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Always loved writing and thought I should give this a go. Love most sports although the Sharkies are the team I'm the most passionate about. Follow me on Twitter @davidholden3101

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Of course we do. It’s a different type of tennis, is fun to watch, it’s generally something that Australians are good at and is why middle aged guys like myself can still get a hit of tennis every now and then.

There is no doubt that a singles grand slam title carries more weight but that’s no reason to phase doubles out of the sport.

Do we need doubles in tennis?

Perception doesn’t always equal reality. I will be the first to admit there are some grubby players in that team but not one has been accused of a serious offence so why the Cronulla hate everywhere? Can you imagine the outrage if Fifita was DUI? Flanagan had to go and I think John Morris will actually be good for the club, both in terms of performance and sponsors.

Is John Morris too nice to coach the Sharks?

“A team of baddies”. I’m not sure that “cheating” on a coin toss compares to any type of assault, so I think the “baddies” tag is a bit overdone for the Sharks. DUI, assault etc, we should be focussing on some other teams.

John Morris is well respected down at Shark Park, doing some great work with younger players. I think he will be fine.

Is John Morris too nice to coach the Sharks?

They absolutely can. I’m just thinking that more fathers than mothers are cricket fans generally. Happy to be proven wrong

Scheduling change for 2019 puts WBBL it at risk

Yes, fair enough. We don’t appear to have a Terry in our midst. Hazlewood and Starc should get plenty of wickets though (if Starc can get it to swing)

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

I may be crazy but, with the exception of Sidds, I like that side. If a couple of the newbies can get some runs at the GABBA, the Ashes may not be as bad as we think. I’m old enough to remember the UK media labelled worst Australian team ever win the Ashes around 30 years ago. A young Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor ripped them apart. Hopefully history repeats.

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

Difficult to argue with the call to drop Finch and M.Marsh, but it feels like we are just shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. It is a shame that no fringe players have really put their hand up with Smith and Warner out

Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh set to be dropped for Sydney Test

Surprised Suncorp Super Netball didn’t make your list. Record tv ratings and attendances in best quality netball competition in world. It remains the premier women’s sport in Australia

The best women's sports moments of 2018

Spinsky, as a long term Sharks supporter, I agree that the place is in need of a clean out. Though I think Barry Russell may be a little too honest compared to other club CEO’s, this may work for us in the long run. If news of the $8m cash injection over the next month is true, we are a long way away from financial oblivion so hopefully relocation gossip can be put to bed.

Confession of a Sharks tragic

Thanks all. I didn’t name Seibold, Bennett or Cleary as I think all will get at least 2 seasons to get the job done. Of course, if one of those teams goes into freefall, anything can happen.

I can understand the comments re Brennan and Brown but I still don’t think either have a squad with the same quality as the Eels, Cowboys or Raiders. Although with Ramien, Klemmer and others joining the Knights, the pressure will start to build on Brown.

I think Hasler and Pay are safe. Re St George, the calls for McGregor come annually but a similar finish in 2019 is probably enough

The NRL coaches under pressure in 2019

That was a fantastic effort last night. Sometimes it takes adversity to bring out the best in someone, so with no Smith or Warner, Khawaja shined. He went with a clear plan to play the spinners (much like Hayden did many years ago in India) and it worked. With Head and Finch looking solid to, hopefully there will be competition for spots when Bancroft, Smith and Warner return. A top 6 of Warner, Finch, Khawaja, Smith, Head and Maxwell looks pretty good to me although there is a long way to go before that becomes a reality. Paine had a real captain’s knock and I’d love for him to be VC once Smith returns

Khawaja and Paine come of age as Australia shine in Dubai

Scott, don’t think our premiership window is closed at all. Our current rep players are all running around next year (Wade Graham and Paul Gallen would have made a big difference last night) and we have arguably the best crop of juniors coming through given we are in the NSW Cup and Jersey Flagg GF’s this weekend. The trick is keeping the top juniors at the club which I think goes a long way to explain why we have let a number of first graders leave. We may struggle to win next year but the next 3-5 years look good to me

Seven talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL preliminary final

Head batted 3 for Australia against India A but agree Khawaja could take that spot. I like Shaun Marsh at 5 so wouldn’t want to change that.

Labuchagne does bat at 3 for Queensland which probably puts him the frame to open. Burns would be unlucky to miss out, I agree, but I just don’t see him making the side.

The Australian cricket team will surprise us this summer

A fair portion of the Panther’s comeback on Friday night was due to Gallen and Lewis sitting on the bench. It is hard enough to win a semi final without your full 17 available…just look at the Dragons last night. If they are both available, that time on the bench may actually prove invaluable. I’m completely biased, but the Sharks are still a big chance to win this comp.

Have Cronulla played their grand final?

The back 5 had a day out for the Sharks, with Holmes running 240m and Feki and Capewell both in excess of 180m

Cronulla Sharks vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores, blog

Well, Shane Flanagan insisted on a better second half performance and the Sharks delivered with a great second 40 minutes, featuring some great tries.

The Knights were brave, finishing with only 2 players on their bench. The Sharks laid the platform through the forwards, with Fifita, Woods and Gallen all making big metres.

Townsend and Flanagan played well off the go forward creating a number of tries.

The Sharks points differential is now ahead of the Dragons but St George now has the chance to take that lead back.

What did you think of that, Roarers?

Cronulla Sharks vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores, blog

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The Knights throw the ball around again but it breaks down and the Sharks have continued their push into the top 4 with a 38-12 win.

Sharks 38
Knights 12

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80′

Luke Lewis is on the field for the end of the game.

Feki makes another break but Graham puts down the inside pass

Sharks 38
Knights 12

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79′

In his final game for the Sharks, Lee has kicked the conversion

Sharks 38
Knights 12

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77′

That is just brilliant. The Sharks go down the left hand side and Feki makes a long run before kicking back in-field. Townsend takes it on full at pace and has scored under the posts. TRY

Sharks 36
Knights 12

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76′

Newcastle throwing the ball around.

Pearce’s kick is taken by Holmes

Sharks 32
Knights 12

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74′

Short kick off taken again by Sharks.

Gallen makes inspirational run.

Townsend’s bomb is taken by Meaney

Sharks 32
Knights 12

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73′

Conversion from Holmes is good.

Sharks 32
Knights 12

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71′

Short kick off taken by Capewell.

Dugan makes a break down right.

Graham’s bomb is batted back by Dugan to Lee who has scored his second try. TRY.

Sharks 30
Knights 12

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69′

Fifita taken just short. Possible crusher tackle. Accidental contact but a penalty is awarded.

Sharks will look to take the 2 points. Holmes conversion is good.

Sharks 26
Knights 12

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