PORT NEEDS EXTRA TIME TO SADDEN BLUES AT THE GABBA

If Robbie Gray can kick a goal after the final siren and secure a win in place of a loss for Port in the Power’s 64 – 61 victory over Carlton at the Gabba, why can’t we simply return to the past and change the outcomes of any game that did not go according to…

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AFL CEO MCLACHLAN SAYS AFL GRAND FINAL IS STILL AT MCG

Let’s just move the entire country to Queensland, what? After moving some of the AFL’s Melbourne clubs to Sydney, a surge in Covid-19 in New South Wales, where four of the Victorian clubs had been based for the resumption of the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition. Now all 10 of the Victorian clubs will be…

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AFL GRAND FINAL WILL BE PLAYED ON THE MOON SOONER THAN EXPECTED

The very idea that the AFL could hold a Grand Final any place other than MCG was inconceivable six months ago, but much that could not be imagined then is reality now. Melbourne has been locked down by the premier of Victoria in the wake of an uptick in coronavirus cases. The AFL plans to…

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LEBRON SHOULD CATCH ABDUL-JABBAR DESPITE SHORT SEASON

With the 2020 NBA season poised to resume, there is a story those of us with a statistical bent find compelling. There are exactly 5,300 points separating LeBron James and all-time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Kareem Abdu-Jabbar (nee Lew Alcindor) recorded 38,387 points over 20 seasons. We stats lovers wish he had made it to 40,000…

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AFL MOVING VICTORIAN CLUBS TO QUEENSLAND

Five million Melbourners will have to stay home for the next six weeks after the state recorded 191 new Covid-19 infections. That is the highest daily number recorded since the whole mess started. Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement a few days ago and it is hard to fault the bloke, or the…

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BRONCOS BOARD BOOSTS SEIBOLD FOLLOWING SIXTH STRAIGHT LOSS

The board of the Brisbane Broncos called a special conference to give official support for teetering coach Anthony Seibold. In professional sports, special announcements voicing support for the coach of a losing team are equitable to kisses of death. None other than Paul White delivered the coup de gras at the conference when he said,…

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AGELESS CAMERON SMITH INSTRUMENTAL IN HALTING SYDNEY STREAK

If Richmond Tigers are toothless without Dustin Martin, as has been suggested by some with keener insights than ours, could the same be said of Melbourne Storm without Cameron Smith? We will reserve judgement on that question, as Cameron Smith is not missing from Melbourne Storm and he was a decisive factor in the recent…

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SMALL GROUP OF BRONCOS SUPPORTERS WANT ACTUAL BRONCOS SCALPS

It must be proof positive that Australians take their footy seriously when those with nothing better to do issue online death threats to Brisbane Broncos players over the loss of five straight games. There may be trolls on social media who would threaten us with death or worse, but we are proudly free of all…

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RULES FOR BOOSTING AFL SCORING HAVE BACKFIRED

The goal scoring in the resumed Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership of late has been rarer than a lobster boat plying the waters west of Perth. The crustacean catchers have been set adrift by import restrictions from the main market of China. The country has closed most or all of its wet markets as part of…

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PENRITH AND PARRAMATTA TOP 2020 NRL LADDER

The ladder in the NRL looks off a bit in the resumed Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition. As this is written, just one game from Round 4 has been played, with Penrith Panthers climbing above the Parramatta Eels by virtue of having played their Round 4 match and beating South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 -12. Penrith…

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AFL SCRAMBLES INTO ACTION 2 DAYS AFTER BOMBER TESTS POSITIVE

Give the AFL credit for acting swiftly, even if their actions seem capricious and arbitrary. The league have banned full contact practice for the next four weeks within two days of learning of a positive Covid-19 test result for Essendon Bombers’ player Conor McKenna. The league communicated the new protocols to all 18 clubs in…

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POSITIVE VIRUS TEST BY BOMBER MCKENNA THREATENS AFL SEASON AGAIN

It was only a question of time, but we would have preferred the answer to wait at least a month. Instead, it was two weeks only before an AFL player returned a positive Covid-19 test result, which places the only-recently resumed Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition at risk of being halted again. It was Conor…

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