Tuesday Tithbits: 11th June

One more post for today, which involves a funny story about this lady pictured: Evonne Goolagong Cawley!

Kim Jong-Gil Sends his spotters to take out abusive fans

Kim Jong Gil has gone insane with how he wants fans to view the game- The Richmond cheersquad member being evicted, a security guard booting out a fan for calling Matthew Nicholls a “Bald flog”, a Collingwood fan getting threatened with eviction from yesterday’s game for cheering too loudly, and now the Tigers cheersquad are reporting seeing AFL-employed spotters to take pictures of abusive fans, and report them to the AFL Integrity Unit.

You know what they say… Dobbers kiss robbers.

Between the broken score review system, record low scoring, rule changes repeatedly backfiring, opening the frikking Marvel Roof during the afternoon and pissing everyone off, it’s great to see the AFL are really managing the game effectively.

By caring more about awarding premierships from the Stone Age, and alienating their core fanbase.

A Quirky Ash Barty/Evonne Goolagong Cawley Story

So of course, thanks to events of the past fortnight, Ash Barty is now the WTA Tour’s World No.2, the highest ranking by an Australian player since EGC sat at No.2 in December 1976 behind Chris Evert, and sits a mere tournament win away from reaching No.1.

Evonne is of course, the only Australian in the WTA’s computerised rankings to hold the No.1 ranking, officially from April 26, 1976 to May 10, 1976, the second player to hold the ranking after Evert.

This is where the funny part comes in.

Due to incomplete data in the WTA’s computer rankings, she wasn’t actually recognised as holding the top ranking until December 2007, making her the 16th player to achieve the feat.

Should Ash be the next woman to hold top spot, she would become the 27th player to be ranked No.1, and on the bright side, she probably won’t have to wait 31 years to be recognised.

Brad Green’s kids running out with the Demons yesterday

I didn’t want to mention this yesterday, since I’d made a typical cheap joke about Melbourne being lifeless in 2019.

Of course, the footy community was shocked when former Melbourne captain Brad Green lost his wife Anne to a cardiac arrest earlier this month, and following her funeral last week at the MCG, the Dees wanted to help in any way they could, and so they set up a special moment for his sons Oliver and Wilba, by having them run out with the team before yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday game.

On a day that was about the Big Freeze, Neale Daniher and raising money for MND, the Dees and the rest of the footy community still found the time to rally around the Green family, and that’s what we love to see.

Photo: Michael Willson

The VRC vs Racing NSW

Australian racing’s answer to a masculation measurement contest has continued, with the VRC announcing the Melbourne Cup is being bumped up to a total prize pool of $8 million, in response to the recent announcement from Racing NSW about new races and prize money increases.

VRC Chair Amanda Elliott took the chance to hop on RSN this morning, and speak about how both racing jurisdictions have a responsibility to have a national approach to Australian racing, and that this prize money pissing contest was counter-productive to the industry.

Of course, she had a nice ripe shot at Racing NSW for firing up McRaces races like The Everest and the Golden Eagle, and in particular, Chairman Peter V’Landys.

I’m getting to the stage where I am actually getting a little over the whole thing and a bit frustrated and a bit angry because we actually do have a responsibility to the sport of racing in Australia.

At the end of the day, the Australian racing industry is the one we care about.

So, this kind of single-minded determination to knock off Victoria infuriates me to be honest and I think it’s a silly little man making silly decisions.

Amanda Elliott, VRC Chairman

Amanda’s taken on far tougher challenges than Peter- Of course, she endured the pain of being a wife of John Elliott.

I can see where she’s coming from- The Everest is the flashy new McMansion sitting on the Bondi shoreline, while the Melbourne Spring Carnival is like an old stone building that stands undaunted by time.


And you’d better believe it.

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