Last time Gary Wilkinson was in Perth, the Wildcats faithful were baying for his blood.
He has just completed his school exams, and now Matthew Ridenton faces a test of his footballing credentials.
A decision will be made today on whether New Zealand sprinter Eddie Dawkins will be able to compete in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico after he crashed heavily in training.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Kiwis head coach's job won't be reserved for a New Zealander, NZRL chairman says.
MARK GEENTY IN DUNEDIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThey have a mountain of runs to play with but New Zealand need to be wary of the West Indies.
Ross Taylor could score 20 test centuries and set the new standard of batting greatness, Martin Crowe says.
MATT RICHENNS - © Fairfax NZ NewsNZ plays host to next month's cricket 2015 World Cup qualifier but is not certain to play in the 2019 tournament.
Central Pulse star Donna Wilkins doing 60km Kepler Challenge mountain run to get fit for new season.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsUnlike many All Blacks stars, Kieran Read didn't hone his skills at a "fashionable" rugby school.
MARK GEENTY IN DUNEDIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's hard not to feel some sympathy for the West Indies, and hard-toiling fast bowler Tino Best agreed.
ALAN BALDWIN - ReutersRaces in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea were dropped from Formula One's official 2014 calendar, with the season remaining at 19 races.
NRL club doctors will no longer report to coaches as part of a raft of measures introduced to help avoid a repeat of the doping scandal which engulfed Cronulla this season.
DAVE CAMPBELL - APLeslie Frazier shook his head and managed a slight smile when the question was posed.
Ex Counties Manukau flanker Daniel Adongo could get his first chance to play in the NFL after the Indianapolis Colts promoted him to their full roster.
Sydney FC captain Alessandro Del Piero has been ruled out of his side's match against Central Coast with a hamstring injury.
ELEANOR BILES - ReutersItaly coach Cesare Prandelli has called for the introduction of drink breaks during next year's World Cup finals in Brazil to counter the heat and humidity.
SUDIPTO GANGULY - ReutersAustralia have put fast bowlers Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile on standby for next week's third Ashes test against England in Perth.
FRED WOODCOCK - © Fairfax NZ NewsA fiery late spell of fast bowling from Hamish Bennett and a calm innings from Tom Latham has put Canterbury into a dominant position after the first day in their Plunket Shield match with Wellington.
Opening bowlers strike early for Black Caps after Ross Taylor notches double century.
Australian captain Michael Clarke fit to face England in second Ashes test which starts tomorrow.
BEN STANLEY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Warriors will open their season against the Eels in Sydney and will host first three home games at Eden Park.
BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Black Sticks' will face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the World League hockey tournament.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsA few days coaching under-privileged children in Brazil has ensured Kieran Read keeps his feet on the ground.
New Zealand sprinter Eddie Dawkins will have his fingers crossed that he will be able to compete in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico starting on Friday after he crashed heavily in training.
AARON GOILE - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Canterbury Bulldogs will play a home NRL match in Hamilton next year.
MIKE COLLETT - ReutersFootball's governing body has announced a bafflingly complex procedure for the World Cup draw, which includes a pre-draw for the European teams in Pot 4.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsTeam New Zealand have scored a coup as they look to mount another America's Cup campaign.
All Blacks sweep the IRB's 2013 rugby awards with Kieran Read named player of the year.
The Warriors will play the Bulldogs at Eden Park in round six of next year's NRL.
TALES AZZONI - APAt least three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be finished by the end of December as FIFA had requested.
KAREN BROOKS - ReutersSeattle NFL fans erupted in cheers so raucous that their jumping up and down registered as five minor earthquakes.
MARK GEENTY IN DUNEDIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsAfter the hugs and high fives on the pitch, the emotion spilled over outside the University Oval pavilion.
BEN STANLEY - © Fairfax NZ NewsFormer Kiwis coach Brian McClennan rules himself out of the running to coach New Zealand.
SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsJeremy Brockie is expected to return to face Perth but doubts remain over Carlos Hernandez and Albert Riera.
SUDIPTO GANGULY - ReutersA token one-day 12th man spot for pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan is New Zealand's lot in the ICC test and ODI cricket teams of the year.
MARK GEENTY AND MATT RICHENS - © Fairfax NZ NewsA pep talk from his mentor, Martin Crowe, spurred Ross Taylor to his drought-breaking century.
FRED WOODCOCK - © Fairfax NZ NewsMatt Henry has been ruled out of Canterbury's Plunket Shield match against Wellington in Rangiora today.
IAN ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThey may be without six Black Caps, but the Northern Knights have still been able to name a strong side.
HAMISH BIDWELL - © Fairfax NZ NewsPainkillers are as much a tool of Mark Gillespie's trade as his bowling boots. Now it's a cortisone injection.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsEx-test forward Kevin Tamati would be appalled if an Aussie was appointed Kiwis head coach.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsDespite undergoing two heart operations, Robbie Fruean is very much considered an asset by the Chiefs.
SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Saints yesterday announced the signing of the versatile Dion Prewster for a second stint at the club.
IAN ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's not just Andrew Nicholson's talents as a rider that have seen him recognised as the world's top eventer.
MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Mark Reason says NZ haven't won a test under Brendon McCullum; change is needed.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsMidweek matches are trendy again, but those hoping extended tours are back will be disappointed.
JUSTIN CHADWICK - AAPPerth Glory have suffered a double blow, with defender Steve Pantelidis quitting the A-League club and striker Shane Smeltz ruled out for up to four weeks with an ankle injury.
TRUNG LATIEULE - APZahir Belounis plans to sue his two former Qatari clubs for fraud, extortion of money and inhuman working conditions.
ROGER VAUGHAN - AAPDisgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong could be warming to an unofficial challenge from Australian triathlon star Chris McCormack.
ROGER VAUGHAN - AAPMelbourne coach Craig Bellamy is resigned to star fullback Billy Slater having to nurse his knee problem for the rest of his rugby league career.
The NRL grand final rematch between Manly and the Roosters will be a fourth round, Friday night clash to be played on March 28 at Allianz Stadium.