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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 04:13 pm

“In this age of insecurity,” writes Chris Sheil, “it’s comforting to know that some things are unchanging.” Yes; like the brutal efficiency of his terrible curse, which last night took out the Waratahs. I have friends who wish the Waratahs would one day win something. They would like Chris to please stop doing this.

In superior code news: Richmond defeats Adelaide in a match scarred by backward-kicking possessionism (ugly new word for ugly new trend). One radio commentator: “Richmond got the first goal, and spent the rest of the match running down the clock.”

Collingwood by ten goals at halftime against Geelong. Footscray now in front against Sydney after trailing 32-0.

UPDATE. Collingwood wins by 102 points before a crowd of 70,000. Geelong coach Mark Thompson: “I just didn’t see it coming.” Nobody ever does. Sydney—now with five wins from six games—beats Footscray by 26, and Fremantle (in a match described by Digby Beacham as “so bad and so comical”) defeats North Melbourne by … oh, who cares.

UPDATE II. The Philippines last night defeated Guam in the nation’s first rugby union international—and the brother of regular commenter Nic was in the winning team:

The match played in hot, humid conditions on Guam was well played, clean and hard fought.

Hoping for a match report from Nic’s brother once the celebrations end. Possibly around October.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/20/2006 at 06:28 AM
    1. Most of which means Essendon can beat West Coast tomorrow. Except the first paragraph.

      (Thank you for referring to Footscray instead of the ‘Doggies’, which drives me nuts. Why does everything in this country have to have an abbreviated ‘-ie’ or ‘-y’ suffix?)

      Posted by ilibcc on 2006 05 20 at 06:51 AM • permalink


    1. Superior code? Those be fighting words…

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 05 20 at 06:54 AM • permalink


    1. #1 you better believe it 🙂 – go bombers!

      Posted by spyder on 2006 05 20 at 08:09 AM • permalink


    1. sheilvoyance at work again!

      Posted by kae on 2006 05 20 at 08:28 AM • permalink


    1. Superior code? Reminds one of chasing around a greased pig.

      Posted by JoeJr on 2006 05 20 at 09:02 AM • permalink


    1. Satire has its’ place – but the Eagles won’t lose to the Bombers. Idjits!!

      Posted by Razor on 2006 05 20 at 09:09 AM • permalink


    1. The Dockers won, too. God bless Matthew Pavlich and his marvellous marking.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2006 05 20 at 09:13 AM • permalink


    1. Shiels is a know nothing twit who hasn’t pulled on a pair of rugby boots on his life.

      Posted by murph on 2006 05 20 at 09:21 AM • permalink


    1. Maybe, Murph, but he sure has done a great deal of pulling.

      Posted by Tim B. on 2006 05 20 at 09:25 AM • permalink


    1. Speaking of Rugby, good luck to my brother who is representing the Philippines in their first ever rugby international, this weekend. (do Philippino footy teams go to Australia for their end of year trips?)

      Secondly, ‘Shielvoyance’ lol, I would like to remind the 0racle of Elizabeth Bay that Tim does follow Collingwood.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 05 20 at 09:54 AM • permalink


    1. I’m a little worried that Sheil hasn’t come out with an endorsement of Hillary Clinton yet. There’s still plenty of time, but I’d feel better if he’d go ahead and get it out of the way.

      Posted by paco on 2006 05 20 at 10:34 AM • permalink


    1. The Sheila Strikes Again…

      Posted by crash on 2006 05 20 at 11:16 AM • permalink


    1. Nic! No! Don’t make Sheil do it!

      (PS: Huge congratulations to your brother—please post a match report)

      Posted by Tim B. on 2006 05 20 at 11:22 AM • permalink


    1. The Swans survived that minor Dog revival and cruised to victory.

      Dare I say, looking better than last year?

      Cheer, cheer the red and the white!

      Posted by slammer on 2006 05 20 at 12:10 PM • permalink


    1. ‘Pies weren’t too shabby either.

      Posted by slammer on 2006 05 20 at 12:10 PM • permalink


    1. In the case of Richmond v. Adelaide—Fabian is not a dirty word.

      “Fabian tactics lie in stealing inches, not in grasping leagues”

      What else was Wallace to do—undermanned and facing a team near the top of the ladder?

      Rmember, he won’t get away with it again

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 20 at 09:32 PM • permalink


    1. Nic’s comment at #10:  (do Philippino footy teams go to Australia for their end of year trips?) very searching and worthy of more detailed discussion.  I haven’t observed dozens of drunken Philippino yobs in the strip joints in the Cross (not that I, er,… EVER go there myself..), so maybe they go elsewhere.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 05 20 at 09:53 PM • permalink


    1. SCD,
      Ever been to Manila? I think I’ll just stop right there.

      Tim, thanks for the good wishes, I’ll get Justin to write a report. If he’s in the next game versus Pakistan, I’ll head over. Just don’t tell C.S.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 05 21 at 12:13 AM • permalink


    1. 2 Noo Seelan teams in a Union final. Yawn. Early bed time.

      My best Lions story. Bag searching at the gate of the Gabba usually reveals 20,000 thermos flasks of – soup, tea and knitting needles. Not a drop of alcohol. Lions got financial by selling all their season tickets to the over 60 (or maybe 70) generation. And do they complain bitterly about offensive language, like “You Losers!!!” or “Bugger” (missed goal). Now the team plays exactly like its supporters- old women.
      The Broncos average 20,000-24000 a game. The Roar (soccer) are in ecstasy if the crowd looks like exceeding 8000.
      Still the heaviest alcohol imbibers, by far, are the Reds supporters. Bottomless legs.

      Posted by MarshallD on 2006 05 21 at 03:36 AM • permalink


    1. I haven’t seen a game in years until I was sent a tape of the recent Showdown XX between the Crows and Port Power.

      I never thought I would see a Port team kick the ball around in defence like a mob of pansy soccer players.

      Sad, sad, sad.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 05 21 at 05:22 AM • permalink


    1. Chris W says all his Tah mates should be in the Wallaby squad.

      They get 2 chances at a NZ provincial team, one at home, and can’t get a win.  And he reckons they all should be Wallabies?  They’ve got to play the Blacks, SA & England?  Connolly can change their psyche?  A Queenslander?

      What does that say about Ewan Mckenzie.

      Nah! No worries!  Add a few more Queenslanders and next year the tahs will be the team most likely to……

      And we’ll have another year of the glowering portraits of Mckenzie and the self serving Herald columns.

      Nah!  But of course it was Wendell.  Who do we blame next year…..?  Anyone but Ewan.

      Posted by Mikie Slats on 2006 05 21 at 07:55 AM • permalink


    1. Superior code is music to my ears.
      But how long will the Crows coach Neil Craig remain the Superior Coach is the question for 2006.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 05 21 at 06:47 PM • permalink


    1. he will get us a flag, and perhaps a double. And there will be much rejoicing.

      Posted by Tasman on 2006 05 21 at 08:13 PM • permalink


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