Summer Scoop – Week 14

Quote of the Week –

“Nice Gary”

I think Matthew Wade has started a trend in reference to Nathan Lyon’s bowling that is growing legs with every Test match.

Tweet of the week –

Some clever byplay from the NBL on Friday night (that was a brilliant ending to that game) as Adelaide and Sydney played out a thriller, while Pakistan crumbled at the Gabba in the First Test.

The hero
Fox Footy. A team comprising of Kelli Underwood, Neroli Meadows, Tanya Armstrong and Adam Papalia to call and host the AFL Women’s League is a great announcement. All offer their own particular charisma to the broadcast and all will ensure that it gets the professionalism the League is going to need as it finds it’s feet.

The villain
This guy. Seriously why do people still do this? You look like an absolute tool and now this joker is $8,000.00 poorer. He could have at least had the guts to do it properly too…

The prediction
Shaun Marsh will be brought back into the Australian side at the expense of Nic Maddinson once he is fit. This would be the wrong call in my opinion, given the selectors changed their policy when they revamped the team before the Adelaide Test. Maddinson was always the worry when selected given he was not in super form and he was picked on potential. However that decision was made and must now be stuck with, at least until he has played a red ball Test or two. Harsh for Marsh, but it was also harsh for Callum Fergusson and Joe Burns.

The Scoop (pudding)
A great article during the week by Mumbrella’s Jessica MacKenzie about how networks need to promote women’s sport like they do men’s. It is all very well for AFL Women’s, the Suncorp Super League and the WBBL to be getting more airtime, but if they are not promoted, how many people are going to know or be reminded that they are on? I am yet to see anything in terms of netball, Seven will do some sort of promo for the AFLW and Ten already do bits and pieces for the WBBL. If they are serious in making this work, these networks will go all out. Watch this space.

You can read the full article here –

Turn it up
The 2017 Adelaide Football Club membership pack arrived in the mail during the week. There was the usual stuff including a key ring, sticker and cap. What threw me though was the pair of ‘we fly as one’ headphones hidden in there. What? Seriously cheap and nasty headphones. What are these for!? We can do better than that.

Extra scoop (pudding)
News this week that Fox Sports look to have secured a deal to continue to broadcast the A-League. This is good news as generally anything Fox Sports do turns to gold. It also means that Optus Sport will not have exclusive rights and lock most of the nation out of watching the game. In another boost for the League, Saturday night games are set to be shown on free to air television, which will only make the derbies that much more appealing.

And by popular demand…
Christmas is upon us and we are all looking forward to some holidays to stop and spend some time with the family. There is not many things more important in life than sport, however spending time on Christmas Day with the family is one of them.  Given this and various other reasons, there is no need for Australian sporting organisations to try to force sport down our throats on Christmas Day. I will let you ponder that thought as you enjoy the festive season.

Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. Thanks for your support in 2016 and for all the tweets and the comments. The Summer Scoop will return Monday January 9 2017 to continue a big summer of sport.

Picture – Daily Telegraph 


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