Your Hero Growing up

Everyone I thought I would ask you a question that shouldn’t be too hard for you to answer.

My question to you all is who is or was your hero growing up? What did they do or what made you want to do the same as they did.

My Hero growing up and still is to this day is Craig Lowndes, the reason Craig Lowndes is my hero is because of how much he has achieved in Motorsport when he started racing in the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1996 only aged 22 winning his first Championship in that year. Then winning a second Championship only two years later in 1998 he then went back to back winning another Championship in 1999 making it a career total of 3 Championships won in 4 years. He has also won the Bathurst 1000 a total of 6 times to date and the Bathurst 12 hour twice. Lowndes didn’t win his second Bathurst 1000 until 10 years after his first one and that was in 2006 and he then went on to win three in a row.
At the time of me posting this he has just done his 650th start in a Supercars race and he is the only person to have done that so far. I reckon if he continues until the end of next year he will get to 700 race starts. But I’m think if he continues until the end of 2021 he will hopefully get to his race car number which is 888.

Craig Lowdnes is very much loved by the fans and he will take out his own time to have a chat with you to see how you are going and he will give you a signature if you asked him nicely. I went to the Adelaide 500 earlier this year and I asked him nicely if I could have a quick photo and he said sure you can see the photo of me and him below.

Check out the vintage Craig Lowndes footage below

Thanks for reading and I hoped you enjoyed reading about my Hero I would like to hear about your favourite hero hear and why they are you hero
Until next time

Deadpool 2 and New Deadpool App

The weekend just gone I went to the Cinema to see Deadpool 2, now if you are a dodgy downloader that is thinking I will just download this one when it’s available do yourself a favour and head out and see this one on the big screen you wont regret it. There is so much action is this movie that watching it on a small screen won’t do it justice. As with the first Deadpool movie you also get a whole heap of laughs.

The movie doesn’t shy away from the gory stuff with a few decapitations, bodies chopped in half and other limbs lost. Check out the trailer for the movie below

In addition to checking out the new movie I also spent my weekend making a couple of new Android apps which have recently gone live on the playstore, the theme for all of these apps was of course Deadpool to capitalise on the new Deadpool 2 movie.

The first app is the Deadpool Fidget Spinner  this app can be quite addictive and there are quite a few different fidget spinners to unluck all revolving around Deadpool. Some of these are pictures of Deadpool and some are actual fidget spinners with Deadpool pics or logos on them.

The 2nd app is a version of Astronaut Space Walk except you are Deadpool dodging walls  I think you have to play this one just to see Deadpool hit a wall the relaxed fashion he falls to the ground. Let me know if you can beat my top score of 18 upload your highscore screenshots to twitter and tag us @matesmadness.

The 3rd app is a Deadpool Match  Puzzle app where you need to remove the different Deadpool images in groups of two or more ensuring you don’t leave any solo logo’s by themselves I can’t get past level 4 myself

The 4th app is a simple Match 3 game where you need to line up 3 or more of the same Deadpool image to score. If you can line up 4 or more or get two groups of 3 at the same time you score even higher and earn yourself extra moves.

If you are a Deadpool or just a general game fan download our apps and leave us a review, remember these games will have ads and they are there to support the Mates Madness website with hosting costs and hopefully done the track some product purchases that we can then review and share with you all.

Let me know your favourite app or if you have a favourite character that you would like me to make a similar app with.



Weekly Wrap 20th May 2018

Well its been a frustrating week for me, as mentioned in my footy comeback post I strained my hamstring in week 2 of my comeback. As a result everytime I move my leg I can feel the muscle pulling, daily tasks as simple as walking bending reaching up high or to the side have caused discomfort. For the first few nights everytime I moved in my sleep I would wake and even sitting here now typing I can feel the muscle almost pulsating.

Our next post of the week was Kieran’s, question about what is you favourite sport and sharing his favourite sport. From there we move to one of the worlds most amazing natural waterfalls with this weeks blast from the past Niagara Falls. If you have not already done so check out the video and listen to the noise that the falls generate.

Our final post of the week was Kieran sharing his Batman wish list with everyone, if your a fan of the Dark Night check this post out as there are some really cool stuff on the list.

As you can see its been another quiet week content wise, but we have been busy working on other things such as some new apps which should go live in the Playstore today.

Once confirmed these new apps are live we will share them with you and also give you abit of background why we choose to build those apps.

That the weekly wrap



Kieran’s Batman Wish list


Everyone as you know I’m a massive batman fan so I thought I would do a Wish list of some of the batman items I would like to get in the future to add to my Collection.

You can see above some of the items on my Wish list that I would like to get I will just need to save my money up for them and I will hopefully have most of the items when I’m at least 30 my favourite item on the Wish list is the probably the Batarang 3d light with it sticking out of the wall like Batman has thrown it at the wall.

I also like the Bat signal Desk lamp because how many people do you reckon would have the own Bat signal, I don’t think a lot of people would have one and I will hopefully become one to have a bat signal desk lamp.

another item I really like is the 1:32 scale bat mobile because it is small enough to fit in front of my 1:4 scale Batman  and it will add another Batman item to my Collection.

You can see with the picture below of a full-size batman statue and the height of it I don’t know how much it is but it one of my dreams to actually own a full-size batman statue as it will go with my 1:4 scale batman that I have and it would just add to my batman Collection.

If you would like to see what I already have in my Batman Collection you can do so by going to a previous post I’ve written about what’s in my collection which is http://kierans-batman-collection/

Thank you for reading and hopefully you enjoyed my post about my batman Wish list and I hope to have some of these items by at least the end of the year or the start of next year. I will keep you updated on how my Collection is going at the end of the year and you will hopefully see the difference from now and the end of the year.

Until next time

Niagara Falls 2009 Blast From the Past

In the 2nd week of blast from the past I want to share with you footage from my visit to Niagara Falls in 2009, this is from the same holiday where I visited LA and had the Ifly experience that I shared last week. We spent a week in New York City and on one of those days we caught the train to JFK airport and took a flight to Buffalo where we were picked up by a bus tour for a trip to Niagara Falls. We only visited the US side of the falls but we could see Canada (its the closest we have been  to Canada). We visited a visitor centre did the obligatory souvenir shopping before taking a couple of falls walks where they give you bright poncho’s to wear as the is waterfall mist everywhere and without them you would get drenched pretty quickly.


Footage from my trip to the US side of Niagara falls in 2009, an we spent a week in New York and on one of those days we flew up to Buffalo and took a bus tour from there to the falls. Something I would highly recommend doing if you are in the area. It wasn't expensive to do from New York so if you are in the state or even Washington DC get yourself on a plane to Buffalo and visit Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the name for a group of 3 water falls the are on the Canada, US border, the 3 falls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls the second 2 are entirely on the American side of the border. As you can see from the video huge amounts of water gush over the sides of the falls every second, the mist created is huge.

You can see this on TV and in videos like mine but they will not compare to the amazing sights you will see, noise you will here and atmosphere you will experience if you ever make it to Niagara Falls in person.

Whats Your Favourite Sport or Sports


Everyone I thought I would do another post asking what you favourite thing is, this time I thought about asking what your favourite sports are and why. I have a couple of sports that are my enjoy but my favourite sport that I like is Motorsport.

The reason Motorsport is my favourite sport is because you just don’t see one race the same every time you watch a race you might see that it has no safety cars or you might see another race where there are a lot of safety cars.

You will see different drivers in each variation of motorsport, yearly you can see drivers and teams leave the sport and also see some new drivers and teams come in, In some variations you might also see some past drivers from the sport come back part time and do enduro type events. For example in Australia Mark Skaife finished up in the V8 Supercars as a full-time driver but came back and drove in the Enduros of which the V8 Supercars have three races each season  Sandown,  Bathurst and the third at the Gold Coast. On his return Mark Skaife competed in this enduro races with his long time friend Craig Lowndes

I was very happy when I heard Mark was going to race with Craig as Mark was one of my favourite drivers at the time and Craig is my favourite driver ever. I think Craig will do the same as what Mark did when he retires and continue racing in the enduros and race with either Jamie Whincup or Shane Van Gisbergen as they should still be driving when he retires full time from driving.

The next sport on my list of sports I enjoy is AFL, between the teams the players abilities and coaching styles vary significantly causing considerable variations in each game watched. In one match a team could win by a big margin against one opponent and the next game they might have very nail bitting game no matter where the teams fall on the ladder but just due to how the teams match up.

Basketball is another sport I really get into, my favourite Basketball team is the Utah Jazz and I was very happy to see Donovan Mitchell I really rate him highly due to how quick and versatile he is. With him being able to help out his team mates where ever he can. You don’t always see that team first attitude in some of the players in the NBA. Why I like basketball is because if you want to you can go out and play with a friend or group of friends and put a pick up game together really easy.

Thanks for reading this post and it hopefully its help you guys understand me a bit more, why I like these certain sports. As always I would like to hear about what your favourite sports or sport are and why you like them.

Until next time Kieran

Footy Comeback Week 2 update

Hi All

Well game 2 of my Aussie Rules comeback was not a great one, the team was short leaving us with no one on the bench resulting in the coach and runner pulling on a jumper for the just in case factor. Although us being short was a bad thing it also gave me much needed game time on the ground allowing me to start on the field. I started in a back pocket a position I have probably only played 4 or 5 times in my entire career so it was a bit different. On top of not playing the position we were playing a fit team with a strong bench meaning the ball was down there constantly, the player I was on was either clever or really lazy and he wasn’t keen to go at the ball much and always ended get the ball over the back, most of the time it looked like he almost hadn’t moved and happened to just be in the right place.

At quarter time I got moved to the half forward line and managed to get a couple of possessions, but continually found myself over running the ball, miss reading the bounce, getting a bad bounce or just fumbling the ball it was very frustrating.

At half time the body was starting to stiffen up a little as it was more than I had run in a long time, I got a my hands on the ball early in the third and when pushing my self hard to mark a ball I felt it got ping my right hamstring was gone, I pulled up super quick barely able to put pressure I my right leg even though the ball was still in the vicinity I could barely move the leg was tight and any movement of my leg shot pain through my hamstring. I came from the ground instantly I spent the rest of the game watching the rest of the 100 point drubbing from the bench. I had never done a hamstring before but I can tell you it is painful, until straining the muscle you have no idea how much you use it. It was my right leg so driving home was agony braking accelerating everything causing pain to shoot through my leg. I was suppose to be at the showdown but I needed to get home and start icing the hammy, I have a split level house and getting up those five stairs to get to the freezer felt like I was climbing a mountain. I spent the night on and off icing it until trying to sleep which was annoying that night any movement of my leg and I was awake. The next day I was pretty much stuck to the couch which sucked because I was suppose to be the one doing everything for my wife (Sarah) with it being Mothers day and I have arranged for my sister to come over for lunch to have an early birthday lunch for Sarah’s birthday.

Two days on now there is still some pain and quite a bit of discomfort walking, driving and almost anything relating to moving my leg. Looks like game 3 of the footy comeback might be a few weeks away.

For the next week or so compression bandages and in a few days some light stretching followed by trying to strengthen the muscle and surrounding muscles such as the glutes to stop it from happening again.

Weekly Wrap 13 May 2018

Well another week has passed and we have had a pretty good week in they way of content here on Mates Madness. The week started with Kieran discussing his favourite movies where he shared one of the benefits of watching a movie more than once and also asked some good questions such as do you have a sick/feeling down movie. For me this is a selection of movies especially when I was a kid, the movies were Top Gun, who didn’t grow up wanting to be MaverickBloodsportJean Claude Van Damme really kicks arse in the Kumite. Hard to Kill where Steven Seagal just won’t die (and you can take that to the bank) watch the movie you will get the reference, Rookie of the Year – a complete change of pace from the action movies above but what kid doesn’t dream of making it to the big time and the last addition to this list is Romeo Must Die staring Jet Li plenty of action and some awesome slightly non conventional fight scenes such as the fire hose scene.

Our next post of the week was the launch of our bitcoin competition to help promote our site and Youtube channel, if you have not subscribed to our channel do so now and you are half way to entering our competition to win 500,000 Satoshi.

The next post of the week was our brand new weekly post Blast From the Past  where we will be sharing something from our past, a memorable event that either we enjoyed or had significant meaning in our life. For the first instalment I shared 1 of many enjoyable moments from my holiday to America in 2009. This moment was when I tried indoor skydiving at Ifly Los Angles.

The week ended with the Showdown which was a nail bitter with the lead changing twice in the last minute, I am spewing I going to the game due to getting injured in game 2 of my footy comeback (I will tell you about this over the next few days, sitting for to long at once hurts at the moment). Kieran took some great footage of the game be sure to check it out.

The final post of the week was a quick Mothers Day tribute to all the mums out there who mean so much to us as they constantly give so much, my kids spoilt my wife they had some really cool things for her so it was a good day in our house. At the same time I missed my mum and due to struggling to walk or drive wasn’t able to get to the cemetery to say hi to her.

Hope you had a good week and hope to see you back here again soon.

Showdown XLIV (44) Power vs Crows


Everyone with the Showdown being on of the biggest games in South Australia for Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide crows the Showdown is regarded as one of the toughest games to play according to past and present Power and Crows players so I was not missing this game. You can see a video down below of the players running through the banners all the way up to the Showdown medal getting handed out along with the first ever Showdown shield that the Power and the crows played for.

The game started with port getting the first score on the board but the Crows easily responded with a goal of their own. They game was quite fast paced in some parts but very slow in the other parts it was tooth and nail from the very first bounce right until the final siren. After a stressful final minute with the Crows going ahead by a point with a goal with 50 seconds to go many Ports fans heart sunk then the unthinkable happened new Port recruit Steven Motlop showed some magic and kicked a goal 19 seconds later putting put back in front with 31 seconds to go, Port Adelaide won showdown number XLIV (44) making it all tied up in the showdown wins with 22 apiece.
At the time of me posting this I have hardly any voice of me screaming at goals getting scored or the umpires but hopefully by tomorrow morning it will be better.

Until next time