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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 or my website:



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

Thanks Ronan. Any idea as to what Maxwell’s average and strike rate is when he doesn’t bowl six overs? Just looking to check he isn’t being replaced because he’s being belted around.

Maxwell's bowling can shape Australia's World Cup campaign

There is some talk that the Sharks are under the cap for 2019, so it’s questionable as to what calibre player they would need to offload. Heard that Ava is off to the UK so be interesting to see how it plays out. Kudos to Barry Russell for speaking out

NRL penalties will force Sharks to lose a player: reports

I understand the importance of expanding the game, but culling or relocating Sydney teams is surely just shooting the NRL in the foot. Like it or not, Sydney and Brisbane are NRL heartland. By reducing Sydney teams, you disillusion a number of fans who are then at risk of checking out the Giants or Swans. The effect at the grassroots level would be just as significant.

Fixing rugby league step two of five: Reduce or relocate teams

Couldn’t agree more. Sharks will have a few things to sort following the salary cap ruling but they are more financially secure than a number of clubs who are already propped up by the NRL. The media love to paint a picture but it is far from the reality

Fixing rugby league step two of five: Reduce or relocate teams

Paine is also 34. Assuming you are right and he plays until he retires in a few years time, who are you picking to replace him?
Stats can also be moulded to support an argument. Say you take Carey’s average over the last 3 seasons only. 38 innings, average of a bit over 36. I still think he’s next cab off the rank.

Put Tim Paine in the Order of Australia, but not the Ashes squad

Maybe, but Carey is averaging 75 so far this Sheffield Shield season whilst Philippe has scored a century. Paine should, and will, be the keeper in the Ashes but it’s not as if he doesn’t have challengers going forward.

Put Tim Paine in the Order of Australia, but not the Ashes squad

I agree that Paine needs to score some runs to hold off his challengers including Alex Carey, Matt Wade and even Josh Philippe.

It’s fair to say though, with Smith at least another 12 months away from the captaincy, we need Tim Paine leading the side in the Ashes series

Put Tim Paine in the Order of Australia, but not the Ashes squad

Depends who you support…for me, 2016 was clearly the best ever. No second place unfortunately.

Eight reasons the 2018 grand final was the best in a decade