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Blake Standfield

Roar Guru

Joined January 2013










Introducing The Roar's brand new podcast - Game of Codes: Australia's biggest sporting debate

Are you kidding, the loss of one player who had no impact in the pre season will be the difference between a premiership or bottom four for freo.

Freo's Hogan banned for alcohol slip-up

What possible effect would Usain Bolt playing soccer in Gosford during the summer have on the AFL?

Can the Central Coast Mariners be fixed?

Geez how will freo go against teams that are defending.

Seven AFL talking points from the JLT Series week two

The differences between batting in the three formats are clear to most people as is the fact Big Bash form does not translate to ODI’s.
Maxwell is an opposite point as he deserved test selection based on his test and first class performances.

How can Justin Langer justify selecting Aaron Finch, but sack D'Arcy Short?

Hopefully Ponting can have a big influence on toughening up the weak culture Langer has developed, skills and selection. Langer’s public speaking is a liability too so Ponting could take that over. Langer can be in charge of bare foot yoga and cheesy mantras.

Finch on thin ice for World Cup

Cameron Bancroft is a world class batsman and a fantastic team mate who takes responsibility for his own actions. And his personal hygiene is above reproach.

Cameron Bancroft has put the Aussie top order on notice

It’s the Ross Lyon effect. We’re seeing it with Freo now.

2019 AFL season preview: St Kilda Saints

It doesn’t change the fact that Sri Lanka were pitiful in Canberra. Particularly their catching and fielding.

Renshaw and Patterson playing for Ashes spots in Sheffield Shield

I’d probably expect them to climb a few places higher with home ground advantage but in reality as with last year they will be one of the clear four worst teams.

2019 AFL Season Preview: Fremantle Dockers

No he can’t handle himself. That’s why he wasn’t selected and there’s no chance he’ll be taken on tour.
The last thing he needs is Langer’s kool aid.

Pucovski is the future, not quite the present

So It’s achievement or longevity or both? The NFL example is based on achievement discounting greater longevity but the Australian examples greatest achievements are longevity.

Are there any Australian footballers to rival quarterback Tom Brady's longevity in the NFL?

Khawaja just wasn’t up to the task of leading the batting lineup this summer. I figured he’d find form once Smith and Warner returned but he’s done it after the rest of the order lineup took the pressure off him.

Khawaja ton an Ashes boost for Australia

The Sri Lankan opening partnership put these scores into some perspective.

Patterson ton a welcome addition to Ashes intrigue

Let’s make that call the day New Zealand mange to beat Australia in a meaningful match.

Sri Lanka face an uphill task

Since the last seventeen articles on this topic he’s played two games batting at seven.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

As in the test series the players selected generally performed to expectations. The selectors and coaching staff had a more important role than usual to play this summer and failed miserably. Langer seems to be instilling a weak culture but for now we’ll have to reserve judgment and hope he’s a better leader behind the scenes than his ridiculous public speaking would suggest.

Sloppy Australia hand India 2-1 series win

They’re playing sports not working a double shift in a hospital or long haul trucking. They’ll be fine.

Matches played at ridiculous times in the early morning hours must end

When Cameron Bancroft tampered with the ball on multiple occasions?

Dave Warner remarkably switches to right handed and still punishes Chris Gayle


Groundhog Day for Aaron Finch after having his stumps demolished

Here’s a pair

Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff paper over the Australian selection and tactical cracks

The fact is there are two players to slot straight back in so does this mean the likes of Marnus and Head shouldn’t be given the same two year opportunity.
If he does play and doesn’t do well against Sri Lanka he can’t be picked for the Ashes for the sake of persistence.

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Low act from sugar pockets. Who would want this guy as a team mate now.

Cameron Bancroft reveals Warner's involvement in ball-tampering saga

Can’t see a spot for sugar pockets who was the actual ball tamperer. Multiple times.

Bancroft's return adds to Ashes puzzle

Why are A-League apologists so obsessed with bagging out AFL?

All I want for Christmas is a fully-functioning A-League