Australian sports community mourns death

Ron Reed pictured here with his wife and son.

Ron Reed is considered one of Australia’s greatest sports journalists. Image: Adam Reed/Twitter

The Australian sports community mourns the loss of legendary journalist Ron Reed after his death at the age of 74.

Reed was the former sports editor at Herald Sun and has included nine Olympic Games, the Tour de France, international and domestic cricket, tennis Grand Slams and the Melbourne Cup.

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Reed’s son Adam broke the sad news on Friday, writing on Twitter: “RIP to a loving father, accomplished journalist and a great man – Ron Reed.

“He put a lot of life into his years and will be greatly missed.”

Nicknamed “The Hound,” Reed’s primary passion was AFL and he was a die-hard Carlton fan.

“Ron Reed was a great Carlton man and a top cricketer with the Plastic XI,” said Peter Jones, a Carlton Premiership ruckman. said the herald sun.

“He was always in the Carlton rooms after a football game. The mighty ‘Hound’ will be sorely missed.”

Reed won the Australian Sports Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and was named Sportswriter of the Year in 1998.

He is known to have canceled a World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka in 1996 after writing a newspaper article urging Australians not to travel to Colombo.

A column he wrote entitled ‘Don’t Go’ urged the Australian team not to travel to Colombo after a bomb went off in the National Bank building near the hotel where Reed was staying.

Cricket Australia chairman Denis Rogers later admitted that Reed’s column was the main reason Australia decided not to go to Colombo for the game.

Reed’s last work will be published after his death. He has recently completed a book on Pat Cummins’ first year as Australia Test cricket captain.

He also wrote a biography of Australian tennis star Frank Sedgman.

The sports world pays tribute to Ron Reed

Sam Newman said on Friday: “Sad to hear of the dog’s death.

“I grew up listening to Ron’s coverage of sport in Australia – and abroad – in The Sporting Globe and Herald and Weekly Times publications.

“Fair, accurate, noble and affable, Ron did a great job of honor which is lacking in many cases today.

“I wish his family and friends well during this time of reflection on the great Ron Reed.”

Tributes were also flooded on social media.

“RIP Ron Reed. Friend, mentor, captain, colleague, fellow traveler in newspapers, on cricket trips and often at lunch,” fellow journalist Greg Baum tweeted.

“Rough on the outside, cordial, fair and generous everywhere else. The most underrated sports journalist, even newspaper man, of his time. Time for a well-deserved break.”

Jim Wilson wrote: “So sad to hear this news, Hound was one of the best and my dad Bruce loved him. Thinking of the family.”

Peter Blunden wrote: “I am deeply saddened today by the sudden death of one of Australia’s greatest sportswriters, Ron Reed.

“Ron’s deep knowledge and authority, combined with rare talent for writing, earned him universal respect. It was a privilege to work with the journalist and the man. Vale Ron.”

While Ashley Browne added: “I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Ron Reed. He was one of the last people you would call a newspaper man.

“Deep knowledge of so many sports and could write the best of all. Enjoyed life even after the deadline. RIP Hound.”

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