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Tom English

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Joined November 2017







Previously a TAFE student of journalism, lives in Sydney, writes from time to time, rugby and cricket player, plenty of other sports as well.



I think- and literally no-one agrees with me, that golden conversion would be good. Eg: score a try, ok, up by 4, but convert that and you win.

I don’t mind seeing field goal attempts, but if something similar happened to what took place in the 2015 GF, where the Broncos didn’t even get a chance really, I don’t like it.

Or just plain old extra time, where highest tally wins. But what’s wrong with a draw anyway, hey

Golden point: It’s time for the NRL to try harder

I’d like to see people not be shocked when a player like Fifita chooses country over state. In almost any other sport, it’d be run-of-the-mill, but not in this one.

That being said, State Of Origin and Tests shouldn’t clash, albeit it’s hard to find room in the season.

What should the ARLC be focusing on right now?

Swedish DJs are legendary.

The Wrap: Super Rugby and the art of being ready when you’re not ready

Ironic that there’s not depth for five men’s teams, yet there’s depth enough for five women’s teams.

Word about is that you guys may be returning in SR come 2020.

Season 2 of Super W has arrived!

“The idea of playing the same number of BBL games in a shorter season starting on Boxing Day is also a good one.”

How? Sure, compress it, but the same amount of games in a shorter season?

How is this doable, other than overlapping games or double headers starting at 4pm on the day-to-day.

I’d have it as low as a round robin, or maybe the round robin plus another derby game like they did before last season.

10 per season would be a max, even last year, crowds were starting to dwindle. Now they’ve nose-dived.

Discussion about improving BBL shows people care

I think often in Rugby in particular we’re a bit lazy with previews, just pretty much going with last season’s form, but this one is very comprehensive.

I remember a game in particular – it might have been against the Lions at home – where the Jaguares’ back three landed the ball in touch at the Lions 10, from their own 22, almost every time and it severely hamstrung their opponents.

Certainly one of the more interesting teams to watch.

How will the Jaguares fare in 2019?

“Nobody cares about the Stormers.”
Don’t they get the biggest attendances in SR? Maybe the crowds are there to see them lose, haha

A bloke, the weather, other codes and Super Rugby 2019

“but then CA started up the BBL and instantly relegated the A League to a secondary code.” Trust me Christo, in two years the BBL will be relegated to a secondary code, at the way CA are running it.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Thanks for the reply, Mary.

AFLX annoys me a lot; the whole tournament structure, the rule changes, etc, but if people like it, cool.

It is frustrating when the two competitions take audiences off each other – that being said, the whole point of it is to get teams up to scratch in preseason, not to be an offseason treat, and AFLW to be fair doesn’t leave much room in the preseason.

Certainly in terms of advertising, I’ve seen nothing about AFLW.

Re: conferences, I watch a lot of rugby and NFL, and conferences have their pros and cons.
People will talk about the draw and so on, but the draw is never fair anyway. Conferences certainly can reduce travel costs, travel time, jet lag etc.

Obviously if all the in-form teams are in one conference, no wildcard positions leaves no margin of error. See how we go, I guess.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

I can understand the reasoning behind why AFLX exists – competitive, fast preseason games with something on the line, I guess, but certainly a proper women’s competition, which we already have, should rank before an early year gimmick.

On AFLW itself, how the conference system pans out will be a big talking point, but more often than not the cream rises to the top.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

Not every Super W game is (at least last year) broadcast live on Fox, some were delayed and broadcast on, but otherwise a good article.

How does women's sport coverage weigh up?

Yeah, SOK has been pretty good, but the Sixers have played the equal most games from memory.

One of Hughes, Henriques or Silk need to cash into the runs.

I think the Strikers, Renegades and even probably the Thunder are ahead of them, and I know I wrote them off a few days ago, but last night shows they have a chance.

A clear favourite has emerged in the BBL, and we’re close to knowing the challengers too

Think you’re being very kind to an unconvincing (read: shockingly bad, at times) Sixers team. They’ve had a collapse of sorts almost every game, and their bowling relies on an inconsistent Sean Abbott and the in-form Tom Curran.

A clear favourite has emerged in the BBL, and we’re close to knowing the challengers too

“If two of Jordan Silk, Moises Henriques, and Daniel Hughes fail with the bat, the Sixers battle to post decent targets.”
Interestingly, this is exactly the same for the women’s team. Just sub in Perry, Healy and Gardner and you have a big problem should one get out.

Brisbane tend to rely on McCullum and Lynn, and the former hasn’t exactly been on top of his game. From memory he made 16 from his first three innings.

And then the Scorchers’ dismal start has stunned me. That being said, you wouldn’t rule any teams out, except maybe the Sixers. Last night convinced me that they’re an almost certain wooden spoon

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

Better in the islands than against some RA XV or NRC All Stars, I’d think.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Can you tell me the name of Fiji’s GRR team? What about where they will play? Their coach or any players?

The point is: we know nothing yet. I know that the season’s start is only two months away, but still time for it all to collapse.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Not sure how mate – I only pointed out a small increase in form. From 0/26 to 4/16 is an increase of standards, by 25% is it not?

A not-too-early look at Super Rugby 2019: Part 1

Interesting mate.
Surely an improved Rebels side- and improved to the extent that they were very close to competing in a finals series, is an improvement to the competition. More teams who are competitive can only be a good thing.
No-one’s saying the Force should’ve been axed, simply that the Rebels have improved since they’ve been axed.

A not-too-early look at Super Rugby 2019: Part 1

To be fair mate: we do say this every year!

A not-too-early look at Super Rugby 2019: Part 1

To be honest mate, I watched one of their games about 3 days ago: vs the Bulls. I agree that the way they play is fantastic to watch, even if they don’t always/rarely pull it off. In terms of finals appearances I think we can agree though, and that’s what this article is focused on.

A not-too-early look at Super Rugby 2019: Part 1

G’day Lano- as others have said, I certainly think the Rebels gained from the extra Force players, to the extent where they went from a no.17 side the year before to only just missing out on the finals.

A not-too-early look at Super Rugby 2019: Part 1

How true. Best thing is, that duck against NZ teams is broken. Let’s hope for a more competitive year this time after a better season in 2018 hey.

A not-too-early look at Super Rugby 2019: Part 1

Ok mate – cite some of these figures for me. The ones I came up with weren’t good enough for you.

From my experience, AFL is growing, but as kangas said before growth is minimal compared with soccer’s growth. If it is an ALT-FACT as you say, where are the real facts.

They kinda do have a growing women’s game don’t they? Yes, the competition is pretty short, because they don’t want it and the men’s comp to overlap too much, which would push the women’s comp into the shadows, much like what happens in football. Actually, there are more teams in the women’s comp than in the A-League…

No-one really thinks private schools are a fair representative of the population, or that their sports accurately demonstrate it. That’s basically the first I’ve heard of AFL being a private school sport, not saying you’re wrong.

How’s this then:
“Take away participation growth in NSW but slight drops in what is the heartland state, huge crowd numbers at most games bar Giants, and huge tv ratings everywhere but Sydney, while in Sydney they still are bigger than A-League’s, and you have nothing”

What should Tasmania call its A-League club?

Sydney Swans’s site has club participation in NSW as growing by 8.2%. And crowd numbers are very big, I know that much.

“Take away participation growth, huge crowd numbers and huge tv ratings, and you have nothing” would be more accurate. Still better on two accounts to football, which only has big participation.

What should Tasmania call its A-League club?

“AFL only has big TV ratings to focus on. Take away the big TV ratings & AFL has nothing else.”

Disclaimer: I’m from Sydney.
Doesn’t AFL get huge crowds? Isn’t AFL participation growing in Sydney, huge in SA/WA/Vic?

What should Tasmania call its A-League club?