Tennis has it, cricket has it and so do many football codes. But until now, jousting has managed quite well without it.
The medieval sport, where two armoured horsemen try to hit each other with a four-metre lance, is trialling video refereeing at a tournament in Cornwall this week.
Organisers say accuracy is vital as each hit with the lance to different parts of the shield or helmet is worth different points.
In other police news, a driver has been arrested for allegedly ramming two police cars while driving a stolen car in Melbourne’s southern suburbs early this morning.
The 21-year-old man was cornered by police on a dead-end street in Frankston South about 1.30am. He attempted to flee in the car, ramming a highway patrol vehicle on the Moorooduc Highway Service Road.
He then fled on foot, and was arrested after a short foot chase. A number of knives and stolen number plates were allegedly found inside the stolen car.
Police allege the same car earlier rammed another police car in Frankston South, and tried to ram two others in Mornington and Hastings.
The driver, of no fixed place of address, is in hospital under police guard.
No police officers were injured during the rammings.
Here’s how The Age looks in print today:
A man will face court today after a teenage boy was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack outside Watsonia train station, in Melbourne’s north-east.
Police allege the 15-year-old boy was standing near the footbridge about 8.30am yesterday when an unknown man approached and punched him in the face.
A passer-by stopped to help and the offender allegedly fled the scene.
The teen, from Doreen, was taken to hospital with a broken nose.
A 23-year-old Reservoir man was arrested later in the day and charged with intentionally cause injury and recklessly cause injury. He was remanded to appear at Heidelberg Magistrates Court today.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Good morning, and welcome to the first day of August. Only one month of cold winter mornings to go 😉
The Metro Trains website is showing a good services on all lines, while the roads aren’t looking too bad. Everyone must be still tucked up in bed! On the Monash Freeway, a two-car crash at Forster Road is slowing traffic, while on the Western Ring Road, Altona-bound, there is a broken-down truck at Ballarat Road.
We’ll be back shortly with the day’s top stories.