Summer Scoop

Summer Scoop

With the Crow Call done for 2016, every Thursday, I’ll take a look back at the week that was across a big Summer of sport. Here is the first edition.

Quote of the week

‘A team in this years final series will win their fourth premiership in a row. It is just a shame this will be the first of the four’ – I can’t remember who said it, but it’s a good one and probably a solid prediction.

Tweet of the week 

An unreal finish to the Under 18’s SANFL Grand Final last Sunday. Seriously, somebody touch the damn ball! Is this the moment that turns it all around for Glenelg?

The hero

Bob Murphy. He has waited years and years for the Western Bulldogs to be a genuine premiership chance. It comes around and he misses the year with a knee reconstruction. His positivity and good spirits are a big part of why the Dogs are every chance of knocking off the Giants on Saturday.

The villain

F1. Has there been a more boring season of Formula One action? Daniel Ricciardo pushed Rosberg late at Sunday’s Singaporean Grand Prix, but if Mercedes win one more race this year, I am out.

The prediction

Jesse Hogan and Nat Fyfe will not be at their respected clubs in 2018. They will pass each other in the air as one heads east and the other heads west.

Crow Call Summer

Scott Thompson remains a Crow in 2017 most probably at the expense of Jarryd Lyons. Lyons will surely look to seek more opportunity and more money elsewhere next year.

The Crows have to handle this one well in 2017 to avoid a further loss of depth players. Thompson can only play if form dictates.

Let’s ask whether Geelong or Hawthorn would have made the same decision and leave it at that yeah?

David Noble is heading North. It is time Adelaide did some more poaching themselves. Go out and get the best footy manager out there. After all, that’s how being ruthless begins.

Was it necessary to put out a press release stating that the club was NOT interested in Dustin Martin? I don’t think so. Play the game.

The Scoop

Garry Hocking would surely be first and foremost in the frame to take the vacant position at Norwood. He wants to remain in Adelaide with family commitments and has a prime load of experience in the SANFL.

Turn it up

Given the security needs in and around Sydney at the moment, how come I was able to accidentally, but freely walk right through a gate and into the ground without having a ticket scanned prior to last week’s Semi Final? When it was eventually realised by bemused security staff that I should not yet be in the ground, it was met with a giggle and a sigh. Surely in today’s world this is a disaster waiting to happen.

Extra scoop 

This week the NBL announced that two of its best referees will become full time as part of a plan to move towards having a greater level of quality in the policing of the game. The AFL could learn a thing or two from this.

Got a suggestion or a scoop? Join the conversation on Twitter @liamthompson1 or hashtag #SummerScoop

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