Anthony Sharwood

Anthony Sharwood

Ant grew up in Canberra, largely avoiding the world of politics except for the occasions when he and his schoolmates from Telopea Park High would sneak off to the building site of “New Parliament House” to smoke ciggies.

After graduating from Sydney Uni with a half-arsed degree from the economics faculty, Ant worked for bookies on Sydney racecourses, drove cabs and did a range of other odd jobs which some would patronisingly call “life experience” but which were in fact a way of paying the bills.

After his Olympic Cabbie’s Diary was published in 2001,  Ant worked as a freelance journalist, winning a Walkley in 2003 for his first ever magazine feature story. He then went to work as a feature writer for The Canberra Times, where he infuriated the entire sports department by getting the nod to cover the Athens Olympics.

One taste of the glamorous lifestyle of a sports journalist was all Ant needed to say “yes” to News Ltd, when it launched its flagship sports title Alpha in 2005. When The Punch launched, Ant started contributing sports stories at the rate of approximately one a week until eventually The Punch team caved in and said “righto, you might as well work here then.”

Ant is current Deputy Editor of The Punch and can be seen on Wednesday mornings on Sky News from 9.30 am. A father of two, he is often late to work due to Kevin Rudd’s failed promise to end the double dropoff.

Articles by Anthony Sharwood

I’m not saying Bernard Tomic is immature, but…

I’m not saying Bernard Tomic is immature, but…

27 Jun 12 Not for a minute am I suggesting young Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is immature. That said, it’d be better…... Read more

Save Letters and Numbers, every nerd’s favourite show!

Save Letters and Numbers, every nerd’s favourite show!

26 Jun 12 So SBS plans to “rest” letters and numbers, which is TV speak for unceremoniously killing it and buying a cheaper…... Read more

Black Caviar’s narrowest win was also her greatest

Black Caviar’s narrowest win was also her greatest

24 Jun 12 Black Caviar’s jockey Luke Nolen almost stuffed up big time last night, and the English race caller didn’t miss it.…... Read more

A guide to Ecuador, home of the “Julian Revolution”

A guide to Ecuador, home of the “Julian Revolution”

21 Jun 12 You won’t believe this. Seriously, you simply will not believe this. Or as they say on the mean streets of…... Read more

Super sized sex den: would you like thighs with that?

Super sized sex den: would you like thighs with that?

20 Jun 12 We shop in supermarkets because we love the choice. We guzzle supersized drinks. We flock to superhero movies because we…... Read more

Are we really so offended by the mother of all insults?

Are we really so offended by the mother of all insults?

20 Jun 12 There was a really excellent point made by a comedian once in one of those deliciously low brow English lad…... Read more

Mother of all gutsy games was a fitting tribute

Mother of all gutsy games was a fitting tribute

18 Jun 12 Rugby league is a rough and tumble sport. It never has had, never will have, the mass appeal to all…... Read more

Lance grabbed by the balls, but where’s the evidence?

Lance grabbed by the balls, but where’s the evidence?

14 Jun 12 The noose is tightening around a cycling legend. The US anti-doping agency, USADA, alleges it has collected blood samples from…... Read more

I plant my sky blue flag, and salute my splendorous state

I plant my sky blue flag, and salute my splendorous state

13 Jun 12 If New South Wales fails to win tonight’s pivotal State of Origin match, let me tell you what the collective…... Read more

Just occasionally I’d like to write about actual sport…

Just occasionally I’d like to write about actual sport…

11 Jun 12 In an age where everyone with a keyboard and a set of fingers is a blogger, half the world seems…... Read more

Should our Olympic top brass be gunning for D’Arcy?

Should our Olympic top brass be gunning for D’Arcy?

08 Jun 12 Australia’s biggest idiot is in our sights again. Nick D’Arcy is trending top five with a bullet on Twitter, and…... Read more

Flexible working hours have saved the modern family

Flexible working hours have saved the modern family

07 Jun 12 Played Yahtzee with the big kid over Weet Bix yesterday morning. Hopped an 8am train across town for an extra-curricular…... Read more

Galloping off into the sunset with the game in fine shape

Galloping off into the sunset with the game in fine shape

05 Jun 12 Australian Rugby league Commission (and NRL) boss David Gallop has quit the game. At his press conference this afternoon, he…... Read more

At last, a delicious AFL season to make us salivate

At last, a delicious AFL season to make us salivate

04 Jun 12 You turn up at the ground, or turn on the tube, and here’s what you want to see. You want…... Read more

Which should come first, the chicken or the free range egg?

Which should come first, the chicken or the free range egg?

01 Jun 12 Something’s a little rotten in the world of eggs. You might think things are all sunny side-up when you purchase…... Read more

Row, row, row your boat, savagely down the stream…

Row, row, row your boat, savagely down the stream…

01 Jun 12 With less than two months until the London Olympics, the ghosts of Sally Robbins loom large. Australia’s female rowers are…... Read more

Give me your pick-wielding masses yearning to mine free

Give me your pick-wielding masses yearning to mine free

30 May 12 When Australia needed to build a great big hydro electric scheme in the 1950s to generate clean power and to…... Read more

Eurovision, the only game worth watching this weekend

Eurovision, the only game worth watching this weekend

28 May 12 At about 8pm each Sunday night, having digested my fill of weekend sport, I sit down and pen a Monday…... Read more

Sometimes, you’ve just got to stick it to the bloody ref

Sometimes, you’ve just got to stick it to the bloody ref

24 May 12 We are taught early in life that we should not question authority. We must listen to our parents, our teachers…... Read more

If sports movies have taught us anything, NSW will win

If sports movies have taught us anything, NSW will win

23 May 12 In the classic Hollywood sports flick script, a ragtag bunch of losers and misfits take on the arrogant team of…... Read more

Wilkie is poking around on the wrong gambling issue

Wilkie is poking around on the wrong gambling issue

23 May 12 Andrew Wilkie has okayed a lame version of the government’s pokies legislation, which he yesterday called a “stepping stone to…... Read more

Origin in Melbourne is like meat pie in your latté

Origin in Melbourne is like meat pie in your latté

21 May 12 They don’t play the AFL grand final in Sydney for the very good reason that the code’s sporting soul is…... Read more

Michael Clarke 4.0. The transformation is complete

Michael Clarke 4.0. The transformation is complete

18 May 12 You’ve got to hand it to Michael Clarke. His reinvention is complete. He is now Michael Clarke 4.0. He wins,…... Read more

They must pay for one’s bitter disappointments

They must pay for one’s bitter disappointments

17 May 12 A private school girl’s family is sueing her elite, extremely expensive private school for not providing her with the necessary…... Read more

Booyah for boobs, booze, brotherhood and bikies!

Booyah for boobs, booze, brotherhood and bikies!

16 May 12 So the people who produced Underbelly have now unleashed Overbelly, a drama mostly about women removing their shirts and bras…... Read more

Climate change and the crisis of communication

Climate change and the crisis of communication

15 May 12 It’s official. The climate change dialogue is getting loopier. Maybe the weirdness has been been brought on by heat-stroke. Yesterday’s…... Read more

Relegation would be a revelation for Aussie sport

Relegation would be a revelation for Aussie sport

14 May 12 As I write this column, the final round of the English Premier League is underway. By the time you read…... Read more

You, me, and everybody’s got a part-time job

You, me, and everybody’s got a part-time job

10 May 12 There’s a dark undercurrent to the unexpectedly positive April employment figures released just before noon today. On the face of…... Read more

Ten pound poms to charge Olympic fans to breathe

Ten pound poms to charge Olympic fans to breathe

09 May 12 London Olympic organisers LOCOG are officially loco. They are not, however, low cost. In an unprecedented step, LOCOG will charge…... Read more

He wasn’t fat, he was just big boned and big whiskered

He wasn’t fat, he was just big boned and big whiskered

08 May 12 Tabby or not tabby? That is the question. Another key question in the wake of the tragic death of “Meow”…... Read more

NSW selectors must ditch the playbook and pick on instinct

NSW selectors must ditch the playbook and pick on instinct

07 May 12 Two major events loom large on the rugby league horizon. On May 23, the first Origin match of 2012 will…... Read more

Friday dilemma: Fashion Week vs jumps racing

Friday dilemma: Fashion Week vs jumps racing

04 May 12 Got out of the office twice this week, in the name of something faintly resembling real journalism. On the first…... Read more

Portrait of Gillard govt fetches $120 million

Portrait of Gillard govt fetches $120 million

03 May 12 A swirly pastel painting that looks like a kid’s crayon drawing has just sold for $120 million at a Sotheby’s…... Read more

Greens stand up for the stoned and indolent

Greens stand up for the stoned and indolent

02 May 12 Blinky Bill, Caramello and Sam the Thirsty Koala would be well satisfied this week. Thanks largely to The Greens, koalas…... Read more

The female of the species is more sporting than the male

The female of the species is more sporting than the male

30 Apr 12 At the Beijing Olympics, Australian women took home eight of our 14 gold medals. At the Vancouver Winter Games, women…... Read more

Climate change won’t happen overnight, but it will happen

Climate change won’t happen overnight, but it will happen

26 Apr 12 Every generation has its doomsday scenario. When my mother was studying for what she quaintly calls her “matriculation” in 1962,…... Read more

Average Aussie actor seeks part in CSI Miami

Average Aussie actor seeks part in CSI Miami

24 Apr 12 Ok, let’s get to the bottom of this Matthew Newton thing. We know he’s Bert’s son. We know he’s had…... Read more

This might be the best tourism ad ever made

This might be the best tourism ad ever made

23 Apr 12 Camped on Kangaroo Island once. Great place. Swam naked on a pristine beach and ate the best damn King George…... Read more

...and that’s why Australians will never love soccer

...and that’s why Australians will never love soccer

23 Apr 12 The laziest thing you can do in journalism is to use Wikipedia as your principal source. Sometimes, you’ve just got…... Read more

The shot heard around the AFL world

The shot heard around the AFL world

22 Apr 12 On May 28 last year, Gold Coast Suns rugby league recruit Karmichael Hunt kicked his first AFL goal. We put…... Read more

Friday Dilemma: what to do about texting drivers?

Friday Dilemma: what to do about texting drivers?

20 Apr 12 No doubt you’ve heard the rather disturbing news overnight that a Jetstar pilot was texting midflight, which resulted in an…... Read more

Aussie workers forced to turn Japanese, I really think so

Aussie workers forced to turn Japanese, I really think so

19 Apr 12 Companies expand and companies contract. That’s capitalism, and it’s hard to get too angry at Toyota’s decision to sack 350…... Read more

This town might just be big enough for the two of us

This town might just be big enough for the two of us

16 Apr 12 Some battle. If this is “code war”, then it’s being fought with fairy floss and honeycorn and a giant G-Man…... Read more

My unbearable life as a handsome man

My unbearable life as a handsome man

04 Apr 12 Ladies, please keep your distance today. For one day in the year, I beg you. Allow me to repose unpestered…... Read more

Earth to Bob. Little green men won’t save the world

Earth to Bob. Little green men won’t save the world

04 Apr 12 My fellow Earthians. The real tragedy of Bob Brown’s wacky speech last week is that he has pretty much left…... Read more

Why sports fans can’t help rooting for Tiger Woods

Why sports fans can’t help rooting for Tiger Woods

02 Apr 12 Most sports fans I know couldn’t give a stuff if Tiger Woods had sex with half the cocktail waitresses in…... Read more

Friday Dilemma: Does this look “easy to assemble”?

Friday Dilemma: Does this look “easy to assemble”?

30 Mar 12 Look at this explosion of nuts, bolts, wires and assorted metal doo-dats. Just look at it. It’s the first page…... Read more

Eight telltale signs that football season is here…

Eight telltale signs that football season is here…

29 Mar 12 Overnight, we had two significant reminders that we are now in that special time of year called football season. Firstly,…... Read more

Punch on: Open thread 29/03/2012

Punch on: Open thread 29/03/2012

29 Mar 12 How often in life do you get something for nothing? Today, The Punch offers you just that. All you have…... Read more

So a lack of smacks WAS behind the attacks

So a lack of smacks WAS behind the attacks

28 Mar 12 In the midst of the UK riots last year, The Punch was one of many Australian media outlets which offered…... Read more

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