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keith hurst

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Except for the period when Trevor Bailey and Geoff Boycott tried to bore us into oblivion, Test cricket has always been interesting. As a contest test cricket is unique pitting two teams into a mental and physical confrontation that usually determines a winner. Even the draws are usually worth following.
What T20 and ODI’s have done is produce players whose approach to cricket is more attacking and therefore better to watch.
Test cricket is built into the Australian psyche and something like the ball tampering fiasco made such waves all over the country akin to killing a koala.
Long live Jim Maxwell!

Test cricket is more interesting than ever, now

The premise of this article is that Cooper Cronk was a fool to play? Why! because he was injured.
Acts of bravery can be seen as foolhardy or courageous. It is foolhardy if the player plays and lets the team down for example not being able to tackle and letting through the winning try. As most professional footballer are over 18 it is their choice or maybe their coaches whether they should play. In the grand final this decision together with Trent Robinson’s clever coaching resulted in the Roosters winning. As every player wants to win a grand final he or she should be the master of their own destiny.

No-one else should make the decision for them especially not this writer.

Keith Hurst

Enough is enough: Cooper’s ‘heroism’ does more harm than good

There are 3 points to be answered:

Playing an unfit Cooper Cronk

I suppose that playing an unfit half back in the grand final was an extraordinary step, but the proof is in the pudding it worked and whatever contribution Cronk made was positive not negative and upset Bellamy’s coaching strategy.

Trading Mitchell Pearce

Pearce is a very good running and tackling half back. His kicking is only OK. His strategic view of game in front of him is not memorable. Cronk is better on all fronts. The fact that he was injured for the grand final seems to me irrelevant.

Sean O’Sullivan

Is potentially a great half back. Not yet. With only 1 first grade game it would have been a huge risk to play him. Robbo would not and did not take that risk. Right call!

Keith Hurst -sports fanatic

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Great fun!

It just shows that you can find a common factor everywhere.

Keith Hurst – Sports Fanatic

Grand final convergence 2018: Infallible tipping guide


No sporting competition in the word has teams that everybody likes. Not all teams draw the most spectators or members. If Melbourne and Sydney are in the lesser categories so what!. Last time I looked the NRL is not a popularity contest. It rewards teams who win, not lovable losers.
Your insinuations about both teams are clearly misconceived. In the case of Melbourne if they are doing something wrong by the rules, they should be penalised off the field. They are not and have not.
The whinges about salary cap rorting by the Roosters is an urban myth. In one of the tightest regulated codes in the country,the Roosters have not stuffed up like the Buldogs, the Eels, Manly and Melbourne to name 4 . When this happens to the Roosters I will accept that your point has merit. Until then do not sensationalise an ordinary article with questionable arguments that have no merit.

Let’s face it both of these teams are winners and perennial grand finalists you are just jealous.

Keith Hurst -Sorts Fanatic

The NRL grand final has no peoples' champion because they both suck

This article proceeds on the wrong premise. That every decision should be fair. Whose fair Melbourne’s or Cronullas. The only way to act is fairly is to follow the rules. If there is manifest support for a change go through the proper channels to change the rules.

If Slater’s actions were in breach of the rules and the penalty is a suspension then that is a shame but the rules must prevail.

Keith Hurst sports fanatic

Slater is guilty but shouldn’t miss the grand final

I am sorry but this article seems to go nowhere. I am sure that a NZ fan is more magnanimouss than say a Wallbies fan whether they win or lose. This is because NZ lose once in a blue moon. They can afford to act reasonably because as we know they will win the next 6 games.

The best argument for you is the NZ cricket team that despite an ordinary international record, under Brendan McCullum their behaviour was exemplary whether they won or lost. How do you explain that?

Basically you can’t stereotype human behaviour.

Keith Hurst sports fanatic

Support shouldn’t rely on the result


Great report!

The Roosters attack suffered from rushing the pass. There great advantage that differentiates them from most other teams is the speed of hand and foot in their backs. Latrell’s return will only help this advantage over Melbourne who are no slouches. The 2 big ifs are can they control the ball better than yesterday? And can their forwards break even with the Melbourne forwards. Napa will help but he is not the answer.

Keith hurst sports fanatic

Seven talking points from Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL preliminary final

I appreciate your learned discussions of the rules and sub rules of cricket and technically as a fellow legal practitioner I agree with the points that you make.

I cannot agree with your outrage and shock at what the Australians did. It may have been against the rules but international test cricket is a professional sport and in all professional sports the players and their coaches try to do all they can to stretch the rules to gain an advantage. Note that in rugby league a professional that commits a deliberate offence merits a ten minute sin bin not a 12 months ban. The Australian cricket public has a holier than thou attitude and reacted like there had been a capital offence. I believe than the ICC sanctions were appropriate and adequate. This was not a hanging offence or as bad as Andrew Gaff’s punch. What did that get him. 8 weeks not 12 months.

Keith hurst sports fanatic

Ball tampering - a legal analysis and a call for reform

What a comprehensively good analysis of the Swans. I will tell all of my friends who are bloods followers to read it

Keith hurst

Sydney are set to turn Dan Hannebery's departure into a big win

Keith Hurst

Very Interesting, but I don’t think that the statistics will determine the result of the game.
If the Roosters can control Fifita, their backline will be too slick for the Sharks and will score more heavily.

I predict a final score of 18 -10 Roosters with tries by Tupou, Ferguson and Tedesco.

By the way I am a lousy tipster.

Keitrh Hurst sports fanatic

Roosters vs Sharks: The ultra definitive stats preview

I enjoyed your article and after last night how can you argue against Richmond repeating last years win. Dustin Martin’s form is peaking just in time and their defensive preassure is awesome.

Hawthorn’s defence could not clear the ball and always seemed rushed. It will take a calm organised defence to have any chance.

Keith Hurst sports fanatic

Mega finals preview column: Who can topple the Tiges?

Great article Adam.
Why must we put up with drunken footballers displaying all in the guise of “good clean fun”.
It is certainly not good, absolutely not clean and maybe fun if you are so sozzled that you can’t remember taking all your clothes off.
Never mind the image to the game. I can’t judge that but I am embarrassed to see footballers behave like yahoos. Will they ever learn?, Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce are our role models for this stupid behaviour.
Clubs must ban “Mad Monday”, Tuesday, Wednesday etc

Keith Hurst Sports fanatic

It's time to end Mad Monday

Keith hurst

Great article. The humble offy usually pales next to its glamorous brother the leg spinner, but this article shows how the greats bowl it. The many test wickets it takes are testament to its place in the cricket world.

Keith Hurst

What makes a great offie?

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I am a little less excited than Lynton at our prospects for summer. We have a new team, a new captain and coach. I think we will beat India. Their away record is worth than ours.
But with lack of experience comes inconsistency. I expect that our bowling will hold up but our batting will be up and down. We will miss Smith and Warner but welcome Swepson and Renshaw.

Keith Hurst

Get excited for a new era of Australian cricket

by keith hurst

The fact that you picked no rooster forwards is an indication that your radar is wonky. No team with as many wins as the Roosters can get that far without significant contributions from their forwards.

Backs are onl;y as good as their forwrds. Just wait and see.

Keith hurst

NRL team of the week Round 25

Because of the nature of AFL there is no doubt that the best team wins the vast majority of games. So Tim’s arguments justifying the MCG are self evident.

The point is that the AFL have a number of reasons to keep the Grand Final at the MCG. Money. prestige, history and an extraordinary decision to keep it at the MCG for the next 25 years are some of them.

The NRL does the same thing with ANZ stadium and their grand final. Wembly also with the FA cup final This also does not make it right or fair.

Grand finals are not common events worldwide. They seem peculiarly Australian.

Years ago with AFL there were few stadiums Australia wide who could host a grand final with a crowd of over 40,000 now there are at least 5 and more are coming every year.

The AFL should not be so insular and let the showpiece of AFL be played at a nominated large venue notified 5 years in advance like the Super Bowl. I should be irrelevant what teams are in the Grand Final.

Grand Finals at the MCG are unfair? That's rubbish


After losing both games by huge margins, I was depressed before I started reading your article. After I finished I was ready for the funny farm.

I have beem reading your articles for years and never fail to feel that the end is nigh after finishing them.

Instead of white hot criticism can we have some constructive comments?. Honestly a panel of wise men was OK in biblical times. Probably not going to work in Rugby in 2018/9.

Keith Hurst

The Australian rugby system is the problem, not just Michael Cheika

Can the Waratahs keep it up next year. Their last year’s resurgence was completely unexpected.

Now all we need is decent crowds and good attacking football.

Keith Hurst

Waratahs confirm revamped coaching team for 2019

Am I the only one who loved the Fox coverage of the Supercars. Last weekends inaugural meeting at Tailem Bend.

The coverage of the supercars is first class and shows how proficient we and especially Fox are at presenting Motor Sport.

All comentators without exception are experts in the field and even Mark Larkham’s pit side rambles are informative and often amusing.

The drivers are all media savvy and give intelligent answers to equally intelligent questions. None of the “how do you feel?” that seem to swamp AFL and Rugby telecasts.

Keith Hurst

Supercars The Bend SuperSprint talking points

I think that we should give our spin bowlers as much exposure to sub continent conditions (especially wrist spinners). The selectors should sticking with Swepson for short form and Test cricket. Experience is the best teacher. Give him time and persevere.

Labuschagne, Swepson and Renshaw star for Australia A

I wrote an article 2 weeks ago bemoaning our terrible performances in the games against the All Blacks.

Guess what ? The nightmare has come back. Game 1 outclassed. Game 2 outclassed.

My solution New Zealand pick an under 15 team. We get 10 points start per half and our tries are worth 10 and our goals 6. Can we still win. I am not sure.

Keith Hurst

Brilliant Beauden Barrett bags All Blacks another Bledisloe Cup

If the aim of the penalty is to keep him off the football field 10 years is long enough. Any longer in my opinion is harsh and oppressive.

For John Hopoate, a ten-year ban just isn't enough

Sorry about my mistake about David King.

I did not have room for Nick Riewoldt who with Bob is the best new talent. He handled his hosting of AFL 360 when Robbo went walk about calmly and efficiently.

Ranking the best AFL commentators

I don’t think that reducing the number of games is the answer to cutting down injuries. Just remember how many serious injuries are caused at training.

Similarly the interchange reduction is based on a false premises that as players get tired the game gets better. That crazy thinking must have been thought up by Monty Python.

The problem is far more fundamental; the human body breaks down when it is asked to do the sort of things on a football field that the coaches require. Players having to run over 10k a game with minimal recovery time is how knees break down. Violent changes of direction under stress seem to cause most of the knee injuries. Collision damage is a different question and can’t be avoided if the game is played at intensity. I think that we just have to accept that.

The football codes should all get together (some chance?) and agree to fund a high level medical project to determine what can be done to try to strengthen those parts of the body that are breaking down.

Keith Hurst

The AFL's injury plague requires a radical solution