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Christo the Daddyo

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Who sank Todd Carney’s career?

Sure, it got reported on. But that wouldn’t have ended his career on its own. He’d had far too many transgressions and everyone just ran out of patience. He’s only got himself to blame. All he had to do was recognise he had a problem with alcohol and stay off it. If he’d managed that I guarantee he’d still be playing.

Who sank Todd Carney’s career?

Has there ever been an NRL ‘incident’ that didn’t involve alcohol?

Who sank Todd Carney’s career?

The bubbler was just the final straw.

Who sank Todd Carney’s career?

It will be interesting to see how many clubs actually have the ability and will to do this. Good to see Western United give it a go!

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

Allianz should be redeveloped at about 25k capacity. That would be plenty for the majority of games held there by the current tenants.

And funny how the government has announced the promised curtain has been ditched and yet the price has gone up by $100m!

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

Interesting you mention Sweden. Just like the A league it’s teams play in a wide variety of capacities in regards to their stadiums. And the overall attendances consistently average just under 10k. Is that what you meant by “very decent crowds”? if so, the A League is doing reasonably well then.

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

Sorry, what I meant was – an NRL team owns it’s own stadium. Which means it’s theoretically possible for an A League team to do the same. But maybe the circumstances of how the Sharks came to own their own ground aren’t relevant now? I have no idea.

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

And Sydney FC (and their fans) have complained about the state of the pitch at Jubilee.

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

Good point about the draw. But there’s also the state of the pitch to consider. Rugby codes like the grass cut much longer than football. I wonder who’s wishes would be listened to if there were two tenants?

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

The Cronulla Sharks own their own ground. I don’t know how that situation came to be or how much it cost to build. Might be relevant for A League clubs looking to do the same?

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

That amount is what will be spent on the whole development, including the admin and training facilities for the Lions (men’s and women’s teams). The stadium itself only has seating for 700 people (total capacity around 10k, mostly on grassed banks).

So, has the Roar put a proposal to the government to build a football-specific stadium?

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

And yet it hasn’t happened with decent sized football specific stadiums in this country. Why not? because the return on investment isn’t there.

So I return to the question – how are A league clubs going to get their own stadiums?

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

Well done on avoiding the point.

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

But how are the clubs going to get their own stadiums? That’s the (multi) million dollar question, isn’t it…

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

Christopher isn’t saying it doesn’t happen, he’s saying the trend is away from having all games on at the same time.

Always helps to actually read (and understand) what others are saying to you instead of inventing strawman arguments.

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

When you say those teams can alternate with their respective NRL clubs, you don’t actually think the NRL clubs will cooperate do you?

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

The biggest impediment to moving to the winter is ground availability. If they’re willing to share, then go for it. But if you do that, don’t whinge about the state of the pitch if you knowingly enter into ground sharing arrangements with other codes. Alternatively build your own grounds.

I do feel sorry for the players having to play football throughout the Australian summer!

Winter switch opens up endless opportunities in Asia

I wonder whether Stoinis will be one of those players who excels at club-level T20, but can’t quite make the grade consistently at international level? And it’s not like he’s only 20 with plenty of time to improve…

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Except that he can still provide that ‘leadership by example’ stuff even if he isn’t the captain. It might even be a great opportunity to concentrate on that side, rather than trying to do the tactical stuff as well.

Michael Hooper steps down as Waratahs captain

No problem with Hooper stepping down – I’m not sure he was all that great as a captain. But I’m not sure about putting a veteran in as his replacement. I would have thought it’s an opportunity to start planning for the next generation to take the reins.

Michael Hooper steps down as Waratahs captain

Mostly I’d agree with you, but occasionally that might be exactly what you need. If (for example) you’ve just lost a flurry of wickets you might need to settle down for a few overs without losing any more. And maybe in T20 games at least, teams should be allowed to retire batsmen if they feel they’re not scoring quickly enough. The commentators on the BBL have talked about this a bit, and I think it’s worth considering.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Lynn got it spot on: “We’re doing all the right things at training, but I don’t know what goes on out in the middle because we just seem to panic.”

In other words, the problem is mental. That team has the technical skills in it to do very well, but they seem to have a problem putting it all to good use consistently. And isn’t that a coaching issue?

Marnus Labuschagne can’t be used to paper over the Heat’s glaring cracks

I was going to venture the opinion that you’ve got Maxwell batting too low down in the order, but then I had a thought…

Perhaps locking in batting orders is something we need to move away from? It would be interesting to see teams experiment more with flexibility around the batting order – responding to the state of the game, rather than sticking rigidly to a pre-determined order.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Yeah possibly. But I just think it’s mental application by the rest of the team. Or rather, lack thereof. They do seem to drop their bundle if Lynn doesn’t score well. Got to be tougher than that!

Heat collapse symptomatic of a flawed philosophy