Another Tuesday where I clear out the hodgepodge that built up on the weekend and beyond.
Hanging Crap on the SCG, Chapter 69
After another debacle at the Sydney Crippling Ground on Saturday night, which featured Melbourne Victory midfielder Terry Antonis injuring his knee (But avoiding an ACL tear) on the edge of the cricket pitch.
The main problem is that the SCG still maintains a traditional wicket, instead of a drop-in pitch like most major stadiums (E.g the MCG, Adelaide Oval & Optus Stadium) are using.
It’s as if the SCG Trust has suddenly realised that a ground suited for oval sports can’t handle a sudden huge influx of rectangle sports, and a surface which isn’t used to handling a heavy load is copping it big time.
After the weekend’s events, Sydney FC are the first club to pull the trigger and move a game away from the ground, with the Round 26 heavyweight A-League clash against the Perth Glory moved to St George’s home ground of Jubilee Stadium.
Thursday night’s AFL game between the Swannies and Demons is going ahead as planned, while the Roosters and the NRL will inspect the playing surface.
What an utter rabble.
AFL- Round 3 & 4
I find it strange that the Optus Stadium surface somehow hasn’t seriously injured anyone yet, despite looking as hard as a cat’s head during footy season.
Richmond are coming into the AFLW next season, and they’ve already signed their inaugural season, and it’s a good-un, with former Bulldogs captain Katie Brennan moving to Punt Road!
Rising Star for Round 3
Not a major shock, but for his 21 disposals and 5 goals in a losing cause against Brisbane at the Gabba, it’s Port Adelaide’s Connor Rozee!
I believe it was AC/DC who wrote a song for Connor way back in 1977:
You’re a whole lotta woman
A whole lotta woman
Whole lotta Rozee
Big Maj is back on the track
For the first time since he fell off the Bolte Bridge at Christmas and suffered serious hip and pelvic injuries, Majak Daw is back on deck at Arden Street.
NRL- Bateman’s Bay
We love a petition to rename things in Australia, like when we wanted to rename the Australian dollar to the ‘dollarydoo‘- A move I completely support.
Now Raiders fans are gathering support to get the New South Wales government to rename Batemans Bay in honour of their English import John Bateman, currently in 2nd in the Dally M voting.
I’m hoping some Eagles fans start a similar push over here in WA to rename Port Kennedy to Port Josh Kennedy when he retires.
BREAKING: Valentine finds his true NFL love
Valentine Holmes has returned to Australia, and was in no mood to talk to the waiting press pack, while according to Buzz Rothfield, he looked like a wanker.
But it wasn’t for nothing, as this morning it was announced, that our darling Valentine has made it via the International Pathway Program, onto the practice squad of….
The New York Jets?
The frikkin’ Jets? Oh you poor bastard… this is sort of thing you’re in for if you get off the practice squad Valentine.
Golf: THE MASTERS
Well it’s high time I started including golf results since apparently we’ve got a few good Australian golfers on the PGA Tour, and kicking off on Thursday night is the first Major of the year, the hallowed Masters at Augusta!
All I can say about another sport I have little knowledge of, is that I hope we’re ready to Unleash The Leish– The Warrnambool Flyer, Marc Leishman.
Cricket: World Cup Squad(s) and Australian IPL business
Apparently Australia’s World Cup Squad is being released today, and it’s a massive toss-up on who gets the arse from the 15-man party, with either Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja or Peter Handscomb set to make way for the supposed returns of Smith & Warner.
Sunday night’s IPL clash between Rajasthan and Kolkata featured Smith belting out 70 for the Royals, while Chris Lynn had a funny night for the Knight Riders, highlighted by his dismissal that wasn’t on 13, when the Queenslander got an inside edge off Dhawal Kulkarni that richocheted on to his stumps, which predictably lit up, with Lynn not bothering to look at the result.
Only that the bails, by a stroke of good fortune, didn’t fall off, and the ball raced away for a boundary.
Lynn used his good fortune to score 50 off 32 deliveries, leading Kolkata to an easy eight-wicket win in their chase of Rajasthan’s 3-139, in just 14 overs.
Oddly enough, it’s the 3rd time it’s happened in this edition of the IPL.
Horses: Winx Farewell Week
With just a few days left before the greatest chapter in Australian racing ends in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, our dear leader, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, has jumped aboard the Winx bandwagon in the latest effort to score some political sports points.
Australians have caught the passion of Winx… and it’s not just Winx that has captured the hearts and minds, but it’s been her owners and trainers as well… I’ve met with them, and shared a few stories with them, and they for me epitomise that ‘fair go for those who have a go’.
And I think that’s the story of Winx, and I think it’s the story of the owners of Winx, and it captures our hearts and imaginations because they’ve gone out there, they’ve had a crack and they’ve conquered the world, and good for them.
The ‘fair go’ example is probably fair enough for Chris Waller, who came to Sydney from New Zealand with nothing but two maxed-out credit cards, and then you’ve got two of her owners in Peter Tighe (Who tried for 18 years to win a Group One), and the 88-year-old Richard Treweeke, but the last time I checked, Debbie Kepitis, being the daughter of chicken kaiser Bob Ingham, isn’t exactly short of a few sheckles herself.
Another classic case of a pollie catching the sporting breeze, like when Paul Keating declared himself a Collingwood fan… or when he noted that Blocker Roach had kicked a lot of tries for Balmain.
For the record, Winx is up against 8 rivals on Saturday, and as of this morning’s barrier draw, she’s drawn the outside gate.
Great to see Hartnell having one final meeting with her, after all the Vietnam-esque PTSD she’s inflicted on him and Godolphin.
Some Swimming Business
The Australian Swimming Championships are on in Adelaide, and what a fitting location to put something that nobody gives two hoots about.
Anyway, local lad and part-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Kyle ‘Superintendent’ Chalmers appeared in the 100m freestyle final, and swam the fastest 100m of his life- a 47.48, a full tenth of a second better than his gold-medal swim at Rio 2016.
Earlier in the evening, a 20-year-old New South Welshman by the name of Matthew Wilson rocketed into contentions for a trip to Tokyo in 15 months time, winning the 200m breaststroke final in a time of 2 minutes 7.16 seconds, smashing both the Australian and Commonwealth record held by Scotsman Ross Murdoch at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
I had no idea … it just happened.Matt Wilson
I suppose that’s what Plugger said when he kicked 1300 goals and broke Gordon Coventry’s record.
AND TO FINISH OFF
This weekend’s Formula One Chinese Grand Prix is the 1000th Formula One Grand Prix, so as a result, I’ll have something special planned for tomorrow.
Watch this space, because I’ll be licking the stamp and sending it, to quote Daniel Ricciardo.