Summer Scoop

This week – In the final Summer Scoop of the summer, we discuss the ridiculous Twenty20 scheduling, why crowds failed to attend the NBL last week and ABC Grandstand back in the international cricket game with a cracking commentary line up for the India and Australia Test Series.

Quote of the week –

 “I don’t like anything about none of the guys on the team. I’m just being honest. There’s a lot of dirty players on the team, that is how they play – fight first, play basketball second.”

Adelaide 36ers star Jerome Randle lit a fuse before Adelaide’s Semi Final series with Illawarra got under way. Giving the NBL a high-profile, getting it in the headlines and creating a rivalry. Nothing wrong with that. Illawarra fans chanting “Randle is a wanker” at every opportunity. Everything wrong with that.

Tweet of the week –

Randle’s presence and skill has been a big part of Adelaide’s successes this season and he has deserved every award he has received along the way. Randle just needs a championship ring now to top off what would then be an absolutely perfect year.

The hero
Jarryd Roughead back playing AFL seemed a long way off twelve months ago, yet there he was on Friday night captaining his beloved Hawks to their first win of 2017 in their JLT Community Series opener against Geelong. In a world full of such a negative news cycle, every now and then we need good news stories like this to reinstall faith in humanity. Good on you Jarryd, the whole football world wishes you every success.

The Villain
Where oh where were you Adelaide 36ers fans? A crowd of only just over 5000 people turned up to the Semi Final against the Illawarra Hawks on Thursday night. It was a school night, but surely you can put that aside for one evening. Ticket prices were more than reasonable, so no excuses there. Given Titanium Security Arena has been packed out for week on week in recent time, it just seems so odd that fans would not turn up for an important Semi.

The prediction
Waste. Of. Time. Australia B v Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 series with absolutely zero meaning. It is the last part of February for goodness sake. Footy is back, AFLW is attracting attention, netball is back. Cricket belongs offshore at this time of the year, which is where it is as well. Yeah we cannot work this one out either.

Have you watched a match? Are you going to a game? I purchased tickets some time ago for Wednesday Night’s clash at the Adelaide Oval, but now am now really not keen on even going. So if you want some tickets, I’ll give you a good deal!

Crowds for Wednesday’s clash in Adelaide will be lucky to crack 20,000. That says it all really.

The Scoop
Here is some really good news. ABC Grandstand have confirmed that they will broadcast the upcoming series between India and Australia, which begins on Thursday. Headlined by Gerard Whateley and Simon Katich for the first two Tests and Alister Nicholson and Dirk Nannes for the final two games, it is great to see the ABC back on the international cricket scene.

Crow Call Summer
2016 was the best injury year Adelaide could have hoped for. There was though every reason to believe that this would be a one-off and what do you know, before a ball has even been bounced this season, that has proven to be true. Rory Sloane the latest to go down, fracturing an eye socket at training. Adelaide are hopeful he will be right for round one, but with facial injuries you never really know. Meanwhile Jake Lever has sustained a minor hamstring strain and is hoping to return in JLT 3. It comes as Scott Thompson and Brad Crouch battle shoulder and hamstring injuries respectively and while at this stage none of these are season ending, they are far from ideal.

On the AFL Women’s side of things, the Crows made it three from three with a low scoring win over Carlton. This consolidates them on the top of the ladder ahead of a trip to Perth to play the Dockers this week.

The Crow Call is back for 2017 every Thursday night for the duration of footy season from this week! Have a read if you can.

Turn It Up

This summer has been damn busy for the Aussies, but the Kiwis have also had a fair bit on their hands over the last few months.

New Zealand started the summer against Pakistan, continued it over here in Australia with a ODI series, played Bangladesh at home, the return ODI series against the Aussies and just kicking off now is another major series against South Africa. That is too much cricket. Change is coming though, so a repeat of this is not likely.

Extra scoop 
The Supercars season kicks off in Adelaide with the Clipsal 500 from March 2. This year the Clipsal 500 returns to two 250km races with one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, which creates two super days of racing.

As such, Supercars has released their latest marketing campaign and it is a good one. The campaign promotes the sport as appealing to all age groups and demographics. This could not be a better representation of the sport, with various changes over the last few years making it one of Australia’s premier sporting codes.

Take a look at the Supercars advertisement below.

And by popular demand…
I have written a few articles in regards to the new Suncorp Super Netball competition and been highly critical of the new TV deal between Telstra and 9Gem. The initial press release indicated that 9Gem would not be showing games live on Saturday night. It turns out 9Gem will be showing every game they broadcast on Saturday nights live. Whether this was a change from original plans is not clear, which adds to a list of things that have been confusing about the launch of this League. Regardless, sport has to be live in this day and age, so it is good to see 9Gem coming to the party.

Picture – Getty Images

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