My Lips Are Sealed

Ross Lyon

#ControversyCorner

Last week on the show we roasted Ross the Boss for announcing the retirements of a couple of his Fremantle Dockers charge’s, however this week – Mum’s the word as Ross has decided that he no longer talks about player futures.

Ross, the media darling, said after his sides loss to the Bombers “I’m not here to talk about people’s futures. It’s not really how we should operate”. This came just a week after Ross spoke about the futures of Danyle Pearce and Michael Johnson with the flippant remark “it’s pretty obvious they’re going to exit” denying the club stalwarts the opportunity to announce their retirements from the game on their own terms.

In what was a typically tense, uptight media conference, Lyon answered very few questions on any topic claiming that from now on he was just going to coach. We’ll believe that when we see it.

WAFL Merger only Option for Fremantle Reserves

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John Townsend has reported in the West Australian that the only way for Fremantle to get a stand alone reserves side in the WAFL competition is for existing WAFL clubs to either fold or merge.

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WAFC Chairman Mark McHenry has stated that the league cannot go beyond 10 teams. The even bigger hurdle for the Dockers is that McHenry has stated that Peel, Swan Districts and West Perth would not be considered for mergers due to their location in vital population growth corridors and given they are the teams that have had the most public financial issues the chances of a merger happening seem slim.

Brucey had his say on Wednesday’s show, saying that there was simply too much bad blood for teams like Subiaco and Claremont to combine. He said that it was utterly ridiculous for that to be a requirement, however he pointed out that the marriage between Peel and Fremantle had seemingly been much more acrimonious than the East Perth/West Coast relationship.

McHenry’s stance really fired up our resident Fremantle fan Sean Oleksenko who felt that the WAFL couldn’t allow West Coast to have a stand alone reserves team and then deny Fremantle the same.

Is this an unfair stance from the WAFC? Can you see any teams successfully merging in the WAFL?

The Worst Beard in Football Supports Stellar Cause

#GetAroundEm

Dyson Heppell’s beard is (or rather was) a shocker, but it was all for a fantastic cause. Seen below you can see Dyson having the filthy mange shaved off by 6 year old Harrison to raise money and awareness for a very rare disease called Scleroderma.

You can check out the link above for more information on the disease, of which you Harrison is the youngest sufferer. Dyson Heppell’s grandmother was another afflicted with the condition. Dyson’s efforts have raised over $60,000 for the cause and even though the beard is now gone you can still donate funds at getbehindthebeard.com.au

Cyril Rioli – A Testimonial

By Jimmy Antartis from Jimmy Will Rock You

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I’ve been asked by the boys from In The Sheds to write something about how I feel about Cyril Rioli in the wake of him announcing his immediate retirement during the week . As a Hawthorn supporter for more than 30 years the news was devastating to me and to a lot of Hawthorn supporters. However we all understand the desire for him to want to spend more time with his family. Never the less his presence on the field will be sorely missed.

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The skills of the #33 were a joy to watch and whenever he was around the ball you would hold your breath in anticipation of what Cyril was about to do, he had this uncanny ability to leave you simply breathless at the end of his every possession. We wish you all the very best in your retirement and say farewell to a real genuine superstar. The human highlight reel. Cyril you rocked us for more than a decade. Keep Rocking!!

Jason Cole – Hero for a Day

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#GetAroundEm

This is Jason Cole. You may never hear this name again, but on the 30th June this park footballer had a day to remember. Playing for Seymour against Benalla in Victoria’s Goulbourne Valley competition Cole amassed a remarkable 61 disposals, including 6 goals in his sides 38 point victory I think it’s a fair call to get around him!

Tell us about your best day out! Ever had a day where everything you touched turned to gold?

What’s Going on at West Coast?

In #ControversyCorner Alby raised the question: What’s going on at the West Coast Eagles? The question was prompted by the East Perth Royals deciding on Monday to end their alignment with the Eagles at the end of the 2018 season. This came on the back of last months sudden revelation that SGIO were ending a 33 year relationship with the Eagles. Alby felt that the organisations, that would have behind the scenes information, appeared to be jumping off a sinking ship, despite all external indicators being inherently positive.

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Donny added that the alignment between East Perth and West Coast had always been somewhat strained and it had not ever seemed to work as well as the Peel / Fremantle partnership. However, the SGIO decision seemed very hasty and contrary to previous statements of intent. He felt that it was strange for a sponsor to make such an announcement with the team sitting on top of the ladder, so perhaps there was some merit to Alby’s conspiracy theory. He added, though, that we may never know.

We’d like to know what our listeners think. Is there something fishy going on inside the Eagles? Is there more to the story, or are we drawing a long bow?

Weekly Post Show Wrap

Will look to build this up over the coming weeks so it includes a weekly write up on more, but for now we have NRL, AFL, NPL WA and SBL.

Follow the link for all the info on the latest rounds of NRL, AFL, NPL and SBL action:

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AFL

NPL

SBL

Weekly Post Show Wrap

Will look to build this up over the coming weeks so it includes a weekly write up on more, but for now we have NRL, AFL and NPL WA.

Follow the link for all the info on the latest rounds of NRL, AFL and NPL action:

NRL Rep Round

AFL

NPL

Who is your Premiership Favourite

Regardless of the code that you follow it is pretty tough to determine who is going to win the premiership. After 5 rounds in the AFL competition there is just 1 win separating 3rd from 12th! So it’s worth asking the question again. Who is your premiership favourite?

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At the top of the tree right now is the defending champions the Richmond Tigers who really seem to be playing with a lot of confidence after a less than impressive start to the year. Are they good enough to go back to back? Tied with the Tigers are the West Coast Eagles, but many say they’ve had a pretty soft run so far and aren’t going as well as their ladder position would suggest. Are the Eagles the real deal in 2018 or will they be also rans? The GWS Giants are on the next line, and most would agree they have the talent to go all the way, but we’ve been saying that for the last couple of seasons and yet we still occasionally see inconsistent performances that result in draws against teams like St.Kilda. The truth is that a case could also be made for most of the teams on 12 competition points with North Melbourne tipped by many experts (including Alby) to win the wooden spoon on top of all of them on percentage, The Cats with arguably one of the greatest midfields we’ve ever seen on paper, surely once they start putting it all together on the pitch they’ll be a force to be reckoned with. The Hawks, the Power, the Crows and even the Dockers and the Pies have all shown glimpses of being a side capable of beating anyone, but who can do it consistently enough to lift the Cup? Who is your premiership favourite?

Now we move on to the NRL and ask the same question. Like the AFL, entering this round there is just 1 win separating 5th from 11th. A look at the top 4 sees a heap of teams that no-one expected to finish the year in the top 8, much less be competition contenders.

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Despite some good offseason recruiting most experts had the Dragons finishing outside the top 8, or just scraping in, but after 8 games they sit alone on top of the ladder. The Warriors have been a regular disappointment despite promising so much, but this year they have looked like the real deal. Until of course they ran into the Storm on ANZAC Day. Is this the start of the traditional Warriors slide? The Panthers and the Tigers also started the round in the top 4, with the Tigers similar to the Kangaroos in that everyone had them as wooden spoon favourites entering round 1 (including Donny). The Storm are starting to find their groove, but like the Richmond Tigers the question needs to be asked about their ability to go back to back. Perennial competitors the Roosters, Sharks, Manly, Cowboys and the Broncos are all struggling: Can they get their mojo back? The other factor unique to rugby league is State of Origin. Which teams will lose the most players, and what impact will that have on the rest of their seasons?

We throw it over to you. Tell us who is your premiership favourite and why!