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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop on – NRL Round 21 – Upsets galore – The Run Home …

July 30, 2012 4 comments
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Title:
– NRL Round 21 – Upsets galore
– The Run Home continues –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 30th July 2012 |
There is only five (5) round left and after the upsets over the weekend – the final eight makeup is becoming a lottery.

The ‘run home’ produced after Round 20 has been updated below.   The green highlight represents a correct selection, the red indicates an incorrect selection.

Snoop-Poops ‘The Run Home’ – with thanks to Rookie Bookie …

  1. Canterbury 30 points (+156) – Cowboys (h), Knights (a), Broncos (h), Tigers (h), Raiders (a), Roosters (h) – Prediction W – WWWLW = 40 pts
  2. Storm 28 points (+155) – Saints (a), Panthers (h), Titans (h), Broncos (a), Sharks (h), Tigers (a) – Prediction – L – WWWLL = 34 pts
  3. Rabbitohs 28 points (+77) – Tigers (h), Titans (a), Manly (h), Sharks (a), Eels (h), Knights (a) – Prediction – L – LWWWL = 34 pts
  4. Cowboys 26 points (+83+ winning margin tomorrow night) – Bulldogs (a), Manly (h), Warriors (h), Saints (a), Knights (h), Sharks (a) – Prediction – L – LWWWW = 34 pts
  5. Broncos 26 points – (+82) – Eels (h), Raiders (a), Bulldogs (a), Storm (h), Manly (a), Panthers (h) – Prediction – L – LLLLW = 28 pts …
  6. Sharkies 25 points (-11) – Panthers (h), Warriors (a), Knights (a), Souths (h), Storm (a), Cowboys (h) – Prediction – W – LLLLL – 27 pts
  7. Manly 24 points (+33) – Warriors (h), Cowboys (a), Souths (a), Knights (h), Broncos (h), Titans (a) – Prediction – W – LLWWW = 32pts
  8. Tigers 22 points (+4- whatever they lose to the Cowboys tomorrow night) – Souths (a), Eels (h), Saints (h), Bulldogs (a), Roosters (a), Storm (h) – Prediction – W – WWLWW = 32 pts …
  9. Warriors 20 points (+25) – Manly (a), Sharks (h), Cowboys (a), Panthers (h), Saints (a), Raiders (h) – Prediction – L – WLWWW = 28 pts
  10. Titans 20 points (-22) – Roosters (a), Rabbits (h), Storm (a), Eels (h), Panthers (a), Manly (h) – Prediction – W – LWWWL = 28 pts
  11. Knights 20 points (-34) – Raiders (a), Bulldogs (h), Sharks (h), Manly (a), Cowboys (a), Rabbits (h) – Prediction – L – LWLLW = 24 pts
  12. Raiders 20 points -(39) – Knights (h), Broncos (h), Panthers (a), Easts (h), Bulldogs (h), Warriors (a) – Prediction – W – WWWWL – 30 pts
  13. Dragons 20 points (-58) – Storm (h), Roosters (a), Tigers (a), Cowboys (h), Warriors (h), Eels (a) – Prediction – W – LLLLW = 24 pts

The final 8 would then be: (Use 2nd Number With Adjustments for incorrect picks in Round 21 results.)

  1. Bulldogs – 40 – 40
  2. Rabbitohs – 34 – 36
  3. Storm – 34 – 34
  4. Cowboys – 34 – 34
  5. SeaEagles – 32 – 32
  6. Tigers – 32 – 30
  7. Raiders – 30 – 28
  8. Broncos – 28 – 28
  9. Titans – 28 – 28
  10. Warriors -28 – 26
  11. Sharkies – 27 – 25
  12. Knights – 24 – 26
  13. Dragons – 24 – 24
  14. Roosters – 17 – who cares …
  15. Penrith – 16 – who cares …
  16. Eels –  14 – who cares …

The Sharkies v Panthers match was decided in the 79th minute with a referee call about a restart kickoff going the 10 meters – Panthers score from the ensuring scrum to tie the game and then win in extra time.  Replays show the linesmen was nowhere near the 10m line to rule and replays are contentious.  If Sharkies miss the eight – that ref’s call will most likely be the reason.

The top four have not changed, the seventh and eight spot is not a three-way battle between, Broncos, Titans and Raiders with the for and against deciding.

Given the form of all the teams outside the top four – this season’s contenders are those sitting atop the table at the moment.  Teams outside the top four are just gonna make up the numbers with five rounds to go.


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EYE-BALL Opinion on – Mal Brough – is it replacing one crook with another –

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Title:
– Mal Brough –
– is it replacing one crook with another –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 30th July 2012 |
T he Liberal National pre-selection for the Federal seat of Fisher was yesterday and Mal Brough was endorsed as the next Candidate for the next Federal Election.

It is widely accepted that the current sitting Member Peter Slipper, now an Independent after resigning from the Liberal Party earlier this year to take up the Speaker position in the HOR’s – cannot win this seat at the next election.  He is still facing Legal investigations and Court proceedings over alleged ‘sexual harassment’ and ‘expense rorting’ allegations.

Mal Brough has been awaiting an opportunity to return to Federal politics and his five-year wait now rests on his pre-selection as a Liberal National Party candidate for Peter Slipper’s seat of Fisher.

Brough lost the Federal Qld seat of ‘Longman’  in the Howard 2007 election loss.  The seat was won back by Liberal candidate – Roy Watt in the 2010 election.

Under Howard, Brough was a rising star and served as Minister for Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in the last years of his term.  He had been a MP since 1996.

He is the brother of former ‘Family Feud’ host,  Sunshine Coast media celebrity,  and current Channel 7 Sunshine Coast Newsreader – Rob Brough.  See Mal Brough’s Wikipedia profile here

In recent months he has been connected with the Peter Slipper affair – i.e. allegations of sexual harassment and Parliamentary expense rorting.  Recent media reports have Mal Brough connected with the Slipper accuser Ashby in providing ‘advice and guidance’ in helping Ashby formulate his allegations and claims. Read this story here and more here

Brough has a vested interest in seeing Peter Slipper disgraced as the sitting Member in the seat he has just been pre-selected for.   Why he would be so obvious in assisting Ashby against Slipper is a moot point.   It does show just how desperate Brough is to get another crack at being a MP with all the perks and opportunities that presents.

Surely after 11 years and as a Minister of several different portfolios – that experience would have served him well in a search for a career in the private sector.  Or, is this a case of someone who has been unable to adjust to a hand that feeds you, as opposed to a hand that has to find a way to feed itself.

Peter Slipper is the perfect example of why prospective candidates for high public office need to be vetted way beyond current standards.  Perhaps the self-serving actions of Mal Brough also need to be investigated before he gets to have his name placed upon the ballot paper.

Some 300+ members attended the pre-selection meeting held yesterday.  Yes that’s right, 300+ odd Liberal National Party members get to choose who represents the Liberal Nation Party for Fisher.  There were 83,724 registered voters in the District of Fisher at the 2010 election.  This 300 odd represents just 0.004% of the electorate – it really is a case of the extreme minority having a monster say in who gets to have a go at becoming the Federal Representative for Fisher.

I don’t know Mal Brough – only what comes via media performances and what is available via reading wider publications.   Howard thought highly of him, and Tony Abbott supported him in the Fisher pre-selection vote.  Malcolm Turnbull supported a different candidate as did a number of other prominent Liberal MP’s.

AN ABC story on this pre-selection victory dotted all his ‘I’s” and crossed all the “T’s” – read that story here

But who is Mal Brough?  If he can help orchestrate allegations of sexual harassment, and parliamentary expense rorting to destroy a siting MP – what else is he capable of.  Voters in the electorate of Fisher need to know more.


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EYE-BALL Guru on – Greece – Should they be allowed to leave the Eurozone …

July 30, 2012 1 comment
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Title:
– Greece –
– Should they be allowed to leave the Eurozone –
| Author: EYE-BALL Guru | 30th July 2012 |
The GFC has made a mess of Greece and several other Eurozone Nations. For over two years all the talk and intent has been to keep the Eurozone intact and it is time to rethink the whole exercise.Nations like Greece and Spain, and soon to be joined by other members of the P.I.I.G.S. – i.e. Portugal, Italy, Ireland and the two already mentioned, Greece and Spain – have nowhere to hide. They are bankrupt and on the open market they are for sale.

Yet – the Bankers who are owed are forcing Germany and France – the two most stable Nations within the Eurozone to save Greece and the rest.

Let us try and look at this issue from a different perspective.

A Snapshot of Greece’s Economy: (Pasted from Wikipedia.)

The economy of Greece is the 34th or 42nd largest in the world at $299 or $304 billion by nominal gross domestic product or purchasing power parity respectively, according to World Bank statistics for the year 2011. Additionally, Greece is the 15th largest economy in the 27-member European Union. In terms of per capita income, Greece is ranked 29th or 33rd in the world at $27,875 and $27,624 for nominal GDP and purchasing power parity respectively.

A developed country, the economy of Greece mainly revolves around the service sector (85.0%) and industry (12.0%), while agriculture makes up 3.0% of the national economic output. Important Greek industries include tourism (with 14.9 million international tourists in 2009, it is ranked as the 7th most visited country in the European Union and 16th in the world by the United Nations World Tourism Organization) and merchant shipping (at 16.2% of the world’s total capacity, the Greek merchant marine is the largest in the world, while the country is also a considerable agricultural producer (including fisheries) within the union. As the largest economy in the Balkans, Greece is also an important regional investor.

The Greek economy is classified as an advanced and high-income one, and Greece was a founding member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). In 1979 the accession of the country in the European Communities and the single market was signed, and the process was completed in 1982. In January 2001 Greece adopted the Euro as its currency, replacing the Greek drachma at an exchange rate of 340.75 drachma to the Euro. Greece is also a member of the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization, and is ranked 34th on the Globalization Index.

The country’s economy was devastated by the Second World War, and the high levels of economic growth that followed throughout the 1950s to 1970s are dubbed the Greek economic miracle. Since the turn of the millennium, Greece saw high levels of GDP growth above the Eurozone average peaking at 5.9% in 2003 and 5.5% in 2006. Due to the late-2000s financial crisis and the European sovereign debt crisis, the Greek economy saw growth rates of –6.9% in 2011,[30] –3.4% in 2010, –3.3% in 2009 and –0.2% in 2008. The country’s public debt-to-GDP ratio stood at 165.3% of nominal gross domestic product in 2011. After negotiating the biggest debt restructuring in history with the private sector, Greece reduced its sovereign debt burden to 132.4% of GDP in the first quarter of 2012.

Greek/Euro Currency:

When Greece joined the Eurozone in 1998 its common currency was the ‘Drachma’, if had a fixed value against the central €Euro currency and that fixed rate value was 353.1 for the period 1998-2000, and 340.75 thereafter.

The €Euro value since 1998 against the US$ is charted below: [Please click on chart to enlarge in a new window.]

€Euro v US$ Chart: (courtesy of Incredible Charts.)

Chart Comment:

This is a 15 year weekly chart of the €v$US – with 2000 lows of €0.84 and pre GFC highs in 2008 of €1.60. With the Greek currency pegged to the €Euro since 1998, that means the Greek economy experienced a currency appreciation of almost 100% between 2000 – 2008 – i.e. value of exports halved, and value of imports doubled.

The Greek economy GDP growth for the period – i.e. 2000 – 2012 is charted below: [Again please click on chart to enlarge.]

Greek GDP Chart: (courtesy of Trading Economics.)

Chart Comment:

The old debate on how GDP growth is impacted by Public Debt growth emerges again – does public spending fuel GDP growth numbers? As can be seen from the GDP chart above, GDP growth remained positive except for two single monthly figures in early 2002, and mid 2005. To compare the growth in Greece’s public debt for the same period, please see chart below. [Again please click on chart to enlarge.]

Greek Budget Chart: (courtesy of Trading Economics.)

Chart Comment:

This chart mirrors the GDP growth in reverse up to the 2008/9 GFC crisis. That is to say – that in the years 2000-08, public debt and GDP growth were in tandem.

To further reveal how the Greek Public Debt grew as a percentage of Greek GDP, see the chart below. [Again please click on chart to enlarge.]

Greek Debt/GDP Chart: (courtesy of Trading Economics.)

Chart Comment:

As can be seen – when the Debt/GDP chart (above) is compared with the Public Debt chart (previous) – and as Public debt is shown to have fallen in the last two years – the Debt/GDP ratio has grown from 129% to 165%. This translates to a complete meltdown in Greek commerce and industry. Nobody from offshore wants to invest in Greece, and the Greek population are resigned to their fate.

Tourism:

The Greek tourism industry has taken a big hit – much the same as the Australian Tourism industry has.  This can be put down to a single factor – currency value.

Overseas visitors to Australia have shrunk by the same value as Australian’s now travelling overseas for holidays. This is a double whammy – and Greece are in the same boat.  Whilst they remain attached to the €Euro, their tourism industry cannot compete in the global market – nor any other export market for that matter.

To better gauge this comparison, the ‘Retail Sales’ for Greece over the 2000-12 period is charted below: [Again please click on chart to enlarge.]

Greek Retail Sales: (courtesy of Trading Economics.)

Chart Comment:

As Greece have reduced their public debt over the last two years due to austerity imposed measures – so has retail spending as shown by the above chart. Greek’s know they are in trouble financially – people are just not spending. During the lead up to the the recent 2nd round of elections, Greek Banks were reporting massive cash withdrawals that compromised liquidity positions of Greek Banks and the Central Bank.

Who’s in Charge – The Banks or the Politicians?

OK – this is all the obvious. What do we do now? If Greece stays in the Eurozone it will become more of a basket case economy that it already is. WIth its Drachma currency pegged to the €Euro – all of its export revenues will continue to dry up. Greece is at the mercy of the World and whoever wants to buy in. That will not happen until Greece is thrown out of the Eurozone and then the firesale of investment into Greece will flow.

The Greeks can do this willingly, or wait until European Banks and the ECB (European Central Bank) cuts off supply at some point in the future.

The fear for Greeks is that for the past 12 years they have fed of the fat of an inflated economy and currency. Debt has been the way of paying for that expansion and lavish lifestyle.

Can this be seen as a Banker’s problem. Yes it should be – they lent sovereign debt and charged accordingly. The only reason Greece is still surviving is because these same greedy Banks want their money back. Greece is not the only Nation lured into sovereign debt crisis by greedy and all to willing Bankers to provide funding on their terms. Of course they should be made to wear the risks when Nations default. The problem there is that the French and German Banks involved would default themselves if they took the hit, and in that light, the French and German politicians are fighting tooth and nail to keep Greece afloat.

So who really is in charge in Europe – the Banks or the Politicians?

What does the future hold for Greece?

It either stays poor and shrinks further into extreme third world status – or it tells the Banks to ‘fuck-off’ and it goes alone. Only then can the Greek people begin to learn how to walk by itself again. The IMF will help them – but it all comes down to how Greek Politicians really want to give up on their own pensions and perks of office.

A Reuters story on the latest developments can be read below. Whatever the outcome – all Greece can offer to the global financial markets is a slow death by a thousand cuts – and in between the slow leak of capital will continue.

Greek leaders agree most cuts, lenders stay on: source


| Author: Lefteris Papadimas | Date: July 29th 2012| Link to On-Line Story. |

(Reuters) – Political leaders in Greece have agreed on most of the austerity measures demanded by its creditors and are now eyeing pension and wage cuts to find the final 1.5 billion euros of savings still needed, a source close to the talks said on Sunday.

Greece must find savings worth 11.5 billion euros for 2013 and 2014 to satisfy its increasingly impatient lenders, who are currently visiting Athens to evaluate the country’s progress in complying with the terms of its latest bailout.

A finance ministry source said the lenders, who were due to leave Athens at the end of July, would now stay until the savings plan was nailed down.

“We want to help and we will stay as long as it takes and until the plan is finalized,” IMF mission chief Poul Thomsen has told the Greek finance minister, according to a Greek official.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s government last week managed to draw up a list of measures to achieve those savings, but the three parties in his conservative-led administration failed to agree on them, and are due to resume talks on Monday.

“The political leaders don’t disagree on anything, there are just alternative proposals being discussed to protect those with low pensions or incomes in the public sector,” said the source, who is involved in the talks. “We need measures worth 1.5 billion euros to finalize the 11.5 billion euro package.”

Near-bankrupt Greece is fighting an increasingly desperate battle to convince skeptical European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders it has turned over a new leaf and is ready to push through long-delayed reforms to overhaul its recession-hit economy.

But the lenders have so far appeared far from convinced, and officials have told Reuters Greece is likely to require a new debt restructuring that the euro zone – faced with market turmoil in Italy and Spain as well – can ill afford.

Greek media have reported that the country’s leaders are discussing possible layoffs of contractors in the public sector, a cap on pensions, cuts in welfare benefits, reductions in tax exemptions, and lower salaries for public employees as well as raising the retirement age by a year to make up the shortfall in savings.

PRESSURE ON CASH RESERVES

A decision on a new tranche of aid for Greece is not expected until September, and the country’s already dire financial position appears to be getting increasingly precarious.

“The fact that we have not received the agreed aid installments has put pressure on our cash reserves. Until then, we are taking extra care in managing our cash,” Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras told Real News weekly.

The troika of EU, European Central Bank and IMF lenders, whose departure date is now uncertain, is due to return in September to complete its assessment of whether Greece deserves more aid.

A fifth year of recession, record unemployment, and repeated waves of austerity cuts have fuelled growing anger towards the troika and the austerity medicine it has insisted on.

Summing up the dark public mood, the GSEE union lambasted the troika after talks with it on Friday for heaping misery on Greeks.

“We agreed on one thing – that we disagree on everything,” GSEE leader Yannis Panagopoulos said in a statement. “The troika men came to Greece as doctors and prescribed the medicine that would save the Greek economy and people, but in the end they proved to be charlatans.”

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… As mentioned – tell the Banks where to go or be their ‘bitch’ for the next generation and beyond …

Conclusion:

Greece should opt to leave the Eurozone. It would then have a currency reflective of its worth in international markets and with that worth would come international investment seeking cheap buys. Greece have to start over again – as they did after WWII – they have a pedigree that has been proven and is as old as civilisation itself.

They lost sight after the 2004 Olympics and the GFC found them out – they have to be allowed to rebuild and control their own destiny and they cannot do that with the Eurozone and a currency peg that destroys everything Greece can offer the world.


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop on – NRL’s Parramatta are Delusional – Comparing Ricky Stuart with Jack Gibson ???

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– NRL’s Parramatta areDelusional –
– Comparing Ricky Stuart with Jack Gibson!!!
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 28th July 2012 |
The big secret os out – Ricky Stuart has signed a three year deal with NRL Club Parramatta.  The hype around the ‘biggest known secret’ in League all year was confirmed yesterday.

The drama does not end there – Stuart still wants to keep the State of Origin Coaching position or ties with the roll.

Stuart’s coaching performances to date being compared with the signing of Jack Gibson as Parramatta Coach has to make Parramatta’s Chairman Roy Spagnolo look and sound like a goose.

‘Stuart the best Eels signing since Jack Gibson’


| Author: Michael Chammas | Date: July 27, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

Parramatta haven’t wasted any time heaping pressure on new coach Ricky Stuart, declaring him the best signing since Jack Gibson.

“I think it’s huge,” chairman Roy Spagnolo said.

“It’s probably the best signing we’ve had, probably since Gibson.

“For us it’s a really positive way to go forward and return the club back to its glory days.”
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The Eels officially unveiled their coach for the next three seasons at a press conference inside Parramatta Stadium this morning, but his appointment could’ve been mistaken as a sideshow, with Stuart left to answer questions about his future as NSW Origin coach.

The Eels say they haven’t spoken to Stuart about the possibility of coaching at both club and state level, with Stuart to meet with the NSWRL next week.

While the decision is out of Stuart’s hands, with the NSWRL yet to decide whether they will renege on their policy to appoint a coach with no NRL attachments, Stuart admits he feels strongly about the role.

“Let me tell you, if they don’t make the right decision over the coming weeks in regards to NSW, Queensland will go on to win 10 series in a row,” Stuart said.

“It’s a very important decision for NSW rugby league and if I can assist in that decision, I most definitely will, because I care for Origin football, I care for NSW and we’re not far away.

“I want to win for the players sake, for NSW, as much as anybody.”

He also wants that at his new club, admiring the attitude of all involved, who seek nothing but success for Parramatta.

“When I sat down with Roy and Bob [Bentley], I could see how committed they were to their football team and wanting to win,” Stuart said.

“It’s a big club out here, it’s a big challenge, and what I was excited about was the people who were involved are all desperate to be winners, and I like that attitude.

“For anyone who knows me, as soon as I adapt to new colours, new club, that’s my club – that’s the way I feel.”

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A grub like Stuart thinks he can do both jobs, SOO and Parramatta – greater coaches have tried and failed – i.e. Craig Bellamy during QLD’s recent 7-0 series wins.

Stuart wants the cash, the payola – nothing but a greedy grab.  The man’s ego is beyond his capability as a coach – and for the record what is his career coaching record – working backwards: [Extracted from Wikipedia.]

  • State of Origin 2011-12

On 17 November 2010 Stuart was appointed as the state’s first full-time coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team for two years with a get-out clause for the 2012 series should Stuart return to NRL coaching. Stuart remains as the last man to ever win a State of Origin series for New South Wales with Queensland having dominated ever since.

Stuart coached the Blues for the 2011 series, which was lost to the Maroons by two games to one. Stuart, however, achieved his promise that the Blues would win at least one game that series, that being Game II. The Blues’ win in Game II brought belief amongst the NSW media and fans that the five-year losing streak would end, but New South Wales was beaten in the third and deciding Origin match by a scoreline of 34–24.

Stuart continued in the NSW head coaching role for the 2012 series, which was once again lost by two games to one. For the second consecutive year however, New South Wales won Game II in Sydney.

In the 2012 series he again lost 2-1 with the decider game going to the Maroons 21-20 thus giving the Maroons a 7-0 series winning streak.

  • Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 2007-10

In 2007 Stuart took over from Stuart Raper as head coach of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks with a two year contract, which was then extended to the end of the 2011 playing season.

But on 24 May 2010, with 18 months left on his contract, Stuart announced his resignation from the end of the 2010 season,ending yet another tenure prematurely and at loggerheads with club executives,members and players, handing the job over to current Sharks assistant coach, Shane Flanagan.

Despite the Sharks making the preliminary finals in 2008, Stuart’s time with the club was marred by a horror year in 2009. Not only was the club in dire financial straits but the Cronulla Sharks club was also tarnished by media allegations about a 2002 group-sex incident involving former Sharks players, player Reni Maitua’s dismissal after testing positive to drugs, removal of the captaincy from key player Paul Gallen, accused of racist remarks despite evidence of his non-racist stance, several unsavoury incidents involving now-disgraced CEO Tony Zappia (including his assault of a female staff member and involvement in an insurance-fraud fan donation scandal).

  • Australian Test Coach 2005-08

In December 2005 Stuart was appointed as coach of Australian national rugby league team, replacing Wayne Bennett after Australia’s loss in the 2005 Tri-Nations final to New Zealand by a scoreline of 24-0. This meant that Stuart had to stand down as coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team. Stuart enjoyed success with the Kangaroos: winning the Anzac Tests of 2006 and 2007, as well as the 2006 Tri-Nations. In addition, at the end of the 2007 season, the team won a one-off Test against New Zealand.

At the 2008 Rugby League World Cup the Kangaroos dominated their opposition and Ricky Stuart took the team undefeated to the final against New Zealand. Despite their favouritism, the Kangaroos lost 20–34. Afterwards he was reported to be so incensed by the defeat that he verbally attacked Geoff Carr, the Chief Executive of Australian Rugby League, claiming that tournament organizers and match officials conspired to cause the Australian loss. The next morning he had a chance meeting with Ashley Klein, who refereed the final, and Stuart Cummings, England’s director of referees, at their hotel. He is reported to have verbally abused both officials in front of a number of witnesses, calling Klein a cheat, and of being physically and aggressively intimidating.

Following an outburst at officials Ricky Stuart stood down his position as Australian coach and was handed a $20,000 fine.

  • Sydney Roosters 2002-06

In 2005, Stuart was appointed coach of the New South Wales. His coaching approach continued the Phil Gould legacy of matching the Queensland passion by focussing the NSW players’ pride in the jumper and achievements of those who have worn it before. Although Stuart only coached the NSW side for just one series, the Blues managed to win the series 2-1 after having lost the first match in high drama.

Stuart began his first grade coaching career in 2002 with the Sydney Roosters, taking over from Graham Murray and winning the premiership in his first year as coach. The following season he took the Roosters to the 2003 NRL grand final but they lost to the Penrith Panthers. The 2004 Stuart-coached Roosters side was also beaten in the Grand Final, but the team struggled in 2005 and 2006 despite the high calibre of the player roster. Stuart’s contract was terminated and he left the Roosters two weeks before the end of the 2006 season.

Comment:

Stuart was a ‘grub’ as a player, niggling and always trying to get under the opposition’s skin – much in the mould of Priddis and the like. As a Coach at the Roosters where he had success – he was mentored by Phil Gould and it was Gould’s break with the Roosters in 2005 that saw Stuart’s Coaching career take a dive. Without Gould to hold his hand Stuart has no creditability as a coach as proved since 2005.   His record as Australian Coach – is best summarised by his egregious un-sportsman outburst at having lost the final against New Zealand.

Yet Parramatta in yesterday’s signing openly state that he is the equal of Jack Gibson’s signing … why do stupid people show such disrespect to one of the games greats.

The same Parramatta Administrators were saying the same about Chris Sandow after his signing last season for $550k from Souths … the Rabbits sold a dud and Parramatta were too stupid to understand what so many fans knew. It is the same with the Stuart signing.

The history of Parramatta’s recent Coaches reads like a graveyard of career ending choices –

Brian Smith had a stink at Newcastle after the Parramatta gig – he was unsuccessful there and then went to the Roosters – where he coached them to a losing Grand Final performance against St George in the 2010 final.

Taylor went to Souths and no longer coaches an NRL side.

Hagan quit NRL coaching and joined the QLD State of Origin coaching staff and been there ever since.

Anderson is now a commentator on ABC’s Grandstand and other media outlets.

Kearney was sacked a week ago by Parramatta – and it is not known what his intentions are.

Stuart will be just another name on an empty list of coaches who came and then went without delivering Parramatta fans the flag they have been searching ever since Jack Gibson gave them three successive Premierships in 1981, ’82, ans ’83.

Stuart is no Gibson, not now and never will be … but then what would the current Eels Chairman Roy Spagnolo know about history if he is so eager to pronounce Stuart’s signing the equal of Jack Gibson’s signing.

Stupid … Stupid … Stupid … Parramatta deserve all the crap that is still to come their way if this is how they compare greatness.


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EYE-BALL Guru on – Superannuation – a great big rip-off – Part III …

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Title:
– Superannuation –
– a great big rip-off – Part III!!!
| Author: EYE-BALL Guru | 27th July 2012 |
Link to Previous Posts on this Subject:

  • Link to Part I Superannuation – the new great big Australian rip-off!!!
  • Link to Part II– Superannuation – the new great big Australian rip-off!!!

The World Financial Markets and its wellbeing continues its uncertain dance.  Western Governments are being forced to tinker with economic growth forecasts against a soul destroying and global self-inflicted debt crisis.  The debt burden is toxic and how Governments and Banks are responding to the crisis threatens the nest-egg of every Superannuation holder across the Globe!

Superannuation is a lifetime of savings and planing for retirement.  It is the heaven we are all promised in a modern world.  It is also a Government induced fix to an overspend commitment to Pension payments Governments know they cannot cover or afford.

These funds are supposedly held in trust and they currently represent the only credit funds of worth all around the globe.  Given the GFC – there is no doubt they are now at risk.

Global Governments have been planing for taxpayer funded retirements for decades.

The intent is to reduce the Government Welfare spend for Aged Pension payments.  Population demographics in Western Nations show slowing population growth, an aging population, and people living a lot longer.

Its intent is understood – but in an ever increasing risk market for both investors, and continuity of lifestyle, buying a 40 yr ‘call’ option on a financial future is the worst kind of investment anybody could ever put their hard earned cash into.   Paying for that call option on a weekly basis is like insurance – the added ‘con’ to this investment is how Governments now tax the contributions ‘up-front’ which in turn diminish the compound earnings of the fund.

In a nutshell – it’s annuity styled Insurance Policy that you are paying for weekly with great upside for the Government.  You won’t know until 40 years time whether the call option payout has real value or worth.

For the privilege of owning this ‘call’ option – the Government receives a weekly 15% option premium from your contribution and it’s called a Superannuation tax.  This ‘up-front’ tax collect was only introduced in the early 90’s.  Prior to then – you would pay 30% after you retired.  The arrangement now is you pay 15% up front, and another 15% at the back end if you have not managed your affairs properly.

Those ‘affairs’ depend on the complexity and frequency of Legislative changes made to Superannuation rules during each term of Government.  In addition there is the market volatility in investment returns, the negatives of flat index and exorbitant Fund Management fees charged against invested funds.

In the last four years and since the GFC engulfed the Global Investment market, the Rate of Return (ROR) growth in Superannuation funds has struggled to match employee contributions.  That is to say that employee contributions plus Fund investment returns created a negative growth year on year after allowing for inflation indexing.

Before the conclusions derived from the facts are disclosed hereto – let us take a ride on some of the research material uncovered.

APRA[(Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority)]: – publishes the Annual ROR (Rates of Return) for the top 200 Australian Superannuation Funds. The report also publishes the ROR going back eight years year on year, and ROR over the past 3yrs, 5ys, and 8yrs as a cumulative ROR.

The chart below shows the ROR for the 5 and 8 year periods as the first two columns, and then the year on year ROR for 2007-2011. [To enlarge – Click on image to open in a new window.]

Source Data: APRA Superannuation Report can be viewed using this link.

Perusal of this report provides further evidence to support Government incentives to increase Superannuation contributions.

HILDA:

But what is also interesting and of significance as a reference supplement to the above data is the HILDA Report – [The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey] This report is published by the – University of Melbourne – Faculty of Business and Economics – and provides 2009-10 survey results relating to Australians employees, their superannuation entitlements, and their employment income/age demographics. [This HILDA report can be read in full using – this link …

A Table 1 extraction from this HILDA report shows the Australian Workforce broken down into age groups and income levels. [To enlarge – please click on image to open in a new window.]

From data presented in the Table above – the welfare threshold level of $150,000 excludes the 2.4% of the workforce who earn above $180,000, and a portion of the 18% who earn between $80k and $180k.

This would indicate that the 80% who earn less than $80k a year, and perhaps some 80% of the 18% who earn between 80k and 180k, i.e. another 15%, and a total of 95% of the total workforce – would be eligible for means tested threshold welfare payments.

More interesting though is the value of Super Funds held by individuals also published in the HILDA report – linked here.

See Table 2 data Below  – [To enlarge – please click on image to open in a new window.]

This Table hides many secrets about the Superannuation lie.

As at the survey period – 2009-10 –

  1. There are some 3.651 million Australians who have ‘ZERO’ superannuation.
  2. Some 7.321 million Australians who’s Superannuation entitlement is less that $100k, and more than half of them are aged 40 or above.
  3. In the $100k – $200 range there are 1.027 Million workers – of which some 750k are aged 40 or above –
  4. In the $200 – $300k range there are 485k workers – and some 460k are aged over 40 …
  5. In the $300 – $400k range there are 262K workers – all but 4.8k are over 40 …
  6. … and from there – everybody who has higher superannuation entitlements are all over 40 years of age.

To take this a little further – with Interest rate levels at 2-3% for investment returns, a $1 million retirement nest egg will return you some $20-30k annually before any Tax liability you might have.

Diversify the $1 million to a range of investment options, i.e. equities, Funds Management products, and the ROR might yield 7-8%, that would represent a $40k to $75k earn less tax obligations as an annual income.

There are only 89,000 Australians who have $1 million or more in super entitlements.

The compulsory Superannuation levy – a salary sacrifice of 9% made in the early 90’s, has had some 20 years to grow retirement savings. The sum total of all Australian Superannuation funds is around $1.3 trillion.

As the 2009-10 survey results presented above show – some 13.213 million workers were represented, and as measured up against the 2012 value of $1.3 trillion of superannuation funds value – the value of each superannuants ‘nest egg’ translates to a lump sum value close to $100k.

It is painfully obvious that what ever savings are being put aside – it will never cover required living standards as benchmarked by the Governments own proposed Budget 2012 $300k income threshold limits that provide additional welfare support.

Attempts to allow additional Super contributions over and above the 9% employer contribution have many a purpose. The incentive comes at a cost of 15% up front.  Now if these additional contributions were allowed to be made as a ‘salary sacrifice’ and paid into super funds before payee tax was applied it would be a fair arrangement. Yet – the Government allows these top ups for low income earners with a promised Government contribution.

Put another way – as each year rolls on by – the goalposts are being moved – yet the superannuation contribution is pegged at the 9%. So as wage increases are restricted, against an increasing cost of living – superannuation savings are woefully neglected to provide for financial security into the future.

The Superannuation experiment is a FRAUD.

When the early 1990’s Superannuation contributions were changed – the Government introduced a massive cash cow for itself when it taxed new contributions at 15%.   This changed the ‘compound’ factor of Superannuation Fund entitlements grew by in a very significant way.  All to the financial advantage of the Government.

The compound effect of the up front 15% tax collect going to the Government as opposed to the Superannuant is explained in detail in Part I of this story – [click here to see story with calculation to demonstrate this] –

This ‘tactic’ renders the Government as the biggest winner in the early 1990’s Superannuation gamble.  The Government is not exposed to the Financial Markets volatility, their 15% upfront collections now represent some percent of the total Government revenue stream.

Given the above Table 2 – and the numbered summary of highlights – only 316,000 employed people under the age of 65 have $500k or more of super.  That 316k represents 2.4% of the workforce of 13.2 million – 3.6 million have no super, and 7.3 million have less that $100k …

Given where the GFC is – and the likelihood of more negative returns in coming years – see Chant West Super PDF report –  Superannuation is being sold a product that will insulate the population against a poverty stricken retirement.

This ‘call’ option Ponzi scheme is a cash cow for Government – not for sucker employees.  The Funds would be better put toward home ownership for a like with like investment.

You ask any investment advisor about a 40 year investment return being sought via short term market securities.    Since 1970 equities have shown mammoth returns up until the GFC hit in 2008.  This growth in USA markets has been replicated in other Western Markets – as has the fall and flatline since the GFC. [Click on chart to open source webpage.]

Commentary that comes with this chart states:

“Is it possible that an 18 year Bull market (1982-2000) could be followed by a 2.5 year Bear (March 2000 peak to October 2002 low), and then launch into another multi-decade (2003-2018) Bull?

“Sure, anything is possible. But as the chart above plainly shows, it would be historically unprecedented.”

Each of the ‘Bear’ or ‘flatline’ periods in the above chart have lasted 18-21 years … the chart is to 2004 and we know that the DJIA went on to add another 4,000 points to be above 14,000 in the period to 2008 – that would mean that the red zone did not start until 2008 – and has 18-21 years of bear market activity ahead of it.

This GFC fallout is far from over and that puts all Superannuation ROR’s at extreme risk.

If we look at the sovereign debt numbers for the largest economies – USA, Japan, Europe, UK – all are technically bankrupt when future cash requirements are costed on top of existing debt – financial obligations just cannot be met without tax increases and horrendous budgetary cuts.  What is happening in Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and about to engulf France and the UK after the Olympics – the cash holdings in Superannuation will look pretty good as National Savings.

No – Superannuation served the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s generation retirees – but for the next generations the ‘nest-egg’ and retirement plans are all on hold.

Dow to Gold Ratio Since 1915

“This next chart tracks the ratio of the Dow Jones Industrial Average to the price of gold. The number essentially tells you how many ounces of gold it would take to buy the Dow on any given month. Previous cycle lows have been 1.94 ounces in February of 1933 and 1.29 ounces in January of 1980.” [Click on chart to open source webpage.]

What can be gained from this chart is that the Gold/DJIA ratio is in a Bear trend – that means either an exponential increase in the price of Gold which in US$ terms is happening, or the DJIA is in for a deep Bear trend, or a combination of both.  The trade is to be long Gold in US$ terms and short the DJIA.

The next chart is of the DJIA over the last 100 years – [Click on enlarge chart and open source webpage.]

It took a War to pull the World out of a global depression during the 30’s in the aftermath of the 1929 crash.  And that did not start until the 1950’s.  This 2011-21 decade has started as did the 1930’s with the Financial troubles in Europe, and with America’s economic meltdown that no one will call a depression – it is all set up again.  Asia is where everyone is looking for help and a prayer.  China will only serve China’s interest, as will India, Russia likewise given how the West have treated these Nations over the last Century.

All holders of Superannuation need to take heed – get control of your own funds – spend $1000 or so to set up your own Super Fund and take control of your investments.  You’ll pay no fees – you can lend to your own home as an investment and you pay your own Super Fund the monthly payments.

All that has to be done now is to have the Government return the 15% up front tax levy that it took back in the early 90’s …

Banks make a fortune in fees of Superannuation Management as do the Fund Managers outside the Banks.    There is no guarantee of return but if they make big bucks, the staff bonus’ they pay to employees come out of your earn.

Look – nobody has the perfect investment strategy for a 40 year payout.  The facts presented here are meant to show that giving control to others who play the markets with your future pension – have not performed for a number of years.  This with the forecast of troubled times ahead should give you warning that you need to take charge of your Super funds.


Have your say where it counts: – contact your Local Federal Representative via the links below and let them know how you feel about this, or any other topic that you feel strongly about – or you can just post a comment below and let off some steam.


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EYE-BALL’s Rookie Bookie on – Weekend Preview – 27th – 30th July.

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23rd May = (+) 517.2
30th May = (+) 492.2
6th June = (+) 467.3
13th June = (+) 497.3
20th June = (+) 463.7
27th June = (+) 363.7
4th July = (+) 363.7
11th July = (+) 352.47
18th July = (+) 335.80
25th July = (+) 328.30


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– Weekend Preview – 27th – 30th July –
| Author: Rookie Bookie | 26th July 2012 |
Last Weekend Update:

  • Collect on Parramatta v Storm in NRL ½ unit @$3.85 &
  • Collect on North Melbourne in AFL ½ unit @ $1.70.
  • Lost on Roosters NRL, West Coast, AFL and Bulls in Super Rugby,
  • collect 2.775 units per 3 unit outlayed.
  • Index negative 7.5 points.

The Rugby Championship:

With Reds defeated by Natal Sharks Australia has two extra weeks to prepare for their first match against the All Blacks in Sydney on August 18th. Later that night Pumas play Springboks at Capetown.

Ewan McKenzie might well ask does he really want to takeover from Robbie Deans as Australian Coach at the conclusion of this season. Australia has deep-seated problems, but they definitely will go better in this series than that shown through Super Rugby this year.

With John O’Neil going off to work for Echo Entertainment, things might change. I truly doubt it. Quite frankly the universe of Football would be better off uniting League and Union, rather than all crap about one game being superior. The fight over best talent, is a deep part of the problem. That ain’t going to happen either.

Winning the Southern 4 Nations, is all about home wins and bonus points. Defensive patterns will be better than shown through provincial rugby, and bonus points for 4 tries more rare. Therefore bonus points for narrow away losses tend to determine the ultimate winner. Most expect NZ to win 6 matches, history says they will win 4, 3 home matches and an away win against Argentina. Who can match them. Recent history suggests it will be ever so tight. Who might Argentina have their best match against?

  • My assessment is NZ $2, Australia $4.00, SA $5.00, Argentina $20.
  • Tab Sportsbet is NZ $1.45 Australia $4.75, SA $4.75, Argentina $101.

Super Rugby Semi Finals:

  • Chiefs v Crusaders At Hamilton 5.35pm AEST 28/7/12 My estimate $2.33/$1.75 Actual $2.40/$1.55 Start Chiefs get 3.5 start
  • Stormers v Sharks At Capetown 1.05am AEST 29/7/12 My estimate $1.90/$2.11 Actual $2.50/$1.50 Start Sharks get 4.5 start

Following weekend Super Rugby Series Winner:

  • My Assessment; Stormers $2.75, Chiefs $6.00, Crusaders $3.25, Sharks $6.00.
  • Actual Market Stormers $2.75, Chiefs $4.00, Crusaders $2.50, Sharks $9.00.

I have one of the finalists riding no matter what.

Should Stormers beat Sharks, I have the home team advantage, should Sharks win the final will be played in NZ, which is not real good for me.

Sharks are now 3 very impressive wins on the trot and so are Crusaders. Chiefs are coming off two tough losses to Crusaders at home then Wellington away.

I backed Sharks at the last moment against Reds because @ $2.55 I thought it was generous. That is what I will do again this weekend. Should I get much more than $2.50 on Chiefs I will back them.

I simply do not buy this logic about Crusaders are the only team left who are previous winners therefore have a massive psychological advantage. It might count for some, but not the advantage given by most. Reds won their inaugural Super trophy last year with the home advantage against the Crusaders, and so did Bulls when they first won. Bulls scored 2 tries to Crusaders 1 last Saturday but Bulls committed too many professional fouls in defence and Dan Carter’s deadly boot had the match won by half time. In that match in the second half Bulls elected to run the ball for tries rather than take easy 3 pointers.

These semi finals will both be extremely tight contests and I expect not won before the hooter of fulltime. Sharks seem to enjoy broken play opportunities, and because of time differences I haven’t seen enough of Stormers recently. Stormers winning in the round robin shows great consistency. Go the Chiefs, and go the Stormers. Sharks represent value but I have enough on the game. I might have a side bet.

There is no point whatsoever in talking starts. All 4 teams are simply out there to win. Crusaders are also capable of brilliant tries against the run of play, but I know that Chiefs are worthy opponents.


AFL – Round 18:

  • Essendon (+30.5) v Hawthorn estimate market $3.00/$1.50 Actual $5.00/$1.18
  • Geelong (+7.5) v Adelaide estimate market $2.33/$1.75 Actual $1.62/$2.30
  • North v Melbourne (+42.5) estimate market $1.25/$5.00 Actual $1.09/$7.50
  • GWS v Collingwood estimate market $100/$1.01 Actual $17.00/$1.01
  • Carlton (+5.5) v Richmond estimate market $2.05/$1.95 Actual $2.25/$1.65
  • Gold Coast (+52.5) v Sydney estimate market $20.00/$1.05 Actual $11.00/$1.04
  • Port (+29.5) v Fremantle estimate market $4.50/$1.28 Actual $2.25/$1.65
  • St Kilda v Footscray (35.5) estimate market $1.60/$2.67 Actual $1.14/$5.75
  • West Coast v Brisbane (+35.5) estimate market $1.12/$9.00 Actual $1.16/$5.25

Best Bet:

Freo

Value:

Adelaide (Might be crowing), Western Bulldogs (Julia might get a win),

At the Margin:

Western Bulldogs

The Race for the Flag

Sydney Swans

  • Won 13 from 16, losses to Crows R6 14.10.94 – 15.9.99, Richmond R7 8.14.62 – 13.13.91, St Kilda R9 12.11.83 – 16.15.111,
  • Sequence WWWWWLLWLWWbWWWWW 1st Quarter won 12, 2nd 11, 3rd 12, 4th 8.
  • Their run home, – Carlton (a), Collingwood (h), Bulldogs (a), Hawks (h), Geelong (a).

Really tough draw, particularly where Geelong could possibly face elimination in round 23, best aspect is Hawks don’t like playing at the SCG. Meet Pies at Olympic Stadium. I predict 4 from 6.

Adelaide

  • Won 13 from 16, losses to Hawthorn R3 12.12 84 – 21.14.140, Collingwood R9 6.13.49 – 10.15.75, North R13 13.11.89 – 17.19.121,
  • Sequence WWLWWWWWLWbLWWWW 1st Quarter won 11, 2nd 10, 3rd 11, 4th 11.
  • Their run home, – Essendon (h), Fremantle (h), Brisbane (a), Melbourne (a), Gold Coast (h).

Should win 5 from 6, Geelong this weekend is the toughest match. They lost 2Q to West Coast.

Hawthorn

  • Won 12 from 16, losses to Geelong R2 13.12.90 – 14.9.92, West Coast R4 5.16.46 – 5.21.51, Sydney R5 10.9.69 – 16.10.106, Richmond R9 10.15.75 – 21.11.137,
  • Sequence WLWLLWWWLWWWbWWWW 1st Quarter won 10, 2nd 15, 3rd 9, 4th 9.
  • Their run home, – Geelong (h), Port Adelaide (h), Gold Coast, (h), Sydney (a), West Coast (h).

Expected to now go through undefeated, big ask! Took their foot off the gas in 4th qtr against Pies

Collingwood

  • Won 12 from 16, losses to Hawthorn R1 16.19.115 – 20.17.137, Carlton R3 9.8.62 – 18.14.122, Carlton R15 8.14.62 – 12.13.85, Hawks R17 13.13.91 – 21.12.138.
  • Sequence LWLWWWWWWWWbWWLWL 1st Quarter won 12, 2nd 10, 3rd 9, 4th 6.
  • Their run home, – St Kilda (h), Sydney (a), North (h), West Coast (a), Essendon (a).

Would want to win every match now, 2 biggies, Sydney and Perth?? Were comprehensively beaten by Hawks, but worryingly lost 2 of last 3.

West Coast Eagles

  • Won 11 from 16, losses to Essendon R7 7.10.52 – 16.17.113, Brisbane Lions R10 15.10.100 – 16.6.102, Collingwood R13 12.10.82 – 12.13.85, Sydney R15 10.9.69 – 18.13.121, Crows R18 11.9.75 – 19.19.124.
  • Sequence WWWWWWLWWLbWLWWLL 1st Quarter won 9, 2nd 11, 3rd 9, 4th 11.
  • Their run home, – Brisbane (h), Freo (a), Geelong (h), Port (a), Collingwood (h), Hawks (a).

In 2 weeks dropped from equal 1st to out of the four. Freo is their nemesis, it now looks so tough. Next 2 rounds should see them consolidate in the 8 but very big ask to see them back into the top 4. Focus on injured stars.

Essendon Bombers

  • Won 11 from 16, losses to Collingwood R5 11.13.79 – 11.14.80, Melbourne R10 6.16.52 – 8.10.58, Sydney R11 11.16.82 – 13.8.86, St Kilda R15 8.14.62 – 21.7.133, Geelong R18, Geelong 10.7.67 – 20.14.134,
  • Sequence WWWWLWWWWLLbWWLWWL 1st Quarter won 7, 2nd 9, 3rd 8, 4th 9.
  • Their run home, – Adelaide (a), North (h), Carlton (h), Richmond (a), Collingwood (h). Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.

3 wins see them in the final series.

Geelong

  • Won 10 from 16, losses to Fremantle 15.11.101 – 16.9.105, North R3 16.18.114 – 20.11.131, Crows R7 10.12.72 – 19.18.122, Collingwood R8 11.18.84 – 14.12.96, Sydney R13 11.8.74 – 12.8.80, Collingwood R15 10.19.79 – 17.8.110,
  • Sequence LWLWWWLLWWWbLWWLWW 1st Quarter won 7, 2nd 9, 3rd 8, 4th 12.
  • Their run home, – Hawthorn (a), West Coast (a), St Kilda (h), Bulldogs (h), Sydney (h). Simply walking on eggshells.

The hiding they gave Bombers might not be enough this test against Adelaide tougher. Massive run home.

North

  • Won 9 from 16, losses to Essendon R1 15.12.102 – 14.20.104, Sydney R4 10.17.77 – 17.11.113, West Coast R6 15.5.95 – 17.18.120, Western Bulldogs R7 12.11.83 – 15.11.101, Port R8 14.9.93 – 14.11.95, Hawthorn R10 9.5.59 – 27.12.174, West Coast R15 13.6.84 – 12.14.86,
  • Sequence LWWLWLLLWLbWWWLWW 1st Quarter won 10, 2nd 11, 3rd 8, 4th 6.
  • Their run home, – Bulldogs (h), Essendon (a), Collingwood (a), Fremantle (h), Giants (h).

Tough win over Richmond losing the critical 3rd quarter, they merely make up the numbers.

Fremantle

  • Won 9 from 16, losses to Sydney R2 12.9.81 – 14.10.94, Carlton R5 7.15.57 – 10.5.65, Hawthorn R8 9.9.63 – 17.17. 119, West Coast R9 5.6.36 – 11.18.84, Crows 12.10.82 – 17.9.111, Bombers R13 14.5.89 – 17.11.113, Magpies R14 12.6.78 – 15.17.107.
  • Sequence WLWWLWWLLLWbLLWWW 1st Quarter won 5, 2nd 6, 3rd 11, 4th 11.
  • Their run home, – West Coast (h), Adelaide (a), Richmond (h), North (a), Melbourne (h).

Biggest win was over Geelong in R1. Unlikely to pose serious threat.

Top Four Betting:

  • Adelaide $1.02,
  • Sydney $1.02,
  • Hawthorn $1.04,
  • Collingwood $1.90,
  • West Coast $2.25,
  • Essendon $6.00,
  • Geelong $17.

Final 8 Betting:

  • Hawthorn Not quoted,
  • Adelaide Not quoted,
  • Sydney Not quoted,
  • Collingwood $1.04,
  • West Coast $1.05,
  • Essendon $1.15,
  • Geelong $1.25,
  • North $1.50,
  • St Kilda $1.70,
  • Fremantle $3,
  • Carlton $5,
  • Richmond $15.

Grand Final Betting:

  • Hawthorn $2.75,
  • Swans $4.50,
  • Collingwood, $6,
  • Adelaide $6,
  • West Coast $11,
  • Geelong $17,
  • Essendon $21,
  • St Kilda $21,
  • North $51,
  • Carlton $101 &
  • Freo $251.

NRL Round 21: (Underlined = Forecasted Winner)

  • Saints (+6.5) v Melbourne – estimate market $2.22/$1.80 Actual $2.75/$1.47
  • Roosters (+2.5) v Titans – estimate market $3.00/$1.50 Actual $2.30/$1.65
  • Bulldogs v Cowboys (+4.5) – estimate market $1.50/$3.00 Actual $1.57/$2.45
  • Manly v Warriors (+5.5) – estimate market $1.80/$2.22 Actual $1.50/$2.65
  • Sharks v Panthers (+5.5) estimate market $1.90/$2.12 Actual $1.40/$3.00
  • Raiders v Knights (+3.5) estimate market $2.02/$1.98 Actual $1.55/$2.50
  • Rabbitohs v Tigers estimate market $1.95/$2.05 Actual $1.40/$3.00
  • Broncos v Eels estimate market $1.75/$2.33 Actual $1.28/$3.75

Best Bet:

Titans

Value:

Panthers, Knights, Eels, Wests

At the Margin:

TBA.

Top Four Market:

  • Melbourne $1.03,
  • Bulldogs $1.22,
  • Manly $1.50,
  • Broncos $1.75,
  • Souths $1.75,
  • Warriors, $7.00,
  • Cowboys $7.00,
  • Wests Tigers $11.00.

Top Eight Market:

  • Canterbury Not Quoted,
  • Melbourne Not Quoted,
  • Souths Not Quoted,
  • Cowboys $1.03,
  • Broncos $1.03,
  • Manly $1.08,
  • Cronulla $1.30,
  • Wests Tigers, $2.25,
  • Warriors, $2.75,
  • Titans $3.00,
  • Raiders $4.00,
  • Knights $4.50,
  • Saints $11.00.

Wooden Spoon: (most regular season losses);

  • Parramatta $1.40,
  • Penrith $3.00,
  • Roosters $21.

Chookies 1 and a half wins in front, and quoted to make the 8. Please save me.

Grand Final Market:

  • Canterbury $4.50,
  • Melbourne $5.00,
  • Souths $5.50,
  • Cowboys $8,
  • Brisbane $8,
  • Manly $7,
  • Cronulla $21,
  • Wests Tigers $21,
  • Warriors $34,
  • Titans $51,
  • Knights $67,
  • Raiders $81,
  • Saints $101.

I simply have too much too think about to look at any other sports. I believe that Bulldogs v Cowboys is now an absolutely critical match up. That said next week there will be others. Souths will have an excuse against Tigers because of loss of Inglis and Luke. They still need to play strong irrespective. Both Broncos and Melbourne need comprehensive wins. Eels smell blood, and if Melbourne were to lose this then their season would resemble Saints at this time last year.

Betting Summary:

Long Term Positions:

  • Australia to win more than 11.5 gold medals at London Olympics (2 Units) bet placed 19/5/12 @ $1.87
  • Natal Sharks ($11) to win Super Rugby 1/8/12 (½ unit) bet placed 19/5/12
  • 2 Units Capetown Stormers to win Super Rugby @ $3.75. Matures 4/8/12
  • 1 unit Canterbury Bulldogs to win 2012 NRL premiership @ $5.50. Matures 30/9/12
  • 1 unit Brisbane Broncos to win 2012 NRL premiership @ $8. Matures 30/9/12
  • 1 unit Adelaide Crows to win the AFL Minor Premiership @ $4.50. Matures 2/9/12

This Weekend – NRL/AFL:

  • Eels ½ unit to beat depleted Broncos @ $3.75
  • Knights ½ unit to beat Raiders in Canberra @ $2.50
  • Panthers ½ unit to Defeat the Noah’s Arks at Shark Park @ $3.00
  • ½ unit on Titans to defeat Chookies at Allianz @ $1.65
  • ½ unit on Freo to defeat Port Adelaide in Adelaide @ $1.65
  • ½ unit on Western Bulldogs with 35.5 start against Saint Kilda

My bet on Adelaide Crows winning the minor premiership will look wonky should they lose to Geelong, but that as an aside, Hawthorn and Sydney have several tests to come. Should Adelaide win their remaining draw is a cruise. Essendon and Freo and the 3 of the 4 jokes.

I am thinking about backing Cowboys to win NRL premiership. They will be short if they lower Bulldogs colours. I believe the 4 in the preliminary finals will be Bulldogs, Broncos, Cowboys and Souths. Therefore grand final will be from 2 of those.

An interesting thought, what price Adam Reynolds to trifecta Dally M, Rookie of the Year, and leading competition point scorer. I still think Billy Slater amassed enough Dally M points before injury to be in the final count, and Adam Reynolds is 17 points behind Jarrod Croker in point scoring.


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 26th July 2012 |
T oday I went looking for some feel good stories and found my mood becoming darker and darker as I read some of the Olympic dribble coming from Australian Journalists bored out of their wits already.

An ABC’s sports Journalist based out of Melbourne named Amy Banbridge is obviously out of her comfort zone in the UK and logged the following article:

Gender inequality of Olympic proportions

| Author: Amy Bainbridge | Date: 26th July | Link to On-Line Story. |

Women were not allowed to compete in the first ever Olympics back in 1896.

Indeed, when women first started competing in the early 1900s, their dress was so modest that their swimming costumes or gymnastics outfits could have been considered more of a hindrance to performance than anything else.

Of course, things have changed significantly since those early days. So dramatic are the changes that Western countries can now barely imagine what it was like to be among a small minority of women on an Olympic team.

So you wouldn’t think that sexism would have much of a place in the London 2012 Olympics. Except, it does. And it’s appalling.

Every now and then I feel embarrassed to be a part of the media profession, and yesterday was one of those days. Leisel Jones, our golden girl who now has an impressive medal haul from three successive Olympics, is now in London as a veteran.

Gender equality means that women should receive the same treatment as men. So raising questions about the fitness of Leisel Jones is something that could be spoken of any professional athlete.

I don’t have a problem with that – these questions are legitimate. But here’s the rub. I attest that it is only a female athlete that would be spread across two taboid-size pages in an array of unflattering pictures. For years Leisel Jones has been a top-level athlete, leading by example as someone for young swimmers to look up to. But all that is forgotten for the first chance to ridicule.

News Limited pictured Leisel Jones in various poses by the pool. I’d love to know how many were taken, and what the selection process of those photos was.

Ridiculously, the paper then compared those pictures to one taken when she was just 15 years old back at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Tell me anyone – professional athlete or not – who was not a slimmer version of themselves when they were a teenager.

At first blush, Fairfax seemed to treat the story a little more tastefully, hidden inside the sport section. However, their website told a different story, with a distasteful gallery of pictures to demonstrate that Jones is not at peak fitness. Cruelly, she was standing, bent over, near the lithe Kenrick Monk, whose abs make him look like he’s swallowed tennis balls.

Fitness for the top sporting event is a real issue. We fund our athletes with the public purse and we expect them to use that money to get themselves into peak condition. So as I sat on the train on the way home from work, I questioned why I was angered by the media’s treatment of Jones.

It’s because I don’t believe a man in the same situation would have been treated this way.

Yes, when Thorpey was on the comeback trail, eyebrows were raised about him not being in peak fitness. Geoff Huegill had his fair share of attention when he retired the first time, and was overweight. But this time, the papers went really hard on this issue.

I believe its shock value is tied up in the constant battle for women to look aesthetically, rather than actually be, ‘fit’ per se for a swimming race. We are still judged differently to men. There is still a ready nastiness to criticise a woman for her appearance.

The articles about Jones’ fitness had a limited description of changes to her training regime. They didn’t highlight the power required for her event. They quote “questions” being raised about Jones fitness. By whom? Journalists?

Jones’ coach says she is training well. The articles included no direct quotes from Leisel about her fitness, only to say that she’s happy and enjoying the lead up. This time she’s not stressed out.

So why aren’t we celebrating that? Why aren’t we happy that a highly strung teenager has blossomed into a comfortable woman who’s happy with her life? She recently swam even faster than she did in her Olympic trials. So why isn’t that the story? Why go to such lengths to publish so many photos?

Leisel is a breast stroking powerhouse. Indeed, our correspondent in London said she’d never seen Leisel looking so happy and relaxed. The papers interpret that to mean she’s not taking her preparations seriously. But they’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to publish why they think that. It was unnecessary, cruel and a distraction.

This leads to the question, how far have we really come in gender issues on the sporting front? Beach volleyballer Natalie Cook was vilified this week for suggesting a woman should be our flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony. It’s sad that she even had to raise this as an issue. And there was the appalling article about the treatment of our female basketballers flying to London.

I suggest there are many thousands of women around the world who would have loved to have been afforded the opportunity to become a top-level athlete. But due to their place of birth, race, religion, or a combination of these or other factors, have not been exposed to the opportunities our Western female athletes enjoy.

Keep this in mind when you hear petty criticism of a woman’s appearance, attitude or performance. Many other women would have loved the opportunity to be at an Olympics at all.

Leisel Jones will no doubt let her performances at these Games speak for themselves. In the end, we should be celebrating the longevity of an athlete’s career, not finding the first chance to criticise.

I fear that if we just accept media behaviour like this, then we are doing women a disservice. Don’t forget how far we’ve come. At the moment, it seems too easy to take steps backwards.

Amy Bainbridge is an ABC journalist based in Melbourne. View her full profile here.


Comment:

The Olympics will be the central focus of the Media ‘horde’ for the next 2-3 weeks – this is a fact.  The world loves to watch elite athletes in their prime to live their own forgotten dreams of a misspent youth. Journalist still trying to work out the geography of Olympic events in these early days, still have to log a story.

In the last months or so we’ve had the ‘Hooker’ failures, in more recent weeks we’ve had the Women’s Basketball team flying economy, and the men business class, the liberated squabble over who is going to carry the Australian flag, the racist comments over the mens 400m event – it’s been anything but positive stories.

And today – we have this crab of a story on ‘how fit is Leisel Jones.

Who is Amy Bainbridge?

As journalist’s go – the quality of the above story tells us who she is – some women’s libber with insecurities, who needs to write about her issues made up from other people’s issues.

Leisel Jones is happy with herself – why write about other people writing about her … but then that is what this post is all about – writing about someone who wrote about someone who wrote about someone.

How much truth do you think you get from that pyramid of crap …

Amy Bainbridge – go get a life and go back and get a refund on any money you may have paid to teach you how to be a journalist.

You suck …


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