IPhone 6 Becomes Available In Australia

IPhone 6 Becomes Available In Australia

At 8am this morning (19/9/2014) Australian customers were amongst the first in the world to purchase the new iphone 6 and iphone 6 plus. Some customers have queued for 3 days, by 8am this morning the line was literally out the door and into the car park of Chadstone Shopping centre in Melbourne’s South East.

A security guard stands out the front of the Apple store ahead of the release of the iphone 6 at the Apple Store in Chadstone Melbourne Australia. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to sell the iphone 6 due to geographic location & time zone.
A security guard stands out the front of the Apple store ahead of the release of the iphone 6 at the Apple Store in Chadstone Melbourne Australia. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to sell the iphone 6 due to geographic location and time zone. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
19/09/2014. Customers line up outside the Apple store ahead of the public release of the iphone 6 at the Apple Store in Chadstone Melbourne Australia. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to sell the iphone 6 due to geographic location & time zone.
19/09/2014. Customers line up outside the Apple store ahead of the public release of the iphone 6 at the Apple Store in Chadstone Melbourne Australia. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to sell the iphone 6 due to geographic location and time zone. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
An Apple store employee claps as the doors open ahead of the sale of the iphone 6 at the Apple Store in Chadstone Melbourne Australia. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to sell the iphone 6 due to geographic location and  time zone
An Apple store employee claps as the doors open ahead of the sale of the iphone 6 at the Apple Store in Chadstone Melbourne Australia. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to sell the iphone 6 due to geographic location and time zone. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The first customers to purchase the iphone 6 are congratulated by a staff member at the Apple Store in Chadstone Melbourne Australia. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to sell the iphone 6 due to geographic location and time zone.
The first customers to purchase the iphone 6 are congratulated by a staff member at the Apple Store in Chadstone Melbourne Australia. Australia is one of the first countries in the world to sell the iphone 6 due to geographic location and time zone. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
14.06.2014.Melbourne, Australia.  Castrol Edge Tour 2nd Match, Australia v France. Yaonn Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

International Test Rugby Australia v France Game 2

Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Yaonn Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Yoann Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Nick Cummins and Yaonn Huget while challenging for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Nick Cummins (right) and Yoann Huget (left) both challenge for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

Mathieu Bastareaud of france tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mathieu Bastareaud of France tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Isreal Folau gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Isreal Folau of the Wallabies gets tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud of France during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

 

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09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Rebels run onto the field before kick off during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake

2014 Super Rugby : Melbourne Rebels VS Hurricanes

09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Rebels run onto the field before kick off during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake
09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Rebels run onto the field before kick off during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia.  Jack Lam of the Hurricanes catches the ball in front of Scott Higginbotham of the Rebels in a line out during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake
09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Jack Lam of the Hurricanes catches the ball in front of Scott Higginbotham of the Rebels in a line out during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels
and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia.  James Broadhurst of the Hurricanes gets tackled by Mitch Inman and Scott Fuglistaller of the Rebels during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake
09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. James Broadhurst of the Hurricanes gets tackled by Mitch Inman and Scott Fuglistaller of the Rebels during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia.  Tamati Ellison of the Rebels gets tackled during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake
09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Tamati Ellison of the Rebels gets tackled during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Jason Woodward of the Rebels passes the ball while getting tackled by Faifili Levave and Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake
09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Jason Woodward of the Rebels passes the ball while getting tackled by Faifili Levave and Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Bryce Hegarty of the Rebels gets tackled by Blade Thomson of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake
09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Bryce Hegarty of the Rebels gets tackled by Blade Thomson of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

On a more humorous note, here is a photo taken by Getty Images Photographer Michael Dodge of Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes slipping and nearly taking me out, thankfully he didn’t, i am quite a big “unit” & he probably would have injured himself.

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Throwback Thursday : Farewell Lucas Neill

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou announced this week that (former) Socceroos captain Lucas Neill wouldn’t be in the World Cup squad for this years World Cup In Brazil.
It wasn’t really a surprise, Neill has been in questionable form for a while and has struggled to find a respectable club let alone playing time. He was one of the last standing of the ‘golden generation’ and in the opinion of many, Australia’s best football captain. His socceroo career whilst not officially over but inevitably so, Neill’s contribution to Australian football has been immense, it would be a real shame if he didnt get a proper send off in the green & gold.

Below are two photos from one of his last matches during the World Cup Qualifier against Jordan, in which Neill scored in the 85th minute.
The photo below of Neill walking down the tunnel being congratulated by David Gallop is a personal favourite. This win by the Socceroos was a massive relief for the whole of Football Australia, a loss or even a draw would have put the Socceroos in a very precarious position, potentially seeing the Socceroos not qualify at all. The 4-0 win meant the Socceroos were just one win away from Brazil, much to the relief of David Gallop and the F.F.A Bank balance.

Victorious Socceroos captain Lucas Neill walks down the players tunnel about to be congratulated by FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Socceroos captain Lucas Neill walks down the players tunnel about to be congratulated by FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lucas Neill thanks the Melbourne crowd at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lucas Neill thanks the Melbourne crowd at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

2014 Super Rugby : Melbourne Rebels VS Sharks

02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Sean McMahon in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Sean McMahon in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Scott Higginbotham wins the line out during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Scott Higginbotham wins the line out during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Keegan Daniel of the Sharks gets tackled by Tamati Ellison of the Rebels in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Keegan Daniel of the Sharks gets tackled by Tamati Ellison of the Rebels during the Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Tamati Ellison of the Rebels gets tackled by Francois Steyn in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Tamati Ellison of the Rebels gets tackled by Francois Steyn during the Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Jean Deysel and Lwazi Mvovo of the Sharks tackles Tamati Ellison of the Rebels in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Jean Deysel and Lwazi Mvovo of the Sharks tackles Tamati Ellison of the Rebels during the Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Francois Steyn in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Francois Steyn in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Male Sau gets tackled during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Male Sau gets tackled during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

20 years ago I lost an idol.

20 years ago today many of us lost an ‘idol’. I’ll never forget that night. 
I was 9 years old at the time, Aryton crashed out, i didn’t think much of it at that moment so decided to go to bed not thinking id be waking up to one of the saddest moments in sports history.
Hard to believe this was 20 years ago now, looking back it was one of those ‘where were you when..’ moments. 

The photo below (taken by me at age 8) was from the Adelaide GP in 93, Aryton’s last ever race win. For all the photos i’ve taken, its this one that means a lot.
RIP Aryton Senna.

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#throwbackthursday May day (labour day)

Today is ‘May Day’ also known as Labour day or International Workers’ Day. Celebrated all over the world annually on the 1st of May. Here is a photo taken a few years back during May Day In Sri Lanka.   

Supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa carrying large placards of the Sri Lankan President during May day rally.” 

NRL : Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors

Tohu Harris during the  Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Tohu Harris during the Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Sisa Waqa and Ngani Laumape jump and clash to catch the ball during the  Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Sisa Waqa and Ngani Laumape jump and clash to catch the ball during the Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Melbourne storm fans celebrate after the Storm score a try during the  Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Melbourne storm fans celebrate after the Storm score a try during the Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Proctor dives for a try while getting his shirt pulled during the  Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only.Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Proctor dives for a try while getting his shirt pulled during the Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only.Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Cooper Cronk gets tackled during the  Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only.Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Cooper Cronk gets tackled during the Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only.Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Sam Tomkins collides into teammate Nathan Friend who is tackled by Cameron Smith during the  Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only.Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Sam Tomkins collides into teammate Nathan Friend who is tackled by Cameron Smith during the Round 8 NRL match between Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on the 25th of April 2014. This image is for Editorial Use Only.Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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