Aug 18, 2008

Dustin Fletcher Ken Fletcher

When Dustin played his 288th game for Essendon, it added to his father Ken’s 264 games for the Bombers, reaching a combined total of 552 games, a record by a father and son in VFL/AFL football history. 

To commemorate Dustin and Ken Fletcher setting a new League record for games played by a father and son, a graphically designed lithograph has been produced. An ideal Father’s Day present, the details are as follows;

Ken & Dustin Fletcher – Most games as father and son in VFL/AFL history

Approx Size:            700mm x 500mm  
Limited edition:      100 only
Other Features:       Certificate of Authenticity, a-Tag
Signature:               Personally signed by Ken Fletcher & Dustin Fletcher
$595

Ken & Dustin Fletcher

Ken & Dustin Fletcher

Aug 15, 2008

Robert Harvey – The Extraordinary

This commerorative print celebrates the extraordinary career of St.Kilda’s Brownlow Medallist Robert Harvey.

Aug 14, 2008

Darren Millane Painting

Spectacular artwork by Jamie Cooper capturing the essense of The Raging Bull, Collingwood’s Darren Millane on Victoria Park. Limited edition prints taken from Jamie’s original artwork.

Darren Millane - By Jamie Cooper

Darren Millane - By Jamie Cooper

Aug 13, 2008

Triple Deat Heat

Classic image of perhaps the rarest event in Asutralia Horse Racing History, the Triple Deat Heat from Flemington Derby Day in 1956. This limited edition print is high quality, professionally color tinted and gold embellished.

Triple Dead Heat

Triple Dead Heat

Apr 24, 2008

A Centenary of Greats

A Century of Greats – Rugby League Collectible

The 100 Greatest Players of the Century are the cream of the crop of Australian Rugby League’s first 100 years. Chosen by a select group of former players, coaches, administrators and historians, the 100 Greatest are quite literally the best of the best.

Headed by the seven players who are recognised as the game’s Immortals – Clive Churchill, Johnny Raper, Reg Gasnier, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis and Arthur Beetson and another 29 who hold pride of place in the game’s Hall of Fame.

The NRL has the great honour and privilege to make available this very special release of the greatest 100 players the game has ever seen.

Centenary of Greats small

Limited Edition print of only 500.

Facsimile Signature of Rugby League’s first ever superstar Dally Messenger.

$395 Framed RRP + $40P&H. Call for Unframed Price.

Click on thumbnail below to see larger image of “A Centenary of Greats”.

Centenary of Greats Large

‘A Centenary of Greats’ is a celebration of Rugby League’s 100 Greatest players – a tribute to the legends whose talents, vision and inspiration defined the game’s first 100 years. Chosen by a select group of former players, coaches, administrators and historians on behalf of the Australian Rugby League and the Centenary of Rugby League Committee, the ‘100 Greatest’ are, literally, the best of the best.

The list is headed by Australia’s first Rugby League superstar, Herbert ‘Dally’ Messenger, and the seven players recognised as the game’s ‘Immortals’ – Clive Churchill, John Raper, Reg Gasnier, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis and Arthur Beetson.

Included are 39 Test and World Cup captains, 27 Premiership captains, the game’s highest point scorers, champions from the city and the bush, men who captured the imaginations of countless fans over the first century of League in this country. Those whose most prominent years were served in England – Albert Rosenfeld, Vic Hey, Arthur Clues, Brian Bevan and Harry Bath – have also been recognised.

Only one 2008 NRL player, Brisbane and Australian captain Darren Lockyer, made the list, emphasising his status as today’s premier player. The selection process was designed to give appropriate weighting to all eras of the game’s first century. The 36 Hall of Fame inductees were automatic selections, meaning the selectors were left with 64 places to fill. Of those, 23 were selected from the period 1908-45 and 41 from 1946-2007 making a final count of 38 players from 1908-45 (38 seasons) and 62 from 1946-2007 (62 seasons).

The task of the judges in equating players they had seen live, or on footage in the video era, and those they had only read about was monumental. After all, no one has watched every player over the last 100 years. However, the list includes players who were, without question, champions of their respective eras.

Australia has provided Test jerseys to 749 players in its first 100 seasons of Rugby League. About 1700 players were outstanding enough to have represented New South Wales or Queensland. To be chosen as one of just 100 from those many great players is a prestigious honour in the game’s Centenary year.

Apr 20, 2008

The Spirit of Anzac

Military Memorabilia

This Limited Edition Print of ”The Spirit Of Anzac” was recently launched for 2008 Anzac Day memorials.

It is a framed print 69cm x 76cm, printed on high quality 250gsm glossy paper and is a limited edition of 1915 pieces, remembering the year this famous photo was taken.
If you need to know more please contact us on 03-52298007 and ask for Ron.

Framed piece is $595 plus $35 S&H.

Includes medallion containing actual sand from Gallipoli as well as embellished metallic Lest We Forget emblem.

Click on thumbnail image below to see larger image of the Anzac print.

Anzac Large Photo

The 11th Battalion at the Great Pyramid of Cheops, Egypt

In 1903 the Perth Rifle Volunteers were renamed the 11th Australian Infantry Regiment. At this stage the only permanent soldiers in Australia were Engineers, Coastal Defence Gunners and a handful of Staff Officers.

On the outbreak of WWI, Australia had a militia of about 100 000 people. The Defence Act 1903 stipulated that the Australian Militia Forces were only to be employed in the Defence of Australia. Hence the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) was raised for service overseas. This is commonly referred to as the 1st AIF. The term of enlistment was for “the duration of hostilities plus 6 months”.

The 11th Australian Infantry Battalion AIF was raised at Black Boy Hill Camp on 17 August 1914 and recruited from the militia units. The now famous picture of the 11th Bn AIF at the Cheops pyramid in Egypt in 1915 is shown throughout military history displays and books the world over. The picture was taken just before the landing at Anzac Cove. Not many of the soldiers in this picture survived the 8 month campaign.

After the Campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the 11th Battalion AIF went on to serve with distinction in France and Belgium from 1916-18. They returned to Australia at the end of the war and disbanded on the 5 February 1919. The Battalion was awarded a Kings Colour for it’s service during the war which was held in the of custody the Militia 2/11th Battalion.

The 11th Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War. It was the first battalion recruited in Western Australia, and with the 9th, 10th and 12th Battalions it formed the 3rd Brigade.

The battalion was raised within weeks of the declaration of war in August 1914 and embarked for overseas after just two weeks of preliminary training. It arrived in Egypt to continue its training in early December. The 3rd Brigade was the covering force for the ANZAC landing on 25 April 1915 and so was the first ashore at around 4:30 am. Ten days after the landing, a company from the 11th Battalion mounted the AIF’s first raid of the war against Turkish positions at Gaba Tepe. Subsequently, the battalion was heavily involved in defending the front line of the ANZAC beachhead. In August, it made preparatory attacks at the southern end of the ANZAC position before the battle of Lone Pine. The 11th Battalion continued to serve at ANZAC until the evacuation in December.

After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the 11th Battalion returned to Egypt. It was split to help form the 51st Battalion, and then bought up to strength with reinforcements.

In March 1916, the battalion sailed for France and the Western Front. From then until 1918, the battalion took part in bloody trench warfare. Its first major action in France was at Pozières in the Somme valley in July. After Pozières, the battalion manned trenches near Ypres in Flanders before returning to the Somme valley for winter.

In 1917 the battalion took part in the brief advance that followed the German Army’s retreat to the Hindenburg Line. During a German counterattack at Louverval, France, in April 1917 Lieutenant Charles Pope was killed performing the deed for which he would be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. The battalion subsequently returned to Belgium to participate in the offensive that became known as the Third Battle of Ypres.

The battalion helped to stop the German spring offensive in March and April 1918, and later that year participated in the great Allied offensive launched east of Amiens on 8 August 1918. This advance by British and empire troops was the greatest success in a single day on the Western Front, one that German General Erich Ludendorff described as “the black day of the German Army in this war”

The 11th Battalion continued operations until late September 1918. At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent. This armistice was followed by a peace treaty, signed at Versailles on 28 June 1919.

In November 1918 members of the AIF began to return to Australia. In February 1919, the 11th and 12th Battalions were amalgamated due to steadily declining numbers in both battalions. They remained so linked until their last members returned home for demobilisation and discharge.

Apr 9, 2008

1999 Grand Final Kangaroos v Carlton

1999 Grand Final Kangaroos v Carlton Panoramic Print with authentic Wayne Carey hand signature.

1999 Grand Final Kangaroos v Carlton

Saturday 25 September 1999
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

North Melbourne Kangaroos won by 35 points.

Quarter by Quarter scores:

Kangaroos 3.3 (21) 9.4 (58) 15.6 (96) 19.10 (124)
Carlton 1.3 (9) 5.8 (38) 7.11 (53) 12.17 (89)

Goalkickers:

Kangaroos Grant 4, Bell 4, McKernan 3, Carey 2, Abraham 2, Motlop 2, Sholl, Welsh
Carlton Lappin 2, Whitnall 2, Camporeale 2, Ratten, Brown, Hamill, Rice, Allan, Beaumont

Best:

Kangaroos Grant (Norm Smith medal), Pickett, Martyn, Archer, Bell, Capuano, Simpson
Carlton McKay, Camporeale, Lappin, Rice, Ratten, Sexton

Umpires:
Coates, Allen, McLaren

Crowd:
94,228

Summary:
In a game of football that was sometimes inspired, at others lacklustre, the Kangaroos won their fourth AFL premiership and in the process stamped themselves as perhaps the team of the 90′s. The result was somewhat summed up in the final quarter when North captain Wayne Carey took a sensational one-handed mark to kick the final goal of the match for the Kangaroos. Brilliant, but still under pressure, and that’s they way it turned out for Dennis Pagan’s side.

In a stirring beginning, Carlton were on the board first through Brett Ratten and looked to have the edge in midfield. However, the Roos settled with Carey getting their first, followed by a wonderful snap from the boundary by Norm Smith medalist Grant. The Silvagni/Carey duel was proving interesting right from the start, with honors even such that neither player had a major influence on the game for the most part. Grant’s performance was important, as he also set up North’s third goal with a spot-on pass to Craig Sholl. Byron Pickett was excellent in defence and, coupled with impressive performances from Martyn and Archer, were the difference on the day. Pickett had the most of the ball in the first quarter, and many times, along with his North mates, repelled Carlton whenever they threatened, only allowing the one goal to Ratten, which was the result of a kick-in error by David King.

Carlton were not to be denied, however, and the Blues came out firing in the second quarter with two quick goals to take the lead. Their running players through midfield in Ratten and Murphy were cutting up the Roos, and the veteran McKay provided excellent run out of defence. Winged Roo Anthony Stevens justified his position in the North side despite a debilitating ankle injury by getting his share of the ball, but he struggled to keep up with Carlton’s Camporeale, who was also getting plenty of it. Decisively, North bigman Corey McKernan swung the game back in favor of his team, with two great goals – one from almost 70 metres in general play, followed by a check side goal from the pocket after a mark. The Blues could perhaps have gone into half time much closer than 20 points behind, had they been able to take some marks at centre half forward, where Whitnall was unsighted and well held by Archer for most of the day. Not only that, their conversion rate was lower than their opponents, and the in-form Matthew Lappin may rue the goal he missed from close range approaching half time.

At half time, the Roos must have been mindful of being in a similar position in 1998 against Adelaide, and losing the match, and you can bet Carlton were aware of this too. They showed they weren’t done with yet by coming out hard in the Premiership quarter and closing to within 13 points. Once again the midfield was proving a problem for the Roos, with Stevens now injuring his elbow and AC joint. Two blows for Carlton came soon after, with a devastating knee injury to the classy Justin Murphy taking him out of the game, along with Ratten having to leave the field via the blood rule, which stopped him from exerting his influence on the game, which was considerable. The Roos were able to regroup from this point, with David King beginning to cut Carlton up with his slashing, bouncing runs through the midfield from defence. Winston Abraham and fellow aboriginal Shannon Motlop were contributors in this third quarter, and both ended with two goals for the game.

Two hundred gamer John Longmire made an appearance in the ruck at this stage, much to the delight of Kangaroos fans, to replace Capuano, who had injured his right knee. Carlton, despite a manly effort from McKay and Lappin, were being overrun and were finding it very difficult to penetrate North’s defence. An empathic passage of play, in which Byron Pickett laid a tackle on Lappin while he was headed for goal, followed by Mickey Martyn crashing through a pack of Blues and delivering the ball out of the danger zone, probably summed up the day pretty well.

Perhaps the decisive move of the game, however, was the shifting of Wayne Carey onto the ball midway through the third term. The King was being blanketed by fullback of the century Silvagni, and was having little influence until Dennis Pagan put him in the centre to plug the gap left by the injured Anthony Stevens. Carey got some vital touches and his intimidating presence must have gone a long way to indicating to the Blues that this was not to be their day. Pagan said it was a spur of the moment thing, but it worked, and three or four goals was the result. North outscored Carlton by 6.2 to 2.3 in what WAS the Premiership quarter. They led by 44 points at three quarter time and were home.

It was left to pride in the last quarter, and Carlton did not lie down, although they were wasteful – as they had been all day – missing several shots at goal early. They battled on however, and Lance Whitnall gave heart to Blues fans by finally getting on the scoreboard to the tune of two goals. Peter Bell however, was enjoying himself for the Roos and was getting better as the game wore on, kicking a couple himself to take his total to four for the day, equaling his mate Shannon Grant, who was continuing to get plenty of it, along with Adam Simpson, who was excellent for the Roos. Youngsters Shannon Motlop and Scott Welsh were also contributing well in their first premiership performances, and in what was a less than inspiring final term, the Roos ran out winners by 35 points, to take their fourth Premiership cup back to Arden St.

Afterwards, Grant was the popular pick for the Norm Smith medal as the best player on the ground, but this award could easily have gone to Pickett, Bell, Archer or Martyn, such was the dominance of the Kangaroos defence. The biggest cheer during the medal presentation ceremony was reserved for John Longmire, who missed the 1996 premiership through injury and last year through poor form. North had erased much of the hurt of their 1998 second half fadeout, and can lay claim to the team of the 90′s after their sixth final four finish in a row, and their second premiership.

Mar 10, 2008

Casey Stoner 2007 Moto GP World Champion

Spectacular racing shots of Casey Stoner on his way to winning the 2007 Moto GP Racing World Championship on his famous red Ducati motorcycle. With replica signature.

Casey Stoner

$250 + $35 P&H

 






Feb 25, 2008

Rafael Nadal

Artists rendition of champion tennis player Rafael ‘Rafa’ Nadal.

Rafael Nadal

Feb 24, 2008

Geelong Cats – Stand Up & Fight

Stand Up and Fight

Classic images of Geelong’s ground and players from recent and yesteryear in a fabulous commemorative print.

Geelong Cats - Stand Up and Fight

Call Sportznut on (03) 52298007 for a Price.

Feb 24, 2008

Roger Federer

Artist’s rendition of tennis legend Roger Federer.

Roger Federer

Feb 11, 2008

Nathan Buckley – Last to Surrender

Hard to find motivational print of Nathan Buckley, the former champion of the Collingwood Magpies football team.

The print reads, ‘Those with the most invested are the last to surrender’.

Nathan Buckley - Last to Surrender