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A cricketer's view of world sports
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. June 1999. The most exciting place in the world for any cricket lover to be. The World Cup tournament is reaching its climax and Peter Pollock, South African convenor of selectors, is in the dressing room to console the Springboks—once favorites to become world champions—after they have lost in a semifinal against Australia and are out of the tournament.
"What do you say to a team of young players who have worked for seven years to reach this moment, surviving cricket boycotts, beating apartheid, coping with unfamiliar English cricket pitches [playing surfaces]?" asks Peter Pollock. "It's one thing to handle defeat when you've been beaten by a side that's played better than you have, but how do you cope with a situation where you have not actually been beaten? The tied match is not to be replayed and the outcome has been decided on a 'technicality'—unsatisfactory to say the least!"
We can all be winners
with contributions from Joanne Bennett, Annette Plikerd, Caroline Brooks, Andy Hill
items of interest
with contributions from Ryan Clark, Debra Baker, Elaine Nole, Edward Cornish
On the sports beat
By Kim Shippey
'Sports are ... so fun!'
Kim Shippey with contributions from Holly Gutelius
Shaun Pollock at bat
The making of an unlikely athlete
By Zöe Landale
A ROLLERBLADING GREAT-GRANDMOTHER?
Barbara M. Vining
Under pressure? Pray!
By Sara Hoagland Hunter
It's never the season for allergies
By Bettie Gray
Soccer injury fades quickly
Nelson Pedro Klein
Child's dislocated arm quickly healed
Phyllis A. Gray
A permanent healing of constipation
Cathryn O. Anderson
Vivien B. Oswell
'... a little child shall lead them'