I was disappointed to see the Essendon saga rear its head again this week, although it would seem that the major spotlight is on the AFL and not my club. There is still a bit more to play out on this matter obviously and if the Herald-Sun sees fit to put it on the front page and then devote 4 pages at the front of the paper instead of the sports pages, then it still must sell papers. I just want to put it all behind me and concentrate on football.
One of the issues seems to be James Hird getting paid. From what I understand him not being paid was part of the original sanctions, but not part of the final deal. Certainly not a Hird/Essendon problem, but certainly a problem for the AFL. I know it is quite a different set of circumstances, but police that have been charged with serious criminal charges are suspended on full pay. Hird has not been found guilty of any criminal charges and it is only governance issues so good luck to him. Given that it appears the AFL fed most of the leaks to the papers perhaps they have been hoist by their own petard.
With regard to the cricket what a good toss for Australia to win, but the first day produced 4 players getting a start and not going on and getting a century. At the time of writing Michael Clarke has made his second century of the series and Brad Haddin has just got his 3rd half century of the series and Australia look like batting their way into a position where they really could not lose the test. It is amazing when you on the back foot in a series that the catches don’t stick with the Poms dropping three on day one.
Great to see the Gunners season rolling on, their defence seems to be holding up pretty well this year and they haven’t forgotten how to score.