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TASMANIA’S longest-serving sports scribe closed his notebook for the final time yesterday. The Mercury’s chief football and cricket writer for three decades, David Stockdale, wrote his last line and closed the book on a long and sometimes flamboyant career in journalism.Stockdale, 61, covered about 850 games of Tasmanian football, national carnivals and Tasmania’s interstate games in every state and territory. He was inducted in the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame in 2007, and is most remembered for his “kiss of death” grand final tipping and pledges to outrageous things if a particular side did not win the grand final. As a result, he condemned himself to a pre-dawn milk run, clipping Bellerive Oval with a hand-mower, washing used cars at New Norfolk and jumping off the Elizabeth Pier—twice. Read more HERE