Dear Santa

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Santa, would it be possible to dig deep into your sack and provide the Socceroos with all the luck they'll need to match it with the world's best in Germany next year? Just reaching the World Cup has been a huge achievement. A couple of wins would be great and give the code an added kick along in Australia.

On the AFL front, what are the chances of a Richmond Premiership? 2006 will be crucial for the Tigers in general and coach Terry Wallace in particular. Also would it be too much to have Nathan Brown back for Round 1 and even Brownlow Medal, even for any Richmond Player? Ok if this can't happen, at least it would be great to see them get to the finals.

At the risk of being greedy, a swag of gold medals to Australia is what I really want at the Commonwealth Games. While the gold should flow freely in the swimming, they might be a little harder to win on the track. Distance star Craig Mottram is our best hope, as is hurdler Jana Pittman, assuming she's fit. Surely the fact that the games are in Melbourne will give our athletes that little bit extra they need to get over the line.

I know its a big ask, but I would really love to see Ford get another V8 Supercar Championship this year and for the rest of the Ford drivers to step up instead of leaving the racing up to Russell Ingall and Craig Lowndes to bring home the wins for Ford.

And finally, could we please try to get through the summer without endless shots of new mum Bec sitting with the Hewitt clan courtside? Even more pleasing would be if we can not have mum and dad doing their best ASIO impersonation, trying to shield baby Mia from prying lenses. We've all seen daddy Hewitt's dummy spits. They're not pretty.

That's it Santa. I know I might be asking a bit but I reckon you're up to it.

Best wishes to Mrs Claus,
Mike Elliott

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