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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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He certainly is there waiting in the wings yet his performances suggest he struggles to get to the shops and back in one piece. Mercedes surely will need someone competent?

Lewis Hamilton to Scuderia Ferrari - what it means for the rest of the grid

Three more moves for Ricciardo and he will be well on the way to having represented every team on the grid.

Lewis Hamilton to Scuderia Ferrari - what it means for the rest of the grid

Let’s get Alex to Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton to Scuderia Ferrari - what it means for the rest of the grid

Yep, I’ve also called a potential tough year for Lando against Oscar. I thought he might surprise him.

Lewis Hamilton to Scuderia Ferrari - what it means for the rest of the grid

I called a tough year for Hamilton with Russell this year. I think he has him covered and race one certainly played out that way. He is no chance against Leclerc. Simply the most over rated driver who was gifted a rocket ship that made him look far better than he was.

Lewis Hamilton to Scuderia Ferrari - what it means for the rest of the grid

Mmmmmm, some juicy selections there. I’d guess you’ve underestimated the “speed merchant” Sargeant, surely his is good for 19th after Stroll crashes out in a stupid overtaking move? In fact, he might even snag 18th after another dopey decision from Tsunoda!
Pretty tough on Ricciardo, has shown speed thus far and should do better than 15th. Stroll in 11th is a big call. He’s usually lucky to manage the first few laps without running over someone.
Your top ten looks about right, although Russell might well do better than 9th after his P2 performance.
Your top ten looks to be around the mark, although Lando in second is a big call. Good luck with your tips and enjoy the race. Surely Max starts things off in the right way?

Bahrain Grand Prix predictions: Ricciardo just warming up, Piastri persistent, but it's Mad Max's world

Catch you tonight on the call. Should be a slaughter I’d say.

What Olympic glory would mean for Australian football - and why Steph Catley is the right woman to lead the Matildas to it

Ooops, I’m writing a book at the moment about the tournament, and know full well it was at Suncorp, but for some reason wrote Sydney. Sincere apologies. A Sydney, gluten free muffin eating, soy latte drinking, woke hippy fool. Happy to take that one on the chin.

What Olympic glory would mean for Australian football - and why Steph Catley is the right woman to lead the Matildas to it

He is firing up and going off the top ropes. He is right.

What Olympic glory would mean for Australian football - and why Steph Catley is the right woman to lead the Matildas to it

They are certainly rolling in funding.

What Olympic glory would mean for Australian football - and why Steph Catley is the right woman to lead the Matildas to it

You are not.

What Olympic glory would mean for Australian football - and why Steph Catley is the right woman to lead the Matildas to it

I’m on for the call mate. Look forward to having you aboard.

What Olympic glory would mean for Australian football - and why Steph Catley is the right woman to lead the Matildas to it

North Korea a potential mystery bet in the competition. Not sure they’ll get past Japan but would certainly have a few coaches guessing heading into the tournament.

What Olympic glory would mean for Australian football - and why Steph Catley is the right woman to lead the Matildas to it

Undoubtedly doing the pathways better than any club. And deserving the success.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

Applies to all sports in my view. Get the defence right and then broaden the attack as you can without being exposed defensively.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

My under 13’s girls lost 17-0 in their first ever game. When we played the same two a few months late, we lost 4-0. Just call me Pep.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

Ted Lasso?

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

Indeed, winning is winning and it is great to see a team like the Mariners doing it across an extended period in such a style. Rarely a boring game when the boys from Gosford turn up. Academy success, McBreen important and the hope for the future simply brings people to the ground each week.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

I wrote about Nisbet a few years back. He impressed me from day one due to a mental obsession with smaller players and what they offer. Farrell is a goer!! Love the toughness and aggression.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

Italiano has undertaken coaching 101 in my view. Start with the defence, stop leaking goals, hold shape, be diligent at the back and ingrain the style. Then, as the confidence becomes more permanent, broaden and become and little more ambitious with the ball. Hopefully we start to see that in the future.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

The club I have nothing but bad emotions and feelings about, yet, credit due when required. Talay has them improving week to week and they are finals bound.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

Mak commands plenty as a current European international, we don’t have many of those come through the league these days. That’s a big slice for Lolley, yet without him, Sydney could well have been in even more dire straits. A quality player at A-League level.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

Yep, as I suggested above, regardless of the results, Talay has made immense changes and they will be for the betterment of the club in the medium term. Something Corica failed at miserably after a positive start.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

I think Talay has done well and mostly from a style perspective rather than results. Sydney look younger, braver and more adventurous under him, which as we all know, was required. He deserved recognition for that, as much as I’d be chuffed to see them out of the finals and a new contender there.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

Yep, going well and great to see. Yet those were the four that stood out for me. Some very good coaches across the league at the moment.

Having a merry go 'round: The A-League coaches 'stamping their value' in 2024

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