Welcome to a weekly wrap of all things sport. Every week, 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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1. How can you go past Daniel Ricciardo? Starting from 16th on the grid at the Italian Grand Prix, Ricciardo took it in his stride and made his way through the field. Had the race gone another two laps, he would have caught old rival Sebastian Vettel and secured himself a podium finish. In the end Ricciardo finished fourth in what was another great show of the talent he possesses.
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) September 3, 2017
2. On the field, the SANFL Finals delivered two cracking contests on Saturday afternoon at the Adelaide Oval. Halfway though the year, Central District were gone and it was a wooden spoon they were facing. Fast forward a few months and the Dogs have not only snuck into the finals, but have dome some damage. It was a pretty dominant performance from the Dogs when it mattered on Saturday and they have now set up a big game against the Double Blues next weekend. Meanwhile, Sturt themselves gave Port Adelaide a scare coming from seven or so goals down to get within two points late in the last quarter. It was not to be for the Double Blues, but do not rule them out just yet.
3. Australia’s performance against Bangladesh last week brought back a lot of bad habits. However, the win to Bangladesh is good for the game. Cricket needs more strong Test nations and the rise of Bangladesh is one of the feel good stories for the sport over the last couple of years. It is no longer a disgrace to lose to the Tigers, which is something worth remembering when critiquing that game.
1. Why do the Port Adelaide SANFL team not have a number system where the AFL players wear their AFL number and then the top up players wear numbers not taken by an AFL listed player? We saw Matthew Broadbent and Jackson Trengove in different numbers on Saturday. It simply does not make sense.
2. State of Origin it was called. Victoria v the rest in an AFLW exhibition match was anything but that on Saturday night. It was the wrong time slot for the game with a large proportion of the women in the middle of a finals series with their own clubs. Etihad Stadium is not the ground for the game and it was so one-sided that it was not funny. This one needs to be given more thought.
3. Bernard Tomic will never feature at a Grand Slam again. That is the call I am making after Tomic made headlines again this week with his dumb antics. He simply does not care. He is not an elite athlete and he should not be treated as such. So long Bernie. All the best for the future.
The emotion and debate at the Socceroos losing to Japan is exactly what the sport needs. It is good to see people debating the style of play, the selections and the coach. Is this the moment football truly made it in Australia?
What did you do with a football free weekend? What a bore.
The wrong call
Steve O’Keefe has been recalled to the squad for Australia’s second Test against Bangladesh. This is despite him being banned from the upcoming JLT One Day Cup, despite Australia having young spinner Mitchell Swepson already on tour and despite O’Keefe being told his form tapered off in India earlier this year. Puzzling.
Wednesday Whinge –
The SANFL finals kicked off over the weekend at Adelaide Oval, but it seems somebody forgot to tell Adelaide Oval that. Several issues plagued the ability to get easily into the ground on Saturday.
There were long lines to get into the stadium, with most gates only having one or two security check points open per gate. This was not nearly enough and meant people were lined up back to the road at the Riverbank End of the ground.
— Thomo (@liamthompson1) September 2, 2017
Meanwhile, there was a cash only system in place for purchasing tickets at the gate. For a moment it felt a bit like it was 1980. Cash only outside the ground, but inside Adelaide Oval is trying to become card only. Confusing much. When asked, the ground staff at Adelaide Oval said to direct all complaints to Ticketek as it was their call not to have credit card facilities at the gate and ticket prices would have been increased if that were to happen. Ticketek meanwhile told me to ask Adelaide Oval. So who knows?
The solution is to buy a ticket online through Ticketek, but if you do that, you will be paying a $5.65 booking fee on a $15.00 ticket. That is more than one-third of the original price of the ticket on fees and charges. That is nothing but daylight robbery.
The SANFL is failing to attract big crowds as it is and to hold a market share in a saturated environment. Issues such as not having enough staff on game day and having a cash only system should never occur. They do nothing but annoy the few people who do turn up. Fix it.