Summer Scoop – Week 13

2016 is beginning to draw to a rapid close. What were your sporting highlights and lowlights of the year? Over the next couple of weeks we will count them down. Now though, another edition of the Summer Scoop.

Quote of the Week –

“I’m still getting to know everyone’s names, to be honest”

Melbourne Regnegades player Grace Harris as the WBBL kicked off over the weekend with a series of games in Sydney. Television ratings were very very decent. Clever programming from Channel Ten and Cricket Australia with not much other sport on at that time. With quality skills and a whole lot of class, why wouldn’t ratings continually be going up?

Tweet of the week –

I had the same thought at the Coldplay concert on Friday night. This many ball shaped objects at a cricket game is the stuff of nightmares for security! Great show though at Etihad Stadium.

The hero
Perth Glory keeper Liam Reddy was the only reason Newcastle did not end up beating the Glory by 10 goals over the weekend in the A-League. Newcastle beat Perth in Perth and convincingly too. Yes you read that right. Reddy produced some stunning saves to keep the final scoreline to 2-1.

The villain
The AFL players are looking more and more like greedy men as the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks continue to drag out. Patrick Dangerfield’s comments are nothing more than tongue in cheek to stir the pot and go to prove that this whole thing is very much ego based. Park the rubbish and get this sorted. Fans are very quickly losing patience.

The prediction
Chadd Sayers will be the unlucky man again and miss out on the opening Test against Pakistan starting Thursday at the Gabba. I hope I am wrong, but cannot see selectors dropping Jackson Bird. The only sniff might be if they decide to play four quicks, but with Nathan Lyon returning to form, you would have to say that seems unlikely. Sayers is in as good a form as any of Australia’s bowling attack right now and under lights he is would be a handy asset.

Crow Call Summer
It seems most of the squad are in good health and any major setbacks aside, the first game of the JLT Community Series could see a fairly fit squad to pick from.

Speaking of the newly named pre-season, Adelaide have been dealt a very good hand. One game in Melbourne against Richmond followed by Geelong at Richmond Oval and Brisbane at Hickinbotham Oval. Minimal travel is the perfect lead into a big season.

The AFL Women’s draw was also released. It is hard to judge the hardness of that draw at this early stage, but four games at home including one in Darwin is a good start.

Footy is back in just a couple of months time! And boy can we not wait!

The Scoop
In the past Australia would perhaps have rested Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and maybe even David Warner for a dead rubber One Day International fixture. However against the Kiwis on Friday, where this situation presented itself, Australia decided against that. Whether this continues to happen remains to be seen, but our best cricketers should be playing as much international cricket as they can. Good to see.

Turn it up
Thought that trying to stamp out flopping was a good decision earlier in the year from the NBL referees. Now though it is damn confusing for everyone involved. There is no consistency and it is really hard to follow, even within games as to how it is being interpreted. Here is an idea, players stop faking it and make the decisions easier for the referees to adjudicate and for fans to understand.

Extra scoop
James Brayshaw departed the AFL Footy Show last week. I wrote a while ago that this show had an expiry date and that date has well and truly passed. I imagine not too many will notice Brayshaw’s departure though, as I do not know too many people who tune in anymore. It is by far the worst AFL show on the box.

Channel Nine are perhaps trying to change the image of being a boys club however with a weekly show about AFL Women’s to air at the same time as the new competition kicks off. Tiffany Cheery (remember her) returns to free to air television to host the show.

And by popular demand…
After everything that has happened over the last few weeks at Cricket Australia, it is nice to know we can all still have a laugh. On ya Boof!

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