A-League

Tuesday Tithbits: 18th February

Those bright pixels are meant to be a Lion rubbing it’s backside.
(It’s actually from a 2006 Ford ad after the Bathurst 1000)

I once heard Ford fans claim that Holden stood for “Hope Our Luck Doesn’t End Now.

In light of recent events, that has been revised to “Heck, Our Luck Did End Now.


Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars

Not many people realise that famous jingle was a reworded version of a Chevrolet commercial in the US and A – The obvious connection being General Motors.

The original is “We love baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.”

I don’t know why they had to totally reword it – We too, love hot dogs, although, the jury’s still out on apple pie.


The Adelaide 500 – This weekend

Hopefully it goes a bit better than the Daytona 500 did this morning.

It sounds stupid to say this, but I think the flow-on effects of Dale Earnhardt’s death saved Ryan Newman’s life there.


Perth Glory’s Asian Champions League debut tonight

Funnily enough, they were due to play Shanghai Shenhua a week ago, before it was postponed due to a virus named after a Mexican beer.

As a result of the A-League bye they had, they’ll go to Tokyo off an 11-day break, but with their luck, Godzilla will pick tonight to ravage the Japanese capital.


Bushfire State Of Origin Teams

Sure the Vics have the usual daunting team (That they apparently didn’t steal from the other states this time), but I’d point out the All Stars’ midfield is a Dream Team mug’s wet dream.

Brodie Grundy rucking for; Nat Fyfe, Patty Cripps, Stephen Coniglio, Lachie Neale, Dayne Zorko, and potentially Elliot Yeo.

Imagine having Nat Fyfe and Lachie Neale in the same team.

Now that I’ve mentioned those names, let’s take a look at John Longmire right now.

He really is hung like a horse.


St George’s Season = Currently gagging in Lake Illawarra

This a sign of how much improving Saints have done over the summer.

Last year it took until the start of May to kill off their premiership hopes – This year they got it done by mid-February.

So summing up what happened in Perth, they got beaten in the Nines final (Still, they went better than 14 other teams), skipper Cameron McInnes is gone for 3 months with an MCL injury, Matt Dufty smashed his cheekbone, Korbin Sims suffered a broken arm that wasn’t really broken, and Tyson Frizell is weighing up an offer from Newcastle.

Just another year in the southern suburbs.

What also interests me is what if the Dragons cracks the shits and knife Mary McGregor, mainly because Shane Flanagan, now there as an assistant, can’t jump in as caretaker with his Sharks salary cap coaching ban.

I’d imagine James Shepherd would probably get herded into the role.


Did you know that this is the first time Australia have toured South Africa since the Sticky On The Dicky saga?

After being told by 452 different news sources, I still didn’t know.


3 days until the Women’s T20 World Cup

Twitter: T20 World Cup

What is interesting is that Australia, despite being the hosts, will travel the most of any team, playing in 4 different states & territories during the group stage – The Sydney Showground (Against India this Friday), The WACA (Sri Lanka on the 24th), Manuka Oval (Bangladesh on the 27th), and the Junction Oval against the Kiwis on March 2.

Assuming they reach the Knockouts and make the Final they’d also play at the SCG and the MCG, bumping it up to 6.

It truly is a national tour… that Adelaide and Brisbane managed to miss out on.


WA winning the WNCL Final

If you ask me, that was a historically significant win.

WA’s Women hadn’t won a title of any kind since Karen Read’s team (I think a young Zoe Goss may have featured as well) won the 1986-87 Australian Women’s Cricket Championship, which was held over the former 2 week format.

In fact, it was so long ago, that the WACA didn’t even organise women’s cricket – That was the WAWCA, which didn’t merge with the WACA until well into the mid-2000s.

The other facet was that they knocked off New South Wales, who had won a lazy 21 of 24 WNCL titles, and have reached every single final under the current format.

I’m also going to gloss over the fact that half the Breakers team was teenagers, they didn’t have Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes and Ash Gardner, and Rene Farrell was playing her last match.

But that said, Nicole Bolton was downright superb – Top scored with 67, and then took 3-34 with the ball, got named Player of the Match, and Player of the Tournament.

16 years and Bolts finally got something – She’s a Sandgroper through and through.


Sheffield Shield Thoughts

If you take a quick glance, Matt Renshaw and Nic Maddinson are the inverse of each other.

Renshaw – Scores runs in the Big Bash, can’t organise a piss-up in a pub in the Sheffield Shield.

Maddo – Scores runs in the Shield, can’t organise a piss-up in a pub in the Big Bash.

I should apologise to Maddo, that should read ‘Scores a crapload of runs in the Shield.’

After his 95 and unbeaten 105 at the SCG, he’s got 648 runs in 8 innings @ 92.57, with 2 centuries, 3 half-centuries, and a highest score of 224 on the highway that is the Junction Oval.

The only 2 players ahead of him on the runs table are Tom Cooper and Shaun Marsh, who have both batted at least 3 more times.

That’s how you make Maddinson look like a jet – Confine him to red ball cricket.


As we depart, here’s a musical tribute to a true Australian icon.

The end of the Australian Touring Car Championship as we know it.

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