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No one is ever going to condone Carey for cutting his best mate’s grass, but any reasonably half smart guy ignoring management direction in the most important time of his career & assaulting a woman is obviously not 100 cents in the dollar. Move him on & hope he gets a bit smarter.

Sydney Swans part company with Elijah Taylor

My point exactly Andrew, but you probably worded it in a nicer fashion than I did. Bryan Fletcher my advice to you is “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones”. We all understand he has to be seen doing the best things possible for his club, but his credibility is taking a hit criticising a process that his club has taking advantage of nicely over long periods of time.

Penrith want compensation for a fourth-choice half with six games to his name

The Barrys, I don’t know how far your memories go back, but in the late 80’s the doggies had a very strong playing roster & the club couldn’t afford to pay all of them top line money. The Panthers offered two of our better players Peter Kelly & Chris Mortimer big coin to head west. Yes, they were at the later end of their careers but they both were playing Origin whilst at Penrith so they were playing some great football there. Did you hear the Bullfrog sulking that Penrith were replicating the Manly Method? “If you can’t beat them, buy them”. No, he was a realist. The straight facts are that a club should follow best practices for recruitment & the development of your juniors but if you can’t find a spot for them in your side or space in your salary cap to pay them, the simple fact is that you are going to lose them. The players association has said they will never accept a draft system. A compensation programme sounds nice in theory but there is going to be endless arguments forever going forward on who qualifies & how much compensation they should receive. I think we all can live without that. How do you think Tigers fans feel every time Teddy has a blinder in a Roosters jersey. Brian Fletcher, get a grip on reality otherwise we should get our violins out & start playing a tune for you.

Penrith want compensation for a fourth-choice half with six games to his name

In 2019, the Swans finished 15th on the ladder in an 18 team competition but averaged 31K crowd attendance to their home games. The Waratahs with over a 100 years of history in Sydney only averaged 13K. There has to be other issues.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

Loved your comment on Dane Gagai. One of my mates is a Manly fan & says exactly the same thing about Chris Close back in the 80s. He categorised him as a fringe first grader putting in so many half-hearted performances for the Sea Eagles. But put that Qld jersey on his back & played at 110%.

A hard chat with each NRL team’s most frustrating player

You say that Australian needs a local competition, do you think we have the player depth to be playing at a high enough standard to attract strong & regular interest? You go back to the days prior to Super Rugby & the crowds even for the stronger clubs like Randwick, Gordon & Eastwood were really quite small. Social distancing would never be a problem for a club match. I don’t claim to have the answers but I really don’t think there is an easy one. Whilst I enjoy my Rugby, & it is played in so many countries around the world, Rugby only really draws good crowds when it is played at a regional or national level. A bit like cricket I suppose.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

So it’s been a tuff year in the Ghetto Elvis?

Sorry universe, but Cooper Cronk is superior to Johnathan Thurston

Congratulations Willie, I would like to nominate your article for the 2020 golden click-bait title.

Sorry universe, but Cooper Cronk is superior to Johnathan Thurston

Long term ODI Strike rates, Hazelwood 32.6 – Starc 26.5. I am not going to lose sleep over it if it happens but one Swallow doesn’t make a summer. Isn’t great to have the cricket on again. Hopefully Mitch will “bounce” back on Sunday & doesn”t leave me “swallowing” my words. Sorry about the hopeless humour, I am still on a high from last night’s win

Batting firepower and rusty fielding dominate as Australia belt India

For what purpose? Great long term strike rate. You feel that last night was just not a one off, being a bit rusty in a comeback match?

Batting firepower and rusty fielding dominate as Australia belt India

Kris, I enjoyed your article. Change to keep our game a better product as well as being easier to manage have to be balanced & be our ultimate objectives. The best rule improvement I have seen has been the deliberate out of bounds. In a pressure situation how much more exciting is it for a spectator to see a defender use skill to take the ball & dispose of it to a team mate rather than just knocking it across the line resulting in an anticlimax. A skilled pressure forward like Cyril Rioli was so much more entertaining when the defender didn’t have that soft option. The most obvious change I would make to current rules is a goal shaving the inside of the main uprights from being called a behind to being awarding a goal due to it passing thru the main posts as long as it is untouched. All sports are different but most of the basics are the same. In every other major ball sport in the world, this event is awarded full points. How often have we watched 15 replays of a goal that may have or may have not have grazed the inside of the posts? Our cameras often don’t have an adequate angle & we arguing over the outcome. Like, Soccer, Hockey, Netball, League, Basketball, Rugby, Golf & NFL, lets award it full points & get on with the match. If it hits the post & comes back in the field of play or it deflects outside the post it is awarded a behind. What is our current finite judgement on this ruling actually achieving?

Seven rule changes the AFL should consider

RT, the problem with the 15 m penalty is that if the play is 70 metres out from goal, smart defenders are going to give away professional fouls, the play is stopped, the defensive line resets & it often penalises the attacking team. If there is a 50 metre penalties, only dumb defenders will give away professional fouls.

Seven rule changes the AFL should consider

Great article Les. Football is not an exact science, getting the right balance of age, experience, skill, pace, height, mobility, size & strength into a team to win a premiership is very difficult to action & maintain over any period. It is an elite skill, especially within the AFL set limits of the salary cap & the draft process. But inserting numbers into a spreadsheet & making sure that they don’t exceed a specific value is schoolboy stuff. NRL club Canterbury got themselves in the same mess in 2017/18 & have now finally now stopped carrying salary cap baggage for players they had to offload at discounted prices. Both the CEO & the Coach were shown the door for their incompetence.

Clubs who don't learn from history are destined to repeat it

What about when Carlton or Essendon are at the bottom of the ladder?

North Melbourne settle on new head coach

Hawks a low drawing team in Melb?

North Melbourne settle on new head coach

Due to the fact there was a stoppage in play & the incident was reviewed on numerous occasions, I was waiting for the video ref to instruct Sutton to award a penalty. He has since been fined & Jai has accepted the fine so the incident clearly deserved to be dealt with at the time in the form of a penalty. My wife doesn’t watch footy much, she grimaced at seeing this incident, picked up a book & went into the bedroom saying I can’t watch this violence. Hopefully Arrow doesn’t make a habit of it.

Jai Arrow: "I'm not a grubby player"

I made the same point about Hastings. He was a good player but was 3rd or 4th pick come rep time in his era. Obviously this hasn’t the case with Cordner.

The Sydney Roosters' greatest NRL team

Yes definately agree. But he didn’t receive any representative selection because he was under-sized for even for that era. The state & Australian teams selectors were choosing the bigger players like Ray Price, Terry Randall & Graeme Wynn over him. You on the other hand want him the GOAT for a strong club like the Roosters.

The Sydney Roosters' greatest NRL team

Remind me.

I don't have favourite players – except for Josh Dunkley

Got it. 747.

I don't have favourite players – except for Josh Dunkley

That’s fake news!

'Worst team in Queensland history' will give Origin decider an almighty shake

We are entering a new era of football. Collingwood fans are receiving some sympathy from other club’s supporters. Well close to it anyway.

Why Collingwood supporter frustration needs to be taken seriously

Bunny Reilly was about 20kgs lighter than Cordner. Very strong player but he was a light weight. That’s why Ray Price at about 90kgs was always getting Rep selection in front of him.

The Sydney Roosters' greatest NRL team

I am not a Geelong supporter but I am sort of curious to know what year you believe they pulled a random premiership out of their behind?

I don't have favourite players – except for Josh Dunkley

Long term history in many sports over many years strongly indicate that the more experienced teams including seasoned players normally take the honours. But probably no where is this pattern of success less prevalent than when a young Qld side takes on a experienced Blues team in Origin. Punters, take the $1.44 at your own peril. How often have we seen good Qld NRL players put on that Maroon jersey & put in a superstar performance. There is no science behind it, but it happens way too often to be called a coincidence.

'Worst team in Queensland history' will give Origin decider an almighty shake