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A new study will investigate the impact of exercise on older, inactive adults to see whether it can improve memory and reduce the risk of developing Dementia.

As the Ashes series gets underway next week, a pair of brothers from Australia have been exploring the physics behind the spin of a cricket ball.

Dr Mike Pottinger spoke to Sky News about the role of organised crime groups in the use of illicit drugs in sport.

A political science, economics and finance lecturer, Dr Pottenger (@Mike_Pottenger) completed a PhD on the international political economy of corruption and organised crime.


The University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney have shared the honours at the Australian Boat Race following an Oxford v Cambridge style showdown this afternoon on the Yarra River.

The National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games will be held in Victoria for the first time ever. 

Elite school level rugby union players will be able to pursue their academic and sporting dreams with the assistance of a new University of Melbourne-Victorian Schools’ Rugby Union scholarship.

The University of Melbourne will host the historic Victorian Mile Championships tomorrow, fifty years since former Olympian Merv Lincoln broke the four minute mile in the event on the same track.

The University of Melbourne will go head to head against Sydney University for the second straight year in an Oxford v Cambridge style rowing showdown, this time on Sydney Harbour.

The School of Historical Studies’ Professor Joy Damousi talks about this weekend’s grand final, the role of the AFL in Melbourne’s history and culture, why Collingwood and its supporters evoke such extreme reaction, the professionalisation of football and the associated expectation for players to behave professionally off and on the ground.  A lifelong Magpies supporter….she tips Collingwood to win this weekend.

“The AFL grand final is a huge weekend in Melbourne, and always a massive day in the Melbourne calendar.  It has been part of the city’s history for over 100 years, after all.

“But especially this week, with two of the oldest teams, two of the great teams in St Kilda and Collingwood, both hungry for success, there’s a great interest, not just from those teams’ supporters but among Melburnians and just among supporters who love the game.  These are two teams who have played very well and whose style of play is a beauty to watch, so we’re looking forward to a fantastic game on Saturday afternoon.”

Professor Damousi says that in many ways Collingwood is a victim of its own success, and because of that, draws a lot of passion from supporters and haters alike.

“Collingwood has been a very glamorous team for much of its history: it has a glamour and an aura associated with it.

“Their supporters love them because they’re a winning team, usually performing well each season, and opposition teams hate them because of that.  They’re a consistently impressive team, but still, premierships have not come too readily. That inspires a desperation among supporters, which I think you’ll find Saturday in large numbers.”

Speaking more widely about the professionalisation of football, Professor Damousie says football clubs used to be tied to suburbs in Melbourne, with supporters going to their local grounds on Saturday afternoons – something which has all gone now, and is a loss that people lament.

“But things are just different, not necessarily better or worse but different, and certainly football and the MCG is a fundamental part of Melbourne’s history. The connection to the MCG is still very strong and it gives people a sense of place, and of history.  Football is also a generational thing.  Support for a team is passed down in families and can help define family history.”

The University of Melbourne has become the first Victorian University to win the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games after four days of intense competition in Newcastle late last week.

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