Summer is almost officially upon us. As the days begin to warm up, so it the action out in the sporting world.
Quote of the Week –
“I’m just trying to figure out a way to try to help my team win, that’s my job as a leader. I didn’t know how many points I had and it really doesn’t matter. I just want to help my team win and that’s all I came out to do.”
– All class from Jerome Randle after 40 points on Saturday night showing why the Adelaide 36ers and indeed the NBL are so lucky to have him.
Tweet of the week –
How the hell can a 80kg man knock down a 110kg man like that?? 🙅🏽♂️
— Adam Gibson (@adamgibson_1) November 5, 2016
Adam Gibson is right. We were all thinking it when Randle was called for an offensive foul after a clear flop from Perth Wildcat Matt Knight over the weekend. Stamp that rubbish out!
The Redbacks win against Tasmania at the Adelaide Oval was an absolute belting. With centuries to Jake Weatherald and Jake Lehmann and eleven wickets throughout the match to Chadd Sayers and cameos from Joe Mennie and Daniel Worrall, it was an all round brilliant performance from the Redbacks. They start the Sheffield Shield competition 2-0 and Sayers could be a contender for some Test action later in the summer.
Many were quick to blame Fox Sports for their coverage of the Adelaide, Perth NBL game on Saturday night. A replay was shown for about thirty seconds just as Adelaide scored two critical scores to take the lead in the dying stages. Truth is that the NBL are producing their own content this season and Fox simply take the feed. Poorly timed error no less.
What will the NAB Challenge be called now that NAB has put it’s sponsorship into AFL Women’s? It has had some classics over the years from the Foster’s Cup, Ansett Cup and my personal favourite, the Wizard Cup. Whatever it is going to be called, expect people to continually call it the NAB Challenge for this year at least.
Crow Call Summer
A fairly quiet week at West Lakes. Ricky Henderson and Mitch Grigg have cleared out their lockers. Michael Barlow is still being strongly linked to the club and still no word on David Noble’s replacement. As you were.
Do not expect any netball action on Channel Nine’s main channel in 2017. The press release earlier in the year stated that the National Netball League, (which has finally been given an official name of Suncorp SuperNetball) will air on the Nine Network and if this graphic is anything to go by, it will be 9Gem. A secondary channel on a Saturday night? Netball deserves so much better than this.
Turn it up
Channel Nine’s cricket commentary has always been poor, but it has dropped to new lows after the opening game of the Summer. Michael Clarke tries too hard to fit in. Calling people by their full name all day is not a thing Michael. It is way too ‘blokey’ and I cannot wait until these ‘blokes’ start the usual plugs of upcoming Channel Nine shows. A long summer ahead.
ABC Grandstand however have got it right. Chris Rogers, Simon Katich, Dirk Nannes, Neil Manthorp and Gerard Whateley are the perfect combination with a knowledge of the game and insights into it that are second to none. It is never about them and always about the cricket. The Press Room segment during the lunch break where a rotating panel of journalists discusses the game is must listen to radio and Jim Maxwell’s cameos as he recovers from his illness are the real sounds of summer.
Four of the Adelaide Thunderbirds seven home games in 2017 will be held at Titanium Security Arena rather than Priceline Stadium. This is a clear sign that Priceline is on the nose and a better venue is being sought out. Perhaps a new stadium in the Adelaide Oval precinct that can house both netball and basketball could be a job creator for SA?
And by popular demand…
Shane van Gisbergen won the Jason Richards Trophy for the first time over the weekend. The Trophy is awarded to the best driver over the four sprint races in Auckland and is named after former Kiwi driver Jason Richards who passed away in 2011. It marks the first time a Kiwi has won it and there were emotional scenes as van Gisbergen accepted the award. Great stuff.