Match day Instagram: Newtown v Wentworthville

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 15 2017, 10:10 am

A double header of Bluebags at Henson Park on Saturday July 8 2017.

Curtain raiser in the Harvey Norman NSW Womens Rugby League Premiership saw the Redfern All Blacks playing North Newcastle. Norths' comeback as a rugby league club at all is remarkable, but to be the Newcastle representative in the state women's premiership is extraordinary indeed. Competition leaders Redfern beat the Bluebags 44-12. Match data on the NSWRL website.

Why the ICC’s revenue sharing model could harm growth of new members

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 4 2017, 7:06 pm

It has taken 108 years for cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, to grow to the point that it has but a dozen full members. That landmark was achieved on June 22 when the ICC Board approved the promotion of Afghanistan and Ireland to full membership status.

Both administrations deserve the highest praise for the hard work put into growing the sport in their respective jurisdictions (and I’m careful not to describe Ireland as one nation).

Match Day Instagram: GWS versus Geelong

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 2 2017, 12:00 am

Sitting in the freezing cold all evening and nobody won. Yet another exhilirating thriller involving the GWS Giants.

Full time at Spotless Stadium on the first day of the 2017-18 financial year, GWS Giants 10-8 (68) drew with Geelong 10-8 (68). The Giants' first draw in their sixth season of AFL. Match report from GWS, and stats from the AFL website.

Film review: "Sachin: A Billion Dreams" (2017)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on May 31 2017, 1:42 pm

At two hours and nineteen minutes plus intermission, "Sachin: A Billion Dreams" never drags, although it probably does not warrant a place on the top shelf of sporting documentaries. A love letter to be sure, but a well-crafted one.

Taking the game backwards - why The Big 3 must go

Submitted by Rick Eyre on March 17 2017, 3:38 pm

Since the International Cricket Council's controversial revenue-sharing restructure in 2014, which essentially shared revenue back towards the three wealthiest members (India, England and Australia), international cricket competition has actually gone backwards on a global scale.

The Best on Ground for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series of 2017

Submitted by Rick Eyre on March 17 2017, 11:32 am

Here is the spreadsheet for the standings in my daily Best on Ground points for the 2017 India versus Australia Test series. It follows in the tradition of the Midwinter-Midwinter, the Wessels-Kepler and the #GilesWallyN, and is based on a score of 3-2-1 to the best three players of each day's play in a Test match. (Hat tip to the channel 7 commentary team of the mid-1970s from whom I adapted the idea.)

The streaker has struck and we return to the cricket

Submitted by Rick Eyre on February 1 2017, 10:45 pm

MIchael Angelow is often regarded as cricket's first streaker, but there was at least one earlier televised instance of an unclad pitch invasion. I know this because I was watching at the time. To my knowledge there is no other record of this incident anywhere on the internet.

People:

Rio Day Minus One: Capybaras ate my golf course!

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 6 2016, 8:03 am

The day before the Olympic opening ceremony, the traditional Day Minus One Men's Soccer Thursday. Meh.

Fiji, a nation whose hopes of a first-ever gold medal rest with the men's rugby sevens team, made their men's soccer debut losing 0-8 to South Korea. Otherwise, as I said, meh. Here's a summary of the day's action.