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Tuesday Tithbits: 16th July

Manchester United vs Leeds United comes to Australia (Getty Images)

Another Tuesday of running my mouth.


Belinda Sharpe to referee the Broncos-Bulldogs game on Thursday

Photo: Scott Davis/NRL Photos

Belinda Sharpe was the first female touch judge to officiate in the NRL back in 2014, and now in a 111 year first, she’s about to make the big step up and become the first woman to referee an NRL game, having also refereed the Women’s State of Origin game last month.

It’s honestly refreshing to see that women like Sharpe (And Eleni Glouftis in the AFL) have come through the ranks and earned the right to officiate our major sporting codes as poorly as men.


Brett Ratten will become the second person to get sacked by Carlton and coach St Kilda

Who does he think he is- Jezza?

The funny AFL ‘Parted Ways’ coach coincidence

It’s who these teams play pretty much immediately after.

Brad Scott steps down from North= The Roos get an emotional rise and defeat the Bulldogs in his last game.

David Teague’s 2nd game at Carlton= The Blues almost defeat the Bulldogs again.

Alan Richardson jumped off the plank this morning, and who do the Saints play this weekend?

THE BULLDOGS.

That’s the key to turning your season around- Flick the coach before playing the Doggies, and on that note, I notice the Scraggers are playing Fremantle in Round 19…

Ross the Boss might be developing the Rafa Nadal waterfall of sweat right now.


The Red Army vs the Leeds Service Crew tomorrow at Perth Stadium

A historic battle of the 1970s, followed by Manchester United taking on Leeds United.

Billy Bremner arguing after hacking down what appears to be George Best (Getty Image)

The historically fierce rivals meet for the first time in 8 years, and of course, we remember that they brought us moments like the Wars of the Roses, Roy Keane vs Alf-Inge Haland, the 1991-92 First Division race and the signing of Eric Cantona, the Charlton brothers, Busby vs Revie, and United winning the 1964-65 league title on goal average.

Fierce rivals that once had the attention of an entire country- When I put it that way, it sounds like English football’s answer to Carlton vs Collingwood.

I’ll be there, I’ll be the guy sitting in a seat and watching the game.


The 148th Open Championship starts on Thursday!

Of course, it is by far the most successful major for Australian men- Peter Thomson’s five wins in the ’50s and ’60s, Kel Nagle in 1960, Ian Baker-Finch in ’91, and of course, our beloved lightning rod Greg Norman managing to not collapse on Sunday in 1986 and 1993.

For the first time since 1951, Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland will host the deathmatch for the Claret Jug, although the wait shouldn’t be as long in the coming decades, as they’re due to host it twice more by 2040.

We’ll be lucky to get an Australian making the cut come Sunday.


No wonder Ben Simmons won’t be playing for the Boomers

It averages out to $742,000 a week before Uncle Sam pays a visit, so with a contract like that, he should be able to afford a one bedroom house in Western Sydney in 10 years.

Start saving, Benny boy.


Tour De France: Stage 10 Update

On the last stage before the first rest day, Caleb Ewan and Michael Matthews once again got pipped in sprint to the line by the Belgian Wout Van Aert.

It’s the third time that Caleb has finished 3rd in a stage this Tour, while on the flip side, 3 Belgians have now won stages on this year’s tour, quite appropriately on the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx winning his first Tour title.

Richie Porte’s chances of a decent finish were toast after Sunday, and after yesterday, his chances of finishing in the Top 10 of the General Classification are almost shot, having lost 1min 40 secs to race leader Julian Alaphilippe.


Two New Everest Slot Holders

Damion ‘El Chapo’ Flower’s former Slot has finally been sold to the highest bidder, and it’s gone to the world leader who considers $600,000 to be loose change- Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin, which probably means Osborne Bulls is coming back for Round Two.

While more interestingly, the Australian Turf Club (Who obviously operate Sydney racing) sold their slot to none other than the Melbourne Racing Club, probably as a dowry, considering The Everest shares the same day as the Caulfield Cup this year.

What that means is the Group Two WFA Schillaci Stakes (1100m) on Caulfield Guineas Day will become the qualifier to decide which horse earns the MRC’s slot in the race, as the final of a new series leading up to the

In theory, it should strengthen the field for the Schillaci, but being realistic, the winning horse has as much chance of winning The Everest as Nick Kyrgios has of hiring a coach.


A highlight of Super Sunday

You can probably guess the context- It was sent as the 5th set tiebreak started, and the reply came during the Super Over.

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