I can’t be the only sports fan who is disenchanted by the childish war between the National Rugby League (NRL) and the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA).
No matter what the issues are, it’s dragged on far too long… to the extent the NRL stars are starting to lose any sympathy from die-hard supporters.
Most people think they’re paid “overs” already.
And, while the RLPA says it’s not about money, it is getting harder to take boss Clint Newton at face value.
If he genuinely cared about the game, he’d push his ego to the side, grab whatever win he can (for now) and live to fight another day.
That’s not to say the NRL, and CEO Andrew Abdo, is handling the situation any better.
But, seeing the clubs’ jerseys with tape over the NRL logo at the weekend was petty.
Maybe the supporters need to boycott matches until the matter is resolved.
Could you imagine the Newcastle Knights running onto McDonald Jones Stadium with no one in the stands?
It would be a throw-back to COVID times.
Sadly, the big losers in all of this are the players in the NRLW, who were unable to stage a season launch.
There are so many fantastic female athletes in the new-look competition, however they’re not receiving the attention they deserve, due to the media ban.
Come on guys, get your s$$t together and sort it out.
A week is a long time in sport
They say a week is a long time in sport… and that’s certainly the case for the Matildas.
On a high after a first round 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland, the Aussie girls returned to earth with a thud at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
To lose 3-2 to the 40th ranked Nigeria, after leading 1-0 thanks to Novocastrian Emily van Egmond, was embarrassing.
The defeat also highlighted how fragile the Matildas are in attack without Sam Kerr and Mary Fowler.
They had numerous chances to score but looked clumsy, even disjointed, in front of goals.
And, quite simply, Australian mentor Tony Gustafsson was out-coached… again.
They’ll now need to produce a Herculean effort against 2020 Olympic gold medallists Canada in Melbourne on Monday night to have any hope of advancing in the tournament.
However, one thing we know for sure, the Matildas will have plenty of support.
Best of luck.
Lessons need to be learnt from Bazball
Another national side receiving a wake-up call is the Australian cricket team.
Apart from the ICC World Test Championship final against India, the Andrew McDonald-coached outfit went into the Ashes without proper lead-up matches on English soil.
And, the Poms have dished out a couple of reality checks, even though the Aussies led 2-0 at one stage.
Let’s be honest, the series should be level at 2-all after rain saved the “green and gold” in the fourth Test.
Questionable, negative tactics in the field by Pat Cummins, and McDonald, when under pressure by Bazball really shone a light on our side’s deficiencies.
It doesn’t help either when Australia continues to persist with opener David Warner, who’s seriously out of form.
Why take Marcus Harris and Matt Renshaw along for the ride if they’re never a chance of playing?
The latter would have relished the English conditions.
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