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  1. Macca

    A Day at the Races

    All the Royal Ascot news & replays from last night can be found here ... Racenet.com.au
  2. Macca

    The Soccer thread

    A straw poll could see a majority of real fans against VAR but many who want the technology (myself included) would prefer to see the technology used whenever applicable. However, out of it all we may see the sport completely changed with a large increase in penalties and red cards ... we could also see teams becoming adept at milking penalties for minor infractions. Be careful what you wish for hey? I'm flicking between the soccer and the Royal Ascot preview and both events have got my attention tonight 😲 Japan should be able to turn their man advantage into a win you'd reckon.
  3. Macca

    The Soccer thread

    I would argue strongly that the French defenders handball against Australia was far more deliberate than the Colombian's hand ball. The former could have even been premeditated whilst the latter was a reflex motion. It should also be noted that Jedinak was ready to strike with his head if that cross wasn't deflected with a deliberate hand ball (goal scoring opportunity?) Anyway, one player gets a red card whilst the other player was not even given a yellow card (was he even cautioned?) Meanwhile, VAR intervenes in a totally obtuse & random fashion. Go figure. I realise nothing can be done about it and in many ways I'm howling at the moon but FIFA has a got a great chance to bring about more consistent outcomes with a video review system but it's as if they want the technology to fail and then be scrapped. I'm not one for conspiracy theories but how about that one DZ? 🙄
  4. Macca

    The Soccer thread

    It had to happen didn't it? ... deliberate hand ball in the penalty box by the Colombian defender. Red carded and sent off and the penalty converted. Japan 1 Colombia 0 ... 5 minutes in. You've got to feel for the bloke as it seemed like a reflex motion in many ways. But the rules are the rules - oh, hang on ...
  5. Macca

    A Day at the Races

    Here's the full race card for Royal Ascot tonight ... Royal Ascot Tuesday 19th June 3 Group 1's but I may just have a couple of doubles involving Race 1 (The Queen Anne Stakes) & Race 4 (St James Palace Stakes) Aiden O'Brien has 5 runners all-up in both Group 1's and at least 4 of the 5 could feature in the finish. Race 3 (King's Stand Stakes 1000m) is the race that Merchant Navy & Redkirk Warrior were withdrawn from so as to race in Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes 1200m $1Million ... 'Kachy' at $12 represents decent each way value in the race - was beaten less than half a length to Battaash in a Group 2 at it's last start. The favourite (Lady Aurelia) is a very speedy horse though.
  6. Macca

    The Soccer thread

    I've got 'Fetch TV' so no issues my way. Got it super cheap too as I was already an Optus customer with internet & home phone. But I sympathise with those using a streaming service - they should be offering refunds as well as a written apology. But I do have a real issue with VAR ... use it for everything or don't use it. The adjudicating has already reached farcical levels and we're less than a week into the tournament. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming the match referee on the ground and I'm all for video replays in any sport as long as it's feasible (you wouldn't bother with AFL on everyday decisions) It's like VAR has its own limits as to how many incidents it wants to take a close look at ... obvious penalties are ignored whilst minor infringements are brought to light. It is all over the place.
  7. Macca

    The Soccer thread

    What we do know now DZ is that the winners of at least 5 or 6 groups will probably be undecided going into the 3rd round of games in the Groups ... Spain, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and a few other countries may well have to win their last game's in their respective groups to progress or win their group's. And if Belgium and/or England & Sweden don't win tonight those teams will be in the same boat. Of course, all the round 3 games are played at the same time within each group so there's no room for any shenanigans or skulduggery 😲
  8. Macca

    A Day at the Races

    A few replays from the weekend (including the French Oaks) ... Ipswich Cup 2150m Group 3 Eye Liner Stakes 1350m Group 3
  9. Macca

    A Day at the Races

    A Bears fan ... well, what can I say other than the 2 biggest encounters in any given season is when my Packers face Chicago. It might be the biggest old school rivalry in the NFL too. Wadda is a Packers fan too so you might need to enlist some outside support! And yeah, we can expect our Aussie horses to be under the odds but I will be looking at the exotics as I normally do ... the pools should be big enough for the trifecta at least. Not so sure on a First4 though. It's a week out but here's the early field, form guide and odds for next Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes 1200m $1Million ... the field will be reduced but they run down the straight over the 6 & 8 Furlongs at Royal Ascot. Click on any horse for it's latest form. But it all starts late Tuesday evening with 3 Group 1's - Ascot Tuesday 19th July - Full Race Card ... I might have a few 'interest' trifectas in the Group 1's as I'm now a bit more familiar with a few of the horses. More so races 1 & 4 on Tuesday. Just hoping the pools are half decent. Top Hats & Tails will abound. The Free-to-air racing channel is covering the 5 day Royal Ascot carnival from 10.30pm ... beginning Tuesday evening.
  10. Macca

    A Day at the Races

    I follow the Socceroos by default Wadda ... just like the Wallabies, the Test Team & ODI International team, all the Olympic teams in various team sports and even the Kangaroos at Rugby League International level. Then there's the Green Bay Packers & Boston Red Sox. Every now and then one of the teams gets up and wins something 😎 And then of course there's any racehorse with even the tiniest/remotest connection to Australia - racing overseas ... go Aussie! (even if it's a horse) So I'm all in with Redkirk Warrior & Merchant Navy over the next month in the UK! Could they go 1-2 next Saturday at Ascot? Trifecta time for me!
  11. Macca

    Watts Dropped from Port

    Robbie would be compelled to play a different 'role' in today's footy whilst Jack could have played as a tall wingman back in the day. Might have gone alright too. Sylvia is another who was better suited to footy in those decades ... just playing on one opponent on a HFF would have seen Sylvia dominate.in my opinion. Pre-season's back in the 70's also involved a barrel or 2 on a pleasant Sunday arvo. Bliss for many. And Hogan playing as a pure full forward would probably see him have multiple 100 goal seasons. Back in the day. A different era and in many ways a different sport.
  12. Macca

    The Soccer thread

    n.b. Australia are playing Denmark next Thursday evening at 10pm (AEST) Podcasts ... BBC World Cup Daily The Guardian World Cup Football Daily Here are the games coming up over the next week ... SBS televised games are in dark italics. SBS are also showing a one hour highlights package from 5.30pm daily. All times AEST ... Sunday, June 17: Costa Rica v Serbia, Samara (10pm) Monday, June 18: Germany v Mexico, Moscow (Luzhniki) (1am) Brazil v Switzerland, Rostov-on-Don (4am) Sweden v South Korea, Nizhni Novgorod (10pm) Tuesday, June 19: Belgium v Panama, Sochi (1am) Tunisia v England, Volgograd (4am) Colombia v Japan, Saransk (10pm) Wednesday, June 20: Poland v Senegal, Moscow (Spartak) (1am) Russia v Egypt, Saint Petersburg (4am) Portugal v Morocco, Moscow (Luzhniki) (10pm) Thursday, June 21: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Rostov-on-Don (1am) Iran v Spain, Kazan (4am) Australia v Denmark Samara (10pm) Friday, June 22: France v Peru, Yekaterinburg (1am) Argentina v Croatia, Nizhni Novgorod (4am) Brazil v Costa Rica, Saint Petersburg (10pm)
  13. Macca

    New CEO - Gary Pert

    Here is what I don't necessarily believe (or believe at all) ... That the AFL had to rubber-stamp the appointment of Pert That PJ wasn't involved in the decision making process That Pert is not the correct appointment That there is some sort of mythical rift between Bartlett & Jackson That our current board can't be trusted in making good sound decisions There are a lot of assumptions being made without any proof-positive evidence to back up those assumptions. All things considered the club is in a sound financial position and our last 5 annual reports back that up. And the current CEO is responsible for the last 5 annual reports (apart from this year) I wish Gary Pert all the best and the good news for him is that we almost certainly are ready for some sustained growth. Winning more games than you lose has always been the key and a good basis to work from. Previously, I've held an almost polar-opposite view to the above.
  14. Macca

    The Game, the Press and the future

    More than 20 years ago Ric Charlsworth made mention whilst being interviewed on radio that if the Germans played Aussie Rules the scoreline would be 5 goals to 3 goals. I always remembered the comment because I thought it could make sense if the sport was played in an ultra defensive manner. Flooding hadn't yet happened but 'stacking the backline' was a sometimes practice especially at lower levels. So the overall basis of the comment was a feasible one. Like many others, I'm in favour of scrapping the interchange or drastically reducing the amount of rotations to about 10 per team per game. The sport doesn't need the overuse of rotations and never did. Interchange has turned into a way of resting players because of fatigue issues but it was never originally introduced because of that reason. Originally, the practice of interchange was introduced because a seemingly injured player had to go off without being able to come back on. So, structure the ruling of the interchange numbers to suit the original reasoning.
  15. Macca

    Round 13 Non - MFC Games

    I'm of the belief that a coach still has a fair say in the outcome of his own list DZ - even though the recruiting technically falls into the area of others. Even if it's to just give direction to the recruiters & spotters about the type of player that will suit his game plan. One of the mistakes that Carlton has made is taking the GWS failed draft picks ... most clubs tend to stay too long with their own said picks believing that the standout junior form will shine through eventually - of course, a lot of times it doesn't and clubs eventually cut their losses. Bolton has to rubber-stamp recruiting decisions as he would know that the buck stops with himself. One could argue that the most important people within a club are the recruiting people and to me that's a joint effort (coach included) Carlton have bottomed out list wise and they need some fresh ideas. We've had to do it at Melbourne at least 3 times in the recent past and each time it was with new sets of eyes.