy win celebrated

01:32pm 24 Mar 2014

NATHAN BURDON

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph was celebrating his second win of the season on Saturday, a gutsy effort against the Hurricanes at Dunedin Stadium.

Here's what he had to say after the game.

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Bugs versus the Highlanders

05:00am 19 Mar 2014

NATHAN BURDON

@Nathan Burdon Decisions on where stories are placed in the newspaper and how they are treated are influenced by all sorts of factors.

Arguably the biggest factor comes down to public interest.

In the sports pages this is not usually the journalistic standard of ''public interest'', but more what is of interest to the public.

For this reason rugby gets a large share (much more of a share than it deserves, some woud argue) of attention.

It's a numbers game.If 5000 people show up to watch the Stags play at Rugby Park, then it follows that we will give them a decent splash in the paper during the week.

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