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Life Long Brisbane Rugby League supporter, first Redcliffe and now Broncos. also a mad cricket follower and casual everything else follower.

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Poor Joe Burns

In the last three years Matthew Renshaw, Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Finch and now Marcus Harris have all made their debuts at the top of the order for Australia, all in an era when our top six has been in relative flux and batting collapses have become more common.

Didn’t look so invincible against the Lions the other week.

Five talking points from AFL Round 22

Yep he’s up to 5 now

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Smith was off the field so Warner was filling in.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

And unfortunately he’s English and his name is Hodgson.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

He’s also lacking in confidence himself at the moment and I think this would make him even more cautious

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Siddle and Cummins both. Cummins watched all the drama from the non strikers end and still fronted up to 80 balls. I know he didn’t get there but I’ll hand him an honorary Cowan for that effort.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

True he only got to 92 this time

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Yep our three bowlers here are more seam than swing. Starc would be the bowler to swing it but he’s on the pine again. We have opted for control over chasing the magic ball, knowing that England’s batting line up are mostly experienced white ball players who like bat on ball and moving the game along.

Hazlewood fires in Ashes comeback

I admit before this game I had Hazlewood as my fifth of the touring bowlers. But he bowled superbly in the first session. England dug in at times, aided by poor catching, but Cummins prized them out in the final session.
Siddle has been incredibly unlucky with dropped catches. Observers just looking at the scorecards won’t know what a good job he’s doing. Burns is a very lucky batsman at the moment.
To me that’s a below par score, but then we are often a below par batting line up, bar Smith. Khawaja to get a good score tomorrow, Smith to get out leaving the stage to UK, Head and Wade to get us to 300+.

Hazlewood fires in Ashes comeback

Thanks Paul, much appreciated

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

Thanks Duncan

If I had the inclination I might, but at this point I’m happy to print it all including comments and get it bound for myself at Officeworks.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

For me it’s early 1980’s style. 6 tackles, 4 points for a try. Scrums still a thing. 4 reserves. Shoulder charge fine. But collisions are lesser because of the 5 meter rule.

But my criteria for selecting teams and which one would win assumes a great player would be great in any era. And that the best team has the highest number of players who stood out from their peers at the time. The only way to compare players across eras is how good they were compared to their peers at the time. Dally Messenger played in a different world but he was miles ahead at the time.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

Why not just have the CC Bears in the NSW Cup. They can follow a team, play against Newtown and get grass roots footy. Then if a Sydney team falls over they can be considered.

If anyone ‘deserves’ a team, in a similar way to the author claims for the Central Coast then what about:

Perth? Had a team. Was starting to gain a bit of traction and got Superleagued. Over $1m in the city and the Force have left the market open. Different time zone is good for TV.

Brisbane 2? 2m catchment in a Rugby League town with only one team. Had the Crushers and got Superleagued. Can play at 60,000 capacity Suncorp every second week. TV ratings guaranteed. A Brisbane derby. Logan/Ipswich booming.

But the Central Coast ‘deserves’ a team because ?

Central Coast fans shouldn’t have to grin and Bear it

You ok there Soda? You’re not the first to fall foul of Spruce Moose. If you want to win points there you need to come well prepared!

Central Coast fans shouldn’t have to grin and Bear it

Yep forwards win matches, which is why I had the L Team out of the Top 4. The R’s are a popular tip to finish better than where I have them.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

Thanks Digger

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

Might be worth a few bob on the V Team but lightning rarely strikes twice and Vautin’s team got beaten in 1996 and 1997.
If my top 8 is right then I’d put money on the G’s providing an upset, just because Reg Gasnier and Erik Grothe.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

Yep they are a legitimate option. I had them second for a while

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

Thing is he scored I’m guessing 10,000 shield runs after that, but the cards had been marked

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

I’d add Bevan to the list, pidgeon holed and never picked again despite obviously improving and becoming a colossus at shield level.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

For pace bowling try Greg Campbell and the Duke John Hastings.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Jamie Cox as well

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Thanks John

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

Then they are off to sing karaoke with Stuart Law

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?

Cool but impossible. Too many rule changes and variables. It’s easier in horse racing for example, or even cricket where the game is simply a series of individual contests.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Who takes out the Alphabet Cup?