Welcome to another week of sport at The Gurgler. We admit it is now getting officially hard to find enough sport (Non Football) to talk about and fill a weekly bit. Thankfully, the good people at the NRL know how to help you out by providing some off field drama.
Australia’s premier chances of winning anything internationally – the Rugby League team and Cricket team – also disappointed.
So here’s what we think, and below we have another huge multi for your consideration. Last week’s was our worst result yet. Never fear it’s all about the Yazz this week.
As the annual V8 bogan family reunion has been run, another weekend has finished with Holden win’s and in particular one of those two going to Jamie Whincup. The Red Bull driver added a second from the other race to set himself up for another championship. Maybe with another title in the back pocket he might look at expanding his horizons in NASCAR or even more pie-in-the-sky at the vacant Toro Rosso F1 drive for next year. He’s got the right energy drink connection, unfortunately he’s about 12 years too old under the current RBR hiring strategy.
FOUR NATIONS LEAGUE
And for once, it looks like all four can possibly win the title. A double header of League and a very healthy off-season crowd shows that League fans don’t want tremendous entertainment like Train or Slash playing to a backing track, but League and plenty of it.
Samoa were unlucky not cause a large upset, and somehow England still looked good out of a game that they almost lost to a minnow. They will like their chances this weekend against Australia this Sunday too, as the Kangaroos looked jaded and ordinary in patches in equal measure as the Kiwis looked good. Could the final be heading to a premium Ch9 sport (read GEM) final of non Australian sides, or will the series follow the standard Hollywood sports movie formula with a last gasp try to win the cup for Australia scored by Sylvester Stallone and Burt Reynolds.
REAL MADRID WIN BIGGEST CLUB GAME IN THE WORLD
With the World Cup of Football merely acting as a large scale product demonstration for the big clubs in Europe and mainly Spain, the Classico clash now is more important than ever, as it usually features all the best players in the world which have been pinched from all corners of the globe.
With squads value and wages approaching a budget of several large Australian states, the game would want to live up to the hype and money spent. Sometimes clashes between the big sides are tense or drab battles that fail to inspire.
Not so this week, and not really with this fixture. Real Madrid got the chocolates this time around 3-1, but it could have been closer or a bigger margin given the action on show. We won’t review the game as we could only stay awake for half of it, but plenty of respected people managed it so read it there.
GALLEN CONFUSES NRL WITH CRL
We have it on good authority that Paul Gallen’s tweet was actually aimed at the Country Rugby League board not the NRL but it was an unfortunate spelling error. So the $50K fine is harsh indeed.
Silver lining though is the NRL Judiciary chairman quit in protest. This gives the NRL a chance to have a more consistent, fair and fair penalty awarding system next year. Some of the decisions coming out of the weekly naughty corner round table were very ordinary so any improvement is welcome.
SPIN SCHOOL FOR AUSTRALIANS
There’s nothing like some good spin bowling to make Australian Batsmen look like Warehouse wannabes. Maybe it’s the fact that the only spinners in the Aussie squad, whilst capable, are not tweekers that strike fear into the hearts of many batsmen.
The Gurgler thinks it’s time for a three day spin school boot camp. 4 nets going round for 12 hours a day, and all batsmen on rotating three hour shifts over those three days.
Here’s a list of the guest spin bowlers we require for this boot camp of turn. Hopefully we can cover all bases here and provide some real help to the Aussies.
Brad Hogg, Peter Sleep, Peter Taylor, Gavin Robertson, Jimmy Adams, Bryce McGain, Ashley “King of Spain” Giles, Abdul Qadir, Mushtaq Ahmed, Darryl Somers, Dirk Wellham, Phil Tufnell and Cameron White.
THE GURGLER SUPER MULTI
$1 gets you $510
F1 – USGP – LEWIS HAMILTON TO WIN
CRICKET – TEST – PAKISTAN TO WIN
FOOTBALL – GERMANY – BAYERN MUNICH to beat BOR DORTMUND
FOOTBALL – GERMANY – BOR. M’GLADBACH to beat Hoffenheim
FOOTBALL – SPAIN – AT MADRID to beat Cordoba
FOOTBALL – SPAIN – REAL MADRID to score 5th goal v Granada
FOOTBALL – ALEAGUE – SYDNEY to beat Central Coast
FOOTBALL – ALEAGUE – MELB VICTORY to beat Wellington
FOOTBALL – AFC CHAMP LEAGUE FINAL – Al-Hilal to beat WSW