Tuesday Tithbits: 10th March

Apparently there’s an ODI series against New Zealand starting on Friday at the SCG.

What bullcrap is this?

Socceroos Qualifiers getting called off

Yeah this was definitely coming, but dammit, that game vs Kuwait was the one time I managed to get a ticket to a Socceroos game.



Early thoughts on the Australian Grand Prix

If you ask me, there’s three certainties for this weekend – Lewis Hamilton and/or Valtteri Bottas taking a giant dump on the field, Daniel Ricciardo suffering the traditional Australian misfortune at the Australian Grand Prix…. and several dozen cases of COVID-19 popping up in Melbourne on Monday morning.

On that note, watch out on Thursday, I think I’ll bring back my classic Australian Grand Prix moments post from last year.

The start of the NRL season

A predicted crowd of 28,000 for Thursday, and all anyone can talk about is Paul Kent becoming aroused at the thought of Todd Greenberg getting the chop.

Can I just say, even though they had their slight inaccuracies, I definitely enjoyed the Simply The Best ads, for at least attempting to capture a great display of diversity in the game.

It was a great callback to a simpler time of Tina, Jimmy, and an effective sports advertising campaign – All the NRL needed to really make this campaign really work was bringing back the Winfield sponsorship.

Even the Western Reds and South Queensland Crushers got in there

Sure the government would have killed it in the cradle, but the fans would have loved the gesture.

I like how Billie Jean randomly popped up for the Women’s T20 World Cup Final

Forget about dancing with Katy Perry (Unless you’re Rachel Haynes getting drug tested), how about meeting the woman who took down Bobby Riggs in the possibly fixed Battle of the Sexes.

Imagine what those Indian players must have been wondering as she shook their hands.

“Who’s Billie Jean King?”

“Did Paper Lace write a song about you?”

“I heard she won Wimbledon once or twice.”

“Are you that Michael Jackson song?”

The end of the Sheffield Shield season

The ladder is a tad nuts right now – New South Wales have had a Final spot locked up since last year, but have lost 2 out of 3 games since the resumption, the Vics were dead last at the end of 2019, but have rattled off 3 straight wins to jump to 2nd, Queensland are Queensland, and even Tassie and WA have a battler’s chance of reaching the Final…. and alternatively, winning the wooden spoon.

The last day of the WA-Queensland match at the WACA was bordering on stupid if you’re a Queenslander.

WA fell to 6-162, needing to reach 219 to make the visitors bat again, but Sam Whiteman kept chewing up balls on his way 110, pushing WA into a very slim lead with only 3 wickets left, and no recognised batsman in the middle.

So then out comes Aaron Hardie at No.8, in his 3rd Shield match, having never scored 50 before.

He posted his half-century by Tea.

Then the 9th wicket fell with Hardie on 71 and the lead barely at 100.

He somehow went on a rampage and reached his ton, and finished unbeaten to top it off, as WA were bowled out for 347.

Chasing 127 with 17 overs left, Queensland promptly batted like Queenslanders and lost 4/18 in 6 overs, best summed up by Khawaja’s knock of 2 off 2, and Burns with his kamikaze 12 off 7.

It was 5 for 42 with about 6 overs left, but they eventually batted out the day and both teams settled for a draw – Whiteman earned the Player of the Match award.

I can pinpoint a reason why Queensland didn’t reach the Shield Final, assuming they don’t reach it – Twice they had WA on toast on Day 4 this season…. and they drew both games.

First Cameron Green killed them, then Aaron Hardie.

Indian Wells getting the Corona canning

The 5th biggest tournament on the tennis calendar, and at this stage, it’s the biggest sporting casualty of COVID-19, if you completely ignore Serie A being postponed.

In just a few weeks, Nick Kyrgios is probably going to get his equivalent of rubbing a genie’s lamp – The European clay season getting utterly wiped out by travel bans.

Fortunately, Miami appears to be going ahead as scheduled, which is positive for Ash Barty… Considering she’s the defending champ.

Interesting fact from the Newmarket Handicap

Glen Boss joined Hugh Bowman as the only jockeys to ride a Group 1 winner for the 3 generations of Cummings – Bart, Anthony and James.

I can at least count two of Bossy’s Group 1s for Bart – God’s Own in that unforgettable Caulfield Guineas of 2005, and So You Think’s first Cox Plate in 2009, he rode Turffontein to the 2009 Sir Rupert Clarke and the 2010 William Reid Stakes for Anthony, and obviously Bivouac in the Newmarket for James.

Speaking of that God’s Own Guineas, it’s one of those wins you have to see to believe.

It was like Tubthumping – He got knocked down, but he got up again.

Last but not least

A happy 71st birthday to a loveable character who features prominently in the weekly Chalk Eaters Guide – Gary Harley!

Good to see a couple of short priced favourites get up at Wyong to help Gazza celebrate his big day.

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