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Weekend musing – AFL trade period, Phil Hughes’ enquiry, controversy at the end of the Bathurst 1000…….

Sfan OB6Well it has taken quite some time, but Hawthorn has finally shown to have issues with the salary cap. It has always astounded me how the Hawks could keep adding good players from other clubs and not
unknown let anyone go (save for Lance Franklin of course, who left for the money). Wanting to recruit both Jaeger O’Meara and Tom Mitchell, someone needed to go so they approached the two players that were first and second in their best & fairest, Sam Mitchell & Jordan Lewis. It now looks like Lewis will stay and Mitchell will go, but the cracks are finally showing. It was obviously a mistake for them to re-sign Hodge, Burgoyne & Gibson late last year having already re-signed Sam Mitchell earlier in the year.

I must say I have been a bit surprised with the line of questioning in the Phil Hughes enquiry. It is almost like some Coroner’s enquiries unknown-1where interested parties are trying to establish negligence so they can sue. I cannot see the point of questioning the NSW tactics and what may have been said or not said on the day. It was a tragic outcome that no one saw coming and what went beforehand is irrelevant in my view. Fast bowlers use intimidating tactics against batsmen and that has always been the case. It was the basis of the bodyline tactics employed by the English to curb Bradman. Phil Hughes had many good friends in the NSW team and no one wanted to see him get hurt.

I had nothing much to do last Sunday afternoon so I watched some of the Bathurst race. I am no expert and do not know the finer points of the sport, but I thought that Jamie Whincup was entitled to try unknown-3and pass when he did and Scott McLaughlin took the corner wide and then moved back into Whincup. Either way from what I understand, McLaughlin had to do at least one more pit stop and all Whincup had to do was wait for him to move out of his way so there was no imperative to pass anyway. It is a bit strange when the winner of a race has not led at any stage of the race. The outcome of the appeal should be quite interesting.

I watched the Winx race last week with interest and I would not unknown-2have been disappointed if I was the connections of Black Heart Bart. BHB took up the running and while they may have dawdled in the early stages of the race, he increased the tempo and in the end it was run at a pretty good clip. Winx won comfortably, but it may have been interesting if Winx was forced to establish the tempo of the race. Bring on the Cox Plate!

Have a great weekend!

Friday musing is back……..Bolton, Ricciardo, Malthouse, Grand Prix….

Chris Barwin HillsI saw the Hawthorn ‘fill in’ coach Brendan Bolton interviewed on television last weekend. Have you ever seen or heard a more enthusiastic coach in your life! The way he looked and sounded, if you didn’t know he was an interim coach you would have sworn that he had just ridden the last winner at Elwick. He must be one of the luckiest interim coaches of all time, most interim coaches come in because of the side losing, but he has done a Chris Scott and inherited a great team.

Contrast his presentation with that of Mick Malthouse!!

Great to see Daniel Ricciardo salute in the Canadian Grand Prix last week. I am not much into motor sports, but I always keep an eye on how the Aussies are going and those that do understand the caper have suggested that he has been given Sebastian Vettel’s car and Vettle got the one that Mark Webber had last year. Clearly the Red Bull team are giving Daniel more of a chance than they gave Webber, perhaps it is that infectious smile.

It was good to see that Hadyn Ballantyne’s bump was dismissed by the tribunal and good to see the Match Review Panel did not apply their usual formula. ¬†The bump was a legitimate approach in that contest and you would not like to see anyone suspended for what is part of the game.