The Story of the King’s Cup: 1919-2019

This year marks the centenary of the Peace Regatta (link).

I have been writing about preparations for the centenary since 2014 when I learned about Bruce Coe’s research into the Regatta (link)

Bruce’s research is in his latest book, Pulling Through, published to coincide with the celebrations at Henley in July this year (link).

It is a meticulous account of events in and around 1919 and demonstrates powerfully the role of an historian in pursuing, discovering and sharing primary resources about events that are now beyond living memory.

It is a compelling story. it is one I have just completed reading after seeing the film, Testament of Youth (link).

I do hope Bruce’s book receives a wide readership in this of all years.

Photo Credit

The AIF No. 1 Crew (Rowing Australia website)

The launch of Paralympic Stories

A picture of two Paralympic swimmers from 1964

Paralympics Australia has launched, this week, an online history of the Paralympic movement in Australia, Paralympic Stories (link).

The Australian Paralympic History Project aims to capture, manage, preserve and share the history of the Paralympic movement in Australia in ways that are relevant, accessible and place the Paralympic movement within a broader social context.

The launch of Paralympic Stories is the result of an extensive collaboration between Paralympics Australia and a range of partners, headed by the University of Queensland. Other key partners include the National Library of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, the Clearinghouse for Sport and the National Sports Museum.

The project has been coordinated by Tony Naar from its inception in 2010 to this week’s launch of the Stories.

Photo Credit

Daphne Ceeney (link) and Elizabeth Edmondson (link). Photograph from 1964 (Paralymics Australia, (link))

#AFLW 2019: What kind of final?

Adelaide will play Carlton in the 2019 AFLW Grand Final (link) at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, 31 March.

I have been collecting secondary data of points scoring from the official AFLW site (link) and have been thinking about what kind of final we might have.

I am particularly interested in the robustness of median performance profiles and the possibility of estimating some naive priors.

Points Scoring

Points Conceding

Points Difference

Data

The data include naive priors for performance in the Final in attack and defence with which to monitor each team’s tactical response to opponent and within game adaptation.

Adelaide

Carlton

Photo Credit

Adelaide Oval (Gabriella Marchant, Twitter)