Wednesday Weekly Wrap

Welcome to a new weekly wrap of all things sport. Every Wednesday, we will have a look at the big issues kicking around in the world of sport and try to make some sense of them.

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Thumbs Down!
1. Four umpires are not better than three. That much is clear. How an umpire standing right next to a player who punches another player in the throat does not get a free kick against is disgraceful. Particularly when said player is given a two match ban for his actions. I am sure though the AFL Umpiring Department will come and out say that the free was there. Play on. Nothing to see here. Ridiculous. Coward act by Hawkins who has form in this area.

2.  Mitch Creek has stood down from his captaincy role at the Adelaide 36ers for season 2017/18 in order to focus on his NBA ambitions. While I am sure there is an element of truth in that, surely this is on the back of Creek’s social media blunder earlier this year. It seems an odd decision for Creek to renege his leadership role given he lead the Sixers to a minor premiership last season and played some of the best basketball of his career.

3.Nick Kyrgios has again shown he is a long way from winning a Grand Slam. Granted clay is not his forte, but his attitude and behaviour on court in his second round loss last week at the French Open just show that this man has a lot to learn. There is a distinct difference between being a character and being a goose. Right now Kyrgios remains well and truly the latter.

Thumbs Up!
1. The Suncorp Super Netball Semi-Finals were absolutely brilliant. Two games decided by a goal. Both games, based on previous form were upsets. If only Channel Nine had shown them on its main channel in high definition. The Grand Final is set to be moved to Nine, but big deal. The Nine Network can pat themselves on the back when all games of the season are given the respect they deserve.

2. The big four are all on the park at the same time. James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are all over in England with their names on the selection sheets for Australia’s Champions Trophy tilt. Australia’s first two games have been washed out and that will make it difficult to progress, but that aside, how good is it to have these bowling options? The key now is to keep them on the park long enough to get to the Ashes Series later in the year. They are a tantalising prospect on home soil, should all go to plan.

The Thought

Security glanced at him, but from where I sat, did not do much else. If he had been taking photos however, he would have been kicked out for sure.

The Question

Foxtel has a stake in Network Ten at the present time. With media laws set to be changed and loosened over the next couple of years, do we expect a lot more of these sort of deals getting done? It is the same philosophy that has seen Gogglebox broadcast on both networks and appears more of an advertisement for Foxtel than anything else. Time will tell though as to how successful this will be for the A-League.

Wednesday Whinge
Supporters of Collingwood in Suncorp Super Netball were particularly upset when the Herald Sun and many other news agencies criticised their team for losing against the Giants over the weekend. Grow up. This is exactly the sort of coverage the sport needs. If netball wants to be taken seriously these are the sort of discussions that must take place. Imagine Collingwood’s AFL side losing a semi after being the premiership favourites heading into the year. Would the media back off then? No. So why should they in netball?

It has been a strange year for the Pies on the netball court. They have the most talent in the competition, but just could not get their game plan right this year. Was it the huge expectation put on them when they were labelled outright favourites at the start of the year? Was it their lack of a consistent goal attack? What about coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell? She could not do positive things for Adelaide last year. What makes people think she can coach? It will be an interesting off-season for the Pies.

This week the Melbourne Vixens will play the Giants for a spot in the Grand Final against Sunshine Coast Lightning. The Grand Final will be held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre rather than on the Sunshine Coast. I understand that this will maximise the chance of a big crowd, but surely in season one of a new competition, you are playing the Grand Final at the home of the side who earned it, not at that of their rival. It is a bemusing decision in a year full of them for netball in this country.

Picture – 9Now

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