People Of The Boot

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Carly Adno is a sports journalist at The Daily Telegraph in Sydney. Born in South Africa, she began her career at The Sunday Times in Johannesburg before switching to broadcast journalism, where she focused on covering cricket as a TV reporter for eNCA - South Africa's first 24-hour news channel. In 2012 Carly moved to Sydney, where she lives with her husband and young daughter. As an avid Arsenal fan, she is often awake at all hours watching the English Premier League.

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Dr Judith Buckrich is the author of 14 books about Melbourne people and places including Melbourne’s Grand Boulevard: The Story of St Kilda Road, The Long and Perilous Journey: A History of the Port of Melbourne, Collins: Australia’s Premier Street and most recently Acland Street: the Grand Lady of St Kilda.. Her memoir The Political is Personal was published in 2016. She was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1950 and emigrated to Australia with her parents in 1958. 

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Daniel Cherny is a sportswriter at The Age, where he has been since 2014, focusing mainly on AFL and cricket. He also covered the 2016 Rio Olympics and has worked at the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup and A-League matches. He has also called VFL and local football for Casey Radio, and was a writer with the sports website Back Page Lead. He is nearing the completion of a law/commerce double degree at Monash University, and lives in Melbourne, born into a family where he had no choice but to support St Kilda.

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Aaron Fetter is the Victorian sports editor of the Australian Jewish News having just completed a Journalism (Sport) degree at La Trobe University. He is also a writer for Sportsmate Mobile’s Footy and Cricket Live apps and can also be heard on Casey Radio’s VFL coverage and J-Air Radio’s sport program On the Ball. He has been involved in Melbourne Jewish sport since 2006 with the AJAX FC and Maccabi AJAX CC as a player and media officer.

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Mark Fine is a well-known Melbourne broadcaster, writer and events host. A foundation member of Australia’s only 24 hour sports radio station 1116 SEN, he hosted the evening time slot as well as two Australian Rules programs for close to 14 years. Fine has authored three sporting books, including ‘The Encyclopaedia of International Cricketers’. Before talking and writing about sport for a living, Finey as he is best known, enjoyed a long career with Maccabi-Ajax cricket club where he captained the first XI for many seasons, gaining selection to two Maccabiah Games along the way. He is married to Natalie, and together most of their spare time is spent providing an Uber service to their four children.

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Jason Frenkel is a Melbourne-based journalist and media adviser who works mainly in Indigenous affairs and the not-for-profit sector. He was a reporter at the Herald Sun for seven years, with stints in the Victorian and Federal Parliamentary Press Galleries, and later at the Australian Jewish News, where he was Canberra Correspondent. He is currently the Director of Media for the Yothu Yindi Foundation, which puts on the annual Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land. 

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Daniel Garb is a presenter for Fox Sports Australia specialising in soccer which stemmed from five seasons in the UK covering the English Premier League. Aside from strolling the sidelines at Anfield and Old Trafford, he was also the station’s European correspondent, which led to him reporting on major cricket, rugby and golf events. He also appears regularly on SEN 1116. Originally from Perth but living in Sydney, Daniel remains neutral while working, but is a passionate Liverpool and West Coast Eagles fan.

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Adam Gurwitch is the Commercial Projects Manager at Idiom Events. He has worked in the events and corporate hospitality industry for more than 10 years at some of the world’s leading Sport Management agencies. He holds a Master of Science (Sport Management) from West Virginia University and was a contributor on the former SEN 1116 show Born in the USA. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two young children.

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Timna Jacks is a journalist at The Age newspaper in Melbourne. She currently reports on transport, after covering education and breaking news. She has also written for Tablet Magazine and The Bureau. While studying at university, she wrote about local and international Jewish news at The Australian Jewish News. 

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Russell Jackson is a writer, editor and publisher at Slattery Media in Melbourne. He is a former sportswriter and deputy sport editor of Guardian Australia. His essays and journalism have also appeared in books and magazines.

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Joshua Kay is a sports researcher with the Seven Network. He has worked with Seven on 600 AFL matches, 17 Australian Opens, 16 Melbourne Cup Carnivals, nine Brownlow medal counts and five Olympic Games (Sydney, Athens, Beijing, Rio, Pyeongchang). His 20 years within the television industry also includes four years in Seven's publicity department and three years as a researcher on Ten's AFL coverage. He is one quarter of The Four Hoarsemen podcast. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.

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Howard Kotton has been a journalist for more than 40 years, having gained his start as a copy boy for the Australian Jewish News. He has worked primarily in newspapers but also for magazines, radio and TV and has co-written two books on former AFL players David Rhys-Jones and Warwick Capper. He has also worked at several international sports events including the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. For the past 10 years Howard has been employed as a senior journalist for AFL Media. A passionate lifelong Carlton supporter, he is married to Samantha (Lulu) and they live in Melbourne with their dog TJ.

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Sam Landsberger is a sports reporter with the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne. He is an award-winning journalist across multiple sports, collecting the 2013 Clinton Grybas Award as the Rising Star of the football media and Cricket Victoria’s award for most outstanding Twenty20 coverage in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He also won a Quill Award in 2013 for a digital journalism project featured on SuperFooty, the Herald Sun’s AFL website.

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Lexi Landsman is an Australian television producer, author and journalist. She has worked on a range of award-winning documentary series that have aired in Australia and internationally. She is the author of two novels, The Ties That Bind and The Perfect Couple, published by Penguin Random House. Prior to working in television, she was the deputy editor of The Australian Jewish News. 

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Ronny Lerner is a sports writer/editor for The Age and Triple M Digital who previously fulfilled the same role at Sportal Australia. He has also been a contributor for the Australian Associated Press, Inside Football magazine, The New Daily and Footyology. Ronny has covered many major sporting events such as AFL Grand Finals, Australian Open tennis finals, Boxing Day Tests, NBL Grand Finals, Sheffield Shield finals and domestic cricket one-day finals as well as Australian Football Hall of Fame, All-Australian Awards and Allan Border Medal nights.

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Adam McNicol is a journalist and author, who has written a number of books, including The Danihers, the authorised biography of the four brothers who played for Essendon. He also co-wrote the autobiographies of former AFL players David Schwarz, Brendan Fevola, Jonathan Brown and Steve Johnson, along with the autobiography of AFLW player Moana Hope. Along with writing books, Adam runs his own publishing company, Ten Bag Press. He lives in Ballarat with his wife Zara and young children Stevie and Lydia.

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Simon Morawetz produces radio broadcasts of football and cricket for 3AW. He also hosts a sports program on Melbourne’s Jewish radio station, J-Air, and was a cricket writer for the Australian Jewish News for several years. An avid fan of Hawthorn and Arsenal, Simon is much better at watching sport than playing it.

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Tanya Oziel is the chief executive of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle and the Singapore Business Circle and the founder and managing director of SportsConnect, which advances best practice and knowledge transfer between business and sport. She is the former executive director of the Australian chapter of the Peres Centre for Peace and the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Due to the success of the Peace Team she is a regular on the corporate and not-for-profit sector speaking circuit. She lives in Sydney with her partner and has three children.

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Michael Puterflam is a Digital Content Producer for Football Federation Australia covering the Socceroos and the A-League. He is a former football writer for foxsports.com.au. He lives in Sydney and sits on the Maccabi NSW board in the Leadership portfolio. 

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Harvey Silver is once again the executive producer of The Footy Show, with his career having come the full circle. After joining Channel Nine from The Age where he was a sports reporter, he founded The Footy Show and was its executive producer for its first six years. In between, he formed his own production company, Silver Spoon Productions, produced Live and Kicking for the Seven Network, ManSpace for the Nine Network and visual production for a multitude of sports organisations, corporates and television broadcasters.

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David Sygall is media relations manager at Australian Sailing, having formerly been a sports writer at The Sydney Morning Herald for 20 years. He is the author of two books with cricketer Mike Hussey, served as a media official for the Australian Paralympic team in London and Rio and has held various journalism and consultancy positions, including with the AFL, AAP and Australian Cricketers’ Association. Once upon a time he played representative cricket and soccer as well as drums in a rock band.

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Nick Tedeschi is a freelance Rugby League writer who contributes regularly to The Guardian and Big League. He is the author of a number of Rugby League books including 'The NRL Book of Lists' and 'Chasing Greatness'. He is also the chief writer for MakingTheNut.com.au and authors 'The Punters Guide to the NRL Season'. He currently resides in New Zealand with his wife and one-year-old son. 

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Michael Visontay has worked for over 30 years as a journalist, author and lecturer. A former Assistant Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, he has nurtured a long interest in the relationship between sport and society. Michael founded and taught a course on Sport, Media and Culture at UNSW, and is the author of Welcome to Wanderland, which chronicles the birth of the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club. He continues to write broadly about sport for Australian media.

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David Weiner is a senior journalist and Co-Ordinating Editor on Fox Sports Australia’s digital platforms, where he has been the editor of Fox Sports Football since 2013. In 2015 he was the inaugural winner of the Australian Sports Commission’s award for Best Coverage of Sport by an individual in digital media. He has also been Maccabi Australia’s Media Director on three international tours, including the 2013 and 2017 Maccabiah Games and started as the Australian Jewish News’ Sydney Sports Editor in 2008. He lives in Sydney with his wife and son.