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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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Aaahh! Interesting search results. Well there you go, I’ve learnt something today. Breeze Blocks! Are they the bricks used in Bankwest Stadium?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buildershop-UK-Medium-Density-Breeze/dp/B008H42DZQ

Why opinions in football are rarely universal

Aren’t penalties pulled due to the threat posed by the player and the defenders eagerness to shut them down? I don’t feel either player in question does/did any excessive diving or falling considering the attention on them. Krishna is currently one of the most dangerous running players into the box. He is getting belted from pillar to post and does earn his fair share of frees (not sure about the number of penalties he has earned) some might suggest he has gone down looking for the whistle a few times but the close marking brings plenty of contact. That’s sort of football in a nutshell really.

Why opinions in football are rarely universal

I’ll need some photos to fully understand this difference of bricks.

Why opinions in football are rarely universal

When you work it out let me know!

Why opinions in football are rarely universal

Reynolds is a terrific competitor but after the injury issues I think his time may be up. Hurts me to say as he is a great man and we have the same roots, but I’m not sure that his inclusion adds anything to the Tigers this year. I called his trial performance and whilst limited, it was really poor.

Seven talking points from NRL Round 1

Defensive Des is back in action!

Seven talking points from NRL Round 1

Agree with almost all of that mate. Bar maybe Reynolds. You should have gone for 8 points and labelled one, The Bulldogs were rubbish!

Seven talking points from NRL Round 1

Lucky we did hey?

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 22

Panel 1 Paul 0.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 22

Pay is no fan. Well what a dismal effort that was!

Bennett plucks the Roosters while the Sharks' touch footballers head sideways

Big afternoon The Barry. I’ll have my eyes on Lichaa, Montoya and Holland. Improvement by those three could see the Dogs as a competitive team in 2019.

Bennett plucks the Roosters while the Sharks' touch footballers head sideways

A great win for your boys Steve. Now for the Bulldogs to do something of note this afternoon.

Bennett plucks the Roosters while the Sharks' touch footballers head sideways

That’s right. They see the double dip as unfair. Personally, try and bin doesn’t seem too harsh. If penalty tries are deemed to be ‘certain’ four-pointers that are stopped by foul play, then the awarding of the try merely gives the attacking side what they were going to achieve in the first place. Therefore, using the bin and potentially permitting further try scoring opportunities seems a fair punishment.

Bennett plucks the Roosters while the Sharks' touch footballers head sideways

The talk around Inglis’ weight appeared spot on as well.

Bennett plucks the Roosters while the Sharks' touch footballers head sideways

Any news on the Burgess cheek? He didn’t miss him.

Bennett plucks the Roosters while the Sharks' touch footballers head sideways

Did Dugan look a little more……solid than last season? Fifita has taken hillbilly hair to a new level.

Bennett plucks the Roosters while the Sharks' touch footballers head sideways

From our perspective down here in hippie-ville, there are three certain things in life.

1. Death
2. Jobs
3. Right wing nut job politicians from up north.

Can the NPL and A-League ever be friends?

I agree Barry and can say categorically that the board is 100% behind Pay. They were actually giggling when that nonsense story came to light around the time of the AGM. You know the one, where Chris Anderson takes over as director of football and appoints Jarrad Anderson as head coach? Utterly ridiculous story that was completely fabricated by a certain person whom we all know to be unreliable. After the Dogs finish to last season, one could mount an argument that Pay actually over-achieved considering the disaster he inherited. No pressure whatsoever until next season really. Then some better results will be expected.

Rock solid predictions ahead of the 2019 NRL season: Part 2

I wanted to quote a crowd figure but couldn’t find one anywhere. I’ll call the club today and see if they know. Do you have access to it?

Can the NPL and A-League ever be friends?

That is his name. Looks a decent player. There was a tense moment in the early minutes when a guy in the back of the stand decided to do his own commentary. He said out loud, “Thompson lays it off to Darkoh.” Now knowing the players name, I nearly fell off my seat and was even more stunned when I noticed that the pass had been played to a dark skinned player. Then I looked in the program and saw his name, phew, I seriously thought we had a red neck in the back row.

Can the NPL and A-League ever be friends?

Certainly not and a number of players have made the team throughout the season up against the Mariners. However, would it not be fair to suggest that the 2-8 performance was a little out of the norm, thus making the quality of the Phoenix’s play a little tough to gauge at times?

The A-League team of the week: Round 21

Roy is one of my faves. People would have accused me of having a man crush on the Fijian; so many times have I included him. He played very well yet it is always hard to judge against such poor opposition.

The A-League team of the week: Round 21

I watched the game twice and was torn between Wellington’s play and the Central Coast’s ‘effort’. Just felt that if the Phoenix had beaten the Baulkham Hills under 11’s they wouldn’t have had a player in the team of the week. So therefore the abysmal display of the Mariners made it hard to include any of them. What an awful day for their fans. It was hard to watch.

The A-League team of the week: Round 21

De Belin and NRL set for Federal Court showdown yet the Dragons must make the call

I am also the common man, not sure why you would think I felt otherwise. People have opinions and after looking at the information around the case that has already been presented in court, public perception would undoubtedly be formed. That doesn’t mean guilt, that is the role of the courts to determine, however I think the ‘no-fault stand-down policy’ soon to be implemented by the NRL is specifically designed to stand players down when incidents arise that don’t ‘look good’. Hence the discussion on brand protection. I disagree with your premise that saying something doesn’t look good is akin to a judgement of guilt. If the allegation is accurate it certainly doesn’t look good. If it is false, then the truth will come to light and an innocent man freed. Pretty sure I expressed a hope that that was to be the case in the opening line. Apologies if you find that line of thinking condescending, certainly not intended to be.

De Belin and NRL set for Federal Court showdown yet the Dragons must make the call