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NRL, AFL and cricket tragic who supports the Raiders, Crows and the Australian cricket team. I've been following sport for over 50 years.

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It would be easy for us to be critical of both Shaun Marsh and Travis Head at the manner in which they got out yesterday – but at least they were showing some aggression and positive intent and got the scoreboard ticking over. And the way the pitch was behaving they could have faced a ball with their number on it at anytime. Someone needs to get into Khawaja’s ear about nudging the ball around and getting off strike. He seems to either bat fluently and effortlessly when in form or gets bogged down when he’ s struggling. He just seems to freeze like a bunny in the headlights and concentrates purely on survival when he’s struggling and doesn’t seem to understand that getting off strike would help him to survive. I’m wondering if you see a long term future for Peter Handscomb? I just can’t understand why the coaching staff haven’t sorted out some of his technical issues – in particular the way he bats so far back in his crease. He. also seems to get out playing rash shots that aren’t required. From the Indian perspective I was seriously impressed with Bumrah – he has some serious pace and bounce and gets prodigious movement both in the air and off the pitch. This bloke has a very bright future ahead of him. Easily the pick of the Indian bowlers and unlucky not to have a 5 for given the number of times he beat the bat.

The Perth Test pitch is a minefield

Canberra crowds might be different if they got to watch a local A league team rather than two imports. I suspect they would get between 8,000 and 10,000 a game. The Raiders average about 12,000 a game. The Brumbies used to get support of between 15,000 and 20,000 but now average 8,000, There are some strong ethnic groups here (strong Greek and Croation communities in particular) who support soccer and the junior participation levels are prhenomenal which draw in families who may not have not been brought up on the game (including my family). There is a lot of potential to be tapped here which is not being recognised or taken advantage of.

More A-League teams for Sydney and Melbourne: Did the FFA get their A-League expansion decision right?

Hi Punter – some old habits die hard – lived in SA for many years so I follow the Crows – but not as strongly as I used to. If the AFL had a Canberra team I would go and watch them play and probably end up supporting them in time. I know GWS have a few games here and I’ve sort of adopted them as my second AFL team but Iif they were based locally instead on Western Sydney I would have a lot more interest. And by the way they do kick the ball in league and union and some die hards call it footy even though its mainly played through the hands. AFL was always known as footy or football in my neck of the woods – and soccer was always known as soccer

More A-League teams for Sydney and Melbourne: Did the FFA get their A-League expansion decision right?

Hi Mr Football – if it ain’t local it doesn’t exist

More A-League teams for Sydney and Melbourne: Did the FFA get their A-League expansion decision right?

Couldn’t agree more DNZ – another bid by Canberra is pointless – the FFA isn’t interested. I will never support the A league the way it is currently structured.

More A-League teams for Sydney and Melbourne: Did the FFA get their A-League expansion decision right?

Hi Fadida. What do you call football? If its AFL, rugby league and rugby union the answer is yes. I’m a Raiders member. Do I support A league soccer? The answer is no. My kids have played soccer in Canberra from the age of 8 to their late teens and early 20s. I went to a lot of their matches – rain, hail or shine. Hundreds of them. They love the game and I enjoyed watching them. Lots of parents in Canberra do. I have supported the Canberra United women’s team for years. I would be a prime candidate for adopting a Canberra men’s soccer team. Do I support the current A league. competition? The answer is still no. Does the FFA care? No. And the longer they continue to ignore Canberra the less I care about the A league.

More A-League teams for Sydney and Melbourne: Did the FFA get their A-League expansion decision right?

This decision just confirms that the FFA couldn’t give a stuff about Canberra and the surrounding area – a regional population of 450,000 plus – and have succumbed to pay TV’s wish for more derby games in the major capital cities. The Canberra consortium couldn’t have put together a better case for inlusion in an expanded competion but it all fell on deaf ears. Its all about ratings and the power of the mighty dollar rather than trying to grow the great game of soccer across Australia. I have no interest in A league due to the lack of a team in the local area and will continue to have no interest for many years to come. Thank God for rugby league and rugby union.

More A-League teams for Sydney and Melbourne: Did the FFA get their A-League expansion decision right?

Yeah – right. Thanks for the usual insightful Canberra bashing from someone who has no idea how the place operates. I’ve been in Canberra for almost 20 years and the people who work in both the public and private sectors here work harder than a lot of the other places I’ve lived in Australia which includes Adelaide, Darwin and Sydney. And I think you’ll find that League appeals to a wider audience than you think. If you did a survey of the crowd at a a typical Canberra home game you will get a real cross section of society. Over the past few years the ACT Government has lost touch with a lot of their grass roots support – probabky becasue they take them for granted – and this decision to fine the Raiders $150,000 is just another example.

Raiders fined $150,000 over Wagga match

Unbelievable and disgraceful decision. Just goes to show how out of touch Andrew Barr and his Labor Government are with his constituents and the local community in the ACT. How can they not see that going to Wagga will only enhance the reputation of the Raiders in the region? And could lead to more memberships and bigger attendances at home games in the ACT. Barr is happy to shell out millions to get GWS to play AFL matches in Canberra but his relationship with the Raiders and local League supporters is non existent. The bloke is badly in need of a reality check but this place is a Labor town and the message is not getting through that people want more than what this Government is currently providing.

Bruce Stadium is badly in need of a make over or rebuild and all talk about an enclosed stadium in the inner city has been shelved. Thankfully the Centre of Excellence has been funded thanks to some extra funding from the NSW state government and should be operational in a year or so.

Raiders fined $150,000 over Wagga match

You seem to be talking up the Indian bowling Rohan but appear to think the Aussie quicks and Nathan Lyon won’t present much of a challenge to the Indian batting. I’m not so sure. Correct me if I’m wrong but hasn’t Australia has won the past 5 tests in Adelaide and I think this attack is as good as any those that played in these tests. I don’t expect this pitch is going to treacherous. There will be a little bit of movement and some decent carry but you will need to put your back into it to get some assistance. Plus it is not being played at night which may have assisted the Indian bowlers. I reckon the Indian bowlers might struggle and the Aussies are a good chance of compliling a decent score. With Mitch Marsh not selected I’m even more confident.

The green Adelaide pitch will favour India

Jeez you don’t hear of 5 year contracts much these days – though I think Taumololo might have signed a ten year deal which is just mind boggling. Smart move by Cook to lock in his current value for just under a mill a year for the next 5 years. Could go pear shaped for Souths though. Who knows? I remember Terry Campese signed a 6 year contract extension back in 2009 for the Raiders and he did his ACL in a final against the Tigers in 2010 – he was never the same after that and the club had to retire him gracefully when he could no longer run or make covering tackles. Josh Hodgson also signed a 4 year extension and did his ACL not long after playing for England. These things happen – you just hope they won’t – but signing long contracts are a risk – for clubs in particular.

Damien Cook signs monster contract extension with Rabbitohs

Overrated show pony who goes MIA in half his games and has a heart the size of a pea – says he who was salivating at the thought of Johnson lining up with the Raiders a couple of weeks ago. Wasn’t meant to be and the wheels move quickly in rugby league. Looking forward to seeing him come up against the Warriors. Should a be a nice bit of spite in that one. Reading also that the Sharks are after Marty Kapow and the Knights are interested in Jack Wighton. How does that work? Surely the Sharks and Knights have spent their lollies by now.

Johnson signs with Sharks for three years

I reckon the Dragons might miss the 8 this season – along with the Broncos and Warriors. The Rabbitohs might also struggle if Siebold stays so four teams could possibly exit this season’s 8. Their spots could be taken by the Cowboys, Knights, Titans and Raiders. This could all turnaround if Seibold and Bennett swap early for 2019. If they stay I suspect they are going to stink the place up.

Finals anguish to fuel Dragons in 2019

Hey Renegade. Yeah – expecting big things from Sutton and John Bateman. They look like real competitors. Hodgson and Whitehead have been brilliant with a fantastic work ethic so hopefully the new pommy recruits can live up to their standards. The Raiders haven’t had a great half since Campo was on fire before his knee injury in 2010 so someone like Shaun Johnson is just what they need. There is a fantastic article about Campo’s feats in a recent DT article. Well worth a read. That ACL injury against the Tigers was the beginjing of the end unfortunately. Our supporters can only imagine how good the Raiders could have been if Campo didn’t get injured and Carney, Dugan and Ferguson had stayed off the p&ss. Water under the bridge now – that horse has bolted to use yet another metaphor. Shaun Johnson could have slotted in beautifully in the current squad but the stars may not have aligned at the right time with available cap space. Might have had a better chnace in 2020 if he was available. Given the Sharks’ loss of Holmes. Rainier, Leutele and Lee I can imagine they have a bit of money in the bank – plus the retirement of Lewis. I would have loved to have seen what Johnson could have done with a backline of BJ, Rapana, Cotric, Croker etc but it probably won’t happen unless the club can get creative somehow.

A new club could make Shaun Johnson the best player in the NRL

You’re probably right Renegade – you’d know more about the club’s inner workings than I would – it makes a good story. But on the surface it appears that the Sharks are struggling for sponsors, appear to have made a big loss last season, and haven’t offered an extension to their coach. Doesn’t appear too rosy on the surface. But good luck to you if you can land Shaun Johnson. I would have loved to have seen him in green and am surprised the club hasn’t tried to make an offer. I would have thought they would have had a bit of cash with Austin, Boyd and Paulo all gone and only having recruited the two Poms Sutton and Bateman. Will be interesting to see how Johnson goes at another club.

A new club could make Shaun Johnson the best player in the NRL

I like Shaun Johnson as a player – brilliant on his day – and probably too much is expected of him because we all know how good he can be. But I can understand the Warriors logic to let him go as he has had 8 years to make his mark at the club and they had very few finals appearances to show for it – not all his fault though. Plus he is on $1 million per season. Will be interesting to see where he goes. The Sharks seem to be the obvious choice due to the release of a number of players including their superstar Val Holmes – but they seem to have some real financial issues at the moment. A Daily Telegraph story states they’ve had to sack 10 staff and finsihed the 2018 season with a $3 million loss. The Sharks have also been under salary cap scrutiny for previous seasons and can’t even table an offer to extend their coach. Something smells fishy (or is that Sharky?)Shaun needs to choose wisely

A new club could make Shaun Johnson the best player in the NRL

You have no sense of humour Sharkman – its called having a laugh – some of you Sharks supporters ought to lighten up a little. Duncan and Emcie got it. Maybe you should stick to the serious stuff as humour seems to go over your head.

A new club could make Shaun Johnson the best player in the NRL

Yes Shaun – choose wisely – choose Stuart – follow the quest

A new club could make Shaun Johnson the best player in the NRL

Shaun Johnson should watch that scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where he needs to choose which cup to drink from.

“You must choose. But choose wisely, for as the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.” .

And when the Nazi chooses the bright shiny cup the Old Knight says – ” He chose poorly”

A new club could make Shaun Johnson the best player in the NRL

Heard of worse ideas. Can you imagine the redemption stories. Carney returns to the team of his youth and has a stunning season culminating in guiding the Raiders to a GF win against the much vaunted and re-modelled Newcastle Knights. Carney was joined at the Raiders by Josh Dugan who returned to his familar custodial role at full back. Matt Orford played some brilliant games coming off the bench managing to hold on to the ball at the base of the scrum in most of the games he played. While Joel Monaghan, Blake Ferguson and Sandor Earl formed a formidable backline with each scoring more than 20 tries for the season. The return of this group also brought a much needed stimulus to the ACT economy with alcohol sales booming compared with previous years.

A new club could make Shaun Johnson the best player in the NRL

And to rub salt into the wounds TPJ and Milford return to the Raiders on heavily backended deals. Shaun Johnson also to head to the capital in 2020 on a heavily ended deal to form a lethal parnership with Milford.

A new club could make Shaun Johnson the best player in the NRL

The difference with Starc is he bowls thunderbolt yorkers that the batsmen must respect. This takes smashing him wherever during the powerplay out of the equation. In contrast NCN and Stoinis were bowling half tracker lolly pops during the power play that the opening batsmen could cart wherever they wanted to. It was painful to watch. The approach of bowling half trackers into the pitch may work at the death where you can take the pace off the bowl and spread the field hoping for outfiled catches but it is a recipe for disaster during the powwerplay. The Aussies have to settle on who to bowl during the powerplay. Starc is a walk up start at one end but who bowls from the other end? Spinners at the start could be a big risk given you can’t put many fielders ontthe boundary. Maybe Billy Stanlake (when fit) and Starc in tandem is the best option for the first 6 overs and then bring on the spinners in the middle overs and Tye and Stoinis at the death.

India expose Australia's pace obsession once more

Wow – good stuff Emcie – you can take your tongue out of your cheek now it must be getting sore. It has been the craziest off season I can remember in terms of the coaching merry go round and player signing speculation. Love the golden boot comment. You could have added the dreams or fantasies of the Raiders recruiting Shaun Johnson to your list of crazy speculation stories.

Not sure if Kevie is ever going to get his dream coaching job and must say I’m surprised he didn’t get a gig at a club like the Titans or even the Raiders at some stage over the past 15 years or so to serve his NRL apprenticeship. And will be interesting to see how both the Broncos and Rabbitohs perform this season with both coaches staying on. They could surprise and do better than people think. Who knows? Bennett’s done this before and still managed to get performances out of his players.

Experts expose the heartbreaking reason why the NRL is doomed

Good article Nat – Valentine Holmes is a gun – can explode out of nowhere at any time and score a long run try or puts himself in the right position to finish off attacking moves. No grubbiness. A clean cut star who would be a model player at any club. Like watching him play – even against my team. Wish him all the best in his desire to make the NFL but hope he comes back to the NRL. But I can understand how gutted the Sharks must be feeling in letting Ricky Leutele, Ramian and Edrick Lee go in order to keep him. You wonder what they are going to do with what was going to be his money.

I want to be Valentine Holmes so freakin' bad

Agree james. I’m not sure why people are dumping on Finch here. It’s almost as though they want him to fail. Apart from Khawaja he seemed to be the only Aussie test batsman in control of his game in the UAE with an average of 45. I reckon Finch and Harris might go pretty well together – much to the dismay of some. As for Renshaw he’s had his chances to impress and hasn’t quite cut the mustard.

How Marcus Harris made himself a Test cricketer