My Lips Are Sealed

Ross Lyon


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.

Play and Referee in NPL

This week Donny brought up a real head scratcher in #ControversyCorner

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During the course of the National Premier League (NPL) game between Perth Glory and Floreat Athena the referee, Tom Glavovic, suffered an injury. Glavovic was duly replaced by the standby referee and all was well with the world, however under NPL guidelines there always needs to be a standby referee in case of an injury. The officialdom scanned the vicinity and no suitable candidate could be found, so in order to allow the game to proceed they grabbed a player from the home teams bench and made him the standby referee.

Now Jordan Barbas, the Perth Glory reserve goal keeper was luckily not required to fulfil his role as an assistant referee at any stage during the match, however it is still a farcical situation for a high level competition like the NPL to be in. For the uninitiated this competition is the equivalent to the WAFL competition. This is just one level below the A-League. We understand that in park footy competitions the officials may be from one of the clubs, but the NPL should be much more professionally run than your Saturday social league competitions.

For the record it was a great match that ended in a 2-all draw. Could you imagine if Barbas was called upon and had to make a crucial call for offside in a close game?

Click here for all the NPL results from last weekend.

What do you think? Does the NPL need to sharpen up their act or are we trying to make a storm in a teacup?

Optus Throws in the Towel


Article from Written by Matthew Benns from Daily Telegraph

SOCCER streaming failure Optus has finally given up on its $8 million World Cup campaign and agreed to let SBS broadcast the rest of its exclusive games.

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The Telco was branded Floptus after it left football fans frustrated over playback errors and buffering delays during its early coverage of the group stage.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull even called the Optus chief to demand he fix the problem.

In response Optus asked SBS to screen all of the games in the group stage.

Today it said the free to air broadcaster would also show all the remaining games.

Optus had held the exclusive rights to half of the round of 16 games and to two of the quarterfinals.

It has also promised to refund punters the $14.99 they paid out to use the failed service.

Optus chief executive Allen Lew said: “Optus is here to push the boundaries of innovation in Australia and deliver choice to customers. We had technical issues with the Optus Sport service over the first weekend of the tournament but we are confident that these issues have now been addressed.

“All of us at Optus will use what we have learned from this experience to place ourselves ahead in the delivery of content to customers via streaming to their mobile devices,” Mr Lew said.

Optus is believed to have paid SBS $8 million for the right to screen all 64 of the World Cup games in exchange for allowing SBS to show one game a day, the finals and one English Premier League game a week.

But it turned into a disaster when fans could not access the feed. The telco has taken out full page ads in Friday’s papers to apologise to football fans.

Marketing experts say the company will also have had to apologise and refund companies who took out advertising on the promise of giant audiences.

Optus said it has now fixed the problem but with the games also being aired on SBS there has been no way to test the claim.

The SBS coverage of the Socceroos early morning knock out by Peru attracted 1.5 million viewers but games that reduced the Optus feed to a spinning circle of agony were attracting less than 400,000 viewers.

SBS chief executive Michael Ebeid said: “We’re pleased to be able to simulcast more of the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches with Optus.

“With 8 million Australians tuning into SBS’s coverage to date, we know how passionate the country is about the world game and are confident fans will continue to engage with the matches as we head towards the end of the competition in Russia,” he said.

SBS said it will continue to broadcast daily highlights in FIFA World Cup™ Today live from Red Square at 5.30pm each match day with expert analysis from Craig Foster and Lucy Zelić and commentary from Martin Tyler, as well as replays of the SBS Match of the Day each morning at 6.30am.

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:





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



Find out What Peru said to the Socceroos

Peru has a message for the Socceroos prior to their World Cup clash

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!