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Brownie gets 3 or 4 on young Harry would be nice. North have to remember that old pest Dodgy Hodgy is still lurking about. Charlie Flippin’ Cameron. More Mc’s than an irish phone book (online of course). It’ll be on I reckon.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

Yeah you know. 17 seconds, 5 pts, Essendon. Typical.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

North gotta win this to stay alive. Interested to see how they attack it, aside from, you know, attacking it!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

207 actually but who’s counting?

Punt Finners, put Darls in the pocket, Brownie to FF and it’s 222.

My All Australian side after Round 17

Stylish team Doran. No Charlie Cameron though? I usually don’t pay much attention to AA but the lack of big forwards isn’t going to happen. Brownie at FF and Jezza at CHF. Dougie Walters and The Bont would push a couple of lesser lights out.

Of course Brownie’s only hope for recognition is if he wins the Coleman and even then he’d be no guarantee.

I think people underestimate how difficult it is to be a big forward these days.

My All Australian side after Round 17

Don’t mistake old VFL clubs for a union and Don’t forget Essendon. I thought Huddo on the fox footy commentary was going to die of an overdose of “smug gushing” as he cheered Essendon to victory over North. Not just at death either when Essendon dramatically nicked the victory with 17 seconds on the clock but the whole flipping game! Some wag on a North fan site I follow put up a plea at half time “Can someone please tell the commentators that North Melbourne are also playing?”

The rivalry between the clubs, big and small, is massive and there is little love lost. Meanwhile the AFL and much of their media are virtually married to the love of their life, the popular, classically beautiful, socially acceptable Victorian clubs. And they surely want their occasional, drunken one night stand flings with the beguiling, fiesty, eccentric and proud clubs from the wrong side of the tracks to just leave the party because they are embarrassing them. Yet they know they have to maintain these little beauties as the cost of parting is much higher than forcing the issue. Also sufficient numbers of interstaters follow these clubs which is handy as they ply their trade out of Melbourne.

Anyway the interstate crew have done very well in a the space of a generation. Partly because the AFL aren’t completely stupid……sometimes.

Lions should be living in the moment

Kids these days

Essendon are red hot, but is their form real?

Could be the “Irish Backpack”.

Lions should be living in the moment

You make a good point Adrian over the hand wringing over The Suns. Who actually cares? The AFL hierarchy probably because the hastily implanted them. However in football terms whats a few floggings or a premiership drought? Every team has them.

It’s only been 9 seasons. At this rate Gold Coast are still ahead of Freo (25 and counting), Footscray (30), Hawthorn(37), North(51) and St Kilda(70) for obtaining their first flag.

There are droughts aplenty ranging from 55 to 20 yrs. Sydney/South went 72 years.

As you say. Just enjoy the game.

Lions should be living in the moment

You’d have to add 1 run for the no ball for throwing and bowl another ball.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

overlyineffectivethrows.

ICC issues statement on controversial Cricket World Cup moment

I’ve seen blokes throw it back over their own head and give away extra runs. Or thrown it sideways to the wicket (actually that was me) for more runs. A clock to the scone can be leg byes. It’s cricket. You just have to love it.

ICC issues statement on controversial Cricket World Cup moment

That high horse would be Phar Lap, ridden by Rusty Crowe as he hoed into a large bowl of pavlova and hummed along to Crowded House.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

Look if there is a need to rewrite the rule it’s the rather technical issue of the focus on whether the batsmen have crossed at the time of the throw? Batsmen are fair game whether they have crossed or not the rest of the time. As pointed out by Chris on the other thread they are fair game even before the ball is bowled via the Mankad.
I can only think they focus on when the fielder throws, in order to discourage bats trying to outfox fielders by baiting them into overthrows.

ICC issues statement on controversial Cricket World Cup moment

The ball is in play Pete. Where she goes, nobody knows.

ICC issues statement on controversial Cricket World Cup moment

I’m sure everyone here has played and umpired cricket.

We’ve all seen a lot of insane runs and ludicrous overthrows in the park let alone with the big guys. No one, fielders, batsmen or umps, are looking or caring where the batsmen are when the fielder pings the ball. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone knock back an overthrow.

It’s not surprising the umps weren’t fully au fait with rule 19.8. The fact that it didn’t come to light until hours later further reinforces they view that overwhelmingly most cricket people just thought it was a terrible piece of luck but within the laws of the game.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

Yes they would have been wrong. The point is it looked like the 6 runs and it actually was 6 runs. Two international umpires called it as 6 runs.
None of the fielders protested because 2 + 4 = 6. If they were perturbed it was because they’d unluckily given away overthrows.
Did anyone in commentary or random know it all punter say “Nup that’s a 5”?
No one knew they made a blue until Taufel pointed it out.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

Even in the often volatile world of park cricket, possibly after a bit of argy bargy, both teams would have agreed that was 6 runs. It’s the rule that is flawed.

The greatest thing about cricket is the risk factor from fast bowlers, to sloggers to taking on the fielder.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

What I meant was that, in no other instance does it matter whether a pair have crossed when a fielder throws a return. Why should it matter now? If NZ had a boundary rider backing up, the poms would have run another, making it a 3. For some reason it’s suddenly important because NZ doesn’t have a fielder in place to stop 4 fortuitous overthrows ?

Darren Lehmann laments 'crap' rule that decided 'the greatest game of cricket' he's seen

Well that is a dopey rule then. Most likely they will change it to runs being completed before it hits the boundary or something like. Or ICC might say the wilful act was hitting the blade of Stokes if they don’t want to admit the ruling was incorrect.

Were the umpires wrong to award England six runs for this freak moment?

What a great player Gus was on his day.

Played hard in WSC days also.

Gary Gilmour's Roy of the Rovers moment in the 1975 World Cup

It’s up to the fielding team to defend the total. If they have bad luck or stuff up that’s just the way it goes. Plenty of instances of overthrows from stumps, batsmen and just clean misses. It’s just risk and reward. Sure Stokes was lucky but it wasn’t intentional on his part. that’s just the way it goes.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

Jussy has said Khawaja’s in as long as he’ s recovered.

Wade and Head make tons to press Ashes cases

Lefties rule Wazza.

Wade and Head make tons to press Ashes cases

That is particularly badly worded. Anyways it was 2 + 4 as he made his ground, so logically it makes sense. There are 4 instances of 8s in test cricket.

Darren Lehmann laments 'crap' rule that decided 'the greatest game of cricket' he's seen