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‘Matter’, Meanjin, vol.70, no.1, Autumn,…

‘Matter’, Meanjin, vol.70, no.1, Autumn, 2011, pp. 205-213.

by Miriam Sved, Meanjin

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Ranga McPhee, a veteran player with a major league club is witness to a serious cycling accident on his way to the first day of pre-season training. The cyclist’s twitching body on the ground unnerves him. At the training session he is paired in some drills with a young recruit, a high draft pick, whose high level of fitness compared to Ranga’s causes him to reflect on how long he can continue to endure the harsh physicality of being a professional footballer. The description of the training drills in this story are very vivid and appear to be authentic. Unfortunately the ending of the story is a bit confused. Ranga has clearly been unsettled by what he witnessed earlier in the day. It is causing him to reflect on mortality and purpose in life. The climax of the story sees him about to clash in a very physical drill with either a veteran team mate who is very strong and muscular, or is it against the young fit, but lightly built recruit. It is not clear to me, but it matters in the story because he doesn't want to inflict pain on the young recruit after what he saw the cyclist go through earlier in the day. Or does he? I was confused. But despite this a fairly interesting and well written story.
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