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271 - NRL Mid-Year Report Card

Bats and Balls Podcast

Release Date: 06/15/2021

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The Producer is on the man shakes and Pies ran a half marathon. We're pumped for another week of finals footy. In the NRL all eyes were on the Panthers and Rabbitohs after a war of words between the coaches and it didn't disappoint. Wayne won the battle. Can Ivan get his troops back up to win the war? The Roosters got out of jail against the Titans and the Eels did enough to see another week. It had been staring us in the face the whole time. Forget ladder positions. Melbourne and Western Bulldogs had been the best sides in the AFL for most of the year. That they won their Prelims was no...

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Bats and Balls Podcast

Mendy joins Pies and The Producer this week. The NRL season has finished for half the teams. Canterbury finished off a tough year with an inspired defeat of Wests Tigers. While the Corey Norman era is over at St George Illawarra. The Finals are finally upon us. Can anyone stop Melbourne? Are Penrith, Souths or Manly legitimate contenders? How remarkable is the Roosters finish given their injury toll? In the AFL we're down to the Prelim Finals. Melbourne have been the standard all year. Can they make the big one? Is Port good enough to make it? In an unpredictable season anything is possible....

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While half the NRL rests for the Finals. We're pushing through to maintain our form for the big games. Brendan and Josh are back to review all the big headlines from the NRL. Latrell's reckless hit on Joey Manu. The Eels turnaround in form. And the battle for 8th. In the AFL Port Adelaide and Melbourne will "host" Prelim Finals, GWS held on for the slimmest of victories over Sydney and will play the disappointing Geelong without Toby Greene. And Western Bulldogs beat Essendon in the wet to book a date with Brisbane. Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Manchester United after punking the Red Devils...

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Brendan, Erik and Josh on the Zoom call this week. First up is the NRL and The Producer has a few more bees in bonnet. Are the Wests Tigers heading in the right direction? And the Eels are obviously in the big 6 still, right? Plus we have a look through the NRL Fan Poll and discuss the average NRL Fan and how average their thoughts are! The AFL Finals are upon us. Melbourne look primed to win the flag. But it looks a very open Finals. Will there be an upset in the first week? There could be four of them. And the English Premier League has given us some fun results. Including Brighton Hove...

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Pies and The Producer back on the airwaves brought to you by the wonders of the NBN. After a couple of weeks of watching only the Olympics we're back watching regular sport again. In the NRL Brendan found some interesting rule interpretations and application of the laws of the game. While Josh was puzzled by how little Newcastle use Kalyn Ponga. The AFL have a dream fixture with the Top 4 sides playing off for the Minor Premiership and jockeying for positions. The rest of the Top 8 is not locked in with GWS and Essendon needing to win to maintain their spots. The Giants will have to spoil the...

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Bats and Balls Podcast

In the middle of a global pandemic it's amazing that the Tokyo 2020 organising committee could get a games going at all. That they could bring the athletes of the world to Japan and get them to compete with no socialising, in front of no crowds, at such a high level is nothing short of a miracle. Australia equalled its best gold medal count with 17. Thanks largely to the women's swim team. While aquatic sports in general won 15 of the 17 gold for Australia. Aussies tore up the track and field events with three medals. And the Boomers won their first ever medal after so many heartbreaking...

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It's a 4 man weave this week with Erik and Mendy joining the show to preview the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. First up it's the NRL and Melbourne are clearly the class of the field at the moment. And they've been doing it without two of their best players. The AFL is throwing up strange results every week. And this was no exception. Richmond beat Brisbane, but with Dusty Martin out for the season is their dynasty finally over? And the Melbourne Western Bulldogs clash this week should be a belter. Supercars raced around Townsville again on the weekend. Where to now for a sport that doesn't have a lot...

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The Producer is dealing with some gremlins in the system . But we've managed to put together another lockdown show via the marvels of the NBN. First up it was a short week in the NRL and the Blues came up agonisingly short in State of Origin. In the AFL the upsets continue with the Kangaroos beating West Coast in Perth and St Kilda outplaying Brisbane. Supercars were back in Townsville and Shane Van Gisbergen is dominating his rivals. F1 at Silverstone this weekend. Italy beat England in the Euro Cup Final. And Pies and BS couldn't be happier after the English fans trashed the Italy fans...

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With the Sydney Covid lockdown continuing, Pies and The Producer have organised a Zoom call to get their stories straight. In the NRL the Dragons had a barbecue, and a bunch of teams got flogged. In the AFL the Giants showed true grit to repel Melbourne while West Coast really don't like playing at GMHBA Stadium. Max Verstappen won another F1 Grand Prix. Lando Norris got McLaren on the podium again. And Red Bull have the Mercedes measure. The People's Team Denmark are into a Semi Final and have a chance at playing Italy in the Final. England stand in their way. Led by Chris Paul Phoenix beat...

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Pies was asleep so Erik and The Producer cover all the latest in the NRL including a wrap of Origin 2 and they look ahead to this week's NRL games. Then we're back to the full compliment as Pies returns to talk AFL. Leon Cameron is on thin ice, Western Bulldogs are a strong team and the Saints must be the most frustrating team to follow after a dominant victory over Richmond. Max Verstappen won the Styrian GP, Denmark are the People's Team, although BS stakes his claims for Switzerland. And among it all, Italy have just been the best team. New Zealand won the ICC Test Championship Final the...

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The Producer and Pies run through the mid-year report card for every NRL team.

We look at how they've gone so far, and then predict the future using The Producer's own scientific method, Draw Difficulty Rating.

0:00:00 - Intro
0:07:52 - Melbourne Storm
0:11:53 - Penrith Panthers
0:19:58 - Parramatta Eels
0:26:06 - South Sydney Rabbitohs
0:29:41 - Sydney Roosters
0:35:58 - Manly Sea Eagles
0:42:16 - North Queensland Cowboys
0:46:35 - St George Illawarra Dragons
0:52:00 - Cronulla Sharks
0:57:46 - Canberra Raiders
1:00:04 - New Zealand Warriors
1:04:23 - Gold Coast Titans
1:07:53 - Wests Tigers
1:13:28 - Newcastle Knights
1:19:49 - Brisbane Broncos
1:23:36 - Canterbury Bulldogs
1:26:50 - Predictions

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