There was a spectacular catch in last night’s Big Bash T-20 match, with the combined efforts of Ben Laughlin and Jake Weatherald of the Adelaide Strikers. I think it should from now on be known as “The Laughlin/Weatherald Catch”. I like the sound of that.
Yesterday was the annual “Voice for Mining” day at the Knights home game at Hunter Stadium, but as in past years, they’re still not letting those hard working employees enjoy a game day beverage. Listen for yourself.
Maybe it was this amber ale injustice that the crowd was booing about at half time? No. Wait. That was for the Knights abysmal wooden spoon worthy first half performance.
But the hypocrisy of the NRL is almost excruciating, as it remains silent on its own gambling addiction.
Consulting the website of each of the 16 NRL teams in 2017 shows that 13 of them are sponsored by gambling or betting corporations, the only three clubs not directly sponsored by gambling being the Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers, and Canterbury Bulldogs.
|Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland|
|North Queensland Cowboys||Ubet|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs||Crown Resorts (Casino), Luxbet|
|Melbourne Storm||Crown Resorts (Casino)|
|New Zealand Warriors||SkyCity Casino, TAB NZ|
|St George Illawarra Dragons||Ainsworth Game Technology, South Coast Gaming Machines|
|Gold Coast Titans||Ladbrokes|
King of the culprits in this infamous list is the Manly Sea Eagles, who, in a move that is in equal parts pernicious and embarrassing, renamed their home ground from “Brookvale Oval” to “Lottoland”.
In 1992 the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act was passed to ban the tobacco industry from sponsoring sport. It’s time that similar legislation is enacted to rid our sporting landscape of the scourge of gambling advertising.
It took me a while to realise that it was an notification from yesterday about the tomorrow of yesterday, which is today.
Having worked all that out, I did indeed make it to the game today to see the Knights beat the Titans 34 – 26, including a great contribution from Nathan Ross, who scored the match winning try in the 78th minute. Well done Knights.
I enjoyed seeing a gutsy Newcastle Knights defeat the Penrith Panthers this afternoon at Hunter Stadium to go to the top of the NRL ladder.
Today’s match was the “Voice For Mining” round, so I got some slight amusement when I heard the stadium announcer remind us that …
“Hunter Stadium is a responsible server of alcohol … it is an offence to supply alcohol to miners …”
Now that the mystery of Area 51 has been cleared up, here’s 2 modern mysteries still desperately awaiting explanation …
- How can a campaign launch possibly be called a ‘launch’ when it happens 60% into an election campaign (Coalition) or even 80% into the campaign (Labor)?
- In this day and age of modern electrical lighting, when various cricket matches are regularly played at nighttime, how is it possible for a Test match to be called to a close due to bad light?
Currently disgusted by …
Clive Palmer, who spitefully utters ridiculous accusations about the CIA funding the environmental movement in Australia, then openly acknowledges that he knows that the accusations are not true, then arrogantly asserts that he does not regret making the accusations.
(Note to Clive – just because you have more money than everyone else doesn’t make you more important or more wise.)
Currently delighted by …
The Newcastle Knights 20-6 win over the Bulldogs on the weekend.
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