Feature Stories and Opinion Pieces

Skyrocketing insurance costs a sign of what's to come

“If it means leaving the house, you’re going to lose everything that you spent your life up until then building, people are not going to leave.” The questionnaire hasn’t been wholly em- braced yet with some businesses shying away from filling it in, however, the data which has been submitted is starting to paint a reveal- ing —albeit incomplete — picture of an issue that could arise when another fire rages in the Dandenongs.

Second shot at survival

Kalorama locals Mark Wales and Sam Gash may have won the ultimate prize after meet - ing on the set of Survivor, but now the married couple are returning for their second shot at $500,000. While competing on the show in 2017 the pair hit it off, and since have welcomed a son Harry into their family and married in Mon- bulk in 2019. “I think at one point Survivor had a better strike rate than the Bachelor for relationships,” Mark says

FIFA's mission to expand the World Cup will only damage it

With 166 member nations of FIFA voting to explore the concept of a two-year cycle for the World Cup, questions need to be asked whether too much of a good thing will destroy what makes the competition special. One of the best parts of the World Cup is the spectacle of it all. The elite quality of the tournament is already being watered down with the changes to the format, with 48 teams instead of 32. While allowing more teams in will create new markets for the competition, it isn’t like the Wo

What will a National Second Tier mean for the NPL?

As the concept of a National Second Tier becomes a reality in Australia, there are questions on what the removal of the biggest clubs will mean for the State League competitions. Football Australia are still discussing and workshopping the format of the concept, and how it operates and coexists with the National Premier Leagues (NPL) is one of the biggest questions. When the NPL was created in 2013, the aim was to standardise the State League competitions across Australia and serve as a second

Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros: "We have a demand for playing football exceeding the ability to provide opportunities"

Kimon Taliadoros played for some of Australia’s biggest clubs in the National Soccer League, and joined Football Victoria (FV) as president of the federation in 2015 before becoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February of this year. He spoke to Soccerscene about the challenges he has faced so far at FV, increasing participation in football, and how sport serves as an escape for many in our community.
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