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Mary Konstantopoulos

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Because the women’s game is in a position of growth – you would hope that all countries would work together for the betterment of cricket and so the quality and standard improves and so more players have the chance to be professional.

Women's IPL a squandered opportunity

How is it the same?

Women's IPL a squandered opportunity

So glad your daughter enjoyed it as much as I did, Terry! She is the future!!

Women's IPL a squandered opportunity

Paul, I wondered about the financial point. I’m not across how much money India puts into the women’s game, but I would be interested to understand how much they will play players to compete in this WIPL.

Women's IPL a squandered opportunity

Couldn’t agree more, Rob!

Women's IPL a squandered opportunity

Thanks for taking the time to read!

Surf Life Saving Australia celebrates 40 years of women

Jacko, it’s clear you have no understanding of the women’s game or why it was structured the way it was.

Addin Fonua-Blake's 'punishment' doesn't go far enough

And good to know that people are able to say whatever they like in ‘the heat of the moment’ and then apologise and it makes it all ok.

Addin Fonua-Blake's 'punishment' doesn't go far enough

It’s a man’s game?

The WNRL wants a word.

Addin Fonua-Blake's 'punishment' doesn't go far enough

Since when did asking for people to be treated with respect become ‘precious’.

Addin Fonua-Blake's 'punishment' doesn't go far enough

You don’t really believe that do you?

Addin Fonua-Blake's 'punishment' doesn't go far enough

Rob, I completely agree. Any attempt to couch spending time with athletes or children with a disability should certainly not be labelled as ‘punishment’. In fact, its completely the opposite and AFB, I have no doubt, would be the lucky one being invited into an environment like that.

It was part of the reason I didn’t suggest working with kids in the article. AFB has a history of ‘questionable behaviour’ and kids should not be ‘used’ to educate him.

It’s a very fine balance.

Addin Fonua-Blake's 'punishment' doesn't go far enough

And also Adam, think about the buckets of money being thrown at some of the younger players…

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

And in fact, so do the Cowboys!!

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

The Dragons have far more current Origin players than the Eels do…

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

That’s a fair point, the Barry.

I guess what staggers me is that I do believe in ‘right coach at the right time’, but if so much depends on that perfect storm, then why on earth would the Broncos give Seibold such a long contract?

Why are the Cowboys holding on to Paul Green?

I also think that there is a tendency in the media to look backwards for coaches rather than forward. The same old and tired names are mentioned – look what can happen when you give someone like a O’Brien a go.

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

Is it that simple?

If the Tigers hadn’t made the loan agreement for Harry Grant how much longer would we have waited to see him get a string of first grade games together?

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

I think part of it too is a risk aversion from the clubs.

I understand that maybe the Bulldogs had contracting issues, but why did no one else pick them up?

I actually think this is one of the Cowboys biggest problems, holding onto older players and not giving junior talent a go.

Lack of talent isn't a problem in the NRL - but lack of good coaches may be

Every single player has political beliefs of some kind.

Every single one.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

No I don’t think so – there are limits to all our freedoms. Just like I don’t expect organisations or sports to tolerate people who make anti-Semitic comments.

Additionally, Folau was not sacked for his ‘belief in Christianity’, he was sacked for breach of contract. There are many men and women of Christian faith in the rugby community – none of them have been sacked for their Christian beliefs.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

I think it’s a good point re Heritier Lumumba. I have been underwhelmed by the response so far – let’s see where it goes to from here. I think I am glass half empty, but happy to be proven wrong.

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Then how is what I am doing anything different here?

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Except that’s what happens all the time.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied made a comment about ANZAC Day and was chased with a pitchfork from the country.
Adam Goodes spoke his truth and felt like he was in a position where his only choice was to leave the AFL.
Why is that ok, yet certain other people in the media can say whatever they like, apologise and get a new gig?

The sports media must promote inclusivity

Stormy, how can that happen?

Sport is political – it always will be? Humans play sport and we are political, we are shaped by politics and impacted by it.

I genuinely don’t get how the two can be split?

So how our media report on rugby league isn’t relevant to rugby league?

The sports media must promote inclusivity

I do see where you are coming from and I too can see the difference.

I feel like Eddie is clumsy, but I don’t see him learning from his mistakes? Maybe I am being too harsh.

The sports media must promote inclusivity