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David Holden

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Joined December 2016







Long time writer/blogger for the Roar. Want to sports write full time. Follow me on Twitter @davidholden3101



Just saw the Kiwis at $11. Seems good odds to me

Can Australia be beaten in the Women's T20 World Cup?

I think the Sharks were everyone’s number 2 team until we won the comp (although the peptides scandal didn’t help). Now we are hated and I’m more than comfortable with that…means we are a threat

A user's guide to help you select an NRL club to support: Part 1

T20 can be pretty fickle and I don’t think Australia will dominate from start to finish. New Zealand, with the likes of Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest, can score quickly and they have that leg spinner in Amelia Kerr who could be in for a big World Cup. A lot of the media is treating this as a done deal and a celebration of Australian women’s cricket. But there are a number of teams that can win on their day. Australia should take out this World Cup, but I think most of us are getting ahead of ourselves

Women’s T20 World Cup to bolster pedestrian international summer

Sorry Mary, I can’t agree with you on this. It’s unfortunate that they need to move from Shark Park for a period of time but there is a valid financial reason for this. The development there has put them in a strong cash position and they are making sound investments so far. Rather than being upset that Shark Park won’t have massive upgrades (which of course every fan would like), the majority would be happy to know that the club is financally viable for the longer term.

They have had an unfortunate runs with CEO’s, and need to look at their recruitment process, but we don’t know the reason why Munro and the Club didn’t work out. Maybe we will find this out in the future and maybe there will be reason for concern, but, for now, you may be jumping the gun on this.

Cronulla's off-field dysfunction will eventually catch up on the field

I agree with that. You need to go with your strongest 11. Marnus, Steve Smith and Travis Head can all bowl some overs if needed

Langer says Test side likely to stay unchanged for June series against Bangladesh

I’ve always liked the theory that, to be a top all-rounder, you need to be good enough in batting or bowling to be picked on that alone. I don’t think we have anyone in Australia who fits that description so we shouldn’t be picking one

Moises Henriques should be Australia’s preferred all-rounder

Could always select himself

Stability returns to Australia's top six

Yes, it’s a fair point, there is no Martin Love, Stuart Law or Brad Hodge waiting in the wings. Shaun Marsh and Tom Cooper are topping the Shield aggregates at the moment and neither of those will get a run. Kurtis Patterson could be that guy but his quad injury came at the wrong time. I can’t see Nic Maddinson or Will Pucovski selected until they can get an extended run.

Stability returns to Australia's top six

will be out there this afternoon cheering her on!

The ins and outs for WBBL05

Looking forward to see my niece, Naomi Stalenberg, having a big WBBL this season. Blogging it for the Roar tonight so I hope she is amongst the runs

The ins and outs for WBBL05

Yep, fair point

Ash Barty should win The Don Award

Agreed, I hate every team other than my own. I just hate the Raiders less than the Roosters, so this Sydneysider is supporting Canberra on the weekend. Unfortunately, I can’t see them getting the result

Why the hell do I have to support the Sydney team in the grand final?

So do I. That DVD has had plenty of plays over the last few years. Always the same result which is great.

Which NRL club’s fans are the biggest whingers?

Sharks’ supporters would have won a number of whinging premierships leading up to 2016. But since the grand final, calls on relocation, grubby Gallen, nasty Fifita or salary caps don’t worry me anymore. We won, baby!!

Which NRL club’s fans are the biggest whingers?

Yada yada yada. Cronulla going…we hear it all the time. How many other clubs have c $20m in their pockets to invest and own their home ground. Invest it wisely and the Sharks won’t be going anywhere for a long time.

NRL expansion: What the NRL should do

For Australia to be a chance on Thursday night, they need to get early wickets. If they can pick up Roy and Bairstow cheaply, uncertainty will start to creep in. It’s up to our new ball bowlers

World Cup semis: Australia's two key weaknesses - and England's major strength

I may be the only one old enough to remember this but Steve Linnane got 20 weeks for an eye gouge on Greg Alexander in the late 1980’s. With the intent that Burgess displayed, he should be facing that type of suspension

What do you need to do to get sent off?

The only use I see for them is that they should give teams some extra room to move in attack. Doesn’t always work that way though.

Some subtle changes the NRL should consider

I know it was on a different surface, but you’d think Ash would have to go in favourite against Madison Keys after her win against her in Fed Cup a few months ago. Simona Halep got Ash 7-5 7-5 a few weeks ago on clay so that would be a big ask. Either way, a world ranking of 5 leading into Wimbledon is a huge achievement

Ashleigh Barty breaks new ground at French Open, as the quarter-finals get underway

Sure, they can still win it, but the pressure on them just lifted a notch. If you assume teams have to go at least 6 and 3 to make the semi finals, a loss to the Windies (which can happen if Gayle and co get going) would have them up against it with arguably the three toughest teams to come. If this occurred, the pressure from the English media and public would be immense.

Don't be mistaken, England are still World Cup favourites

Probably more in my past, James, but I did see that he is still doing well for himself.

Ash Barty's very tenuous connection to Weird Al Yankovic

That’s in Queensland?

It’s Round 3 - lay off the State of Origin talk!

Well done. Finally someone is talking reality

Cameron Smith's Cronulla complaint is crying over spilt milk

No Steve Smith?

Ashton Turner stuns India

I’d like to see Super Netball recognised as the premier women’s sport in Australia. It certainly is on many levels but seems to get a little lost in the race to promote other codes. Coming from the dad of two netball daughters.

After a year of progress, here's what women's sport needs to work on