Thursday, August 30, 2012

Johnson Watch

1st ODI, Australia vs Pakistan

Pattinson:  9.1 overs 3/19

Starc:  10 overs 5/42

Johnson: 9 overs 1/43

Thankfully for Australia, Johnson was able to pick up the absolutely crucial wicket of Tanvir.

Johnson goes nuts after picking up Pakistan's dangerous no. 9...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

QLD Make It Eight/Nine Straight

QLD has been gifted a (record) eighth and (record) ninth straight Origin series victories today, after NSWRL conceded the 2013 and 2014 series, appointing Laurie Daley as Blues coach. Daley, a culpable selector for the Blues five consecutive, uncompetitive series losses between 2006 and 2010, takes over from Ricky Stuart, an actual coach, who still couldn't get the job done. 

Oh fucking hell, is that a fucking Maroons shirt already?!? If you can't beat 'em join 'em eh Loz!

 His head coaching CV includes five games at the helm for Country Origin (two wins), and three games in charge of the Indigenous All Stars (one win).  Despite a lack of coaching experience and success, and the fact that no Blues fan holds any hope for the next two years, Daley remains optimistic. “I think I know what is required. Phase one is working together as a team. Phase three is winning the Origin series." 

 Former Maroons halfback Allan Langer praised the decision. “I know Laurie is still very passionate about the NSW side and he'll do a very good job,” he said, trying to stifle a cheeky chuckle.

 A regular in the commentary box for Foxsports, Daley has shown great insight into the game of rugby league, particularly with classic predictions like "the team who comes out and scores the most points in this game will win", "what a competition we have, on any given day 1st can beat 16th" and on Origin, "New South Wales will need to score tries if they are going to beat Queensland".

 Daley reportedly beat out the actively job-seeking pair of Stephen Kearney and Nathan Brown for the position.