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DP Schaefer

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away' [Henry David Thoreau]. I'm a bit of a sports addict, love competition.

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David Warner and Joe Burns should be the openers for the First Test

Considering chooks got huge hand-outs at crucial times, I doubt the claim that they were better. Rest assured that if the shocking ‘6 again’ call stuff up had gone the other things would be different. I’d also be interested to who was whispering in the ref’s ear to change the call. That was a very definite ‘6 again’, so why the change??

Chooks won. They were better. The end.

So now I can add you tipping us to the list of issues from 1993??

Six talking points from the NRL grand final 2019

Worst. Decision. Ever. One of the worst GF’s. League is no longer a sporting contest between two teams, it is a contrived reality TV show. From the draw according to the TV requests, to the bunker overriding at will, to Sally Cap manipulation, the refereeing inconsistency. We’ve all been anxious that a ref stuff-up would decide a GF, here it is. This one overrides Greg Hartley and Manly’s 7th tackle.

The worst call in grand final history

Maybe Uncle Nic had access to Sutton’s earpiece.

The worst call in grand final history

Not to forget the additional help from trainers…

Six talking points from the NRL grand final 2019

I’d say a few other things won you the game, defence was shot many times during the game. Disgraceful decision. And you are correct, Parker make a much better pen.. 👍

Six talking points from the NRL grand final 2019

Sorry Scott, can’t agree with item 1. Sure, there were many times where the outcome swayed, Raiders didn’t take the two, that cost them. Leilua didn’t pass early, that cost. Both those actions would have changed the result and both could have secured a win. But the bad call also changed it and done so poorly and under 5 minutes out – yes, it did cost the game. And it cost the League a hell of a lot of fans.

Six talking points from the NRL grand final 2019

Roosters touched the ball and yes, they should have been facing 6 again. Obviously.

Six talking points from the NRL grand final 2019

I think very few Easts supporters would be grinning after that. They should be feeling extremely embarrassed about winning that way.

Six talking points from the NRL grand final 2019

Reverse tipping psyche Chris, thanks mate 😉

The NRLW grand final is a toss of the coin

While I agree with some of this, there are a myriad of issues around – cost, appeal, etc etc. I think the overall answer is 3 match series unless there is a high level of interest and competitive appeal. I’d go for 5 tests in Ashes, against S.A. who are a consistently tough opponent and perhaps India. If NZ are competitive then they could get an upgrade to 5 or if the Windies ever bounce back. Of course, one doesn’t know how it will pan out at the start of a series so it’s a hard call to make. 3 is the safer option. If it is one-sided it is over and move on, if it’s competitive the taste buds are there for more next time.

Short, sharp, done: Cricket’s 2020 schedule reveals three-game series obsession

Robo doesn’t like the strip?? I won’t comment, nothing nice to say here. Whilst I offer best wishes to Dunski, Noosa Duck and a few other Rooster fans, go the Raiders. NRL needs a different premier and less discussion around sombreros and other issues.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Grand final winner, Clive Churchill medal, first try-scorer

You’re right, I down played the importance of Scripture. I should have said ‘he simply quoted Scripture’ which should not be the cause of such outrage. Perhaps the misunderstanding of Scripture is the cause of the problem here? The cover of the book means little, the essence of its words means everything.

No Israel, rugby league? You've dodged a bullet

Equally famous and more enlightened – “there are no atheists in the fox holes”. When faced with obvious mortality so many ‘atheists’ start praying.

No Israel, rugby league? You've dodged a bullet

I know a bit about gravity. God created it…

No Israel, rugby league? You've dodged a bullet

I appreciate the support, much appreciated. There are worse out there than SM though. Cheers

No Israel, rugby league? You've dodged a bullet

Ahh Paul, you are so right. It’s just without Dragons to support I need an outlet. So musing about the potential cricket team foots the bill.

What we learnt from Australia retaining the Ashes

Fair comment. I’d still pick Starc ahead of Marsh though.

What we learnt from Australia retaining the Ashes

You might find that Gus now has a radio gig, don’t know if he is finished with 9 but there might be a conflict of interests or demands on his time.

Six talking points from Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL preliminary final

Enjoy tonight Scott, and wear padding. I reckon this game will bruise just to watch. Don’t know your impression of Bellamy this year, but to me he’s been a man obsessed – far more than normal – and driven. He’s been more ruthless with his selections than ever and totally unaccepting of anything below par from his team. Last year’s result hurt and he is out to square the ledger and will take no prisoners. My suspicion is that Cronk and Keary will be given little time to work with and if hit will not get up quickly. I also think Manu is the danger man and agree – the centre battle will have a big bearing on the result. Looking forward to it.

Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm: NRL preliminary final preview, prediction

Good squad, change the 5 & 6 and better still. Consider replacing Wade, with Patterson, or Burns if you stick with Warner at the top. Carey bats 6 and you have room for Starc in the bowling. Starc may be up and down in form, but he makes more runs than M.Marsh, more consistent high scores (10 fifties against 2ton/3fifties) and the average is pretty even (Marsh slightly higher). But in bowling he outshines Marsh by a significant margin as well as providing left arm variation, express pace and footmarks for Lyon. Starc is also way above Marsh in ratings for test all-rounders (where M.Marsh ranks below Lyon). + with Pattinson, Cummins & Starc coming (last 2 are currently 7th & 8th in ICC world all-rounder rankings) in at 7, 8 & 9; I reckon our tail batting can cover a non-specialist batter at 6.

What we learnt from Australia retaining the Ashes

Another thoughtful wrap Scott, and I’m glad you didn’t dwell on the HIA issue, though it is going to be a talking point. The game was there for Souths to win and I felt the result was more a reflection on some crucial errors by them and luck for Raiders along with a couple of stand-out performances than any possible gamesmanship or other officiating issue. I couldn’t be disappointed by South’s result if I were a fan though, and personally wouldn’t see the year as a poor result. At this end of the competition it is really difficult to progress and relies on many factors falling your way (a lot of which you have no control over). To make 2 consecutive Prelims = a strong and consistent club, especially in an era dominated by two other clubs and while everybody has been talking up the top 2 from 2018 & 2019, Souths have been 3rd both years. BUT!! I harped about it during the call… should have taken the 2. Only 4 down with 25 minutes to go you got to take a penalty gift right in front. One interesting point of note is that the coach switch, at the end of the day, made little difference to either club’s final outcome.

Six talking points from Canberra Raiders vs South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL preliminary final

BTW Papi… We are even now. See, told you I knew your tips 👍

Green machine: Raiders sink Souths to move into 2019 grand final

And didn’t take the 2! Regarding Leilua, I suspect (though could be wrong) that he wasn’t penalised coz the ref thought he didn’t hear the call above crowd noise. I personally didn’t have a huge issue with that, poor refs have been told to pocket their whistles.

Green machine: Raiders sink Souths to move into 2019 grand final