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Friday, July 22, 2005

Hard and Fast 

Watched the first session of the Ashes last night and thought to myself, if the Aussie batsmen are getting whacked and knocked over the Poms won't fear much better and sure enough... At least the English have the bowling attack to test the Aussie batsmen during the series. But unless they get some runs on the board it will be a pasting for them you'd have to guess.

And Warne is in the limelight again. Can't blame him for trying, he certainly seems creative...
The Daily Mirror published new allegations about the spin bowler's sex life, this time involving a 20-year-old student named Rebecca Weedon.

Ms Weedon claimed Warne had begged her to persuade his wife into having a threesome, in the hope it would save his marriage, which was on the verge of collapsing after 10 years.

She told the paper the 35-year-old had coached her on how to get Simone to agree to the sex session by pretending to be an obsessed fan.

She accused him of boasting about his exploits with other women and being more worried about his hair falling out than his doomed relationship.
Matt Orford has left the Storm and signed with Manly. The Storm offered him more than they had ever offered any player (470,000 big ones) to stay but apparently Manly offered even more. Rich pricks! And Manly bosses have come out with a real morale boosting speech for the crumbling Sea Eagles by saying:
the Sea Eagles had overachieved early in the season and their eighth position was approximately where the coaching staff had expected them to finish this year.
There go their top 8 hopes. There's nothing like mediocrity disguised as professionlism (no I'm not quite sure what that expression I just made up means either, could be profound though).

On rugger, Luke McAlistar has been approached by Wigan to switch codes. His father played league in England for a decent period in his younger days.

Back with League, and the Warriors have signed Roosters premier league captain and halfback Grant Rovelli on a three-year contract. I hear it's a good signing but who the hell is going to know for real until he actually plays first grade? I hope he can goal kick though that's for real!

And a massive game tonight between the Broncos and the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs don't absolutely have to win since their recent wins have given them a little breathing room but a loss will put them three points outside the 8 with not too many games left in the season.

The Friday night games (traditionally 'match of the round') in coming weeks see more tasty offerings with the Dragons at home to the Roosters in Round 21, the Cowboys v Dragons in Round 22, Eels v Bulldogs in Round 23, and the Tigers v Bulldogs in Round 24 (believe it or not that could be the game which seals the Tigers spot in the playoffs).

Other huge games in Round 20 are the Warriors v Raiders, Storm v Roosters and Dragons v Sharks. I'm picking the next two weeks to go a long way to showing who are the contenders and who are the pretenders. It's going to go right to the wire for most teams but I expect their to be a slight splintering of the pack very shortly.

Speaking of going right to the wire. Come back later this avo to check out the conituation of the race for glory between Bennyasena and Peter Jessup!!!

And with four rounds remaining in the Bartercard Cup the Mt Albert Lions (Helen Clark's team) are sitting on top of the table with 18 points followed by the North Harbour Tigers and Canterbury Bulls on 16. Two points further back are the Counties Manukau Jetz (14) with Hibiscus Coast Raiders and Wellington sitting on 13.

Next year the competition is being reduced from the current 12 teams to ten, possibly nine. The NZRL want to make it more of a regional competition as it's currently dominated by Auckland which has 8 of the sides. They will be divided into North, West, Central, South-East, and South. The existing sides can either merge or try and make a solo bid. It's pissed the teams off unsurprisingly but makes more sense than what they have now which is individual clubs (traditionally covering small areas) attempting to represent sections of Auckland.

The only bid from outside of Auckland at this stage is from Northland. Possible regions for future expansion also include Otago (though I think they are years away from having the player strength) and adding teams to Wellington and Canterbury. They don't want to do that now though because with the Auckland teams set to become stronger the last thing they want to do is make the teams from those areas weaker. Big scores won't do the competition much in the way of good.

Right, I'm off to look for cars (well, off in the sense that I'm going to open trademe's car page to look for cars).


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