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Gra’ Gra’ also snared a test dismissal as a wicket keeper, standing in for an injured or ill Maclean.

Think it was Sydney. A bouncer – Botham c Yallop b Hogg.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

The things that were out of Cameron’s control stuffed GWS in 2016.

Stevie J getting suspended and missing the PF
Cal Ward getting a big fat knee around half time in the PF
An obvious 50m penalty not awarded to Scully about 70m out.

With Leon Cameron gone, GWS finally have a chance

All these players are world class. On account of taking on the world and all.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

Dougie was adorable and ridiculously talented, having a late burst. Passing Yallop on the way out. Similarly Kepler was coming in as Yallop was departing. And Kepler 4,20,4,4 in his brief WI tour, literally nothing to write home about.

Woody was all over the place like a mad woman’s breakfast, as his record shows. Enjoyable, gritty but more often frustrating. His 100 vs WI 1988 is a treasure but he was often getting himself or someone else out.

Johnny Dyson a battler at best.

Laird may well have been and could consider himself unlucky but the selectors thought otherwise. So like Wessels and Walters was not a long term contemporary of Yallop.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

C*ap side is totally contextual.

Gavaskar was handy but this was a solid unit. Vishy, Vengsarkar, Armanath. Not sure about the win/loss but it doesn’t detract from competitiveness. Opposition batsman in those days did not turn to jelly as soon as a spinner came on. A more calm era perhaps.

Back to the 80/81 series.

I forgot about the unlucky Chauhan and knocked in the noggin Sandy Patil, as well as the correct season.

The Indians managed to come back on that diabolical pitch.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

I think you are being dismissive of the Indians in 77/78. They were star studded. They only lacked a genuine speedster. It was a brilliant effort by the Aussies.

In the first. Australia were gone at 3/7 and 9/277 before Thommo and Thirsty Hursty (a very ordinary bat at this level) put on 50 for the last, in a match they won by 16 runs.

Armanath’s 90 and 100 at Perth were top notch against an attack including Thomson

And India came back for 2 nil and it took a 6 day 5th test to decide the issue in Australia’s favour by only 47 runs.

Whether the Aussie first division would have done better is debatable – Chappell and co had never faced the big 4.

Even after they had gone by 81/82 , Aus could only manage 1-1 .

And the Aussie performance in India early 1979 was no worse and often better compared to later deplorable efforts by much vaunted Australian teams in India.

Again the Pakistani team of 83/84 were much more competitive than almost all their tours since, if not all. And the pre WSC Aussies with Pakistani had drawn 1-1 in that mini epic 76/77 series.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

That 83/84 Pakistan series was very enjoyable for tourist watching.

Mohsin Khan was one classy bat. Qasim Omar’s defiance was enjoyed by all. My personal favourite was seven fingered Azeem Hafeez who battled away for a couple of 5 fors.

On our boy Gallop, he certainly played in interesting and often difficult times and his effort was pretty good overall. He slightly shaded in average the more talented and much put upon K J Hughes. Based on Stephen’s article that puts him only behind G S Chappell and Border from 75 – 84.

The interspersing of FC matches between tests probably played against him, like the lack of them conspires against the modern hopeful getting a chance to push for selection when the series is on.

For a modern comparison, he’s not dissimilar to the odd career of Khawaja (until his recent slice of fortune) who remained the 3rd best behind Smith and Warner, until the advent of Marnus, yet missed many tests to lesser talents.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

I think this was the highest score in Aus tests and by an Aussie since Cowper’s 307. Mega scores were pretty rare regardless of placid pitches. So it was pretty novel. Off the top of my head the number of 300s stayed at 11 for a couple of decades before the dam sprung a leak.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

That was pretty restrained for Jimbo.

WATCH: Fired up James Pattinson dishes out send-off... to his state captain!

Although the Logie would have more games, more goals with North. And he would not have to worry about giving way to Budweiser. It is an opportunity missed.

No room for David Noble’s spray in modern AFL

How many k’s is Marny bowling at?

WATCH: Marnus absolutely delighted after hitting Ben Stokes and bringing him down

Could do worse and they are

No room for David Noble’s spray in modern AFL

Because they are not very bright.

For years they offered all sorts of money to Dusty and co.

Yet when their home grown forward wants a bit of the spare cash and a bit of stability, they give him the flick. They could have taken Logan McDonald as a replacement in 2020 but didn’t do that.

At least they haven’t mention Shinboner. As early as the 40s North had left that struggling early period behind and employed proper key position players and mids. Even the desert of the 1960s doesn’t appear this bad. This team appears as thin as 1972 but without any plan.

So these hardnosed clowns have no eye for history fair enough but if they don’t get some coherence they are going to make the wrong sort of History.

No room for David Noble’s spray in modern AFL

North’s problems aren’t to do with motivation, courage, heart or whatever he said.

It’s their rebuild strategy.

It’s their insane one tall forward policy they foisted on Noble. The next North person to say Charlie Comben and Coleman-Jones as the solution needs to give themselves a Noble size spray.

A lack of tall defence stocks.

The skilled ball users on half back and the wing like Atley and MacMillian that too many North supporters took delight in hating.

The all round lack of depth and experience.

It’s one thing to rebuild but North started without foundations. These blokes are trying to put up a tent in a gale.

Hoping for miracle draft picks is a ridiculously risky strategy.

Noble should yell at the clowns who gave him this list.

No room for David Noble’s spray in modern AFL

Toby Captain Coach.

'It's the right result': Leon Cameron confirms mutual decision behind resignation as Giants coach

The AFL is nothing if not consistently inconsistent. Zak Jones tunnelled a Melbourne player in a manner not dissimilar to Nick Larkey the week before. Larkey got a week. I don’t think Jones even got cited.

The AFL fails the game - again

Hey Oncy, where were you when they needed you in England in 1981?

Remembering David Hookes

It wasn’t a jaw breaker but clearly deliberate so that should be an instant suspension regardless of impact. Starting at one week.

This low impact rubbish is designed to prevent golden boys from missing out on Brownlows and finals. A level playing field it is not.

He should have got two because the went back for another one because he quite enjoyed the first one.

As we have seen the rare more vicious ones like Bugg, Gaff they get punished accordingly.

The AFL fails the game - again

Excellent work Zeddy.

My eyes are old and bent but I’m pretty sure Roy Fredericks hit wicket was a hook for six.

Our lad Keithy Boyce could bat alright. He scored 95 not out and 69 in Adelaide in the 75/76 series.

The masters of the under-16 ODIverse: The best international team to face the mighty West Aussies from World Cup-winning teams

Oncy, Mark Waugh has taken your soul and eaten your heart.

Remembering David Hookes

North love to give newbies a leg up so it’s not impossible.

I think there is an appetite for goals at the present. Although some teams irritatingly ease off late.

I hope one day soon North can party like it’s a 1993 goalfest but I reckon they are a couple years off putting on 20+ goals ( spesh with their inexplicable recruiting) but it’s always good to see someone doing it. It also has the added bonus of doing Fox Footy gurus heads in about the state of whoever they beat. It’s like they have never seen footy before let alone played it.

AFL NEWS: Dusty's back, 'grossly unfair' situation facing COVID-hit Freo, Eagles, Nicks AND Simpson in iso

There is only one team of Mayblooms and you play ’em the following round, so have fun.

AFL NEWS: Dusty's back, 'grossly unfair' situation facing COVID-hit Freo, Eagles, Nicks AND Simpson in iso

Plus North have no recognised Full Forward this week, let alone Larkey’s largely unsupported, closely marked, one out wanderings each week since Brown was chopped. . At least it will give the large but by no means comparable CC-J and Comben some experience up front.

With Freo going so well, even with the outs it will be a miracle if NM get close to Freo. They may possibly avoid humiliation though and I’m ever optimistic they might play a blinder no matter the strength of the opposition.

AFL NEWS: Dusty's back, 'grossly unfair' situation facing COVID-hit Freo, Eagles, Nicks AND Simpson in iso

And Robbo’s not bothered.

AFL NEWS: Dusty's back, 'grossly unfair' situation facing COVID-hit Freo, Eagles, Nicks AND Simpson in iso

As usual those Fox drama clowns overreact to everything.

AFL NEWS: Dusty's back, 'grossly unfair' situation facing COVID-hit Freo, Eagles, Nicks AND Simpson in iso

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