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Matt Simpson

Roar Guru

Joined October 2012







I work in the Recreation space of Local Government. Love all sports, particularly Rugby Union. Particularly interested on how sport can better society at both grassroots and elite level.



Thanks Simon,

Agree with the escapism part, however I think if the right decisions are made initially it becomes a these things become a non-issue, and you can kick back and enjoy.

Ukraine invasion shows big sport can't be non-political

Thanks for your work here Stuart, really appreciate a well thought out update!

Although it would be better with a bit more Southampton news, like a new goalkeeper who is under 40 years old…

Transfer rumours: Newcastle remain coy despite obvious dealings, Dele Alli on the move and Manchester United clean out the trash

Hey Paul,
Agree there is no outrage, but no one is really excited about it either.
I think people are prepare to bare it as it was only one test, however many are still uncomfortable of with the idea and we shouldn’t see lack of outrage as a public show of forgiveness.
Smith is a great batsmen, pretty good tactician and poor leader.

Lack of outrage shows Smith’s Sandpaper punishment was way too harsh

Love these articles Stephen, but what about Gary Hocking, aka Whiskas?

AFL top 100: What's in a name?

Not a terrible idea Oliver, but I would much rather see it as a Pacific team rather than Southern Hemisphere- Aus, NZ, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Japan etc… Might not be as good a side, but would definitely be competitive and a great way to grow the sport.

If it was to be Championship based I’d be throwing in the Argies as well.

Time to 'do a Lions' and pick a Southern Hemisphere All Stars to bring four nations together

Hey Paul,

Yep exactly what I’m saying.
– He has done nothing of meaning for 2 years. His last overseas century was 2017 against Bangladesh.
– He has been dropped for younger players at domestic T20 level.
– His aggressive mindset, wanting to win at all costs, led to him to a years suspension. This is exactly what CA are trying to get the culture away from.
– Finally, why should I bag the guy now? My wife would attest I’ve been at it for a while, but for putting it up on the Roar, right after he had been dumped from a T20 side whilst looking forward to a summer of cricket seems like the perfect time.

We need to stop carrying David Warner

Your right about Burns 2 Bob, althopugh he is getting ona bit as well. Harris by reports has done ok in County Cricket, and he has a bit of experience. Pucovski is obviously a talent as well. I like Renshaw’s temperament but he hasn’t really kicked on yet, but I often wonder if he isn’t far away either…

We need to stop carrying David Warner

I am struggling to see how Saints can avoid drop this year. I like the Hasenhuttl style but I’m not sure we have the quality and depth to implement it.

Premier League talking points: A tactical masterclass from Pep, more records for Mo and questions about Nuno

Bit of related Trivia-
Q- What were the last colours Mick McGuane ever played in?

A- Pale Blue (the M&Ms game)

Carlton isn't a club in crisis, they're actually making progress

Sort of feel like they are just saying yes morally, but leaving it up to the clubs to say no.

Report finds Tassie should have an AFL team but no one knows how it will work

Sorry for the self indulgence, but I wrote an article about this a while ago, showing why it won’t happen-

Stop dreaming – Tasmania won’t get its own AFL team

Well written article but I still don’t think AFL will be keen, it doesn’t make business sense, just because someone who is tasked with saying it makes sense says so.

Will we ever see a Tasmanian AFL team?

WASS I fully understand that its a business. I assume you are saying that the AFL is burning its money by running GWS and GC?

The AFL are about new eyeballs on the game. More people viewing AFL leads to more demand for broadcasting rights and more sponsorship. Expanding to people already watching doesn’t make enough of a difference.

Stop dreaming - Tasmania won't get its own AFL team

Arthur, I’m not convinced that elite teams drive participation. Juniors these days have access to a range of activities outside of sport (including recreation like skateboarding, getting jobs etc) and parents have less time to commit to junior sport. An AFL team would provide a brief sugar hit than go back to normal.

Stop dreaming - Tasmania won't get its own AFL team

Ukraine Tiger, you actually support my argument here.

If Tasmania already has high participation and strong support for AFL, how does it grow the amount of people who support AFL by putting millions into a new team? They are already AFL supporters, your just changing who they support.

Unfortunately it is a passion argument, and who deserves it for being strong barrackers doesn’t really matter.

Stop dreaming - Tasmania won't get its own AFL team

Don’t the Green Bay packers have over 300,000 members though? That would mean more than half the state signing up!

I also agree with your point about history. A new team would have none, so you can’t just expect those numbers to translate.

Stop dreaming - Tasmania won't get its own AFL team

Ha true AdamDilligafThompson, except I hope this article drives a positive change.

Shut up and play footy: Why do we take down players who stand against racism?

You would have to be more naive to think racism is ok, and if someone isnt prepared to put their entire future by being branded a trouble maker, on the line that it isn’t true.
BTW it was only last year when people where saying Winmar lifting his shirt had nothing to do with Race, and where forced to apologise.
Still trying to take him down.

Shut up and play footy: Why do we take down players who stand against racism?

Fair call Greg.
I don’t think he was an outright racist, but I think the world got away from him about 5 years ago and he stayed there.

Shut up and play footy: Why do we take down players who stand against racism?

Cheers for the comment Aransan.

The story was true, but it didn’t exactly title itself “Why did we bring up Lumumba’s Old nickname when he already addressed it”- the purpose of the title was clearly to encourage people to call him on double standards- particularly if you didn’t read all the way to the bottom where he explains how he was young and trying to fit in.

I also disagree that we should you sport to fix general problems. It’s not the sole fix, but it has to be part of the solution. There are too many young eyeballs watching and participating for it to be a passive player. Sports organisations benefit from being social leaders as well (more goodwill, participants, sponsorship etc).

Shut up and play footy: Why do we take down players who stand against racism?

The lady doth protest too much, methinks

"Not everyone will fight a flawed system": Jack defiant ahead of doping ban appeal

na, not a list without the great… Matt Le Tissier!

The top ten EPL strikers of all time

Just out of curiosity, what is Carlton’s highest ever power ranking? These heights are making me giddy.

2019 AFL Power Rankings: Round 22

Hey Brad, id be hesitant to compare populations to participation across times as the population has aged and demographic changes. Whilst I agree the sport is expensive, id also point out that there is less physical activity in school curriculam, and general play has declined due to perceptions of safety, risk, and urban design. I think you also need to consider the changing nature of sport, for example the continued rise of extreme sports. I personally also think we have been hurt by moving away from the centralised AIS model, and perhaps the rest of the world catching up with us.

Mortgage stress: The poison killing Australian sport

Nice article. Totally agree we won’t know how this will go for a long time.

I think the other consideration is how the trade looks in the context of building a squad, given that no teams should be able to afford a heap of high quality players.
In the past, we have had number 1 picks and not much else, I’d be quite happy to see some mid quality players that aren’t going to bust the salary cap if means we have some depth.

I think the other part is the risk/reward factor- Given that alot of early chatter about this years draft is that there isn’t much out of the top 2 picks, and Carlton rated Stocker higher then he went, the decision makes sense… if they gte off the bottom.

Carlton has a good chance of winning the Stocker trade

Sorry IAP but this isn’t an accent thing, it’s a choice. It’s about showing a bit of respect. I have met Japanese people who struggle with my name, but they don’t just change it out of laziness! It’s about the message we are sending. Couple of good thought pieces you could look at?

Just say his name right, BT