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Reullum really good point and I have certainly been keeping an eye on the WNCL and JLT. I should have made it clearer that my winter time is taken up with rugby league – so with the NRL GF on tomorrow, that’s when my brain flips to cricket. But you are absolutely right – enjoy the game tonight!

The summer of cricket starts at North Sydney Oval tonight

It’s a good shout, pot stirrer. We saw some really good talent come out for the Rugby League World Cup last year so it would be great to see some of those women come out.

What we learnt from Round 1 of the NRLW

Aaron this means a lot to me – thank you very much.

Referee basher? Get out and don't come back

Jacko… there were hundreds of death threats. Hundreds. He received a call from the phone company to say that they were blocking them. There are people in our game who think this is appropriate – it isn’t. And the bashing of referee’s needs to stop.

Referee basher? Get out and don't come back

I didn’t read that piece. 😉

Also souvalis, there are plenty of fans who don’t actually know the rules. There are plenty that do, but also plenty that don’t and use what the media says to inform their decisions.

Referee basher? Get out and don't come back

You have summed up how I am feeling, Adam.

Referee basher? Get out and don't come back

Exactly what they said – thanks for listening, Adam!

Referee basher? Get out and don't come back

Good shout, BA Sports. As you know I didn’t watch this game and it’s great to see a referee being praised for their performance on the field.

Referee basher? Get out and don't come back

Tom, I don’t think refereeing is any worse than it has been in the past. We have to remember that the game has changed and as fans we have the benefit of multiple different camera angles. That magnifies any potential error made. I just don’t believe that we are in a refereeing crisis like is being made out in some parts of the media.

Referee basher? Get out and don't come back

Agree with that Scott! There is a big difference between 7,000 at North Sydney Oval and 7,000 at the SCG. Similar to the Women’s State of Origin, where I felt like North Sydney Oval was definitely the best venue.

Standalone WBBL finals a big tick for Cricket Australia

Update – Another Diamond in Susan Pettit has also announced her retirement.

Young Matildas in AFF final

Hi Nemesis – my pleasure. You didn’t misunderstand, because that’s my bad! Apologies for that. I’m still learning about football so that was an error on my part. Thanks for picking that up, I appreciate it.

Young Matildas in AFF final

It’s not because Queensland lost that he should never play again. It’s because I think he made mistakes during crucial points of the game that suggest that he does not shine in an Origin arena.

But that’s just my opinion.

Say if everything had been the same in Game II and Val had kicked those goals, I still don’t think Hunt had a good game.

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

Fraser, you are pre-empting my article next week re some of these coaching tactics. 🙂

I don’t think the loss is Hunt’s fault, I just don’t think he is the man for the job at an Origin level.

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

They weren’t beaten. It’s an excuse people use when a halfback gets dominated…

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

Up in the north, this is a really fair comment and I appreciate you saying I wasn’t putting the boot in – that certainly was not my intention.

Hunt really does seem to be a confidence player and it’s been great to see him in such good form for the Dragons. But maybe that’s where it should stay – keep him happy and confident at a club level rather than pushing him into the Origin arena. That arena isn’t for every player!

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

Hahahahaha, I’m definitely not a Quenslander. But this made me laugh!

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

So Gonzo does the solution then become to change the forward pack and the number 9?

It’s interesting you bring up the beaten pack point, because QLD were well on top in Game II for the first 20 minutes, until Kalyn Ponga came on and became QLD’s most used middle forward. He did a great job in that spot but as I said in the article, it meant that the backs no longer got any outside ball.

If the Maroons are committed to Macca and also to their forwards (including Hess), I don’t see it getting any easier from Hunt going forward.

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

Nat, on DCE I agree that he is not the man going forward.

He wasn’t a success last time and he is getting on in age too. He is not a forward looking pick.

Ash is definitely someone I hadn’t considered… but would he get a run if Morgan was fit?

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

I think Munster is a player that we can have patience with. I don’t think you can compare a player like Hunt who is 28 years old and has played over 200 NRL games to a 23 year old Cameron Munster.

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

Is this when I reveal myself as a Queenslander? 😛

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

What are your thoughts on DCE? To me that’s not an effective solution for forward planning…

Why Ben Hunt shouldn't play Origin again

Hiii! Scott you are right in the past the women have played 40 minute halves – the reason it was different this time I think is because the women have a bigger load this year, especially with the women’s premiership coming up. It was couched as a player welfare/injury management tool.

The challenges of a three-game women's Origin series

This is a gee up right?

The challenges of a three-game women's Origin series

Forty Twenty you raise a fair point. If you are going to do three grades it would work on a Sunday – but it wouldn’t on a Thursday night, or a Friday night… so it needs to be done at certain times and targeted – then I think you have more potential for it to work!

Should Women's State of Origin be a standalone event?