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. A lot has been made of Saudi Arabia’s snubbing of the minute silence for the victims of the London terror attacks at last week’s World Cup Qualifier at the Adelaide Oval and so it should be. It was disrespectful on so many levels. Imagine if Australia had gone over to Saudi Arabia and disrespected their local customs. There would have been more action taken than just a frowning upon the disgraceful act. In the world we live in today, if eleven blokes cannot stand still for one minute, despite what they think of the custom, it is a very sad, sad world.

2. The ICC Champions Trophy tournament has been played over the last couple of weeks, but does it hold a place on the cricket calendar anymore? Australia were knocked out after playing one full game all tournament, which is a little strange. England has hosted the tournament at home for the second consecutive time, which is also odd, while Bangladesh made it through to a quarter-final for the first time, albeit after only winning one game in the group stage. In a calendar crowded with so much cricket, this is a competition that needs to be reviewed.

3. The Melbourne Vixens were the most consistent team across the 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season, but went out in straight sets across two home finals after the Giants did a number on them in the Preliminary Final. The Vixens just could not get the job done when it counted. It was a disappointing way to end the season for the Vixens, given unlike a lot of other teams, they built their own talent rather than poaching big names. They must take some learnings out of the two finals though and be better for it in 2018.

Thumbs Up!
1. Twenty year old Jelena Ostapenko took advantage of the most open French Open field in years and took our her maiden Grand Slam title on Saturday. While the presence of Serena Williams who is one of, if not the best female tennis player of all time was missed, it was refreshing to see this bubbly faced Latvian come out and dominate a tournament the way she did. It was reassuring for all of us too that Ostapenko could win a final with such a large unforced error count! One to watch for the future for sure.

2. Essendon youngster Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is a future marketer’s dream for the AFL, if he is not one already. McDonald-Tipungwuti’s game on Saturday Night in Essendon’s upset win against the Power in particular was something to behold. His pace, skill and clean disposal of the ball is to be marvelled at. To think too that if the Bombers supplements saga had not eventuated, he may never have got the chance to play AFL at the highest level. As they say every cloud does indeed have a silver lining. May he be a part of the game for a long time to come.

3. You will not see a better game of SANFL footy in 2017 than the clash between Adelaide and Norwood at the Parade on Saturday Night. In front of a healthy crowd, both teams went goal for goal for almost the entirely of the match. There was no signs of either side getting a real dominance on the game at any stage. It was high scoring, highly skilled and a very enjoyable evening at the footy. Myles Poholke kicked the winning goal for Adelaide with thirty seconds remaining, but it was a match won by the team lucky enough to be in front at the final siren. You feel former Adelaide players Mitch Grigg, Anthony Wilson and Lewis Johnston all had points to prove for the Redlegs. Well played all.

The Thought

The Question
If Adelaide had a world-class soccer stadium, would a crowd of 30,000 be criticised as much as it was? A full house in a stadium designed for soccer would have been a much better look than a half full Adelaide Oval where you are way too far away from the action.

Wednesday Whinge
Booing. It has been done for generations, but in this politically correct world we live in these days, apparently you are not allowed to do it anymore.

It is an issue that raised its head again over the weekend when Essendon fans booed their former player in Paddy Ryder. Ryder chose to leave the Bombers a couple of years ago. Sure, there was some controversy around it caused ultimately by the Bombers themselves. However at the end of the day Ryder chose to leave when many others in the same position as himself decided to tough it out and remain with the Dons. Fans as such should have every right to voice their displeasure.

The issue of booing is a no brainer. If it is done in the right spirit, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It has been a part of the game for as long as the game has been in existence. People boo when an opposition player lines up for goal, at a poor umpiring decision and indeed for a player playing at a new club after choosing to leave the one they support. What is so wrong with that? Players and officials have to realise that this is professional sport. People pay big money to watch their team week to week and should be able to voice their thoughts. If that is through booing, so be it.

You should not boo players who are coming of injured or anything that may have a racist or the like overtone, but that aside booing should be encouraged. It gets fans involved in the game and if you do not like it, that is fine, simply do not take part in the act.

Rather than look down on those who are booing, lets boo those who think it is inappropriate. Life is not all rainbows and lollipops and we should be allowed to voice displeasure at a game of footy, just as we are able to yell out what we want provided it does not breach any inappropriate areas. Simple as that.

Picture – Sky Sports

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