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Stuart Thomas

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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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Steady on. Just celebrating a just result. Not sure what is childish about that. The minds of the 6,000 who donated might be a better place for you to start.

Folau thanks crowd-funders after raising more than half a million for legal case

No Zlatan. What is so wrong with desperately hoping that that moron has to pay his own bills?

Folau thanks crowd-funders after raising more than half a million for legal case

And the page is down…….yesssss!

Folau thanks crowd-funders after raising more than half a million for legal case

I baulked at dynasty. Potential needed to be inserted and even then I am not convinced.

Fittler’s selection changes might be the undoing of a dynasty

Why should a millionaire expect to have court costs covered by the public? This is absurd. Citizens have a right to challenge decisions made in a court of law. They also have an obligation to pay for it. I lived it when a car pummelled into a church and almost killed my wife. Never would have dreamed than anyone else would pay for it.

Folau hoping to crowd-fund legal case against Rugby Australia

The next time? Sadly, there will be.

Foxtel’s financial problems will change the way football is viewed in Australia

And then fell 19% the following year. Probably fairer to look at the entire picture rather than just cherry pick what was a very poor year in 15/16.

2005-2006 – 42,054
2006-2007 – 55,465
2007-2008 – 69,745
2008-2009 – 63,792
2009-2010 – 54,018
2010-2011 – 44,968
2011-2012 – 65,789
2012-2013 – 74,659
2013-2014 – 65,109
2014-2015 – 59,749
2015-2016 – 55,193
2016-2017 – 63,422
2017-2018 – 51,169

Foxtel’s financial problems will change the way football is viewed in Australia

At the moment, it is only the free-to-air component that remains undecided for next season. Theoretically, Foxtel could approach the FFA for permission to on-sell some content to Optus as opposed to Ten. However, the FFA would probably prefer a free-to-air host. I’m not sure exactly where Optus stand on this.

Foxtel’s financial problems will change the way football is viewed in Australia

I find myself using more and more streaming apps for both work and play. It does appear that Foxtel’s attempt to essentially be the ‘one stop shop’ and cover just about everything may have proven problematic. Hard to imagine my sporting day without them but it is looking ever likely.

Foxtel’s financial problems will change the way football is viewed in Australia

Let’s agree to disagree on this one…….I respect you too much.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

I’ll be up at 5am working on the game and cheering her on as I always do. I’m just calling a spade a spade in this instance.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

You have missed something. The details in regards to Compliance Committee Chairman Greg Griffin being denied access to documents relevant to the Stajcic sacking came to light last week. A third murky layer.

It is interesting how some people think I dislike Sam. I don’t, but we can’t have national team captains speaking in that way…..well, in my view anyway.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

Why has there been such attention to her comment? Probably because of the simple fact that more is expected of Australian captains. They are trained to respond in more measured and less emotional ways. Are they always perfect? No. But if Kerr’s response becomes acceptable I think we will have arrived at a pretty pathetic place.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

Would the comment have been made after a victory against the Italians Waz? As I pointed out above, Kerr specifically mentioned the critics and used the phrase ‘we’re back’. Surely a reference to the team and some of the criticism that came their way after the loss in the opening match?

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

“There was [sic] a lot of critics talking about us, but we’re back, so suck on that one!”

Swansfan, this is Kerr’s actual comment. It refers to critics and uses the phrase ‘we’re back’, an obvious reference to the loss against the Italians in game one. To suggest that the loss and subsequent commentary from analysts wasn’t behind her comment is untrue.

I’m sure Kerr has experienced much online and cowardly behaviour, with her sexuality a key component of the message. Interesting that she chose that precise moment to respond, no doubt the pressure the team was feeling after the loss was the driving force behind it.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

Just for the record matth. I felt the criticism of the ‘high line’ and Garriock’s comments were well off the mark. Sure the team did not play well, however the hysteria created was quite silly. As I have written often in the lead up to the tournament, the team has done too much hard work for them to be anything but highly competitive.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

Doing that as well Adam. Covering the match at 5am.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

It looks like Mike and I might be about to have our first fight. I’ve taken a different view on this in my piece for tomorrow. Sorry mate.

Sam Kerr can say whatever she damn well likes

Always makes me think of Max Mannix. When is a certain try not a certain try?

A boring Friday night with four teams outside the eight? Yeah, right!

It would be a funny sight seeing a coach lose his lollies in the sheds prior to the match. You have to wonder how a team can be so flat to start a match.

A boring Friday night with four teams outside the eight? Yeah, right!

Hopeful somebody explains the forward pass rule to Badger. That was an appalling and instrumental call. How many times have we been over it?

A boring Friday night with four teams outside the eight? Yeah, right!

That footwork of Tuivasa-Sheck is something to behold. I cannot image how difficult he is tackle when he steps at the line. I’d pay my money just to watch him.

A boring Friday night with four teams outside the eight? Yeah, right!

“If only you knew”, “the untenable situation”,”he’ll never work in women’s football again”.

You, along with Lucy Zelic and Daniel Garb fell for the drip feed of information that was strategically directed towards certain people in the media.

If you know something, let us all know. As yet, despite all the noise, Stajcic’s reputation is intact.

The sacking, a subsequent apology and a hamstrung FFA compliance committee

Yeah, you are right. I’ll stop calling out a lack transparency and the questionable motives of people who have admitted to stating falsehoods in regards to Stajcic’s sacking. I’ll sleep well tonight if I ‘give it a break’.

The sacking, a subsequent apology and a hamstrung FFA compliance committee

Stuart.

The sacking, a subsequent apology and a hamstrung FFA compliance committee