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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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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

Out hustled by the Knights last night. There were quicker and keener in every facet of the game. As things went sour, Souths then resorted to the predictable. Great win for the Knights, held their nerve throughout. How Tom Burgess stayed on the field is beyond me and hasn’t Sam turned into a grumpy old man?

No Ponga? No Klemmer? No problem for Newcastle

Don’t say anything about Moose, his family contact you. True story.

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 1

Remove that tongue from your cheek Danno1!

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 1

I am flattered that you think I am that young JB. I grew up watching Mr Arok at the helm. Had that slightly unstable feeling about him that all great managers have. Klopp is undoubtedly the greatest current version. Keeps the boss, the players and the media on edge the whole time. I love the pantomime of football and the role the managers play.

Arnie’s search for taegeuk in his Socceroos squad

Didn’t say young players or footballers. Ask anyone the wrong side of 40 and they would all describe a 26 or 27-year-old male as a ‘young man’. Certainly not middle-aged or old.

Arnie’s search for taegeuk in his Socceroos squad

Perhaps, however investing in players pays dividends in the long run. They key is to invest in the right ones. Mabil demands investment as do Souttar and O’Neill in my view. Let’s hope Arnie has them firing on Friday. I’ll be calling the game on theRoar, hoping to see some positive signs.

Arnie’s search for taegeuk in his Socceroos squad

I agree, sick of dinosaur commentary in the modern game. If the game was so poorly adjudicated 30 years ago that that was a try, it merely shows just how rubbish the standard of proof was back then.

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 1

You mean like Barry Manilow?

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 1

Cody Walker’s performance should be a talking point. Or lack of.

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 1