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All perfectly reasonable observations, and if Chapelli’s got a problem with how Head plays spin then he can talk about that all he wants. But that’s not what he was saying, he was basically suggesting that the runs Head scored didn’t really count because Australia were already in front. In reality the runs he scored were incredibly important because they were scored at a fast pace, put the game beyond Englands reach and meant Australia could go on the attack. You would expect that someone with Chappells experience would understand that, but he was more interested in downplaying Head’s performances because they didn’t fit with his own narrative. Listening to him try and justify his position when his fellow commentators pushed back was downright embarrassing.

Chappell least popular of Nine’s fab four but more commentators should adopt his forthright approach

The problem with Chappell toward the end was that if he decided he didn’t like you then it didn’t matter what you did on the field, he would continue to criticise, ie Travis Head last summer. Listening to Chappelli’s nonsensical criticism of Head’s batting performances that were crucial in Australia’s performance was farcical. It was the kind of stuff you’d expect to hear from an old cobber down the pub who’d had a few to many, rather then a person being paid to provide expert analysis. I’m all for commentators having opinions, but that was ‘old man ranting’ territory.

Chappell least popular of Nine’s fab four but more commentators should adopt his forthright approach

I agree, I’d leave him and Hawkins out based on their last performance against Freo. Plus Hawkins would probably be carrying some scars from 2013. Can’t have been much fun watching Stephen Hill striding up the wing at the cattery to seal the game.

AFL News: Rutten keen to stay but Lloyd wants Clarkson at Bombers, Cameron out, Gray, Edwards retiring, Fyfe back?

It’s a pity Alan McAllister is no longer with us, they could have sent him up to provide some advice on acceptable standards of crowd behaviour.

Dale Thomas savages 'absolutely disgraceful' booing of Jack Ginnivan

Given CAs desperation to manufacture interest in this absolute stinker of a competition it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if they gave Warner the captaincy.

Warner set to be big winner with leadership ban overturned as BBL fights to remain relevant

Just read the Graham Cornes article defending the indefensible. Really nasty piece which makes insinuations that because Betts is doing well these days then what happened can’t have been that bigger deal. Even worse, that the players who have spoken out aren’t telling the truth. Meanwhile he describes the people who ran the camp as ‘good blokes’. What a joke. I’m not usually a fan of legal action but in this case I hope they take them for an absolute row of outhouses. It looks like that’s the only way the message will get through to some at Adelaide HQ.

Why farcical camps to build mental toughness are a blight on modern sport

Hats off to Jenkins and Betts, takes a lot of courage to do what they’ve done. Maybe Roo should follow their example and do the right thing so the club can draw a line under this disgraceful episode and move on. He would have seen the report but obvious reckons it’s nothing to do with him and the players should just suck it up. The main thing is that the clubs moved on and he’s still enjoying his Presidents Lunches and free tickets. Now that’s leadership for you!

Josh Jenkins' childhood was 'a source of shame, pain and pride'. He says Crows camp leaders used that to abuse him

He’s put it in his book and is happy to talk about it on national tv, why would a phone call put him on the spot? It’s a cop out from the crows president imo, obviously wasn’t to keen on hearing what Eddie might have to say in reply.

'Weird disrespectful s--t': Betts questions need for brutal bonding camp, AFL urged to apologise

So the current President didn’t even have the gumption to ring Betts and have a conversation with him? Just flicked him a text? Great to see they’ve really addressed their leadership issues. Pathetic.

'Weird disrespectful s--t': Betts questions need for brutal bonding camp, AFL urged to apologise

I tell you what if Leigh was left feeling sick and having trouble sleeping after what happen to Ginnivan I just for his sake hope he never sees a reply of what he did to Neville Bruns.

AFL News: Lethal Leigh blasts rulemakers for tearing game apart, De Goey returns, Wines backs Hinkley

Lethal Leigh Matthew’s complaining about players getting away with ‘unduly rough play’?!?! Cheers Leigh, it’s always great to start the day with a good laugh.

AFL News: Lethal Leigh blasts rulemakers for tearing game apart, De Goey returns, Wines backs Hinkley

While I agree cricket in its longer form is far superior to T20 the reality is its not everyone’s cup of tea, particularly for juniors deciding what sport they want to play. My memories of junior cricket were basically half of the team doing 90% of the batting and bowling while the rest made up the numbers. If you weren’t in that top half about all you had to look forward to was chasing leather for hours on end in between being bored senseless. It wasn’t anyones fault, it’s just how the game worked. I’m sure things have changed a bit since then but kids have a lot more options these days when it comes to wha sport they would like to play.

'It's not the same': The T20 revolution is pushing me away from the game I grew up loving

You can rattle off all the stats you want but at the end of the day finals are a different proposition. If you need proof of that then look no further than Geelong. They dominate the H&A but come finals time get done by a team playing faster footy and with a bit more X factor. I’m sure freo wouldn’t mind getting them in the finals. They beat them last time they played at the cattery and have a good finals record against them, particularly in Victoria.

AFL Saturday Study: The Cats can be beaten... but good luck trying

Bulldogs got up.

AFL Friday Footy Fix: A draw was fitting, because no one deserved to win 2022's ugliest game

Anyway, that was just the warmup for the proper game today. EF v SF Derby down freo way (although the games being played at the WACA), on the day we celebrate that glorious day 30 years ago when we put the Bulldog swine to the sword to claim the ‘92 flag! The ‘92 Sharks are worth a look, that team would have given a few of the VFL teams a run for their money. Carn the mighty SHARKS!!!

AFL Friday Footy Fix: A draw was fitting, because no one deserved to win 2022's ugliest game

I really enjoyed it. The improvement in freo’s skill level, particularly by hand and under pressure, has been outstanding. Two very good defences and key forwards out meant that scoring was going to be at a premium. It might not have been everyone’s cup of tea but from a freo development perspective I thought it was great effort. We maintained our composure when the pressure cranked up and were close enough at the end to win it. Just didn’t quite get there this time.

AFL Friday Footy Fix: A draw was fitting, because no one deserved to win 2022's ugliest game

Can’t say I’ve seen to many kicking in danger decisions where the player has purposefully tried to get smacked in the head, that’s a pretty big difference.

AFL News: Beveridge blasts tackle rule change, CEO says players to blame, Hardwick fumes at umpires

Brain damage. Thats’s where I’d draw a very big line, for reasons which should be pretty obvious I would have thought.

AFL News: Beveridge blasts tackle rule change, CEO says players to blame, Hardwick fumes at umpires

It’s an interesting one, particularly when you consider that purposefully ignoring safety guidelines introduced by your employer is a sackable offence in most workplaces.

AFL News: Beveridge blasts tackle rule change, CEO says players to blame, Hardwick fumes at umpires

Agree to a point. I think the main reason the BBL is losing traction is because of the product itself, it’s rubbish. Way to many games of mediocre quality that don’t mean anything. It’s been flogged to death and the novelty has well and truly worn off, which is why CA have to try to manufacture interest through silly rule changes and lots of flashing lights.

Gen Z football, finance and futures: Why we should rethink player 'loyalty'

If you do something twice, it’s not ‘two times’, it’s twice.

‘Curse of verse’ spreading in sporting circles - English language versus vulgarians at the gate

Great effort. As the saying goes ‘you drive for show and you put for dough’.

Queenslander! Cam Smith claims The Open Championship with stunning final round

Talent needs to be spread to ensure evenness across any professional sporting competition or else the strong clubs get stronger and weaker clubs get weaker, and the competition as a whole suffers. That’s why these measures were introduced in the first place, and has resulted in the AFL becoming one of the strongest and highest paying professional comps in the country. Horne-Francis, amongst others, are provided with the opportunities that they are based largely on the strength of the competition. It is entirely reasonable that they are expected to do their bit to maintain this strength by playing, for a period of time, for a team that ain’t that flash. And who knows, by facing these kind of challenges they may actually develop a bit of resilience which will benefit them in other aspects of life.

Gen Z football, finance and futures: Why we should rethink player 'loyalty'

Good reminder for Freo last night that if you don’t bring your A game you get punished. The first part of becoming a good team is the ability to play a particular style effectively. The second part is being able to make adjustments mid game if it isn’t working, because come the pointy end of the season theres no second chances. I think we’ve ticked the first box but, still some work to do for the second.

AFL Saturday Study: Three minutes, eight coach-killers - how the dumbest side in the AFL threw away ANOTHER game

‘Our broadcasters have made it very loud and clear to us’… Sums up beautifully the priorities of this absolute joke of a competition. Trying desperately to squeeze every last bit of juice out of the goose that has been well and truely cooked.

Cricket Australia releases schedule for revamped Big Bash

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